Paragon Markets

Crushcomp Paragon FusionClad PPC shop services robotic weld overlays

Oil and Gas – Upstream Market

Paragon services the Oil and Gas upstream market; primarily focused on conventional and unconventional oil and gas development and initial production. Our hard surfacing (primarily tungsten carbide) welded overlays are used in many downhole (exploration) applications. Other applications for tungsten carbide PTA weld overlays include down-hole tools, centralizers, stabilizers, couplings, drill bits, drill collars, sleeves and chokes. PPC has also completed shop/field painting/coating and thermal spray projects for Oil and Gas clients at Gas Plants and Oil Batteries. Thermal spray aluminum is used for the prevention of CUI (corrosion under insulation), and paint/coating and thermal spray are used for the prevention of atmospheric corrosion. Within gas plants, thermal spray Hastelloy®-type materials may be used for the prevention of corrosion due to sour (H2S) service. Our Edmonton location and mobile blasting and coating rigs position us well to effectively service this market in Western Canada.

PTA Robotic weld overlay on drill bits
Robotic Weld overlay - crusher composite

Oil Sands – Mining and Processing

One of the biggest engineering challenges for most oil sands mining applications is addressing the high wear encountered in their mining, crushing and ore transport. In order to process the ore body, it must be broken down (sized) and transported to the process facility. PPC’s tungsten carbide welded overlay is one of the hardest surfaces that can be applied on this equipment. Typical applications include tungsten carbide PTA weld overlays of tailings line pipe spools, impact screens, sizing screens, wear plates, bucket teeth, crusher teeth and holders, under-carriage components, ice lugs, thermal wells, pump inlet and outlet spools, and valve plugs and seats. Due to the nature of the overlay material applied, we can tailor the properties of the hard facing to better suit the service conditions; more or less carbide for wear resistance, harder or softer matrix for impact resistance, and overall chemistry changes to the matrix for corrosion resistance.
PPC shop services pipeline corrosion resistantpainting

Oil and Gas Pipelines – Midstream Market

The midstream sector involves the transportation (by pipeline, rail, barge, oil tanker or truck), storage, and wholesale marketing of crude or refined petroleum products. In the midstream sector, PPC is an approved applicator for many pipeline operators including but not limited to Enbridge, IPL, Pembina and TC Energy and provide both internal and external coatings to service this market. We have completed these services at tank terminals, mainline pipelines, pump stations, compressor stations, gas liquids fractionation plants, tank farms (external and internal components), above and below ground piping, valves, equipment, structural steel…etc. Paragon specializes in Integrity Digs and 100% Solids Epoxy Plural Component coatings for underground piping and equipment. The remote and difficult access for most pipelines represents a great opportunity for our VersaCoat system; it’s easily transportable to remote locations, and is self-sufficient once located.

Underground pipeline fitting coating field work with Paragon Fusionclad PPC
Thermal Spray firetube PPC specialized
Thermal Spray field exchange Paragon FusionClad

Refining and Petrochemicals – Downstream Market

Process corrosion is the main concern in the downstream market (crude oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and petroleum products distribution); with an estimated annual cost of $15B USD globally in refineries alone. Paragon executes painting/coating and thermal spray work, in the field and our shop, to combat all forms of corrosion in the downstream market. Our performance and technical expertise has earned us ongoing business at the largest refineries and upgraders in Western Canada. Industrial coatings and metallizing are used for the prevention of atmospheric corrosion, CUI (corrosion under insulation) and CUF (corrosion under fireproofing). Thermal spray coatings of Hastelloy®, Stellite®, Inconel® and stainless steel are applied to the interior walls of process vessels for the prevention of vessel wall degradation due to H2S or CO2 corrosion. Industrial paint and coatings are used for atmospheric corrosion, and our weld overlays are used for the prevention of severe erosion/corrosion on critical components.

Public Infrastructure

Of primary concern to the infrastructure industry is atmospheric corrosion; bridges, steel-reinforced concrete and pipelines are widely affected. Unfortunately, this corrosion is not always easily detected or visible to the naked eye; making it especially dangerous because the corrosion may ultimately lead to structural failure, loss of capital investment, environmental damage, and perhaps even loss of life. Zinc metalizing of bridge components is an on-site process that applies and bonds pure zinc onto steel surfaces, and is used to repair damaged galvanizing or to atmospherically protect steel in place of galvanizing. The main advantage of zinc metalizing is the equipment is mobile and any size of steel substrate, large or small can be coated. Thermal spray aluminum (TSA) is used (for the same reasons as zinc) in marine environments to act as a barrier to the salt air/water, but has the added benefit of acting as a sacrificial anode should the coating be damaged. Both thermal sprayed zinc and aluminum have very long service lives with very little maintenance. Where metallizing is not appropriate, industrial paint/coatings are applied. Typical bridge applications include abutment caps, pier sway braces, rocker shoes, gusset plates, expansion joints, structural steel, galvanizing repairs and field welds.

Underground pipeline fitting coating field work with Paragon Fusionclad PPC
Petrochemical tank Thermal Spray application
Petrochemical tank Thermal Spray application

Power Generation – Coal Fired Plants

Corrosion resistance is key to maintaining Coal Fired Plant boiler up-time where corrosion from highly abrasive fly ash is considerable. PPC provides a unique thermal spray solution for wear resistance of coal fired utilities. This includes work to the Waterwall, Superheater, Reheater Tubes, Tubeshields, and I.D. Fans and Housings. We have completed this work in-situ and, where possible based on component size, in our Edmonton shop. In our Edmonton shop the coating is applied using robotically controlled high energy thermal spray which optimizes the microstructure and produces high volume, consistency and efficiency. This coating process increases wear life by up to four times.

Contact Us

Paragon Protective Coatings


809 77 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6P 1S9

The Paragon Protective Coatings (PPC) Ltd. office/shop is conveniently located on Edmonton’s east side, west of the Anthony Henday and just south of the Sherwood Park FWY.