PPG Industries' announces the launch of the Sigmaglide 1290 system, a 100 percent silicone binder fouling release system that uses dynamic surface regeneration technology to eliminate slime problems and increase fuel savings.
Through the pure silicone binder, the company has been able to design the optimal configuration for the silicone coating surface. According to the company, this results in an increased silicone density at the surface to such a degree that slime organisms do not recognize it as a surface substrate and have no chance to settle on it, significantly extending the effectiveness of the coating.
The system's dynamic surface regeneration properties enables water to act as a catalyst to reduce the surface energy of the coating back to its original state and thus restart its beneficial surface configuration properties. As a result, users will experience no loss in performance and improved stability of the product throughout its lifetime, the company says.
The product is suitable for all vessel types and also when long stationary periods are to be considered, such as with floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units. It also brings significant benefits for cruise and ferry operators as well as owners of tankers, bulkers, gas carriers, dredgers and container ships.
The system is also well-suited for the offshore industry, where assets are static or for vessels that are slow steaming but still require a high level of fouling protection.