PHILADELPHIA - The Eastern Training Conference, sponsored by the Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology, will take place May 9-11, 2005, at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel & Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pa. Two three-day courses will be offered along with an instrument exhibition.

Course 1, The Essential Knowledge for Coatings Formulation, is intended to bring together the process of formulating coatings in a logical sequence. Attendees will learn about analysis of the customer's requirement, the nature and purpose of the raw materials used to produce coatings, and how they interact. This course combines lectures, workshops and practical experience to give a deeper understanding of the chemical and physical aspects of coatings technology.

Course 2, Coatings Formulation in Advancing Technologies, focuses on four significant advancing technologies in the coatings industry: radiation curing, high solids, water-based and powder coatings. The course will provide essential information to the coatings formulator regarding the basic principles of each of these technologies and an understanding of the processes involved for formulating and formulation development. The seminar will cover the technologies through lectures, exercises and practical experience with laboratory equipment and procedures. This course is intended for those with a technical background in the coatings industry.

For additional information, e-mail Stephen T. Schmidt at