CLEVELAND — Coatings manufacturing in the current climate of technical changes and challenges can easily cause formulators and production personnel to overlook some fundamental procedures.

That was the key message delivered by George Goodwin of Elementis Specialties, one of the featured speakers at a recent coatings symposium sponsored by the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Societies for Coatings Technology. The two-day symposium, held at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Cleveland, featured a wide-ranging technical program and a half-day New Product Showcase in which more than 50 coatings-industry suppliers participated with exhibits on raw materials, equipment and services. The symposium and show drew approximately 200 attendees.

Goodwin, decked out in an apron and wielding a canoe paddle as a prop designed to capture the attention of his audience, said personnel involved in coatings production can lose sight of fundamental procedures that can make or break a batch. Goodwin provided a lively review of “Practical Paint Making.”

Some of Goodwin’s “back to basics” suggestions included:

  • Writing batch tickets that include the correct order of addition, premix instructions, milling instructions and other details in an easy-to-follow “cookbook” style.

  • “Pre-staging” a batch by gathering all the raw materials ahead of time.

  • Guiding the batch-maker through a new-product batch, and perhaps first processing the batch in a lab quantity.

Other topics addressed during the symposium’s technical program were new waterborne thickeners; pigment-control techniques; PVdC copolymer latexes in metal coatings; the use of universal pigment concentrates; formulation of high-gloss, waterborne enamels; regulations on VOCs; crosslinking polyurethane dispersions; and waterborne crosslinkable coatings. R. Edward Bish, Jamestown Paint Co., was presented the symposium’s best-paper award for “Electrocoating and Regulations: The Dynamic Dual.”

Serving as symposium co-chairs were Vicki Fisher, Jamestown Paint Co., and Rick Shannon, Beaver Paint Co.