Surface Finishing Academy

Powder Coating 101 Workshop

Powder Coating 101 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, A-Brite, and ITW Gema, 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 next two days, covers a wide variety of relevant topics, including pretreatment, shop and equipment maintenance, equipment selection, oven and cure issues, powder selection, troubleshooting, and 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.


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Course Itinerary

Day One

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 9:15 am Introduction of Speakers and Welcome to the Powder Coating Academy.
9:15 am - 9:45 am Powder Manufacturing: Quick basics on powder coating manufacturing. What is powder coating, how is it manufactured and what happens before it gets to you.
9:45 am - 10:15 am Powder Chemistries: Understanding powder chemistry for the non-chemist. What powder formulations are better for which applications?
10:15 am - 10:45 am Powder Labs: Custom formulation considerations, powder coating testing, MSDS and tech data sheets, and what this information means to you.
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 am Powder Application Fundamentals: In this presentation, you will learn the fundamentals of how powder works. This all important session will guide you in understanding powder and how it works for you. By knowing how powder coating works, you will enable yourself to powder coat more efficiently. Topics will include, electrostatic properties of powder, basic application equipment, faraday cage effect, hard to coat areas and problem powders.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Powder Application : Now that you know how powder works and the fundamentals of how it is applied, we begin the afternoon session on the day to day application of powder. Single coat applications, double coat and re-coat applications. Problem powders and how to overcome the issues.
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm How to Purchase Powder Wisely: This session will teach you how to purchase powders on an APPLES to APPLES basis. Learn how smoke and mirror tricks can be avoided with the proper tools and calculations.
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm How to Cost Jobs more Accurately: The final session of the day should not be missed. Learn how to research your shop more accurately and find the real costs of doing business. Apply these costs and become more profitable. This session will deal closely with pricing jobs for your customers as well.

Day Two

9:00 am - 9:15 am Introduction of Speakers and Welcome to the Powder Coating Academy.
9:15 am - 10:15 am Pretreatment for Powder Coating: One of the more important topics of the two-day course. Other that cure, the most important topic of the course is the concern of substrate pretreatment. This course will cover the various methods of pretreatment; inline washer, dip tanks and spray-wands. Phosphate, chromate, anodizing and blasting, along with other chemical methods, will be addressed in this presentation. Pretreatment is one of the most vital stages in powder coating, this presentation should not be missed.
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Powder Coating Equipment: This short course will teach you the effective ways to select or manage your powder coating equipment. What is available in the market and how the equipment works. Routine maintenance and cleaning will be addressed.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The Fire Marshall, OSHA and EPA. Issues you should understand such as Personal Protections, Fire Code, and some of the issues that you should understand regarding health and safety.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Selling your Services in a Competitive Market. Understanding how to sell yourself and your shops services.
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Technical Session - This session will include Tips and Tricks for the custom coater. Specialty finishes, primers, filler kits, two-color blends, flames, glitter top-coats and metallic's to name a few. In addition, we will open up the floor for your
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Final Test (Optional)

Courses taught by:
Tiger Drylac, A-Brite Company, and ITW Gema

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