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Gelling, Advincula Are Plenary Speakers at 2015 Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium

10. November 2014

Dr. Victoria Gelling.


Victoria Gelling and Rigoberto Advincula are the Plenary Speakers at the 2015 Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium, to be held Feb. 9-13 in New Orleans.


Registration for the event is now open at


"People involved with technical and marketing aspects of the coatings industry are invited to attend the 2014 Waterborne Symposium," says Melanie Heusser, Waterborne Coordinator. "Both new entrants as well as veterans of the industry will find the Symposium stimulating and informational, with plenty of opportunities to interact with peers and experts."


Dr. Gelling is a Technical Director in Performance Coatings at The Valspar Corporation in Minneapolis, MN.  Before her time at Valspar, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University.  She gained a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of North Dakota then completed a doctorate in Chemistry at North Dakota State University.  Her principal research interests are the use of electrochemistry to monitor the health and degradation of polymeric materials and the transitioning of laboratory electrochemical techniques to the field.  During her career, she has studied various coating systems from the traditional to the novel, such as electroactive conducting polymers.  She has experience with numerous lightweight metal alloys from her research concentrating on aluminum and magnesium corrosion inhibition; focusing on environmentally compliant non-chromate coatings.


Advincula is Professor of  Macromolecular Science & Engineering at CASE Western Reserve University. His research interests: Design, synthesis, and characterization of polymers and nanostructured materials capable of controlled-assembly, tethering, and self-organization in ultrathin films. This includes functional macromolecules, coordination polymerization, polymerization on surfaces, electropolymerization, and preparation of nanoparticles and hybrid materials. Properties include: smart coatings, electrically conducting, photoluminescent, electroluminescent, energy harvesting, optically active, and biocompatible. Surface sensitive spectroscopy and microscopy is systematically utilized to probe materials properties and biological phenomena. We are also involved in investigating nanoparticles, nanostructured surfaces, and nanocomposite materials for sensor and bioapplications. Other applied studies include packaging, coatings, biomaterials, plastics, and process development.


Details of the event:

-Short Courses February 8 – 10, 2015
-Technology Showcase Exhibit Hall February 10 – 12, 2015
-Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, February 11 – 13, 2015
-Student Poster Session and Informal Interview Session, February 12, 2015
-Paper Awards, February 13, 2015


WHERE: The Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, T: 1-504-525-2500.


For more information, please visit


AAC Level 1 Anodizing Essentials Workshop Is January 21

5. November 2014



The Aluminum Anodizers Council will hold their Level 1 – Anodizing Essentials Workshop on Wednesday, January 21 in Austin, Texas. 


Anodizing Essentials, an all-day intensive technical workshop developed by anodizing industry professionals for anodizing industry professionals, focuses on the basics of quality anodizing. 


The workshop will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Your registration fee will include:  continental breakfast, lunch and Workbook materials.


The Workshop will take place at Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.  (Follow link below to Travel and Lodging) and you will be able to book your room online, or call for your room reservation.


In the meantime, you can find detailed information and register online by clicking here.

NASF Technical Advisory Committee Seeks Sur/Fin Papers

31. October 2014



The National Association for Surface Finishing’s (NASF) Technical Advisory Committee is now seeking industry experts to present on innovative topics for SUR/FIN 2015, scheduled for June 8-10 in Rosemont, Illinois. Abstract submissions for the June 2015 conference are due November 18, 2014.


SUR/FIN is the nation’s premier manufacturing and technology conferences for the industrial finishing industry.  Influential engineers, academics and business leaders from around the world are invited to present on emerging technologies and processes set to revolutionize surface technology.


The SUR/FIN 2015 Conference is themed “The Future of Surface Technology,” and will feature 14 sessions representing pertinent industry topics, such as:


  • Advances in Surface Finishing Technology & Processes: Advanced plating,  finishing and databases
  • Regulatory Issues: REACH, air emissions, EPA and OSHA requirements, meeting GHS and SDS requirements
  • Electronics Coatings for circuit boards, semi-conductors and chips, pattern and selective plating
  • Aerospace & Defense: Inorganic and organic coatings, including Cd and Cr alternatives
  • Automotive Coatings: Functional and decorative
  • Light Materials Finishing: Anodizing, sealing, cleaning and dimensional restoration
  • Monitoring, Predicting and Testing Coating Performance:  Computational methods, modeling, galvanic incompatibility, fast tool, rack and process development
  • Additive Manufacturing and Finishing:  Coatings and manufacturing technology for 3D laser, direct metal and powder metallurgically formed parts
  • Fastener Finishing:  Coatings for torque, wear and corrosion applications
  • Best Practices: Process efficiency, modelling methods, computational methods and reshoring

This is an excellent opportunity for surface technology experts to showcase their knowledge, align with fellow industry influencers and network with a powerful line-up of prominent corporate officials from the world’s top plating and finishing companies.


Interested speakers must submit their abstracts to NASF by November 18, 2014. Complete submission details are available at


Due to the volume of submissions, the NASF Technical Advisory Committee will begin reviewing abstracts immediately and may be unable to accept late submissions. Priority will be given to early submissions. Accepted speakers will receive complimentary full conference admission to SUR/FIN 2015, as well as full promotion of their presentation.


For complete SUR/FIN 2015 Conference details, visit

After 60 years, Mary Lou Davis Is Finally 'Finished'

31. October 2014



After nearly 60 years of helpful service to surface finishing customers, MaryLou Davis from Plating Specialists in Greater Cincinnati retired effective October 31.


Davis started her career in the finishing industry in 1955 when she went to work for Bill Young and Company, where she worked until the company closed in 1987. She worked for other finishing companies before going to work for Plating Specialists, where she has been for the past 23 years.


"Mary Lou dedicated 23 years to helping us grow our business into what we are today," said Plating Specialists President Robert Greene. "We will miss her endearing smile, her quiet way of teaching those of us behind her and her true sense of friendship here in the office.  She is someone who cannot be replicated. A true gem."


Plating Specialists is having a company-wide dinner in her honor on November 5.

Ransohoff Open House Displays Latest Cleaning Technology

29. October 2014



Parts cleaning equipment maker Ransohoff, a division of Cleaning Technologies Group, held an open house at their Cincinnati facility to celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 3.


Barney Bosse, CEO of Cleaning Technologies Group, led a presentation for visitors on the history of the company and the other divisions, which include Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics and CTG Asia.


Ransohoff has over 90 years of experience in aqueous cleaning technology with an installed base of over 15,000 parts washing machines worldwide. Ransohoff is a leading manufacturer of aqueous and solvent based parts cleaning systems including spray, immersion and ultrasonics in both standard and custom designs, as well as a complete line of recyclable aqueous chemistries and waste minimization technologies.


Bosse explained CTG’s recent 2014 awards, which included being named a “Best Place to Work” by Cincy Magazine and the Crystal Award In Innovation Excellence from the State of Ohio.


Watch the video below to get a brief glimpse into Ransohoff’s Manufacturing Day event.




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