--Materials and Applications--
June 14 - 16, 2016


The objective of this practical workshop is to offer a sound assessment of the latest developments in materials, application methods, and process selection. The course will focus on material properties, both coatings and substrates, their application, and design of a high performance and environmentally compliant coating operation. In addition, it will discuss corrosion and methods of preventing corrosion by protective coatings and many case histories and troubleshooting approaches. The informal atmosphere with emphasis on problem solving discussions, and the "Learner Controlled Instruction" style, will make it easy for you to obtain answers to specific questions.

Who Should Attend?

All manufacturing personnel dealing with decorative and protective coatings and corrosion prevention technology; process, design and specification engineers, quality control technical service, chemists and technical sales. The course is appropriate for current users with limited to very good knowledge of coatings operations, which need or want to learn fundamentals, current trends, and new technologies.

Benefits of Attending

  • Develop an overall understanding of coatings and corrosion prevention methods and processes.
  • Learn how to select various coatings and substrates, and become familiar with their properties, as well as costs and application methods.
  • Gain valuable understanding of durability of coatings and corrosion phenomena and learn how to prevent corrosion by the systems approach.
  • Learn how to save costs by implementing more efficient processes and judicial selection of materials.
  • Receive unbiased technical opinions on what works, what does not and why.
  • Reinforce your mastery of troubleshooting and problem solving capabilities.
  • Course outline:

      Adhesion of Coatings

    • Requirement for a Good Adhesion
    • Methods of Promoting and Maintaining Adhesion
    • Selecting coatings for superior adhesion
    • Effect of Adhesion on Durability and Corrosion Resistance of Coatings

      Surface Pretreatment

    • Surface Nature and Characteristics
    • Reasons and Benefits of Surface Pretreatment
    • How to Select a Proper Surface Treatment Process
    • Selection and Application of Primers, Adhesion Promoters and Corrosion Inhibitors
    • Mechanical and Physical Treatments
    • Conversion Coatings
    • Anodizing Treatment of Aluminum

      Electrocoating and Plating

    • Corrosion Protection via Electrocoating
    • Electrodeposition Types, Processes and Applications
    • Performance Properties and Economics
    • Corrosion Protection via Plating

      How to Design for Corrosion Control

    • Material Selection
    • Process Variables
    • Structural Design
    • Intact and Non-intact Protection Methods

      Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention

    • Fundamentals of Corrosion
    • Corrosion Types and Mechanisms
    • Methods of Preventing Corrosion
    • The Effect of Coatings Variables on Corrosion

      Corrosion Protection by Coatings

    • How Coatings Protect and Why They Fail
    • Factors Affecting Corrosion Protection of Coatings
    • Selecting Coatings for Corrosion Protection
    • Approaches for Preventing Corrosion
    • Methods of Evaluating Corrosion Protection of Coatings

      Selection, Properties and Application of Liquid Organic Coatings

    • Selecting Compliant Liquid Coatings
    • Performance Rating of Conventional and Compliant Coatings
    • Coating Types and Properties
    • Possible Service Life Prediction
    • Recent Developments and Future Trends

      Waterborne Coatings

    • Performance and Durability of Waterborne Coatings
    • Understanding of Waterborne Coatings
    • Special Consideration for Waterborne Coatings Application
    • Selection, Merits, Application and Process Variables
    • How to Convert to Waterborne Coatings
    • Powder Coating

    • Current Status of Powder Coatings
    • When and Where to Use Powder Coatings
    • Advantages and Limitations
    • Powder Types and Properties
    • Selecting Powder Coating and Application Methods
    • What does it take to Convert to Powder Coating
    • Performance and Troubleshooting

      Coating Plastics

    • Working with Plastics
    • Nature, and Paintability of Plastics
    • Surface Treatment of Plastics and Composites
    • Selecting Coatings for Plastics
    • Requirements for Coating Defect-free Plastic Parts
    • Coating Application and Troubleshooting

      Surface Defect Characterization and Prevention

    • Sources and Examples of Defects
    • Types and Causes of Defects
    • Methods of Preventing Defects
    • Durability and Testing of Coatings

    • Why Do Coatings Fail?
    • Factors Affecting the Performance of Coatings
    • Mechanisms of Paint Failure
    • Possible Methods of Coating's Life Prediction
    • How to Extend the Life of a Coating?
    • How to Test Coatings for Specific Applications?
    • Evaluation of Coatings
    • Coatings Case Histories


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    In the event you are unable to participate, substitutions are welcome at any time – just let us know. Please notify us IN WRITING of cancellations and transfers five (5) business days prior to the start date of the seminar in order to avoid a processing fee of $150. You may email our registrar, Karen Metz, at or fax your cancellation to 734.481.0509. If you do not attend the seminar and do not cancel or transfer prior to the start date, the seminar fee is non-refundable.

    Please note that it is our policy to hold all seminars. However, EMU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any seminar, if necessary, and to substitute presenters. We will gladly issue seminar fee refunds if cancellation is necessary, but we cannot be responsible for any airfare penalties or other travel expenses that may be incurred due to these changes.