Day 1 of the joint Electrocoat Association and Chemical Coaters Association International seminar is designed to meet the needs of the industry on all levels by providing information for those new to electrocoating or who want to learn more. Kicking off the program is an “An Introduction to Electrocoating,” where industry experts will address the types of e-coat and where each is used; the advantages and disadvantages of the technology; and equipment considerations. The e-coat process from pretreatment through final cure will be discussed, covering environmental considerations, testing and troubleshooting.

Attendees will see an electrocoat system in operation at the end of Day 1 with a tour of Max Coating Inc.’s Birmingham facility. Max Coating was established in 2003 to provide electrocoat services to the growing automotive supply chain springing up around the Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai assembly plants. Max Coating, which is ISO9001:2000 certified, operates a 12-stage, square-transfer indexing e-coat system using the latest in lead- and chrome-free, low HAPS, high-edge coverage technologies. After the tour, a networking reception will enable attendees to meet industry experts and ask questions specific to their company’s needs while enjoying snacks and beverages.

The seminar program has been expanded to include a second day for “advanced” topics. Day 2 will begin with a discussion on efficiency, reducing production and non-production costs, and overall system effectiveness. Presenters will move through an e-coat system schematic, exposing typical areas of energy, waste and cost savings per component while also discussing ways to maximize efficiency through racking, enhancements, etc. Troubleshooting for defects that could possibly plague a system will be outlined, with examples of those most experienced. Once inefficiencies have been exposed, methods to retrofit or upgrade the system will be discussed. Day 2 will conclude with a case study scenario to prepare attendees to return to their businesses and implement their new-found knowledge.

Registration for Day 1 includes seminar presentations, networking reception, lunch and breaks, transportation to and from the plant tour and a copy of “Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers” (a $79 value). Registration fees are $195 for Chemical Coaters Association International and Electrocoat Association members. Fees for non-members are $225. Upgrades for a Day 2–Advanced Session can be purchased for an additional $100.

The complete Electrocoat Seminar program is available for review prior to registration. Attendees may also call Anne Von Moll at (800) 563-8831 for a registration brochure.