New protective covers for weapons and deck machinery are now being utilised on Anzac class vessels.
The covers are already saving the US Navy millions of dollars per year in annual maintenance and are expected to provide the RAN with a huge reduction in menial task labour hours as well as extending the life of major assets.
Huge savings are also possible in terms of extending periods between major maintenance and reduction in replacement costs.
Thus significant dollar outlays associated with asset replacement or with major maintenance can be avoided or extended.
Australian Pump Industries , Australasian distributors for Shield Technologies, are supplying a full range of protective covers that will suit not only Anzac class vessels but also FFG, Fremantle and Armidale class patrol boats and many others.
The product was developed by US Navy as part of their Small Business Innovation research project to find an effective way to protect exposed assets from corrosion.
The result was the development of a cover material that prevents the condensation that results in greenhouse effects of humidity and temperature fluctuations under the cover.
The new covers, sold under the Envelop trademark, are fabricated into a custom fit that when placed over the equipment, will absorb surface moisture and condensation. This keeps the metal surface dry and prevents deterioration and corrosion.
The absorbed moisture evaporates out through the cover, but water cannot penetrate the cover from the outside.
These hi-tech covers also create a corrosion free environment with a new vapour corrosion inhibitor (VCI), which forms a layer on the metal surface, preventing oxidisation.
“Using these unique new Envelop covers on .50 calibre guns, 25mm guns and HM and E equipment like kingposts, anchor windlasses or sliding padeyes, virtually eliminates condensation and provide a corrosive preventative micro-environment beneath the covering” said Aussie Pumps Warwick Lorenz.