The progress on Coating Fingerprint Certificate in Malaysia

Updated on 27th Nov 2019

 Table 1 Background of Coating Fingerprinting Certificate in Malaysia [Adapted  from ref. (1)] (Reprint permission obtained from IMM)

Years Description
October 2019

Awards winning: A quick way to fingerprint your products!

  • 10th – 13th October 2019: Selangor Research & Development and Innovation Expo 2019 at Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur hosted by Selangor State Government – 3rd prize for the machinery/equipment cluster under category of University/College.
  • 1st October 2019: Grand Final Pitching Competition organized by Malaysian Technology Development Corporation at TM Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur – 1st runner-up under the category of Institutes of Higher Learning.
  • 2nd July 2019: Pitching Competition at Malaysian Technology Development Corporation Central Region on at TM Convention Centre organized by Malaysian Technology Development Corporation – 2nd runner-up under the category of Universities/Colleges.
  • 10th – 15th September 2019: Invention, Innovation & Design Exposition (IIDEX2019) which was held at Dewan Agong Tuanku Canselor, UiTM, Shah Alam – Elevator Pitch – Silver Award
  • 10th – 15th September 2019: Invention, Innovation & Design Exposition (IIDEX2019) which was held at Dewan Agong Tuanku Canselor, UiTM, Shah Alam – Innovation Competition – Silver Medal

Progress report

October 2019

Mock execution of polymeric coating fingerprinting for IMM Standard FP01:2019

Mock execution using bench-top, mobile and handheld FTIR spectrophotometers was carried out for off-shore coating systems as follows:

  • 3-coat system: IOZ/Epoxy/PU (for new construction & 2-pack system) (for IOZ – service up to 400 oC)
  • 3-coat system: EPZ/Epoxy/PU (for maintenance & 2-pack system)
  • Glass flake polyester (for splash zone & 2-pack system)
  • Silicone-aluminum (for high temperature & 1-pack system) (service up to 650 oC)

Progress report

14th Aug 2019

3rd-Party Testing Laboratory

General requirements and registration of listing for 3rd– party testing laboratory in relation to fingerprint coating certificate for retained paint sample were announced by IMM.

3rd-Party Lab

14th Aug 2019

IMM Standard for public access

IMM FP01:2019 – Coating Fingerprinting Overall Procedures for Paints Using FTIR and other related methods

IMM Standard

4th April 2019

Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” V

Presented FTIR analysis on more coating products such as Inorganic Zinc Coating, Epoxy-Zinc Coating, High Solids Epoxy Coating, Polyurethane Coating, Glass Flake Polyester Coating and Silicone-Aluminum Coating plus comparison of aged (1-2 years old) products.

Forum leaflet

Forum report (will be published soon)

Rapporteurs’ report (will be published soon)

25th Feb 2019 Recommendation of the 3rd-Party Testing Laboratory for Coating Fingerprinting Certificate

Criteria and checklist

7th – 9th November 2018 Launching of IMM Certified Coating Fingerprint Trainer Program

Trainer Program involved with delivery theoretical part, demonstrating hands-on of FTIR testing to the participants including analysis through FTIR software, invigilating exam as well as marking the exam papers.

Program report (will be published soon)

September 2018 IMM Task Force on Fingerprinting Polymer Coatings (Phase 3: 2018-2020) formed.

The end deliverable of this Task Force is to propose the implementation plan of the coating fingerprinting and the standards for the execution.

Progress report (will be published soon)

2018-2020 Guidelines development & Malaysian / IMM Standards initiation

Development of Recommended Technical Practice / Guidelines for initiation of Malaysian / IMM Standards on Coating Fingerprinting. 

17th May 2016 Coatings Fingerprint Satellite Symposium 
under the auspices of 10th International Materials Technology Conference and Exhibition (IMTCE2016).Up-to-date announcement and progressive summary of IMM Coating Fingerprint Certification Scheme & the execution of Coating Fingerprint Certificate by coating manufacturer/supplier, fabricator/contractor/sub-contractor, external auditor, end-user and 3rd-party testing laboratory will be made.Symposium leaflet
Symposium rapporteurs’ report
24th – 25thFebruary 2016 Launching of IMM Certified Coating Fingerprint Quality Controller Course.

The first-of-its-kind two-day certified course on “Coating Fingerprint Certificate” in the WORLD.

Emphasis on putting coating fingerprint certificate to work.

1st course leaflet
1st course report
1st course rapporteurs’ report

2nd course leaflet

    December 2015

PETRONAS Technical Standards (PTS) 15.20.03 (6)

 Coating Fingerprint Certification requirement

  • Included in PTS 15.20.03 (Protective Coatings and Linings)
  • Paint manufacturer shall furnish batch-to-batch Coating Fingerprint Certificate to ensure that the properties of the products supplied are consistent with the laboratory tested products.
  • User retains the right to conduct random coating fingerprinting test at any given point during the course of the project as it deems fit. This shall be referenced against fingerprinting results submitted by the paint manufacturer.
29th October 2015

Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” IV

BIG WAVE: Progress and implementation of Coatings Fingerprint in oil and gas industry.

Forum leaflet
Forum report

    10th September 2015

Launching of IMM Coating Fingerprint Foundation Course

The first-of-its-kind one-day course on “Coating Fingerprint Certificate” in the WORLD.

Emphasis on coatings fingerprinting basics.

1st course leaflet
1st course report
2nd course leaflet
2nd course report

FTIR masterclass leaflet

3rd course leaflet

July 2015 Paint manufacturers’ mock implementation (2-pack epoxy systems) of Coating Fingerprint Certificate (7).

The paint manufacturers were invited: Join the mock execution, be involved in the STANDARDS PROCESS & let your voice be heard.

Pilot implementation by paint manufacturers to collect feedback. Some specific guideline document needs to be developed on sampling, sample preparation, retention etc.

Announcement of mock execution
Why fingerprint coatings?

2015-2019 Cost Reduction Alliance Initiative 2.0 (CORAL 2.0) under Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM).

This was prompted by the slowdown in global oil demand as well as the downtrend in oil prices which changed the oil and gas business environment globally.

CORAL 2.0 supported sustainability of the oil and gas industry in the country and prepare for future industry challenges by optimising cost, increasing efficiency and driving industry innovation across all operators.

After 2019, the initiatives under CORAL will transition to the new normal practice across the industry domestically.

Registration of Coatings Fingerprinting under CORAL 2.0
why? Sub-standard material supply contributes to 12 % of direct cause of Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) in 2015 because coating failures < 3 years after application (6).

23rd January 2015 IMM Task Force on Fingerprinting Polymer Coatings (Phase 2: 2014-2016) formed.

The end deliverable of this Task Force is to enhance the overall painting coating quality assurance

Progress report I
Progress report II
Deliveries of 2nd phase: 2015 – 2016
IMM Coating Fingerprint Certification Scheme

20th June 2014 Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” III

Fingerprinting of intermediate materials of epoxy coatings, i.e. epoxy resin (or base) and hardener (or curing agent) using FTIR spectrometer is reliable and reproducible.

Fingerprinting regions of FTIR for epoxy resin and hardener are proposed and the confidence level of acceptance for QA & QC control is proposed at ≥ 0.900.

Forum leaflet
Forum report
Rapporteurs’ report
Presented FTIR results

11th October 2013 Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” II (4, 5)

Fingerprinting of intermediate materials of epoxy coatings, i.e. epoxy resin (or base) and hardener (or curing agent) using FTIR spectrometer is possible and reliable.

The FTIR spectroscopy testing shall be performed on these intermediate materials immediately after production in the paint factory, in addition to the standard quality control tests conducted on the produced intermediate materials.

Presentation of the draft of the Coating Fingerprint Certificate by Chairperson of the Task Force, Ms. Nurul Asni Mohamed from PETRONAS GTS was attempted.

Forum leaflet
Forum report
Rapporteurs’ report
Tentative Coating Fingerprint Certificate

April 2013 IMM Task Force on Fingerprinting Polymer Coatings (Phase 1: 2013-2014) formed.

The end deliverable of this Task Force is to enhance the overall painting coating quality assurance (2, 3).

List of committee members
Objectives and the end deliverables of the task force
The progress of the task force until Dec 2013
Deliveries of 1st phase: 2013 – 2014

22nd March 2013 Forum on “Towards Fingerprinting of Polymeric Coatings” I  

Question asked: Can we fingerprint polymeric coatings?
Highlighted the prime concerns of the local paint manufacturers, e.g. the protection of product formula, lack of expertise on spectroscopic analyses and interpretation of results.

The users of the oil and gas companies suffer from high cost of repainting the steel structures and pipelines when the coatings fail.

Forum leaflet
Forum report