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Jeffrey L. Didas Elected NACE International President

Chalfont, PA (April 2018) – MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, services and corrosion engineering solutions announces that senior engineer and pipeline practice lead Jeffrey L. Didas has been elected to the position of president for NACE International (NACE), the Worldwide Corrosion Authority. His term as president is one year commencing at the close of the NACE Corrosion Conference & Expo 2018, taking place April 15-19 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jeffrey Didas, Practice Lead - Pipelines, MATCOR, Inc.
Jeffrey L. Didas will serve a one-year term as NACE president commencing at the close of the NACE Corrosion Conference & Expo 2018

As NACE president, Didas will advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and promotion of NACE International to support the organization’s mission. He will also serve as chairman of the executive committee and an officer of the association. His responsibilities will include presiding at all official functions of the board of directors and executive committee, including the annual membership meeting of the association and the annual NACE banquet. This position is part of Didas’ five-year commitment to NACE following previous roles as vice president elect and vice president. Following his term as president he will serve one year as past president and one year on the nominating committee.

“I look forward to serving NACE as president over the next year,” said Didas. “My focus will be on member engagement, retention and benefits, moving forward with the strategic plan and our vision for NACE 2030, and promoting the groundbreaking corrosion industry IMPACT Study.”

Didas, an industry expert sought worldwide and active NACE member since 1975, has 44 years of diverse corrosion experience working for pipeline and energy company owner-operators and most recently for MATCOR.

Prior to his executive leadership roles, Didas held a variety of national NACE positions including:

  • Treasurer of NACE International, the NACE Foundation and the NACE Institute
  • Director of the Member Activities Committee – MAC
  • Committee chair for several technical exchange groups (TEGs), including the Corrosion Control Coordinating Committee (TEG 022X), Pipeline Crossings: Steel-Cased, Thrust-Bored, and HDD TEG 208X) and Steel-Cased Pipelines (TG 012)
  • Technology coordinator for technology management group TMG C1 – Corrosion Prevention and Control for Concrete, Land Transportation and Coating Technology
  • Vice chair of the NACE Institute Policy & Practices Committee
  • Member of the Technical Practices Committee – TPC/Technical Coordination Committee – TCC since 1978

He has also served as chair, vice-chair, and general member of several administrative committees over the past 44 years.

Didas received the NACE Brannon Award in 2014 and the NACE Distinguished Service Award in 2001 for his many contributions to the organization. He also received the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (AUCSC) Colonel Cox award in 2010.

Didas holds the highest level of NACE certification as a Corrosion Specialist and a number of other NACE certifications, including Cathodic Protection Specialist, Coatings Specialist, Chemical Treatment Specialist, Senior Corrosion Technologist, Corrosion Technologist, Corrosion Technician and Level 3 Certified Corrosion Inspector. In addition he is a SSPC (Society for Protective Coatings) certified Protective Coatings Specialist.

Didas graduated from Thomas A. Edison State University in Trenton, NJ, with a BSET in Electrical Engineering. He acquired his ASEE in Electronics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield MA.

About NACE

NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more. NACE International is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in San Diego, California; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Visit nace.org for more information.

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Jeffrey L. Didas to Speak on Pipeline Casing Integrity Management

Cathodic protection expert to present at Corrosion 2017

Jeffrey Didas, Practice Lead - Pipelines, MATCOR, Inc.MATCOR senior corrosion engineer Jeffrey L. Didas will present “Management of Pipeline Casing Issues” at Corrosion 2017, taking place March 26-30, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.

Presentation Details

Corrosion 2017
TEG 208X Symposium – Pipeline Crossings: Steel-Cased, Thrust-Bored, and HDD
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center-New Orleans – Room 227

Pipeline casings are an issue whether clear or shorted. This presentation will cover the various issues with casings and what, if anything, can be done to remediate these issues. Mr. Didas’ discussion will include pipeline casing cathodic protection (CP), casing filling, casing removal and more.

Mr. Didas is senior corrosion engineer for MATCOR and an industry expert with over 42 years of diverse corrosion experience and the highest level of NACE certification. He also currently serves in the elected position of vice president elect for the NACE Board of Directors and has held a variety of national positions.

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MATCOR Texas Office Moves to Houston

MATCOR HoustonMATCOR recently relocated its Katy, TX office to Houston. The new address is:

1423 Wadsworth St
Houston, TX 77015

The phone number has not changed: 281-558-2600

MATCOR joins parent company Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services at this established Houston regional office.

“This move will enable MATCOR and Brand to work more closely together to support our customers in the Houston area,” said Kevin Pitts, President of MATCOR.”

MATCOR Receives Patent for SPL-SandAnode™

Cathodic Protection Anode Designed Specifically for Tank Bottom Replacement Applications

MATCOR was recently issued US Patent No. 9,410,253 for its SPL-SandAnode, an impressed current linear anode that prevents corrosion of above ground storage tank bottoms (ASTs). Invented by Glenn Shreffler, executive vice president of engineering for MATCOR, the SPL-SandAnode is the only impressed current linear anode designed specifically for tank bottom replacement projects. These applications typically have six inches (150 mm) or less of sand where the anode is to be installed.

tank bottom replacement cathodic protection anode
MATCOR’s SandAnode is the only impressed current linear anode designed specifically for tank bottom replacement projects.

The recommended cathodic protection system for most ASTs is a tank ring anode system that utilizes linear anodes in a concentric ring configuration. However, when the clearance between the tank bottom and anode is less than 6-inches (150 mm), the SPL-SandAnode is used, either in the concentric ring configuration or in parallel linear lengths. The prepackaged linear anode with a sand backfill, in lieu of calcined coke, allows the anode to be simply laid out on the foundation while easily maintaining the maximum separation distance of the anode to the tank bottom.

The SPL-SandAnode is one of MATCOR’s SPL™ Anode Series, a complete line of flexible impressed current linear anodes utilizing MMO anode technology to support a broad range of cathodic protection applications. Advantages of MATCOR’s linear anodes include:

  • Single package design
  • Uniform current distribution
  • Flexible cathodic protection system
  • Waterproof Kynex® anode to cable connections

Learn more:  SPL-SandAnode

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MATCOR’s Jeffrey L. Didas Elected NACE International VP Elect

Jeffrey Didas, Practice Lead - Pipelines, MATCOR, Inc.MATCOR senior engineer and pipeline practice lead Jeffrey L. Didas has been elected to the position of vice president elect for NACE International (NACE), the Worldwide Corrosion Authority.

As vice president elect for NACE, in addition to his responsibilities as an incoming board member, Didas will serve as ex-officio member of the NACE finance and policy committees and the NACE Foundation board of directors. This position is a five-year commitment where Didas will serve one year each as vice president elect, vice president, president and past president followed by one year on the nominating committee.

“I look forward to serving NACE in an expanded capacity over the next five years,” said Didas. “My focus will be on member engagement, retention and benefits, moving forward with the strategic plan and our vision for NACE 2030, and promoting the groundbreaking corrosion industry IMPACT Study.”

Didas, an industry expert sought worldwide and active NACE member since 1975, has 42 years of diverse corrosion experience working for pipeline and energy company owner-operators and most recently for MATCOR.

Prior to his newly elected position as NACE vice president elect, Didas held a variety of national NACE positions including treasurer of NACE International, the NACE Foundation and the NACE Institute, and committee chair for several technical exchange groups (TEGs), including the Corrosion Control Coordinating Committee (TEG 022X), Pipeline Crossings: Steel-Cased, Thrust-Bored, and HDD TEG 208X) and Steel-Cased Pipelines (TG 012). He also presently serves NACE as technology coordinator for technology management group TMG C1 – Corrosion Prevention and Control for Concrete, Land Transportation and Coating Technology and vice chair of the NACE Institute Policy & Practices Committee.

Didas received the NACE Brannon Award in 2014 and the NACE Distinguished Service Award in 2001 for his many contributions to the organization. He also received the Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (AUCSC) Colonel Cox award in 2010.

Didas holds the highest level of NACE certification as a Corrosion Specialist, and a number of other NACE certifications including Cathodic Protection Specialist, Coatings Specialist, Chemical Treatment Specialist, Senior Corrosion Technologist, Corrosion Technologist, Corrosion Technician and Level 3 Certified Corrosion Inspector. In addition he is a SSPC (Society for Protective Coatings) certified Protective Coatings Specialist.

Didas graduated from Thomas A. Edison State University in Trenton, NJ, with a BSET in Electrical Engineering. He acquired his ASEE in Electronics Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield MA.

About NACE

NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, serves nearly 36,000+ members in 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more. NACE International is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in San Diego, California; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Visit www.nace.org for more information.

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SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Appointed MATCOR Distributor in India

Chalfont, PA (November 12, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently announced that the company has appointed SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Private Limited (SGB India) as its distributor in India. SGB will take over the MATCOR operations in India. Both MATCOR and SGB India are Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services (BEIS) companies.

SGB India, headquartered in Hyderabad, India, provides industrial services and construction related solutions. This move to incorporate MATCOR’s proprietary cathodic protection and AC mitigation solutions enables SGB India to deliver a broader range of services and solutions to customers throughout India.

Shailesh Javia will lead operations in relation to cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions out of SGB’s office in Ahmedabad, India. The office is located at 106, Sakar – V, B/h. Natraj Cinema, Opp. H.K. College, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad – 380009, Gujarat, India and staff can be reached by phone at +91 (0)79 26588551 or email at sjavia@beis.com.

“With the significant infrastructure development expected in India, local operators will benefit greatly from MATCOR’s turnkey corrosion prevention solutions and SGB’s industrial and construction solutions,” said Kevin Pitts, President of MATCOR.

India is home to many major companies in the oil and gas, chemical, power, water and other infrastructure industries. These companies operate assets such as pipelines, plant piping, offshore structures and storage tanks that require the corrosion prevention products and services provided by MATCOR. In addition, India has a growing network of pipelines laid in overhead electrical right-of-way corridors. Pipelines along these corridors experience AC interference as great as 50-75 VAC, which can cause corrosion and a hazardous environment for workers and the public.

SGB India will provide operators in India with full array of cathodic protection and corrosion engineering services, in addition to a full range of AC mitigation products and services to combat pipeline AC interference.

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Corrosion Industry Leaders MATCOR and CP Masters Join Forces

Chalfont, PA (Aug 31, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently announced that the company has joined forces with CP Masters, Inc. The combined company will be known as MATCOR.

MATCOR_logoCP Masters brings 30 years of cathodic protection technical and system installation expertise to the MATCOR team. In addition to industry-qualified and experienced people, the company maintains one of the industry’s largest fleets of construction equipment.

This move enables MATCOR to execute cathodic protection and AC mitigation projects directly and efficiently. Additional benefits to customers include:

  • Improved cost-effectiveness
  • Consistent, high quality construction and installation services
  • Access to expert, conveniently located survey teams
  • Turnkey cathodic protection and AC mitigation solutions

“CP Masters and MATCOR have over 70 years of combined name recognition in the industry—with CP Masters known for superior construction and installation services, and MATCOR known for engineering expertise and proprietary products,” said Kevin Pitts, President of MATCOR, Inc. “Now as one company, we are able to offer customers a powerful combination of the best people, services and products in the corrosion industry.”

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Video Demonstrates Cathodic Protection System Installation

Iron Gopher® Impressed Current Linear Anode System designed for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is installed beneath an above ground storage tank (AST)

Chalfont, PA (May 27, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently released a video showing the installation of the company’s Iron Gopher impressed current linear anode system at the site of an above ground storage tank in Texas.

Trenching to install cathodic protection systems may not be feasible for applications such as cross country pipelines, congested industrial environments and under above ground storage tanks. For these horizontal directional drilling applications, a linear anode with superior mechanical strength is required. The Iron Gopher with Kynex® technology is the only impressed current linear anode designed specifically for cathodic protection in horizontal directional drilling applications.

“As another example, Colonial Pipeline installed several thousand feet of our Iron Gopher® linear anode at an HDD project in NE Georgia,” said Ted Huck, VP of Sales for MATCOR. “With its unique design and greatly increased strength, Iron Gopher is superior to anything seen in the market for cathodic protection in HDD applications.”

Learn about MATCOR’s complete cathodic protection installation services.

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Linear Anode Cathodic Protection Presentation at NACE UAE

MATCOR to Present on Impressed Current Linear Anode Cathodic Protection at NACE UAE Corrosion Conference in Abu Dhabi

Chalfont, PA (April 27, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrShailesh Javia, MATCOR, Inc. to present on linear anode cathodic protection at NACE UAE.osion engineering solutions will present a paper exploring the use of flexible impressed current linear anodes to minimize current densities for a wide range of cathodic protection applications at the annual NACE UAE Corrosion Conference held at the St. Regis in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates May 12-14, 2015.

Flexible Impressed Current Linear Anode Cathodic Protection
Shailesh Javia, MATCOR
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 3:35-4:00 p.m. in Al Mudhaif 1

The presentation explores flexible impressed current linear anode cathodic protection that extends the benefits of linear anodes for various CP applications. To minimize current distribution challenges, the linear anodes are designed utilizing multiple internal connections, which provides redundancy and protection against uneven anode consumption, minimizes current densities and allows placement in close proximity to the structure. The linear anode is simple to install, requiring only a small trench, and is ideal for congested areas and tight spaces. See below for the complete abstract.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shailesh Javia serves as International Director for MATCOR and has over 22 years experience focused on corrosion engineering and cathodic protection. His diverse knowledge and experience includes designing cathodic protection systems, managing turnkey CP projects and conducting commissioning surveys for cross country and city gas pipelines, tanks and vessels, tank bottoms, and industrial facilities including fertilizer, petrochemical and power plants, and refineries. Mr. Javia is a certified NACE Cathodic Protection Technologist, has successfully completed the NACE Direct Assessment Course and has presented several papers at NACE and ASME conferences.

ABSTRACT: Applications of Impressed Current Linear Anodes in Cathodic Protection

Flexible impressed current linear anodes can extend the benefits
 of linear anodes to a wide range 
of cathodic protection applications. Tight spaces, high traffic areas, poorly coated pipelines, new construction tank bottom, tank bottom retrofits, reinforcing steel-in-concrete, sheet pile walls or inside large diameter pipes – are all good examples of linear anode cathodic protection applications.

Linear anodes handle current distribution challenges by minimizing current densities, in addition to placement in close proximity to the structure being protected from corrosion. Innovative design utilizing 
multiple internal connections provides redundancy, protects against uneven
 anode consumption and minimizes
 voltage drop.

Linear anodes can simply 
be laid alongside a new pipeline; cable
 plowed next to an existing pipeline, or 
installed utilizing horizontal directional 
drilling (HDD) under an existing
 structure. Linear anodes require only a small trench for installation, ideal for congested areas and minimizing landowner “right of way” issues.

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MATCOR to Present AC Mitigation Technical Paper at the 2015 National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Conference

MATCOR to Present AC Mitigation Technical Paper at the 2015 National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Conference

Chris Sheldon, Practice Lead - Utilities, MATCOR, Inc.
Chris Sheldon, Practice Lead – Utilities, MATCOR, Inc. to present AC Mitigation Comparison at Corrosion 2015

Chalfont, PA (March 12, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc. the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions will present a paper comparing three AC mitigation methods to reduce corrosion in pipelines at the annual NACE conference held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas March 15-19, 2015.

Modern AC Mitigation Performance Testing and Comparison Christopher Sheldon, PE March 18, 2:25-2:50 p.m. Room 141

The presentation explores AC mitigation grounding systems to prevent corrosion leaks in pipelines. Using a test bed at an electric and gas facility, the ability to reduce the AC voltage were measured via three methods: zinc ribbon anode, bare copper grounding and an engineered system. The data suggests AC mitigation installed at least ten feet or more from the pipeline is effective which also offers additional safety to the installers.

“With more and more pipelines laid in electrical right-of-way corridors, effectively mitigating AC interference has become an increasing problem for pipeline operators,” said Douglas Fastuca, President of MATCOR Inc. “We have invested heavily in AC mitigation efforts and offer a complete range of services and products to combat this important issue.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christopher Sheldon, PE serves as Practice Lead, Utilities and has been with MATCOR since 2011. With more than 25 years of engineering experience, Mr. Sheldon has spent the last 15 years focused on corrosion engineering. Mr. Sheldon has completed cathodic protection designs for underground gas, electric and generation facilities.  He has co-authored white papers on AC Mitigation and is certified as a NACE CP Specialist and Coating Inspector Level 1. He has authored multiple papers and speaks at corrosion conferences around the world.

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