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PPG coatings software passes 1,000 installations

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings (PPG) has reached the milestone of installing its SIGMACARE PLUS system, used for management of ship coatings, on 1,000 vessels.

PPG claims to be the first company to have offered an online shipboard maintenance tool for its paints and coatings, and has continued to refine the product since its launch in 2011.

The latest release also features ‘offline’ functionality to accommodate vessels with limited internet access at sea, as well as having onboard maintenance charts available in 12 languages.

The next language set to be added is Mandarin, due for release later in 2013.

SIGMACARE PLUS aims to allow owners, vessel managers and crew members to better organise coatings management, eliminating the complications associated with onboard maintenance.

It includes inventory control and a product ordering system, allowing vessels to place stock inquiries whilst at sea, as well as the ability to create maintenance charts that can be printed out and used in the vessel’s paint locker.

“Managing coatings onboard a vessel can be quite complex,” said Sijmen Visser, global marketing manager M&R, PPG Protective and Marine Coatings.

“Keeping track of what coatings to use and where to apply them, of which colour and mixing ratios, means giving the crew a system that is clear, easy to understand and which will improve the overall quality of onboard maintenance. SIGMACARE PLUS is all about taking away the complexity in managing all coating-related activities for a fleet. We believe the simpler and clearer something is, the better it will work.”

“Orders can be controlled more effectively and placed while at sea if required with a dynamic map showing which ports and products are available in real time. The paint inventory and the paint locker become better organised and the crew also work more safely because they can watch training videos on coatings application.”

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