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Beyond Material Design: HJ3’s Comprehensive Process in Composite Tank Repairs

Beyond Material Design: HJ3's Comprehensive Process in Composite Tank Repairs

In the industrial maintenance and repair sector, the introduction of composite materials has been a game-changer. HJ3 stands out in this arena, not just for their material design expertise but for their holistic approach to composite tank repairs. This article details HJ3’s end-to-end process, emphasizing their unique, all-encompassing approach from initial design and testing to project management and quality control. 


The Genesis of a Repair: Design and Testing 

HJ3’s journey in any composite repair project begins with an intensive design and testing phase. Their process involves a deep understanding of the client’s needs, the environmental challenges, and the specific application requirements. This integrated approach ensures that the solutions are not only theoretically sound but also practically viable. 

For example, in a significant project, HJ3 was approached by a pulp and paper client needing a repair solution that would allow their tank to remain in service. This project required tailoring a solution to meet specific, challenging conditions. The team’s ability to adapt and innovate in the face of unique requirements set the stage for a successful repair. 


Project Execution: A Blend of Expertise and Practicality 

Once the design and testing phase is complete, HJ3’s focus shifts to the execution of the project. Their practical approach to project management sets them apart. They don’t just supply materials; they plan and execute the entire repair process. This comprehensive management includes ensuring the materials are applied correctly and overseeing the project’s timeline and budget. 

In the tank repair project, HJ3’s team demonstrated their expertise in project execution. The repair involved addressing over 900 holes in the tank, requiring meticulous attention to detail and a high level of coordination. The success of this phase lay in HJ3’s ability to manage complex tasks efficiently while maintaining high standards of quality. 


Quality Control and Progress Reporting: Ensuring Excellence 

Quality control and progress reporting are integral to HJ3’s process. Their proactive approach focuses on identifying and resolving issues before they escalate. This vigilance ensures that the repair work not only meets but often exceeds the expected standards. 

In the case of the pulp and paper client, HJ3’s commitment to quality control was evident. Each step of the repair, from abrasive blasting to the final inspection, was conducted with precision. This thoroughness was crucial in ensuring the longevity of the repair, which has lasted over 20 years. 


Collaborative Approach: Working with Code Authorities and Clients 

A key aspect of HJ3’s methodology is their collaboration with code authorities and clients. They understand that successful composite repairs require more than technical expertise; they require synergy between various stakeholders. By involving code authorities in the process, HJ3 ensures that their repairs are compliant with industry standards and best practices. 

This collaborative approach was instrumental in the project. By working closely with the client and adhering to standards like ASME PCC2 and API 653, HJ3 not only provided a solution that was technically sound but also one that was widely accepted and recognized in the industry. 


The Future: Education and Innovation 

Looking ahead, HJ3 is committed to continuing their legacy of innovation and education in the field of composite repairs. They recognize the importance of not just developing new solutions but also educating the industry about these advancements. Their focus remains on helping clients understand and leverage the potential of composite materials for their repair needs. 



HJ3’s comprehensive process in composite repairs sets a benchmark in the industry. Their approach goes beyond material design, encompassing every aspect of the repair process. By integrating design, testing, project management, and quality control, HJ3 delivers solutions that are not just effective but also enduring. Their success stories, like the 20-year tank repair, are testaments to their expertise and commitment to excellence. As they continue to innovate and educate, HJ3 is poised to remain a leader in the field of composite tank repairs. 

Tune in to Industrial Innovator’s Podcast: Ep019 API-653 New Repair Methods: Composite Repair w/ HJ3 for more insight.


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