Welding activity is certainly a key-issue for a Pipeliner like Bonatti. But it is not everything. Coating operations are also necessary to achieve a complete pipe-laying workflow: this phase guarantees protection and anticorrosion function to the welded joints.
Typically, the joints are coated with a Multi-Component Liquid (MCL) : it is a spray or brush applied coating system for protection of field joints, valves, bends, etc. It can be either an epoxy and/or polyurethane based product. Prior to application, surface preparation and pre-heating is a fundamental pre-requisite for this type of coating.
Application can be completed using various techniques. In most cases, the Multi-Component Liquid (MCL) is applied manually, entrusting the quality of the operation to the skill of the operator.