ADA Technologies, Inc. Laboratory Testing Services Qualifications
ADA Technologies is classified by the DOD as a category 1 company
Category 1: Proposal is well conceived, scientifically and technically sound, pertinent to the program goals and objectives, and offered by a reasonable contractor with the competent scientific and technical staff supporting resources needed to ensure satisfactory program results.
The following information is provided to clarify all inquiries concerning and to list the qualifications of ADA Technologies, Inc. in performing laboratory coating analysis.
- ADA Technologies is a small business operated in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia.
- The senior chemist/engineer is Wayne B. LeGrande, a graduate of Louisburg College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Applied Science (1969), Elon College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry (1971), also certified by the International Guild of Professional Consultants for Coating Evaluations (1996) and through continuing education Old Dominion University, Darden College of Education, Certified Professional Consultant (1997).
- ADA Technologies, Inc. has a full service laboratory with no affiliation to manufacturers in the coating industry. The sole purpose is to provide laboratory analysis and evaluations of paints and coatings for the coating industry. Included are testing for salient characteristics of materials used, preparation and review of coating specifications, failure analysis and application criteria.
- ADA Technologies is capable of performing standard test required in evaluation of coatings to it’s required Test Method in addition to many other aspects of paint testing, some are listed as follows: Pigment Content % by weight, Volatile % by weight, Non-Volatile Vehicle % by weight, Moisture Content % by weight, Course Particles % by weight, Fineness of Grind, Weight per Gallon, Flash Point, Sag Resistance, Pot Life, Viscosity or Consistency (Krebs Units or #4 Ford Cup), Dry Times, Color, Gloss, Opacity, Contrast Ratio, VOC, Flexibility (Impact), Lead % by weight, Cadmium % by weight, Chromium % by weight, and Condition in Container to list a few.
- A minor list of laboratory and field equipment on hand include but is not limited to the following
a.) Stormer Viscometer
c.) Wet Film Thickness Gauge
d.) Dry Film Thickness Gauge
e.) Draw-down Plates
f.) Fineness of Dispersion Gauge
g.) Paint Test Charts
h.) Water Bath
i.) Flash Point Tester
j.) Blast Nozzle Gauge
k.) Gloss Meter
l.) Impact Tester
m.) Salt Fog Testing Equipment
n.) Accelerated Testing Equipment
o.) Tooke Gauge
- Calibration of equipment is maintained by using standards produced by the National Institute of Standards (NIS) on a routine basis or as needed to maintain the accuracy as required. Other standards may be employed by manufacturer guidelines.
- All laboratory testing and evaluations requested are performed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications using The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), Federal Standards and Test Methods, Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC) or other specifications as supplied or required. If ADA Technologies, Inc. is not capable of performing an analysis or specific test, the customer will be notified and recommendations for a substitute method with scientific equality, will be made, or recommendation of a laboratory which can perform the test as required.
- In addition to the above listed, ADA Technologies, Inc. other capabilities include material specification/selection, writing of technical specifications, qualification of selected materials through laboratory testing and comparison, coatings utilization on a particular project, independent laboratory analysis of coatings used and reporting to engineers project progress.