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Powder Coating 2017

 Export to Your Calendar 3/27/2017 to 3/31/2017
When: Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31, 2017
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JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204
United States
Contact: Leslie Muck
859-525-9988


Online registration is available until: 4/1/2017
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GENERAL INFORMATION

The Powder Coating Institute is pleased to announce PCI's POWDER COATING 2017 Technical Conference.

DATES

Monday March 27 - Friday March 31, 2017

LOCATION

JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
United States

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Powder Coating 101 Technical Conference Custom Coater Forum
Time Monday, March 27 Tuesday, March 28 Wednesday, March 29 Thursday, March 30 Friday, March 31
8:00 AM

PCI Powder Coating 101 Workshop

Basic Essentials

This workshop includes classroom instruction based on PCI's Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher's Handbook, an evening reception where attendees can interact with workshop presenters & other attendees, and a trip to PPG Industries' powder facility to experience hands-on demonstrations.

Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials with Lab Workshop
8:00 - 4:00 PM

The TRUTH about Leadership!

CM Sergeant Bob Vásquez, Retired

United States Air Force

There are many things you've been taught about leadership, says CM Sergeant Bob Vásquez, that are, to put it simply, WRONG! Leadership requires action: WRONG! Leaders lead from the front: WRONG! The truth about leadership is... ...you'll have to attend this talk to learn the truth, from a guy who's led for more than 45 years!

General Session
8:00 - 9:30 AM

The Evolution of Powder Coating Technology

Kevin Biller

Powder Coating Research Group, Inc

Managing the Regulatory World of Powder Coatings and Dust Mitigation

Marty Korecky

AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc

Bob Feldkamp

Nordson Corporation

General Session
8:00 - 9:30 AM

General Session

Knowing Your Costs to Ensure Your Profits

Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating

High Performance Applications

Dave Severson, TCI Powder Coatings

Powder Coatings in the Defense Industry

Dr. Beth Ann Pearson, The Sherwin-Williams Co.

How to Prepare in Advance and Manage Your Business After a Natural Disaster: When "What If" Becomes a Reality!!

Bill Stock, Microfinish

Implementing Core Values and Culture

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

Change Management

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

Custom Coater Forum General Session
8:10 AM - NOON
9:00 AM

1 POWDER COATING BASICS

Powder Coating Basics - Critical Components of an Effective Powder System

Greg Dawson, Nordson Corporation

John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems

Mike Withers,Axalta Coating Systems

2 LOW-CURE POWDER COATING

UV Curable Powder Coating - The Application and Curing Process, and Its Advantages

Frank Mohar, Nordson Corporation

Mike Knoblauch, Keyland Polymer

Powder Coating MDF

Micky Ricard, SAMES KREMLIN

Ultra-Low Bake Coatings for Solid Wood and MDF, Clear Coat: Advancements for Powder Coatings

Guido Konijnendijk, IGP Pulvertechnik AG

Chris Reding, DSM

Thermally Cured Powder Coatings for Heat Sensitive Substrates

Jeno Muthiah, Alpha Coating Technologies

3 POWDER COATING FORMULATIONS

Post-Addible Powder Coating Additive Technology

Steven Thompson, The Lubrizol Corporation

Value Added FEVE Powder Coating Formulations for High Performance Applications

Hongli Wang, AGC Chemicals Americas

Flexible Superdurable Powder Coatings System

Steve Fehnel, Arkema Inc.

Development of Clear, VOC-free Static Dissipative Coating for Non-Conductive Substrates Enabling Them to be Powder Coated

Atman Fozdar, Eastern Michigan University

Break Out Sessions
9:30 - 11:30 AM

10 ULTIMATE POWDER COATING

Ultimate Powder Coating: An Advanced Powder Session

Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons, LLC

Steve Houston & Rodger Talbert, Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions

Chris Merritt, Gema

11 THE BUSINESS OF POWDER COATING

The Cost of (Poor) Quality

Todd Wenzel, Throughput|Bluestreak

Customer's Expectations for System Install

Bill Brawley, Pneu-Mech Systems

Delivering the "Guarantee" - Customer Service

Jena Ottery & Jenifer Cooper, EPSI

12 POWDER COATING MATERIALS

Scratch Resistance and Robust Surfaces: Advancements for Powder Coatings

Tony Varda, IGP North America

Durable and Ultradurable Coatings for Wire Goods and Complex Metal Parts

Susan Miller, PPG

Metallic Powders - They Don't Have to be the Biggest Pain in the $#%*&

Jeff Hale, Gema

Break Out Sessions
9:45 - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Lunch & Tabletop Exhibits
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
NOON
Lunch & Tabletop Exhibits
NOON - 1:15 PM
Lunch
NOON - 12:30 PM

General Session

Implementing Core Values and Culture

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

Change Management

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

Custom Coater Forum General Session
12:30 - 1:40 PM
1:00 PM

PCI Powder Coating 101 Workshop

Basic Essentials

This workshop includes classroom instruction based on PCI's Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher's Handbook, an evening reception where attendees can interact with workshop presenters & other attendees, and a trip to PPG Industries' powder facility to experience hands-on demonstrations.

Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials with Lab Workshop
1:00 - 5:00 PM

13 PRETREATMENT

Eliminating Phosphorus from Your Pretreatment Process

Kirk Beaster, Chemetall US, Inc.

Why Change My Pretreatment From an Iron Phosphate to a Phosphate-free or Zirconium Process

Sergio Mancini, Bulk Chemicals, Inc.

Effectively Manage Transitions from Conventional Phosphates to Advanced "Phosphorus-Free" Pretreatment Technologies!

Suresh Patel, Chemetall US, Inc.

14 POWDER COATING BEST PRACTICES

Quality Air - the Foundation to Flawless Coatings

Bill Michell, Southern Fluid Systems, Inc.

Robert Horneman, FS Curtis

Title TBA

Jeralyn Camp, BYK Gardner

Be Nice to Mother Earth! Remove Oils & Soils from Your Wastewater; Recycle Your Aqueous Cleaning Solutions

Raymond J. Graffia, Jr., Arbortech Corporation

15 SYSTEM DESIGN

Future of Finishing - Designing your Powder Coating System for the Unknown

Josh Gilmore, IntelliFinishing

Understanding and Controlling Your Powder System's Operational Costs

Nicholas Liberto, Powder Coating Consultants

Break Out Sessions
1:15 - 2:45 PM

4 ALL ABOUT OVENS

Selecting the Right Oven

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing System

Catalytic Infrared - What is it, How it Works, When to Use it

Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems

Curing Complex Parts

Derek Dennis, Heraeus Noblelight America LLC

5 APPLICATION EQUIPMENT

Hunting Down and Eliminating Hidden Costs in your Powder Coating Operations

John Cole, Parker Ionics

When is the Right Time to Upgrade Your Older Application Equipment?

Martin Vicens & Larry Fenik, Nordson Corporation

6 CASE STUDIES

Powder Coating Sublimation and Decoration with Trojan Powder Coating

Carl Troiano, Trojan Powder Coating

Frank Mohar, Nordson Corporation

Bicycle Manufacturing Gears Up with Powder Coating

Jeff Hale, Gema

Break Out Sessions
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Round Table Discussions

Topics will include change management, best practices in housekeeping, safety, and managing unique customer requests and difficult customer relationships.

Custom Coater Forum Round Table Discussions
1:50 - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Plant Tour of Toyota Industrial Equipment
3:00 - 6:30 PM

7 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

8 FAST COLOR CHANGE

High Speed Color Change, Facts and Myths

Brian Garvey, Parker Ionics

Quick Color Change Success and Failures

Sal Garcia, Nordson Corporation

9 YOUR COMPANY'S FUTURE

Mentoring: Growing your Business One Employee at a Time

Richard Gehman, Keystone Koating LLC

Training for Keeps - A Return on Your Investment

Matthew Wallace, VRSim Inc.

Effective Customer Service

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing System

Break Out Sessions
3:15 - 4:45 PM
Custom Coater Forum Concludes
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Reception for Workshop Attendees
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tabletop Exhibits & Reception
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hospitality Salons Open
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM
Technical Conference Concludes
7:00 PM

Evening Event

Keynote: The Importance of Establishing Culture and Creating Core Values

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

Custom Coater Forum Evening Event
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 PM
9:00 PM

TECHNICAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials with Lab Workshop

Monday, March 27
1:00 - 5:00 PM

This workshop includes classroom instruction based on PCI's Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher's Handbook, an evening reception where attendees can interact with workshop presenters & other attendees, and a trip to PPG Industries' powder facility to experience hands-on demonstrations.

Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials with Lab Workshop

Tuesday, March 28
8:00 - 4:00 PM

This workshop includes classroom instruction based on PCI's Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher's Handbook, an evening reception where attendees can interact with workshop presenters & other attendees, and a trip to PPG Industries' powder facility to experience hands-on demonstrations.

GENERAL SESSION

Wednesday, March 29
8:00 AM

The TRUTH about Leadership!

CM Sergeant Bob Vásquez, Retired United States Air Force

There are many things you've been taught about leadership, says CM Sergeant Bob Vásquez, that are, to put it simply, WRONG! Leadership requires action: WRONG! Leaders lead from the front: WRONG! The truth about leadership is... ...you'll have to attend this talk to learn the truth, from a guy who's led for more than 45 years!

1 POWDER COATING BASICS

Wednesday, March 29
9:30 - 11:30 AM

Powder Coating Basics - Critical Components of an Effective Powder System

Greg Dawson, Nordson Corporation

John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems

Mike Withers, Axalta Coating Systems

Whether you are planning on converting from an existing liquid paint system or starting from scratch, there are essential elements to ensure your best chance of success. This session will define the requirements of a well-designed, high-performing powder coating system, from pretreatment and powder material selection to application/recovery and curing. Representatives of the various equipment and materials disciplines will collaborate to help you make the right choices for a system to best meet your needs.

2 LOW-CURE POWDER COATING

Wednesday, March 29
9:30 - 11:30 AM

UV Curable Powder Coating - The Application and Curing Process, and Its Advantages

Frank Mohar, Nordson Corporation

Mike Knoblauch, Keyland Polymer

With energy costs on the rise and factory floor space at a premium, there is a growing need to make your powder coating line as efficient as possible while increasing your throughput. With UV powder coatings, not only is the cure oven length much shorter but part output can increase at the same time. This presentation explores the application equipment and techniques needed, as well as review the melting, flow, and curing process, and its advantages over conventional thermal powder coatings. See if your application on metal, MDF, or other material is a good fit for UV powder coatings!

Powder Coating MDF

Micky Ricard, SAMES KREMLIN

A rotary bell powder applicator is capable of extremely consistent and uniform film builds on flat parts. With the use of a catalytic IR oven, the part to be coated is heated, prompting the moisture contained in the piece to come to the surface. This allows for the electrostatic effect to be achieved, even on wood. The pattern of the applicator gives excellent transfer efficiency, allowing the user to reduce the number of applicators, sometimes by half. The amount of material that will “wrap” around the piece is comparable to liquid electrostatic spray processes. Learn more about the rotary bell applicator and MDF powder coating.

Ultra-Low Bake Coatings for Solid Wood and MDF, Clear Coat: Advancements for Powder Coatings

Guido Konijnendijk, IGP Pulvertechnik AG

Chris Reding, DSM

Alternative substrates are becoming increasingly important for powder coating - they achieve more with less. The proportion of aluminum material will decrease in the future in favor of light components made of fiberglass, carbon fiber and MDF. There are powder coatings for these innovative materials such as low-temperature powder coatings for clear coating on solid wood. Learn the benefits from using an ecological coating, ultra-low baking temperatures and from powder coatings which finish and protect the function of a design long term.

Thermally Cured Powder Coatings for Heat Sensitive Substrates

Jeno Muthiah, Alpha Coating Technologies

During the last 15 years of applying powder coatings on MDF, critical variables have emerged to obtain a superior product. Three major variables that need to be controlled are substrate, powder and the process. This presentation reviews the important details within each of these areas to ensure a successful finish and can open the wood finishing market for powder coaters.

3 POWDER COATING FORMULATIONS

Wednesday, March 29
9:30 - 11:30 AM

Post-Addible Powder Coating Additive Technology

Steven Thompson, The Lubrizol Corporation

From an additive perspective most of the products used in powder coatings are incorporated into the premix and homogenized during the extrusion process. However, there are some instances where it's advantageous to solve performance deficiencies by adding materials to a finished product after the extrusion process. When added at this stage, these products are referred to as post-addible technology. This session will focus on the performance of post-addible additives, the considerations related to creating effective post-addible technology, the corresponding results and where these products may fit into the powder coating market.

Value Added FEVE Powder Coating Formulations for High Performance Applications

Hongli Wang, AGC Chemicals Americas

Fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resin is the only curable and powder coating process friendly fluoropolymer which can pass AAMA 2605. Coatings based on FEVE resin provide superior weatherability, corrosion and chemical resistance due to the resin's unique chemistry. This presentation describes how new developments have been focused on creating customer value through lowering cost, improving coating flexibility and surface quality, controlling coating gloss and coming up with new formulations to meet customers' requirements.

Flexible Superdurable Powder Coatings System

Steve Fehnel, Arkema Inc.

There is a new generation of flexible low bake/fast cure superdurable polyesters for powder coatings with high flow and ultra-smooth appearance for ACE applications. The binders based on this polyester hardened with triglycidyl-isocyanurate (TGIC) cures at minimum peak metal temperatures of 12 minutes at 160°C. Learn how cure temperature is bringing cost effectiveness and energy efficiency while keeping high performance.

Development of Clear, VOC-free Static Dissipative Coating for Non-Conductive Substrates Enabling Them to be Powder Coated

Atman Fozdar, Eastern Michigan University

Even with recent advancements in low temperature cure powder coating formulation, there are still challenges in making powder particles stick to non-traditional substrates to achieve good transfer efficiency with standard electrostatic spray application. Preheating MDF requires a specific material grade and moisture content. It's not the same case with plastics and composites since they don't contain moisture. This presentation describes a proposed solution: a low viscosity, VOC free, clear liquid coating to be applied as a pre-treatment solution to non-conductive substrates. It imparts just enough conductivity to attract powder particles while also promoting adhesion which aids in coating plastics and composites especially.

4 ALL ABOUT OVENS

Wednesday, March 29
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Selecting the Right Oven

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing System

This presentation will discuss quality curing and uniformity with infrared and convection ovens and a combination of both. Once the part is clean and coated; the oven puts the final touch on the part. Under-cure and over-cure can destroy all the work put into the product and process. Uniformity is very important to cure the entire product at the same time to avoid pit falls. We will discuss temperature uniformity, combining technologies, oven design and layout, and balancing your ovens. Attendees will be better able to select and or specify the correct oven.

Catalytic Infrared - What is it, How it Works, When to Use it

Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems

Catalytic infrared is not very well known or understood. Well suited for wet paint or powder applications, it can boost or do the entire cure of parts. Its unique properties and low operating costs make it effective for full finishing system or allow companies to powder coat in a cellular application. Catalytic infrared also has significant environmental benefits. This presentation will review how catalytic infrared is generated and discuss how it compares to convection heat and electric infrared, as well as its strengths and weaknesses in application?

Curing Complex Parts

Derek Dennis, Heraeus Noblelight America LLC

In the industry, infrared heating has been known to do extremely well in curing powder on flat line metal parts. This presentation will show how gas catalytic infrared technology can cure some complex shapes as well as temperature sensitive substrates.

5 APPLICATION EQUIPMENT

Wednesday, March 29
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Hunting Down and Eliminating Hidden Costs in your Powder Coating Operations

John Cole, Parker Ionics

There are many hidden extraneous elements that drive up the cost of powder coating operations. This session will expose many of these and show how to effectively eliminate or reduce their cost impact. Whether you own or operate a small, medium, or large sized powder operation, this presentation is aimed at you. All aspects of powder coating will be examined.

When is the Right Time to Upgrade Your Older Application Equipment?

Martin Vicens & Larry Fenik, Nordson Corporation

You have a great running powder booth but your existing application equipment is getting up in age. When is the time to start thinking about upgrading? Factors to consider:

  • Benefits: improved finishes, reduced rejects, powder savings
  • Technology: advancements in electrostatics and auto gun movement
  • Typical capital cost and potential payback

6 CASE STUDIES

Wednesday, March 29
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Powder Coating Sublimation and Decoration with Trojan Powder Coating

Carl Troiano, Trojan Powder Coating

Frank Mohar, Nordson Corporation

Trojan Powder Coating specializes in powder coating, vinyl coatings and decorative wood grain/faux finishes (sublimation) for the architectural market which has propelled them to the top of Products Finishing's “Top Shops” list. Operating out of three facilities located in Long Island, NY; Sarasota, FL and Pompano Beach, FL, Carl Troiano has built an empire off the crumbs left behind by other coaters. He will take us through his 26+ years of building a successful business with unique powder coating abilities including aluminum extrusion coating, vinyl coating and powder sublimation of metal, wood and glass products.

Bicycle Manufacturing Gears Up with Powder Coating

Jeff Hale, Gema

Bicycle manufacturing in North America once commanded a bigger presence than currently exist today. But Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) is one manufacturer that is changing directions and producing bicycles in the United States. Along with this monstrous task, BCA is also expanding their capabilities for providing a powder coating finish. This case study presentation will provide an overview of the re-shoring of their production as well as focus on their “dual coat” powder coating process.

7 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

Wednesday, March 29
3:15 - 4:45 PM

Chat with other attendees about a wide variety of topics to exchange thoughts and ideas about powder coating operations.

Topics will include:

  • QUALITY ENHANCEMENT
    Quality finishing is important in PCI's mission to promote powder coating technology. Outside of buying new equipment, what have you done or seen done as an upgrade that improves the quality of a powder coated finish?
  • DEFECT ANALYSIS
    All powder coating operations strive to reduce/eliminate defects in the finish. What processes, methods or tools have you found effective in defect identification/correction?
  • FILM BUILD CONTROL
    Striving for greater application efficiency has become an important goal in powder operations today, especially in larger operations. How do you monitor/control film build for better efficiency?
  • POWDER MATERIAL SELECTION
    Often, selecting the right powder material can be daunting. How do you go about deciding which material is best the parts you are coating?

8 FAST COLOR CHANGE

Wednesday, March 29
3:15 - 4:45 PM

High Speed Color Change, Facts and Myths

Brian Garvey, Parker Ionics

With faster material processing being the order of the day, the subject of high-speed color change is at the forefront in powder coating. This presentation covers the subject of color change in powder coatings, from the original methods of changing color to the present high speed color change methods in both spray-to-waste and reclaim scenarios. A comparison is made of the various types of color change methods, exhibiting the pluses and minuses of each, allowing potential users a greater understanding of which type best fits their needs.

Quick Color Change Success and Failures

Sal Garcia, Nordson Corporation

With the ever increasing production rates our industry demands equipment that can not only apply a finish efficiently, but do so quickly with rapid color change and sometimes reclaim capabilities. These demands can be met with conveyorized cyclone booths, high density pumps, and 25 second color change batch equipment. This presentation will cover quick color change equipment and the tools to make it successful. Fast color change equipment can propel a business to be more efficient and thus increase profitability. However, overlooking fundamentals like operator quality and training can do the exact opposite.

9 YOUR COMPANY'S FUTURE

Wednesday, March 29
3:15 - 4:45 PM

Mentoring: Growing your Business One Employee at a Time

Richard Gehman, Keystone Koating LLC

Mentoring and coaching employees is essential to the success of any organization. Those who do it well will see their business outlast themselves. Come back with me a few years to a powder coating shop in southeastern Pennsylvania to find a 20 something year old with the work ethic of a mule and the sensitivity of a tornado. While I thought I had the work ethic of any two people, what I lacked was genuine care for others. I needed help and a seasoned leader stepped in. Our employees are more than worth the investment. This presentation will expound on the three essentials to coaching and mentoring employees: welfare, accountability and development, how they can be applied and what attributes one needs as a mentor.

Training for Keeps - A Return on Your Investment

Matthew Wallace, VRSim Inc.

This lively and thought-provoking case study discussion will explore the return on investment analysis of training future workers. We will discuss how three schools are embracing changes in the way today's youth want to learn and how the learning experience can improve through use of simulation. The session will review virtual reality painting & coating simulation designed to augment traditional educational methods, in teaching spray painting and powder coating. Hiring job ready employees makes for less re-work and less turnover with the added benefit of delivering a “green” ROI to manufacturing organizations.

Effective Customer Service

Martin Powell, Engineered Finishing System

Outstanding customer service improves your company. This session will review the importance of the right attitude and a solution-oriented, customer-focused climate. You can't control the things that happen to you. You can only control how you react.

GENERAL SESSION

Thursday, March 30
8:00 - 9:30 AM

The Evolution of Powder Coating Technology

Kevin Biller, Powder Coating Research Group, Inc

Kevin Biller started in the powder coating industry in 1978. 2017 marks his 39th year in this amazing industry. Kevin will trace the spellbinding evolution of a simple technology with minimal end uses to the industrial coating behemoth it is today. He will take the audience on a journey from simple epoxy technology to the vanguard of specialized formulas for exotic substrates.

Managing the Regulatory World of Powder Coatings and Dust Mitigation

Marty Korecky, AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc

Bob Feldkamp, Nordson Corporation

This discussion will focus on the various regulations that affect your powder business. Whether you're a new start up or you've been around a while, you will find this informative. OSHA regulations, building codes, NFPA and International Fire Code will be discussed.

10 ULTIMATE POWDER COATING

Thursday, March 30
9:45 - 11:45 AM

Ultimate Powder Coating: An Advanced Powder Session

Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons, LLC

Steve Houston & Rodger Talbert, Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions

Chris Merritt, Gema

In this session, four instructors will take you through all the ways to design, optimize and sustain a high quality powder coating process. Not just what to look for, but how to finish any product creating the ultimate powder coated finish. In any powder coating process there is always room for improvement. So whether you have a fully automated or manual operation, and if you are a veteran to powder coating or are considering it for the first time, this session will have something for you. It is the first of its kind, Ultimate Powder Coating Session!

11 THE BUSINESS OF POWDER COATING

Thursday, March 30
9:45 - 11:45 AM

The Cost of (Poor) Quality

Todd Wenzel, Throughput|Bluestreak

The Cost of Quality (CoQ) is a hot topic right now for many companies. How do you know if you are spending enough or too much on “quality?” How do you convey to your customers and prospects why your prices are justifiable because of your commitment to quality that a competitor does not? These questions will be explored, but more importantly it will be determined if the question we should be asking ourselves is “what is our cost of poor quality?” What is it REALLY costing our company to not have a pervasive Quality Management System (QMS) intimately connecting all aspects of our business?

Customer's Expectations for System Install

Bill Brawley, Pneu-Mech Systems

The presentation will review the customer's expectations during the install process focusing on:

  • the customers' wants and needs against the vendor's delivery and plan for success
  • a project plan and install schedule
  • project management and the expectations of that role
  • the customer's responsibilities
  • what happens during the start-up and when you are production ready
  • when the final sign off happen and how we close the project out

Attendees will also learn from both the customer's perspective and the vendor's perspective.

Delivering the “Guarantee” - Customer Service

Jena Ottery/ Jenifer Cooper, EPSI

This presentation will look at best practices for adding value to the customer's experience such as:

  • Technical support - offering continuous education to staff
  • Assigning dedicated people to regions for delivering best service and departmental collaboration
  • Monthly promotions
  • Continuous communications with customers
  • Tracking call metrics
  • Customer appreciation programs

12 POWDER COATING MATERIALS

Thursday, March 30
9:45 - 11:45 AM

Scratch Resistance and Robust Surfaces: Advancements for Powder Coatings

Tony Varda, IGP North America

The purpose of this presentation is to show the fundamentals of scratches and their significance to the powder coating industry and the newest developments for this key issue. After seeing survey results of the coating industry demands, a definition of scratches is shown. Different types of scratches cause different impacts. We will explain the difference between only optical aspects of scratching and brittle fractures that destroys the film and may cause defects like corrosion to a surface. The pros and cons of each method will illustrate the need of differentiation of the single tests. A demonstration of the Martindale multi-scratching method will prove this test as the most convenient one with best suitability and correlation.

Durable and Ultradurable Coatings for Wire Goods and Complex Metal Parts

Susan Miller, PPG

High-transfer efficient interior/exterior polyester powder coating is engineered for architectural, appliance, wire goods and aluminum extrusion applications. They fit where application ease, durability and performance on complex metal parts and surfaces are paramount. These powders have faster build-rates than traditional polyester coatings on metal racks and components with decorative patterns, recessed cavities, and other intricate, difficult-to-coat surfaces. With first-pass transfer efficiency rates of 85 percent or better, they are ideal for spray-to-waste applicators seeking to reduce product loss and improve efficiencies. Environmental advantages include its BPA- and TGIC-free formulation and ability to cure in 10 minutes at 350°F.

Metallic Powders - They Don't Have to be the Biggest Pain in the $#%*&

Jeff Hale, Gema

Special effect powders are used by many companies to obtain a unique and attractive appearance. Of all the special effects used, metallic effect powders are the most common and are also one of the more challenging to use. This presentation will cover a variety of topics focused on providing a better understanding of metallic powders and how to achieve the best looking finish. Topics covered will include issues associated with chemistry formulation, dry blended vs bonded, material handling considerations, and spraying techniques for optimum performance.

13 PRETREATMENT

Thursday, March 30
1:15 - 2:45 PM

Eliminating Phosphorus from Your Pretreatment Process

Kirk Beaster, Chemetall US, Inc.

Phosphates and other phosphorus containing materials are widely used in surface treatment chemistries. The enrichment of nutrients, such as phosphorus, is one of the leading causes of water quality impairment in our watersheds and waterbodies. This has led to the establishment of strict discharge limits by regulatory bodies, especially in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions. This talk will describe how phosphorus is used in surface treatment chemistries and what suppliers are doing to eliminate them. Phosphorus-free chemistries will also be discussed.

Why Change My Pretreatment From an Iron Phosphate to a Phosphate-free or Zirconium Process

Sergio Mancini, Bulk Chemicals, Inc.

What are the advantages or benefits from changing to a phosphate-free or zirconium based conversion coating instead of a conventional iron or zinc phosphate process. How will it affect quality, costs, and will it affect the environment and discharge?

Effectively Manage Transitions from Conventional Phosphates to Advanced “Phosphorus-Free” Pretreatment Technologies!

Suresh Patel, Chemetall US, Inc.

Advanced pretreatments offer significant overall process cost savings due to reduced energy requirements, wastewater treatment and labor costs, as well as other operational expenses. This presentation will provide an overview of recent trends in chemical pretreatment. It will highlight all the steps defining the practices and procedures to ensure all process changes are accomplished in an effective, controlled and managed fashion after careful review and approval from the management team.

14 POWDER COATING BEST PRACTICES

Thursday, March 30
1:15 - 2:45 PM

Quality Air - the Foundation to Flawless Coatings

Bill Michell, Southern Fluid Systems, Inc.

Robert Horneman, FS Curtis

Coating operations must have sufficient and clean air, critical in supplying guns, workers, conveyors and shop applications. One component to a good coating can be off which can lead to a train wreck of reworks. Processes, powder, chemistry, ovens and packaging are frequently the cause of bad parts, yet no one seems to talk about one of the most important factors, sufficient and quality air supply.

Physical Properties Measurement for Powder Coatings

Jeralyn Camp, BYK Gardner

Be Nice to Mother Earth! Remove Oils & Soils from Your Wastewater; Recycle Your Aqueous Cleaning Solutions

Raymond J. Graffia, Jr., Arbortech Corporation

Easier said than done, right? Not necessarily! If you already know/can define what you have now and understand where you need to be “yesterday”, here's a primer on how to get from “Uh-oh!” to “Aaaah!” Contaminant classification is critical to keeping/making industrial wastewater discharges legal and maintaining water-based cleaning solutions in optimized working condition. This presentation will focus on defining contamination and discussing multiple treatment options.

15 SYSTEM DESIGN

Thursday, March 30
1:15 - 2:45 PM

Future of Finishing - Designing your Powder Coating System for the Unknown

Josh Gilmore, IntelliFinishing

There have been major changes in the finishing industry affecting process times and the demand in most industries has fluctuated significantly. Manufacturing trends, including lean methodology, have changed our traditional method of processing parts. How do you design a paint system that is flexible and will handle the uncertainty of the future? This presentation will review the latest in overhead conveyor technology for paint systems — friction-driven conveyors. It will also review case studies of how friction-driven conveyors, teamed with smart controls, offer flexibility and expandability and have challenged traditional paint system monuments.

Understanding and Controlling Your Powder System's Operational Costs

Nicholas Liberto, Powder Coating Consultants

Calculating your coating system's operational costs can be difficult, especially in large complicated processes. This is the first step to determine which areas of the coating process are the most costly and what actions can result in savings. This talk will discuss how to estimate your total operational costs and the tools available to simplify this process. This evaluation will include all process costs, providing a complete overview of total operational costs. This evaluation can apply to any coating process, whether it is a current operation (liquid or powder) or an estimation for a future coating process. Techniques for reducing operational costs will be reviewed with actual real-world examples.

GENERAL SESSION

Friday, March 31
8:10 AM - 1:40 PM

Knowing Your Costs to Ensure Your Profits

Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating

To ensure profitability, it is critical that custom coaters have a detailed understanding of the costs they will incur while coating a job. After briefly describing the basics of costing, this presentation will focus on the most critical cost factors and how a custom coater determines these costs in their own shop. From there, pros and cons of several costing methods with be discussed. Finally, examples will be offered showing how the costing analysis is utilized in creating a quotation. This will be an interactive session and questions and comments will be welcomed from the attendees.

High Performance Applications

Dave Severson, TCI Powder Coatings

Powder coatings come in many different shapes and sizes. If you want to elevate your coating, enhance your product or simply make sure you have the absolute best coating solution for your application this session is for you. We will cover the many ways to establish the best and highest performing powder coating for any given part. We will look at high performance in corrosion resistance, UV protection as well as optimal resistance to high wear finishes. We will also make sure we have time to answer any questions you may have for your unique application.

Powder Coatings in the Defense Industry

Dr. Beth Ann Pearson, The Sherwin-Williams Co.

The United States Department of Defense continues to place a heavy emphasis on environmental advancements for the coatings that are used on military vehicles and components, while continuing to require exceptional performance and durability and drive corrosion improvements. Powders offer several distinct technical and environmental advantages to meet this challenge. We will review the status of current military specifications and review the options for powder coatings.

How to Pre pare in Advance and Manage Your Business After a Natural Disaster: When "What If" Becomes a Reality!!

Bill Stock, Microfinish

Microfinish of Saint Louis experienced a Tornado in 2011 and a devastating flood in 2016. Bill will share important information on how advance planning will make your company better prepared to respond quickly and mitigate the long-term effects of a natural disaster. He will talk about wading through the red tape of governmental agencies and insurance issues to get your company up and running.

Implementing Core Values and Culture

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

Your list of core values might be meaningful to you, but if they're not implemented correctly or they fall on deaf ears, they're meaningless. By taking the time to align individual employee and organizational values, you can create a workforce that is highly engaged, has the organization's best interests in mind, is more productive and is committed to the future of the organization.

Change Management

Roger Engelau, Inspire Results

For many companies, no matter the size or industry, change can be unsettling and bring waves of uncertainty. From implementing new technologies to undertaking new projects, if executives and employees don't accept when change is on the horizon, any new initiative will fail. But by embracing and adopting change, companies can improve performance and seize new opportunities that can lead them to new forms of success.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

Friday, March 31
1:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Topics will include change management, best practices in housekeeping, safety, and managing unique customer requests and difficult customer relationships.

HOTEL & TRAVEL

PCI has made arrangements for a discounted group rate at the JW Marriott Indianapolis and the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Click the links below to make hotel reservations directly with the hotel of your choice. Note, rooms are limited at these rates. Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Please book your hotel within one of our hotel blocks listed above as it enables us to keep costs low for attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike.

JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
United States
 

The JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, soaring 33 stories above the city, is rated #5 best hotel in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and is in the heart of downtown shopping and dining.

Room Rate: $199/night plus tax

Book Now

Room reservations must be made by February 27, 2017 to receive the group rate.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

501 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
United States
 

The Fairfield Inn & Suites is a limited service hotel located adjacent to the JW Marriott and features complimentary internet and breakfast.

Room Rate: $149/night plus tax

Book Now

Room reservations must be made by February 27, 2017 to receive the group rate.

REGISTRATION

Register for two of the three events (101 Workshop, Technical Conference, Custom Coater Forum) and take a 10% discount on your combined registration! Must use PROMO CODE: "PCMDC" during registration.  PLEASE NOTE - There is NO Tabletop Only Registration. You must register for the Full or One Day Technical Conference in order to visit the tabletop exhibits.

Powder Coating 101 Workshop Registration

Sold Out! on Monday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 28

Workshop Registration Fee Includes:

  • Powder Coating Finisher's Handbook (a $120 value)
  • Refreshment breaks March 27 & 28
  • Networking reception
  • Continental breakfast & lunch on March 28
  • Transportation to demonstration lab on March 28
  • Workshop handouts
  • Certificate of Completion

Full Technical Conference Registration

on Wednesday, March 29 & Thursday, March 30

Full Technical Conference Registration Fee Includes:

  • Admission to any Powder Coating 2017 conference session
  • Admission to the Tabletop Exhibition on both days
  • Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks & lunch March 29 & 30
  • Tabletop reception & hospitality salons on March 29
  • One copy of conference proceedings on a flash drive

One-Day Technical Conference Registration

on Wednesday, March 29 or Thursday, March 30

One-Day Technical Conference Registration Fee Includes:

  • Admission to Powder Coating 2017 conference sessions on one day
  • Admission to the Tabletop Exhibition on one day
  • Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks & lunch on one day
  • Tabletop reception & hospitality salons on March 29
  • One copy of conference proceedings on a flash drive

Custom Coater Forum

on Thursday, March 30 & Friday, March 31

Custom Coater Forum Registration Fee Includes:

  • Admission to Custom Coater Forum conference sessions
  • Admission to Custom Coater Forum Round Table Discussions
  • Refreshment breaks & lunch March 31
  • Admission to Custom Coater Forum Evening Event on March 30
Register for two of the three (101 Workshop, Technical Conference, Custom Coater Forum) events and take a 10% discount on your combined registration! Must use PROMO CODE: "PCMDC" during registration.

CURRENT EXHIBITORS

TABLETOP EXHIBITION

You'll enjoy two days of tabletop exhibits on Wednesday, March 29th and Thursday, March 30th. Visit with leading suppliers to the powder coating industry. Lunch will be served in the tabletop ballroom both days and a reception will be held on Wednesday evening, March 29th with the tabletop exhibits.

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