PORTLAND, OR — The Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology issued a call for papers for the society’s Annual Spring Symposium, scheduled for May 3-5 in Portland, OR. Papers are also invited for a manufacturing seminar planned in conjunction with the symposium.

The symposium carries a theme of “Coalescing Ideas for the Future,” and the society is inviting papers related to high-performance coatings. Specific topics can include UV-cure coatings; high-solids coatings; HAPs-free coatings; waterborne coatings for metal, plastics and glass; waterborne epoxies; powder coatings; chemical-resistant coatings; and additives that enhance coatings performance and application properties.

Proposed papers should be submitted to Kieffer Tarbell, Drew Paints Inc., P.O. Box 29139, Portland, OR 97296. More information can be obtained by calling 503/227.6497.

The manufacturing seminar, titled “From Batch Ticket to Packaging,” will include seven presentations on “how-to” aspects of manufacturing of coatings, with emphasis given to troubleshooting and other suggestions on successful manufacturing techniques. Topics can include: general manufacturing principles; pitfalls to avoid; techniques; clean-up; recognizing problems in coatings; quality control for production; proper equipment use; tools for production; packaging considerations; and product shelf life/storage considerations.

Copies of proposed papers and/or abstracts should be submitted to: Kris Vockler, ICD, 13911 NW 3rd Court, Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98685. For more information, contact Vockler at 360/546.2286, e-mail krisvockler@icdcoatings.com.