Howard Jess Solutions Limited provides advanced coating & inspection services to clients in challenging environments. We are a hands-on company working round the clock and around the world on tough assignments. But we are also a technology leader, with many awards and UK, Chinese and Korean patents.
Why are inspection and coating so important?
Coatings applied well today can save millions of pounds worth of easily-avoided future corrosion and downtime costs on expensive assets designed to work in rigorous environments that can be hard to access again once they leave the dry dock or construction yard. There are serious problems. But also sophisticated solutions. For example, the Howard Jess team routinely use advanced optically active paints and optical inspection techniques. These are a vital tool in ensuring consistently thick coatings and no vulnerable blind spots.
We recognise that technical innovation is extremely important in a robust industry.
Howard Jess Solutions Limited
The company was founded in 2003. We are NACE and FROSIO certified inspectors - with more than 100 years of high-level experience across 20 countries in commercial and industrial inspections, detailed specification writing and project management.
As such, we know that there is no substitute for time spent on site, in dry docks and constructions yards, and during repairs at sea. Knowing how to juggle tight timeframes against narrow weather windows is a crucial skill.
When we appear in a yard, we take no pleasure in telling 20 workers who may have been abrasive blasting steel all night that the job is sub-standard and must be done again. But we do when we have to. No ifs or buts. Quality cannot be compromised.
Fortunately, when Howard Jess Solutions Limited is called in early to consult on critical coating projects, we avoid these unpleasant situations from the outset.
These are large-scale projects! Clients have their hands full running their own daily operations. Our skills and resources mean that we can take full ownership of problems and delivery. That’s what we’re here for.
Quality Control (QC) & Quality Assurance (QA)
Two key terms that crop up regularly are ‘quality control’ (QC) and ‘quality assurance’ (QA).
Assurance - reassuring insurance companies that processes and best practice are in place to guarantee essential performance standards at all times - depends on competent systems being put into place. This includes good quality control while the work is actually being done.
Howard Jess specialises in both QC and QA - with an increasing demand from applicators and paint companies for professional QC support in making sure the job’s right in the first place.
We are used to visiting the same tank ten times over to see the same poor preparation and application. It tells us that there is minimal QC on site. Owners employ our team to tell them what is actually happening on site. We are an important link the QC and QA process. Our advisory and training roles are important too in passing on the benefits of our experience.
Howard Jess CEO
As an experienced NACE certified Coating Inspector and Registered Marine Surveyor himself, Howie Jess is the entrepreneur, innovator and driving force behind Howard Jess Solutions and an exacting taskmaster - particularly with himself!
A stickler for detail, he was previously Luminous Technologies’ Chief Technical Officer for ten years, with responsibilities for Health & Safety, REACH and manufacturing, plus a leading role in the development of ground-breaking painting and coating inspection and application systems. He worked closely with the US Navy (NAVSEA).
Well-known as an authoritative international conference speaker, he has also published many influential papers and reference articles. Howie holds SMART, Seatrade and regional Logie Baird awards.
"People joining us soon appreciate that we are a close-knit team who support each other. That is the way that it has to be," he explains. "We offer exciting roles with plenty of travel but there is heavy-lifting to be done too, sometimes literally! That is why our clients value us. They know we can be relied upon to deliver first-class solutions every time," he adds.
As a hands-on CEO, he travels regularly to inspect marine and heavy-duty industry paints and coatings - particularly during the application stage on site. In a past life, he was also Board Director for a major paint manufacturer, designing paint coatings and pigment pastes for more than20 years.
"You can only do the job we do well if you get down and dirty on site," he says. "But the rewards are there and it is what makes us unique. For the right candidates, it’s a brilliant career!" he says.
NACE and certified coating & paint inspections
NACE International (formerly known as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers) is a Houston-based corrosion control industry professional organisation set up in 1943 to focus on cathodic protection, coatings, inspection, corrosion testing, and chemical resistant material selection. It publishes standard practice, test method, and material requirement standards which are updated every five years. NACE certification is highly-regarded globally, as are its member training packages.
FROSIO is a Norway-based member organisation set up in 1986 to meet the growing demand for qualified and certified personnel in corrosion protection and surface treatment management, production and inspection. FROSIO formulates quality requirements for surface treatment and insulation inspectors. Its approval and certification scheme is recognised international. A principle aim is raising quality standards.