Powder Coating Week 2020

PCI’s Powder Coating Week 2020 will be held Feb. 17-20 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.


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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) is hosting Powder Coating Week 2020 Feb. 17-20 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. The event includes educational sessions, tabletop exhibits and networking.

The event begins with PCI’s Powder Coating 101 Workshop: The Basics and the Custom Coater Forum, which run concurrently on Monday and Tuesday. The technical conference and tabletop exhibition follows on Wednesday and Thursday.


Powder Coating 101 is a 1 ½-day workshop that introduces attendees to powder coating by focusing on materials, application, reclamation, testing and evaluation, quality control, the powder manufacturing process and more. Attendees will gain knowledge of powder coatings and the process from industry experts. The training workshop is designed to be unbiased and commercial free to provide a solid foundation for the technical conference.

PCI’s Custom Coater Forum is for custom coaters to network with peers and industry leaders, hear presentations on timely issues important to the industry, and participate in roundtable discussions for sharing information.

Forum topics include:

  • Powder Coating Industry and Quality Standards
  • Lean Principles
  • Key Metrics and Profitability for Custom Coating Business
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Reviewing Key Metrics for Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey.
  • Understanding the Needs of the Architectural and Agricultural, Construction and Equipment Markets
  • Buying/Selling Your Custom Coating Business
  • Improving Quality in Our Industry
  • Instagram and Facebook Strategies for Growth
  • Roundtables: Strategies for Growing Your Customer Base

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees at a reception on Monday evening and during Tuesday’s lunch.

The technical conference on Wednesday and Thursday features nine tracks with 40 breakout sessions, covering many aspects of powder coating. It kicks off on with a keynote presentation by Lisa Ryan of Grategy, who will discuss “Sweat the Small Stuff — Attention to Detail Helps You Create a Workplace Culture that Rocks.”

A tabletop exhibition will include powder coating manufacturers, application equipment, system houses, chemical suppliers and more, and provide many opportunities for networking, learning and conversation with exhibitors and other powder coaters.


The event concludes with a Montana trip giveaway to PCI’s 2020 Annual Meeting June 22-24, in Whitefish Montana near Glacier National Park. The trip includes a 3-night stay at the host hotel, complimentary meeting registration, and $500 toward airfare.

Visit conference.powdercoating.org for updates and registration information.

Event Information

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Dr., Orlando, FL 32821

Dates: February 17-20
Feb. 17-18:
Powder Coating 101 Workshop: The Basics and Custom Coater Forum

Feb. 18-20:
Welcome Reception for Technical Conference, Technical Conference and Tabletop Exhibition

PCI has a discounted group rate at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Note: rooms are limited at these rates so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Please book your hotel room within the hotel block listed below as it enables PCI to keep costs low for attendees. The discounted rate is $209/night, plus tax and resort fee. The deadline for the discounted rate is January 24, 2020.

PCI is hosting three separate events in Orlando during Powder Coating Week: Powder Coating 101 Workshop; Custom Coater Forum; and Powder Coating 2020 Technical Conference and Exhibition. Each event has a separate registration fee. PCI is offering discounted combination fees to attend the Technical Conference with either the Powder Coating 101 Workshop or Custom Coater Forum. Note: The Powder Coating 101 Workshop and Custom Coater Forum registration fees alone do not include admission to the Technical Conference or Exhibition.

Visit conference.powdercoating.org and click on the “Hotel/Travel” button.

Schedule of Events

Monday: Powder Coating 101 Workshop and Custom Coater Forum

10 a.m.

Registration Opens

1-5 p.m.

Powder Coating 101 Workshop: The Basics

1-5 p.m.

PCI Custom Coater Forum

5-6 p.m.

Reception for Workshop and Forum Attendees

Tuesday: Powder Coating 101 Workshop, Custom Coater Forum and Technical Conference Reception

7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

8-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast for Workshop and Forum Attendees

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Powder Coating 101 Workshop: The Basics

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

PCI Custom Coater Forum

Noon-1 p.m.

Lunch for Workshop and Forum Attendees

4:30 p.m.

Workshop and Forum Conclude

8:30 p.m.

After-Hours Welcome Reception for Technical Conference

Wednesday: Technical Conference and Exhibition

7 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:30-9 a.m.

Opening Breakfast and Keynote Address

  1. a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch and Tabletop Exhibition Open

1:15-4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tabletop Exhibits Open and Reception

Thursday: Technical Conference and Exhibition

7:15 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:30-9:15 a.m.

Breakfast with Roundtable Discussions

9:30-11 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch and Tabletop Exhibition Open

1:15-3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

3:30 p.m.

Closing Session and Montana Trip Giveaway

3:45 p.m.

Powder Coating 2020 Technical Conference Concludes


Technical Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 19
8-9 a.m.
Keynote Presentation:
“Sweat the Small Stuff — Attention to Detail Helps You Create a Workplace Culture that Rocks!”

Lisa Ryan, Grategy


Troubleshooting Track

9:15-11 a.m.

Best Practices for Operating Your Cartridge Booth System
Mark Folcik,
Nordson Corporation

What Is This Stuff? Can We Clean It?
en Kaluzny, Coral Chemical Company

Be Nice to Mother Earth! How to Remove Oils and Soils from Your Wastewater and Recycle Your Aqueous Cleaning Solutions
ay Graffia, Arbortech Corporation


Market Track

9:15-11 a.m.

Tattoo Your Metal with Sublimation Technology
arco Menin, Menphis s.p.a.

Curing Heat-Sensitive Substrates: Tricks of the Trade
arty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems

Architectural Aluminum
teve Edens, Henkel Corporation


Automation Track

All Day Track

Is an Automated System Right for You?
Liberto, P.E., Powder Coating Consultants

Pretreatment Considerations for Process Changes
Kirk Beaster, BASF/Chemetall

Industry 4.0 and IIoT, Something for Everyone
Bobby Benson, Nordson Corporation

How is IOT Helpful to Me?
ector Flores, Wagner Industrial Solutions

Demonstration of a State-of-the-Art Automated Finishing Control System
ohn Claman, IntelliFinishing

Robotics Presentation
arton Faylor, FANUC Robotics Americas

Tolliver Powder Coating Case Study
ark Folcik, Nordson Corporation and Brandon Greer, Tolliver Powder Coating


New Technologies Track

1:15-4:15 p.m.
NOTE: Speakers in this session are permitted to use commercial brand names to explain the new technology

Zirconium-Based Cleaner-Coater with Improved Low-Temperature Performance
avid Montrose, Henkel Corporation

Breaking the Voltage Barrier with PowerBoost Technology — 110,000 Volts and 110 micro amps
eff Hale, Gema USA

Flexible, Automated, Cutting Edge Material Handling
had Andreae, Therma-Tron-X

Powders Coatings for Extreme Edge Coverage and Corrosion Protection
athryn Shaffer, PPG Industrial Coatings

OptiStar All-In-One, Combining Delivery and Application Control Into One Compact Device
hris Merritt, Gema USA

Inertial Powder Separation — A New Direction in Powder Booth Design Larry Savage, Particle Recovery

Non-Reactive Versus Reactive Pretreatments
ergio Mancini, Bulk Chemicals

Layer Check Device
ector Flores, Wagner Industrial Solutions


Batch Track

1:15-4:15 p.m.

Effective and Efficient Batch Powder Coating Systems
ike Withers, Axalta Coating Systems
Greg Dawson, Nordson Corporation
John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems

Evolution of a Batch System Operation: A Fabricator’s Case Study
arty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems
Neal Spencer, Ernest-Spencer Metals

What a Mess…Keep the Powder in Your Booth!
Frank Mohar, Nordson Corporation


Thursday, February 20

7:30-9:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Powder Coating Roundtables

Formulation Track

All Day Track
NOTE: Many of the presentations in this session include new technologies where speakers are permitted to use commercial brand names to explain the new technology

Polyester Powder Resins for One-Shot Matte Application
Paul Buijsen, DSM Coating Resins

New-Generation, Reactive Matting Additive for Epoxy and Hybrid Powder Coatings
Atman Fozdar and Ronald Lewarchik, Chemical Dynamics

FEVE Fluoropolymer Resins for Highly Weatherable and Corrosion Resistant Coatings
Hongli Wang, AGC Chemicals Americas

New Antistatic Powder Coatings
Jongchun Oh, KCC Corporation

Graphene/Wax Composites for Anticorrosion
Rich Czarnecki, Micro Powders

Multifunctional Additives for Powder Coatings
Michael Watson and Mouhcine Kanouni, Clariant Additives

Specialty Crosslinkers for Improved Powder Coating Properties
Bernd Knobloch, Ems-Chemie

High Weatherability Powder Paint for Automotive Exterior Parts and Weatherproofing Method
Hwang Sangok, KCC Corporation


Maximizing Efficiencies to Maximize Profits Track

All Day Track

Guide to Purchasing a Finishing System
Rich Saddler, Industrial Finishing Solutions

Real Cost to Powder Coat
Mike Withers, Axalta Coating Systems

Improved Efficiency Through Racking: How to Eliminate Wasted Labor and Space
Isaiah Haley, Production Plus/Magic Rack

Optimizing Quality and Material Consumption with Non-Contact Film Thickness Measurement
Martin Rola, Sapience Automation

Benefits of Automating Industrial Finishing Door Systems
Zach Morrow, RollSeal


Testing and Measurement Track

9:30-11 a.m.

Know Your Options
Mike Beamish, DeFelsko Corporation

Study to Measure Mechanical Properties such as Hardness, Elastic Modulus, Creep and More Using Nanoindentation
Rahul Nair, Fischer Technology

Powder Coating Done Right
1:45-3:30 p.m.

Closing Session and Montana Trip Giveaway

3:30-3:45 p.m.


Tabletop Exhibitors

(as of Nov. 5, 2019)

ACT Test Panels LLC
AkzoNobel Powder Coatings
Axalta Coating Systems
BCI Surface Technologies
BYK-Gardner USA
Calvary Industries Inc.
Chemical Coaters Association International
Digilube Systems
Dinamec Systems LLC
DuBois Chemicals
Elcometer Inc.
EPSI Masking Solutions
Fischer Technology Inc.
Fostoria Process Equipment (Div. of TPI Corp.)
Gema USA Inc.
George Koch Sons
Global Finishing Solutions
Henkel Corporation
IFS Coatings
Keyland Polymer UV Powder LLC
Link Color NA Inc.
Magic Rack/Production Plus
Menphis s.p.a.
Midwest Finishing Systems
Nordson Corporation
Parker Ionics
Patriot Powder Coatings
PEM Inc.
Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. Inc.
Powder Coated Tough
The Powder Coating Institute
PPG Industries
Products Finishing
RollSeal Inc.
Sames Kremlin
The Sherwin-Williams Company
TCI Powder Coatings
Therma-Tron-X Inc.
Trimac Industrial Systems LLC
Wagner Industrial Solutions