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CCAI Accepting Applications for 2015 Scholarships

19. March 2015

Several 2014 scholarship recipients were recognized at the Wisconsin Chapter golf outing and were able to thank CCAI members in person.


Over the past several years, CCAI has awarded $7,000 in scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program to students at North Dakota State University.  The primary objective of this program is to encourage education in finishing technologies.  As the finishing industry’s education and networking resource, CCAI is happy to announce the expansion of this opportunity to all students to stimulate interest in finishing careers. 


CCAI Board member, Sam Woehler states, “Education is the foundation of CCAI’s mission.  By supporting scholarship programs such as this, our membership is pleased to help attract bright new talent to the industrial finishing & coatings industry for the future.”  The scholarship program is sustained by the National CCAI and donations from CCAI Chapters. 


Our expanded program is seeking individual students needing assistance throughout the United States.  Qualified candidates will have their applications reviewed by the National CCAI Education Committee for the National Scholarship Program.  In addition, their application will be sent to a CCAI Chapter for consideration if they reside or attend a school within our Chapter areas.  Award amount will be determined by the National Board each year dependent upon balance in CCAI Scholarship Fund.  Scholarship recipients will also receive a free one year student membership in CCAI. 


“CCAI wants to invest in our industry’s future,” notes CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer.  “Reaching out to students and schools that can provide the necessary training and education to better the finishing industry is one of our top goals as an association.  We are also in the process of creating a Careers in Industrial Finishing Guide for anyone interested in learning more about the many opportunities available in our industry.  The Guide will be available from CCAI in the next several months.”


To view the criteria of the scholarship program, review the selection and award process and submit an application, visit and click on the EDUCATION tab, then scroll down to Scholarship Program.  The application deadline is April 1, 2015. 

CCAI Southern California Advanced Powder Coating Seminar Presented in Spanish

17. March 2015



The CCAI  Southern California Chapter is hosting an advanced powder coating seminar in Spanish.  This seminar is designed to help experienced users to identify problems and properly resolve the challenges.

The session will cover topics such as:

  • Lines of production efficiency of productive processes
  • Quality Processes
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Areas for Improvement

After this session, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a better optimization of your powder coating finishing systems. 

Date:  Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time:  7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and breakfast
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Afternoon Session



Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA  92840

Rooms are available Friday & Saturday night at the Marriott Suites for $134.  Click here to reserve a room on-line.  You can also call the hotel directly to reserve a room by contacting Annette Martinez at 714-383-6055 and mentioning code: CHCC to receive the special rate.

Cost:  $175 early bird pricing if registered and paid by March 20th
          $200 per person after March 20th

Special CCAI Member Pricing - $150  (not a CCAI member?  Join now to get the discount on this seminar and receive other benefits, like FREE access to our on-line training videos)

Seminar registration fee includes: Powder Coating Manual in Spanish, Breakfast, Lunch, Certificate of Completion


Avanzado de Recubierta de Polvo



En ocasiones, todos enfrentamos dificultades en el proceso de acabado de pintura en polvo. Este seminario de aplicación de polvo avanzado está diseñado para ayudar a los usuarios experimentados a identificar problemas y resolver los retos apropiadamente.

La sesión cubrirá tópicos como:

  • Líneas de producción
  • Eficiencia de procesos productivos
  • Procesos de calidad
  • Mantenimiento preventivo
  • Oportunidades de mejora

Después de esta sesión, obtendrá los conocimientos necesarios para una mejor optimización de sus sistemas de acabado de pintura en polvo.

Qualicoat Grants First U.S. License to Trojan Powder Coating

12. March 2015



Trojan Powder Coating said their latest industry certification is from Qualicoat, making them the first United States-based company to receive its Qualicoat license.


This designation marks a milestone for Carl Troiano, owner and President of Trojan Powder Coating; one that he’s been working towards for many years. 


“Qualicoat is known throughout the world as the standard-bearer for quality and excellence in aluminum coating,” says Troiano. “To be recognized by them and to meet their high level of requirements is a very proud moment for us.”


Founded nearly 30 years ago in Europe, Qualicoat was formed not only to standardize the aluminum coating industry, but to also raise the bar on quality assurance throughout the entire coating process, from transportation and installation, to cleaning and finishing.


Since its inception in 1990, Trojan Powder Coating has exponentially grown year after year to become one of the largest powder coating facilities on the east coast. With factories in New York and Florida, they’re able to accommodate a wide range of projects while guaranteeing premium, innovative and environmentally-friendly services.


Receiving this license is one in a series of exciting developments for the Trojan brand, including an upcoming factory location to open in Pompano Beach, Florida, and being awarded the 2014 Distinguished Member Award by AAMA.


Dürr EcoDryScrubber Selected to Paint Shinkansen Train

10. March 2015


Dürr, a leader in paint and application technology systems and services, said that the Japanese train operator, JR Tokai, will rely on Dürr’s EcoDryScrubber solution in its new paintshop to paint aluminum panels on the Shinkansen high-speed train.


This announcement illustrates how Dürr has established itself in the highly competitive Japanese market as it continues to bring powerful yet flexible paint systems and services to manufacturers.


The EcoDryScrubber from Dürr is an environmentally-friendly, reliable solution that leverages dry separation to capture and filter out overspray that occurs during painting. Since introducing the EcoDryScrubber, Dürr has equipped 80 percent of its paint shops with the innovative dry separation technology. The system is scheduled to enter service for the Shinkansen train in Hamamatsu in summer 2015.


The Shinkansen high-speed train is known for its ability to reach all major cities in Japan quickly and on time. An important part of the train's success story, which spans several decades, is the fact that the overall vehicle concept and its individual components have been continually advanced further. This commitment to innovation is why JR Tokai chose to fit aerodynamically optimized aluminum panels that are coated in a special paint booth. The overspray that accumulates in the booth will be filtered out using the EcoDryScrubber dry separation system from Dürr, which has enjoyed especially high demand in the automotive industry since it was launched six years ago.


The reason for the popularity of the system is simple: Limestone powder acts as a natural binding agent, eliminating the need to use water and coagulation chemicals and to dispose of paint sludge. Dry separation of overspray not only makes the exhaust air from the booth cleaner; the system also requires little maintenance, is easy to operate, is compatible with almost every climate, and can even be used for all types of paint. The environment benefits as well, since the paint-saturated limestone powder does not need to be disposed of and can be employed in other areas, such as the cement industry.


"We are pleased that we can serve another industry with this project, not to mention a market that is as technologically challenging as the one in Japan," said Hirokazu Okahana, managing director of Dürr Japan.


Liquid-to-Powder Coating Cost Estimator

6. March 2015



The Powder Coating Institute's Liquid-to-Powder Coating Cost Estimator is a simple tool for evaluating and comparing the material cost of a powder coating and liquid coating.


The app uses information such as volume solids, application or reclaim efficiency, specific gravity, product cost and applied thickness to calculate and compare the cost of each material. The app offers a visual comparison of between powder and liquid material cost, or the app can be used to evaluate each coating material individually.


There are many other advantages to using a powder coating finish and links to additional information highlighting these advantages can be accessed from within this app.


Please visit for more information.


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