PPG celebrates 1,000 installations of SIGMACARE PLUS system

Marine coatings leader adds multi-language and offline functionality to unique shipboard management system


The SIGMACARE(TM) PLUS system enables owners, managers and crew to better organise coatings management onboard ships.
AMSTERDAM, Feb. 4, 2013 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings business has reached a milestone in helping its customers manage their coatings onboard ship, installing the SIGMACARE(TM) PLUS system on 1,000 vessels.

PPG was the first to offer 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 of the SIGMACARE PLUS system features “offline” functionality to accommodate vessels with limited Internet access at sea.

In addition, onboard maintenance charts are now available in 12 languages. The next language to be added is Mandarin, due for release later in 2013.

The SIGMACARE PLUS system simplifies onboard coatings management for individual vessels and large fleets. The system helps owners, vessel managers and crew members organise coatings management, eliminating the complications associated with onboard maintenance.

Sijmen Visser, PPG global marketing manager, marine M and R, protective and marine coatings, said, “Managing coatings onboard a vessel can be quite complex. Keeping track of what coatings to use and where to apply them, of which colour and mixing ratio, means giving the crew a system that is clear, easy to understand and which will improve the overall quality of onboard maintenance.” He added that the SIGMACARE PLUS system “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.”

The SIGMACARE PLUS system includes a unique inventory control and product ordering system, enabling vessels to place stock inquiries whilst at sea. It offers the ability to create simple, clear maintenance charts that can be printed out and used in the vessel’s paint locker.

Users have a complete list of PPG products and where they are available world-wide. The system allows for the inclusion of new building specifications and dry docking reports to streamline product delivery and service. Users can easily create tailored maintenance charts for specific vessels which can be printed and used as an easy-to-follow point of reference in the vessel’s paint locker.

The SIGMACARE PLUS system “means that our customers can benefit from streamlined product delivery and service,” Visser said. “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.”

The SIGMACARE PLUS system has received consistently positive feedback from users. Crew members in particular report that it is easy to work with, finding the maintenance charts a benefit in working with the correct products in the right vessel areas.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.(TM)
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and colour, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

 
SIGMACARE is a trademark of PPG Coatings Nederland B.V.
 
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Contact:
Marielle Van Der Linden
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings
+31-20-407-5273
Marielle.VANDERLINDEN@ppg.com

Neville Smith or Emma Jones
Mariner Communications
+44-7909-960-182 or +44-7590-750-489
neville.smith@live.co.uk or emmajonespr@live.co.uk

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