Protective Coatings Workshop Blasts Off

May 19, 2020

By Ben DuBose, Staff Writer, Publications

More than 100 attendees packed the Protective Coatings Workshop area of CORROSION 2019's Exhibit Hall on Tuesday to learn tips on best practices as well as new techniques and technologies available to coatings contractors.

NACE International, CoatingsPro Magazine, INSPECT This, and the Master Painters Institute (MPI) jointly presented the inaugural Protective Coatings Workshop. The two-day interactive workshop, designed for those working in or interested in learning more about coatings, features presentations from coatings industry leaders; an introduction to new emerging technologies, and highlights the experience and accomplishments of those currently involved in the coatings field.

“I think that what we're seeing is a general reflection of the coatings enthusiasm here at the conference,” said Pam Nicoletti, Director of Education at NACE International. “We heard a lot of good feedback about the quality lineup of speakers that we have. There's just so much new technology and new things happening in coatings, and we're really focused on that in the workshop. We're making sure we cover those needs and that interest.”

Attendees were also able to network with other contractors,inspectors, suppliers, and instructors from NACE’s Coating Inspector Program, along with earning the opportunity to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for their participation.

Sessions on Tuesday’s inaugural day of the workshop, during which attendance far exceeded initial expectations, included:

·      “Coatings in their Environments,” by Covestro’s Steven Reinstadtler;

·      “Coatings Specifications,” from Chuck Fite of Sherwin-Williams;

·      “Introduction to the Coatings Council and Its Role,” presented by Fite and consultant Rae Marie Mattis;

·      “Coatings Performance,” by PPG’s Tom Higginbotham;

·      “As the Scope Changes,” from Sean Browning and David Hunter, Pond & Co.;

·      “The Development of Steel Surface Preparation Technology,” by HoldTight’s Ken Rossy; and

·      “Coatings Failures,” presented by MPI’s Cindy O’Malley and Chrissy Stewart, coatings consultant at KTA-Tator, Inc.

Wednesday's topics at the Protective Coatings Workshop include “Bridge Structures,” presented at 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. by IUPAT's Anton Ruesing; “Residual Soluble Salts and Coatings Performance,” from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. by Gil Rogers of Rogers & Associates and Carboline’s Mario Moreno; and “Robotics and the Future of Coatings,” presented from 11:30 a.m. until noon by Jim Gooden of BlastOne.

“We’re very excited by how it’s turned out, says Eliina Lizarraga," Group Publisher at NACE. “This is NACE's first Protective Coatings Workshop, and the interest and attendance we’re already seeing reflects the need for coatings information in the corrosion industry.” Lizarraga and Nicoletti were each part of the leadership team, along with Marketing Director Jody Bradel, responsible for developing the workshop.

The workshop concludes Wednesday afternoon with the Contractor Awards ceremony, which will be held from noon until 1 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall’s Blue Theater.

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