The Southern Metal Finishing Conference agenda will cover a range of timely issues, technologies, and practices. Among them: electroplating, powder coating, anodizing, and industrial cleaning technology, to name a few.

Following are a few highlights:

Powder Coating School. Whether you are a powder coating amateur or a seasoned professional looking to expand your knowledge of the operation, the Surface Finishing Academy's Powder Coating course has been designed to improve your understanding of all aspects of modern day powder coating. Instructed by the powder coating experts at TIGER Drylac USA, this intensive, two-day course covers the fundamentals of powder coating from both a commercial and industrial perspective.

The course begins with an introduction on the formulation and manufacture of powder coating and over the following two days, covers a wide variety of relevant topics, including pretreatment, shop and equipment maintenance, equipment selection, oven and cure issues, powder selection, troubleshooting, as well as tips and tricks for the custom coater. Participants will not only walk away from the course with a range of new techniques, but will have a better understanding of the overall powder coating process.

Indispensable Parts Cleaning Technology. This course is indispensable for those who do or manage parts cleaning work. It’s indispensable because parts cleaning is indispensable to modern manufacturing, or maintenance. Whether you specialize in parts cleaning, or manage those who do it, this course will provide you with excellent value. It may help your firm retain business, and the jobs of those who work in that business. The Surface Finishing Academy is proud to provide this opportunity to learn from and interact with world-renown professional independent consultant, educator, author, and Metal Finishing columnist John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. This two-day course will cover a broad range of content, with plenty of opportunity for rigorous one-to-one and small-group interaction on topics of special interest to attendees. Note: Attendance will be limited to 15 people. There will be three short written and one oral quiz to review understanding of the course material. Participants are urged to bring difficult-to-clean, -rinse, or -dry parts for analysis and discussion.

Electroplating Know How Basics. The Kushner Electroplating School is a two-day program, based on the world-famous correspondence course, “Electroplating Know How II.” It has been designed for executives, engineers, line managers, line operators and technical/sales representatives who interested in obtaining a better understanding of plating operations and the operations they perform.

The Kushner School has been training individuals in the science of electroplating for more than 60 years. The training materials and methods used by Kushner Electroplating School including Electroplating Know How Basics are recognized as the best available in the electroplating industry. All materials are taken from Electroplating Know How II training programs as well as Dr. Kushner's many years of consulting and training experience.

Introduction to Anodizing Workshop. The Introduction to Anodizing Workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and ability of anyone involved in operating an anodizing line. With an emphasis on quality, the program takes the anodizer though the entire process, beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized, and going right through to the final rinse and sealing processes.

During the two day workshop, students will be taught the anodizing process from pretreatment to post treatment. The course will cover bath analysis, handling, quality control and various waste treatment options, along with other hot topics for today's professional anodizers. Following this Anodizing Workshop students will have a well-rounded understanding of practical anodizing, supported up by an expanded knowledge about the fundamentals of anodizing in sulfuric acid.

Advanced Hardcoat Anodizing. The LightMetals Institute, a division of LightMetals Industries, in cooperation with the Surface Finishing Academy, will present an Advanced Seminar on the Science and Engineering of Anodizing and Hardcoat Anodizing. This course will be a comprehensive study of the metallurgy, electricity, chemistry, and electrochemistry for the processing of aluminum in an engineered way to produce consistently excellent and repeatable hardcoat results, with increased cost savings. This advanced anodizing course is a must for shop owners, managers, engineers, production line operators and anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the anodizing process.

Online registration for the Southern Metal Finishing Conference is now available.