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June 13-15, 2017                                                                                           
Livonia, MI
Instructor: Dr. J. Baghdachi, PhD., and industry representatives


Coating users and suppliers are facing ever-increasing pressure to upgrade performance and comply with the environmental regulations. 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, 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, primers, plastics, 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

  • 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

  • Performance Rating of Conventional and Compliant Coatings

  • Selecting Compliant Liquid 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
  • Special Considerations for Coating Plastics: What to Watch For
  • 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

Coatings Case Histories

Daily Program Schedule

Class times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. 

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

The fee for the 3-day course is $1,250 which covers a course-book, lunch each day and all class supplies. Lodging and other meals are not included. A certificate of participation is presented to each registrant.

For more information, call Beth Stoner at Eastern Michigan University, 734.487.8285 or .


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