In response to environmental concerns, many industries are moving from protective coating products containing solvents to 100-percent-solid epoxies and urethanes. These new materials set and cure faster. However, they are challenging to apply. Now, new applicator-friendly cartridge-based dispensing technologies are available that reduce labor, waste and disposal costs. With almost 100-percent efficiency and hardly any liquid waste, the technology is especially appropriate for smaller-quantity applications, like grooming, touchups, repairs, stripe coatings and field joint coating. According to a recent evaluation, one shipyard would achieve a return on investment (ROI) in only 18 months by switching to cartridge-based systems.