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Article Type: Conferences From: Pigment & Resin Technology, Volume 39, Issue 3
The Electrocoating Seminar held in Birmingham, Alabama on November 11-12, 2009 was a premier outing for the Advanced Program. A robust program of advanced topics for electrocoating was added to the Day 1 basic session, making it a Day 2 educational event for the industry. The seminar is co-sponsored by The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association Int’l.
Day 1 provided detailed information about the electrocoating process from racking through cure, preventive maintenance, and new developments. The afternoon concluded with an impressive tour of Max Coatings, Inc.’s Birmingham facility. A networking reception was held that evening for attendees and speakers.
Day 2 began with a discussion on efficiency, reducing production and non-production costs, and overall system effectiveness. Presenters moved through the ecoat process and equipment, exposing typical areas of energy, waste and cost savings while also discussing ways to maximize efficiency through racking, enhancements, etc. Troubleshooting for defects that could possibly plague a system were outlined in a hands-on method with live examples of those most experienced. Attendees left informed and motivated to seek cost effective improvements to energy usage and other areas of their process.
Without a doubt, the seminar provided a great learning and networking opportunity.
Karen McGlothlin is the Executive Director of The Electrocoat Association. For further information: Tel.: 800-579-8806, e-mail: email@example.com, web site: www.electrocoat.org, with comments or questions.