Engine coatings provider seeks to increase competition in coatings industry and drive costs down for operators.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma–based Qualified Coating Services (QCS), a division of CeralUSA, manufactures the Ceral line of coatings, which are sold around the world.
QCS focuses on engine-part coatings, with specialization in applying aluminum slurry coatings for the aerospace industrial gas turbine, automotive, and oil and gas industries. The company is approved to apply environmentally protective coatings to Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and PT6T engine compressor components. QCS also has achieved approval for coating multiple JFTD12, JT15D, and PW100 engine parts used in Erickson Aircranes/Sikorsky S-64 Skycranes and other heavy-lift helicopters.
Cost-Effective, Environmentally Friendly Coatings
QCS designed its products to replace legacy hazardous coatings still used today. The company’s products are free of chrome, compliant with the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations, and promoted to be environmentally friendly.
As the OEM of CeralUSA Engineered Coatings, CeralUSA certifies QCS as uniquely qualified to apply its coatings to aircraft parts. Small, nimble, and growing, QCS markets its service as a cost-effective coating-application alternative for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) organizations. Often, MROs can experience frustration when they’re forced to send parts out to a single-source provider, or when making the business decision to bring coatings in-house, which can require a significant investment in capital equipment and personnel training while yielding small profit margins. Part QCS’s goal is to provide a different option that increases competition in the coatings industry, which can ultimately save money for operators.
Range of Services
QCS has made significant investments to procure state-of-the-art equipment that helps ensure consistently qualified coatings, every time. With its infrastructure, equipment, and personnel, QCS offers the following services:
- Heat treatment
- Abrasive blasting
- Coating application
- Plastic media blasting
- Surface finishing
- Coating evaluation
- Cadmium and nickel cadmium stripping
- Glass bead blasting
- Coating development
- Coating application development.
QCS maintains its FAA-approved capabilities via an internal capabilities list per 14 CFR 14.215. This means the company can add additional articles to its list quickly to meet the specific needs of its customers.
QCS recently celebrated the completion of its 25,000th work order and has an eye on the future with new capabilities. The company is in the process of adding to its capabilities list non-destructive testing (NDT) and dimensional inspections, as well as some generic repairs.