2022 CTT Agenda

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
9:00 AM
CSCT Golf Outing
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3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Exhibitor Move-In
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Perkin Elmer Lab Tour
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At our Downers Grove facility, we feature a lab for each of our major product lines: Infrared, UV/Vis, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, Thermal, Atomic Spectroscopy, and gas and liquid chromatography. With our extensive lines of instrumentation, PerkinElmer can help your lab run analyses for everything from materials and chemicals, to microplastics and environmental concerns, and heavy metals and contaminants. Bring your questions for our experts with you and stop in for a tour in partnership with Coatings Trends and Technologies on 9/7 from 3-5 pm.
Thursday, September 8, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
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Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Keynote Presentation Chemicals Can’t Wait: The Supply Chain Crisis and What We Can Do to Help End It
Eric R. Byer, National Association of Chemical Distributors
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an immense strain on the chemical distribution supply chain. Recently, America’s supply chain crisis has reached new levels of dysfunction and these ongoing disruptions are having severe impacts on product availability, businesses’ bottom lines and consumers’ wallets. Chemical distributors are responsible for processing, formulating, blending, repackaging, warehousing, transporting, and marketing chemical products for over 750,000 customers in nearly every industry. They play a vital role in ensuring a vibrant paint and coatings industry keeps running by providing critical products like coatings for life-saving equipment such as ventilators and vital signs monitors, cleaning products and mold/mildewcide treatments, the interior coating of steel and aluminum food and beverage cans that ensure food safety, and many others. To continue serving their customers in the paint and coatings industry and elsewhere, distributors must be able to book cargo and receive it in a timely manner at fair prices. National Association of Chemical Distributors President & CEO Eric R. Byer will explore the current supply chain scenario and what we need to alleviate the current crisis and strengthen our system to safeguard against future crises.
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9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break
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Exhibit Hall Open
10:20AM - 10:50 AM
Track 1: Pigments and Colorants Next Generation of Architectural Colorants
Jerry Powers, Chromaflo Technologies
The usage and volume of low-VOC architectural colorants is increasing in North America. Both paint companies and colorant suppliers have advanced their knowledge and tools for successful low-VOC formulation of their architectural products. Lower VOC means increasing the usage of biocides (type and amount) to prevent spoilage of paint and colorant. Still, regulatory bodies move forward with standards to lower VOC limits and biocide amounts while also restricting the types of biocides that can be used. What are paint and colorant companies to do? What is next in line for technology of architectural low-VOC resin-free colorants? Chromaflo has come up with a global system of colorants that are globally compliant in VOC and biocide levels. These colorants have higher pigment loading yet are easily dispensable, do not detract from base paint properties, are more stable in the dispensers, and are stable on the shelf.

Track 2: Bio-Based Technology 1 Disrupting Climate Change:
How 100% Bio-Based Ethoxylated Derivates Will Impact Sustainability Targets and Imminent Regulatory Requirements
Marc Chan, Clariant
Our current lifestyles generate excessive CO2 above the limits that our mother earth can withstand. As CO2 is used for photosynthesis by plants, metabolized into organic matter and consumed by Earth’s organisms, it moves in a constant cycle through soil, sea and atmosphere. The major challenge we face is the high share of fossil carbon in many consumer products. In the coatings industry, raw materials create nearly 40% of a manufacturer’s greenhouse gases. The United Nations Environment Program’s latest Emissions Gap Reports shows that GHG emissions need to be halved by the year 2030 if we are to limit global warming to 1.5 °C in the next eight years. This means removing an additional 28 gigatons of CO2 over and above what was promised in the Paris agreement. Implementing a responsible materials program based on 100% bio-based ethoxylates can make an enormous impact on transforming that balance; surfactants and ethylene oxide derivatives offer carbon-negative solutions that set a path toward rebalancing the carbon cycle and addressing climate disruptions.

Track 3: Additive Advancements 1 New Technology for Non-Toxic, Stain-Blocking Wood Coatings
Richard Keeler, Kisuma Americas, Inc.
10:55AM - 11:25 AM
Track 1: Pigments and Colorants Topcoat Corrosion Study Comparing Pigment Particle Size Distribution
Donald Lawson, AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.
This study evaluates the corrosion protection of steel and aluminum substrates in a high-performance topcoat system through adjustments in the particle size distribution of inorganic pigments and glass flakes. Commercially available topcoat systems will be compared with systems based on fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) chemistry. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) testing, alongside the results of accelerated weathering and cyclic corrosion testing (ultraviolet light cycling with condensation and salt-spray) will be discussed.

Track 2: Bio-Based Technology 1 Influence of Bio-Based, Zero-VOC Coalescing Agents on the Formation of Architectural Coatings
Artur Palasz, Ph.D., Spektrochem Paint Raw Materials Technical Center
The influence of modern zero-VOC coalescents based on bio resources, complying with the sustainable development policy, is discussed in terms of the possibility of replacing conventional coalescents currently used in architectural paint formulations based on pure acrylic polymer dispersion in systems for walls and ceilings as well as for wood. The results of case studies with the use of various coalescents characterized by varying degrees of miscibility with water, boiling point, flash point and freezing point in latex paint formulations were presented in terms of their actual impact on coating formation, especially at low temperatures, and the impact on the functional properties of coatings, e.g. hardness, blocking or scrub resistance. A comparison was made to what extent "green" coalescents can be useful in replacing those commonly used to increase ecological awareness and sustainable development.

Track 3: Additive Advancements 1 Easy-to-Disperse Fumed Silica Technology Reduces Equipment Demand, Processing Time and Expense
Ali Javadi, Evonik Corporation
The field of coatings technology has utilized many forms of fumed silica in the last 70 years. Due to highly adaptable surfaces and structure, numerous grades have been developed over the decades to provide functional solutions to many coatings problems. Successful use of technology is contingent on adequate dispersion, which often requires some type of milling technology. Now, an innovative downstream process breakthrough has created an easy-to-disperse fumed silica design on an experimental scale to enable formulators to use technology without the need for high-intensity milling. Historically, there are many tailor-made designs that resulted from fumed silica’s adaptable character. These tailor-made designs create performance attributes including rheological flow control, suspension, reinforcement, scratch resistance using standard high-speed dispersion, which replaces more intense bead milling to achieve high efficiency. This presentation will compare performance using both forms of dispersion; standard high-speed dissolver type compared to bead-mill type to demonstrate the easy-to-disperse innovation.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Track 1: Pigments and Colorants New Technology for Producing Metal Effect Pigments
Romesh Kumar, Heubach Group
An important chemical bond existing in many organic pigments often used in paint applications is called the “azo” chromophore. Johann Peter Griess discovered the first azo compound in 1858. His discovery subsequently resulted in the multi-billion-dollar industry we know today. The first synthetic azo pigments of commercial significance were manufactured over 100 years ago. Since that time, several different classes of azo pigments have been discovered and mass produced for use in all types of coatings including liquid (aqueous and non-aqueous), powder, automotive, industrial, road markings, and many other special applications. Even today, work goes on to develop azo pigments representing new unique chemical structures. This presentation will discuss the beginnings of azo chemistry and different classes of azo pigments commonly used today in the worldwide coatings industry. Starting raw materials, pigment synthesis, processing, and finishing will be briefly covered. Examples of how chemical and physical differences of pigments can affect their overall performance properties in polymers will also be illustrated. Finally, some recent developments in azo pigment chemistry, and the current and future role of azo pigments in coatings applications of plastics will be discussed.

Track 2: Bio-Based Technology 1 Biobased Waxes for Coatings
William Ruth, Lubrizol
As the global economy looks to move towards environmentally friendly products, suppliers need to adapt their raw materials to meet constantly evolving regulatory and societal demands. Using bio-based materials is one path that some end product producers are choosing to embrace the future of sustainability. The challenge with using bio-based raw materials is finding the balance between product performance, price and material availability. Specifically, when it comes to packaging and surface protection, scratch and mar resistance combined with coefficient of friction rank high in terms of key performance parameters. Maintaining surface appearance features that include gloss retention and matting effects are also important properties that must be retained when using possible bio-based solutions. In this presentation we examine multiple bio-based solutions that can enable performance while addressing the need to be considered environmentally friendly.

Track 3: Additive Advancements 1 Performance Impacts of Versatile High-Performance Cobalt-Free Catalysts Across Multiple Alkyd Coating Applications
Joshua Halstead, Borchers: A Milliken Brand
Oxidatively cured materials such as alkyds and other unsaturated oils commonly utilize metal catalysts for drying. These catalysts can influence the multi-step free radical curing mechanism, which causes differences in reaction kinetics and the structure of the cured film. In this work, significant improvements in performance were notated by changing the catalyst from a cobalt carboxylate to a high-performance cobalt-free catalyst. The effect on functional coating properties will be reviewed in real-world formulations for a variety of application spaces, such as architectural, general industrial and wood coatings.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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1:30PM - 2:00 PM
Track 1: Industrial Coatings Reactable, Non-Migrating and Non-Basic Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer for Coatings
Ravi Ravichandran, Amindon Inc.
A new reactable, liquid, non-basic hindered amine light stabilizer has been developed, which can covalently react in with melamine and isocyanate crosslinked coatings, thereby minimizing migration of the stabilizer during light exposure of cured coatings. The new experimental HALS, available as a blend with a reactable, photopermanent triazine UV absorber, is designed to meet the high performance and durability requirements of exterior solvent-based automotive and industrial coating applications where basic HALS fail or where compatibility with the coating matrix or migration into the substrate are problematic. For example, improved retention of the stabilizer, especially in coatings over plastic substrates, is beneficial as migration into the plastic substrate can lead to loss of durability and weathering resistance. A waterborne version of this new product is also being developed, and both solvent and waterborne versions are available for customer evaluations.

Track 2: Architectural Coatings Unique Additives for Architectural Coatings Applications
Royce Mathews, MUNZING
Hydrophobicity in wood and architectural coatings is hard to achieve both in interior and exterior coatings. Munzing has developed additives that can perform well for hydrophobicity without any compromises on dirt pick up resistance and yellowing when compared to current additives available in the market. Scratch and metal marking resistance is needed in many coatings’ applications. We have successfully developed a combination of additives that can help achieve scratch, abrasion resistance and metal marking resistance. The presentation will cover application testing and data for both hydrophobicity improvement, scratch, abrasion resistance and metal marking resistance.

Track 3: Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence AI, the Next Frontier for Formulating in CASE
Sasha Novakovich, Alchemy Cloud, Inc.
For years, pundits and prognosticators have talked enthusiastically about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to usher in a myriad of benefits. At the grandest level, predictive chemistry should accelerate fundamental discovery. At a practical level, it should speed new and derivative product development, and facilitate assessments of material compatibility and manufacturability. In general, predictive chemistry should speed our understanding of cause-and-effect relationships between ingredients, and technical and functional performance or structure-property relationships. The potential value is everywhere, and companies across the globe have added “pursue AI” or “technology innovation” to their corporate strategies. Chief Innovation Officers and teams of data scientists are already working to bring this vision to life. But it’s going more slowly, and with spottier results, than many had hoped. So, is predictive chemistry possible? Why is it taking so long to turn the vision into reality? And what can companies be doing today to accelerate their AI strategies? In this presentation, Alchemy’s CEO and co-founder, Sasha Novakovich, will delve into: Why predictive chemistry will be a game changer for our industry; the factors that make it so hard to actualize; and an actionable roadmap to make predictive chemistry a reality.
2:05PM - 2:35 PM
Track 1: Industrial Coatings Advancing Sustainable Water-Based Coatings with Heavy-Metal-Free Corrosion Inhibitors
Global sustainability has become a focused effort in all areas of our lives. The coatings industry can address sustainability by focusing on environmental preservation, responsible consumption and production of materials, and reduction in the human health impacts of our products. The cost of corrosion accounts for over 3% of the global GDP, making protective coatings an essential need in the global migration to sustainable living. Metal protective coatings vary in performance requirements and regulatory restrictions, but pressure to reduce dependance on solventborne systems is growing. Historical use of corrosion inhibitors based on chromates and zinc chemistries has brought great benefit to coating performance, but at a detriment to the environment and human health. Advances in technology have produced alternatives containing no heavy metals that maintain coating performance. Demonstration of successful formulation using these sustainable corrosion inhibitors in water-based systems will lead the industry to regulatory compliance. These green products can match the performance of previous technology, maintaining service life, and cost of replacement expectations.

Track 2: Architectural Coatings Sustainable Rheology Additives with Superior Spatter Resistance for Water-Based Architectural Coatings
Driven by the demand for sustainable solutions in paint and coatings, CHT has explored innovative rheology chemistries for a new high-performance anti-spatter rheology additive derived from guar gum. Cellulosic derivatives have been the benchmark of rheology additives due to their high performance and influence on key characteristics, but now a new, sustainable solution based on guar gum is available to achieve these desired characteristics. Guar plants are native to the desert regions of India and have been grown for centuries. By grinding the endosperm of the guar seeds, guar gum is obtained. Alone guar gum is an efficient thickener. However, for guar to deliver the high-performance properties demanded in architectural applications, chemical modifications are necessary. The novel product created by the CHT group expands the portfolio of sustainable additives for the construction industry. This new guar delivers remarkable spatter resistance in architectural paints, outperforming traditional cellulose additives. The compatibility of this product allows for use in a wide variety of binders like styrene-acrylate and vinyl-copolymer dispersions, as well as in combination with other thickeners such as HEURs and xanthan. Finally, this additive features retarded swelling properties that allow for easy slump-free incorporation into the paint mixture.

Track 3: Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence How to Exploit Digital in Your R&D
Electri Ant Lab ,
Complex fluid and material simulation has been a burgeoning area of research and development in academia since the latter half of the 20th century. On the other hand, embracing this crucial technology within industry and private sector R&D laboratories is proving to be sluggish at best. This presentation will outline strategies for surmounting the typical barriers to simulation adoption within R&D, and why this effort is crucial for keeping on the edge of the "digital R&D" wave.
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Track 1: Industrial Coatings Graphene-Enhanced Antistatic Floor Coatings
John Willhite, Applied Graphene Materials
In its purest form, graphene possesses an unsurpassed combination of electrical, mechanical and thermal properties, which gives it the potential to replace existing materials in a wide range of applications and, in the long term, to enable new applications. Graphene’s unique two-dimensional structure in the nanoplatelet form results in very high-aspect-ratio, high-surface-area materials that are particularly suited for use as multi-functional additives in paints and coatings formulations. AGM has previously reported on the development of anticorrosive primers that utilize graphene nanoplatelets to increase coating durability. In this work, AGM reports on a further extension of their work in paints and coatings, by using graphene nanoplatelets as functional additives for floor coatings; making use of graphene’s barrier properties to enhance chemical resistance, and it’s electrical conductivity to provide antistatic performance of epoxy floor coatings.

Track 2: Architectural Coatings Novel Amine Curing Agent for Concrete Joint Filler Applications
Yong Zhang, Huntsman Corporation
When return to service is crucial for the financials of a project or running a facility, technologies that enable fast-curing of a coating become critical. Today, performance and productivity are of significant value to many asset owners who are looking for innovations in the coatings industry that can excel in different conditions and deliver a quick return to service. Huntsman Advanced Materials has introduced a novel polyamide-based curing agent that achieves much faster curing speed than traditional polyamide curing agents. It has a unique combination of hardness and flexibility in addition to good water resistance and mechanical properties. Using this novel curing agent in a concrete joint filler formula will be described in this presentation, and performance comparison with other current commercially available products will also be discussed, including gel time, dry time, hardness, water absorption, tensile strength, and elongation. The range of conditions under which this concrete joint filler can be applied, and good performance achieved will also be summarized.

Track 3: Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence AI-Driven Formulation Strategies
William Erwin, Citrine Informatics
AI is increasingly used in the coatings industry as a means of accelerating development for new formulations. This presentation will review the role of machine learning in coatings development across different materials systems with disparate technical objectives. During this presentation, we discuss AI-driven coatings development efforts with the aims of accelerating novel formulation timelines, optimizing raw material cost, and achieving enhanced coating performance. This talk will provide a case study that describes the AI workflow for a coatings problem as well as an overview of strategies used by industry leaders to incorporate AI into coatings development workflows.
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall Open
3:50 PM - 4:20 PM
Track 1: Resin Developments Novel Polyester-Based Resins as an Alternative to Fluoropolymers
Geoff Webster Jr., Eastman Chemical
Protective coatings for heavy industrial and infrastructure applications must withstand the test of time. These coatings are under relentless pressure from environmental conditions and are often found in sensitive or hard-to-access locations where recoating must be minimized. Currently, fluoropolymers are the gold standard for these applications due to their ability to enable extreme durability. However, these resins do come with trade-offs  including high costs and growing regulatory pressure surrounding the use of polyfluorinated materials. To address these concerns, Eastman has developed novel polyester-based protective resin systems based on a unique monomer that showcase exceptional weathering and have the potential to match the performance of currently available fluoropolymers. This presentation with showcase initial weathering data for these resins, as well as an analysis of the polymer linkages and modelling of polymer photo degradation to demonstrate why we believe these new resins are so highly weatherable.

Track 2: Special-Purpose Coatings Ultra-Low-Friction Marine Coatings
Marciel Gaier, Graphite Innovation and Technologies
Our team has developed marine coatings, empowered by the nanomaterial graphene. Our first product is a breakthrough technology that has harnessed the power of graphene to create a coating product with an ultra-low friction surface. It displaces traditional antifouling coatings that use biocides or harmful chemicals to control biofouling. The ultra-low friction surface profile makes it much tougher for marine growth to adhere to the coating, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions.

Track 3: Waterborne Technology Advances in UV Protection of High-Performance and Waterborne Coatings
George Mauer, Ph.D., Chitec Technology Co., Ltd.
The difunctional reactable UV absorber (UVA-R) has been proven to participate in polymer chain extension reactions with high reaction rates. Formulators can "predict" and realize high-performance and permanent UV-resistant coatings based on Beer-Lambert's. Extending this concept, the function of UVA in layers can go from the original protection function to the discussion of optical performance. In the first study, UVA-R performs permanent UV coverage under the solvent extraction condition. It shows exceptional color protection superior to additive-type UVAs. In addition, we are now able to apply UVA-R in PUD systems to create an ultimate protective layer suitable for extreme environmental conditions. Advancing the UV protection of waterborne coatings has been a pressing need especially since the standard solventborne higher performance UVA additives are not compatible. With the latest advances in emulsion technology and reactable UV absorbers, we are now able to achieve higher photo-permanence while addressing the oxidation and hydrolysis of conventional waterborne UV additives. The second study discovers a highly effective waterborne light stabilizer system for wood coatings. It can achieve a better color protection effect with a half dosage. Then we combine the research of UVA-R PUD with the light stabilizer system and observe outstanding synergistic effects.
4:25 PM - 4:55 PM
Track 1: Resin Developments Latex Binders with Functional Monomer for Enhanced Paint Performance in Waterborne Architectural Coatings
Lichang Zhou, Solvay
Experienced formulators both on design of latex binders as well as paint formulation routinely use various additives and formulation techniques to improve final paint properties. Although, this approach in some cases relies on past experience and trial and error. However, a systematic scientific approach could take the guesswork out of the process. This presentation discusses the chemistry behind common paint properties in architectural paints; namely, chemistry of adhesion, TiO2 dispersion efficiency and opacity, as well as tinting strength development. Knowing the chemistry and mechanism of improvement, enhanced performance properties could be built into the design and formulation of latex binders so that the binder can deliver adhesion and other key properties in various coatings and adhesive applications.

Track 2: Special-Purpose Coatings Future of Intumescent Coatings
Latoska Price, Synthomer
Intumescent coatings with its passive fireproofing capability is a subject area that has increased interest. Usually thought of as passive fire protection for structural steel used in high-rise structures, there is increased interest in intumescent coatings for substrates such as wood since more building frames are using wood in construction. While no material is entirely fireproof, the use of intumescent coatings can help slow the spread of fires and provide valuable escape time in the event of an emergency. This presentation will provide an overview of intumescent coatings with explanation on how they are formulated, current uses and future developments.

Track 3: Waterborne Technology The Effect of Microfibrillated Cellulose on Sagging and Mud Cracking of High Build Waterborne Coatings
Otto Soidinsalo, Borregaard
In cases where high wet film thickness is a goal, such as in high-build coatings, two aspects generally restrict the applied coatings thickness, sagging and mud cracking. Increasing the wet film thickness increases the tendency for sagging as well as for mud cracking, meaning compromises are often needed to be made. Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), is a bio-based and multifunctional product made of cellulose, consisting of fibrils with lateral dimensions in the nanoscale and lengths up to micron scale. The unique property of MFC is its ability to significantly increase the low shear viscosity with minimal impact on mid shear (KU) and with no impact on the high shear (ICI). Addition of MFC to the formulation reduces the tendency for sagging and prevents mud cracking. In addition, the strong low shear thickening ensures stable formulations and solves issues regarding settling and syneresis without increasing the mid shear viscosity. In this work, the effect of MFC on sagging and mud cracking was studied with different waterborne formulations. The performance of MFC was compared to common thickeners used in waterborne systems (MHEC, HASE and HEUR). The formulations were evaluated in terms of rheology, sag resistance and mud-cracking.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception
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Exhibit Hall Open
Friday, September 9, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 AM - 9:10 AM
Keynote Presentation
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall Open
10:20AM - 10:50 AM
Track 1: Bio-Based Technology 2 Bio-Organic Silicone Additives: Non-Petroleum-Based Alternative Raw Materials
Robert Ruckle, Siltech
Security of supply and raw material sourcing flexibility have become critical global issues. There is also a strong desire to move away from petroleum-based chemical feedstocks to improve sustainability. In order to address both of these drivers, Siltech has evaluated bio-based hydrocarbon portions of some traditional organo-silicone coatings additives. This alternative supply chain is possible for both silicone polyethylene oxide and aliphatic hydrocarbon-modified organo-silicones, two of the most frequently used types of organo-silicone ingredients in coatings additives. These bio-organic silicone additives are either synthesized from sugar-derived ethanol or from plant-based alpha olefins. In this presentation we compare several additives made from these bio-sourced feedstocks to the conventional petroleum-based products. Comparison data across several coatings systems shows that the origin of the organic portion of these is not decisive to performance.

Track 2: Additive Advancements 2 Free of PTFE! New Micronized Waxes
Smriti Arora, BYK USA
Traditional solutions used to prevent scuff, scratch or abrasion resistance in coatings contain PTFE, a representative of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). With increasing public and scientific concern about the usage of PFAS around the world, coatings manufacturers are scrambling to find alternatives. New PTFE-free micronized waxes outperform the market-standard solution for scuff and abrasion resistance, and scores top marks in scrub and scratch resistance tests.

Track 3: Manufacturing and Testing Understanding Jetness and the Importance of Measurement in Production
Jeralyn Camp, BYK-Gardner
It is often assumed that black is only one shade, but in fact there are many shades of black, and good coloristic control of them is key in the manufacturing industry. Matching and maintaining consistency of blacks across a manufacturing process is of upmost importance to producing quality products. To do so requires measurement of how black the black is. Data must be analyzed, process variations identified, and adjustments made during manufacturing to consistently produce a black and be able to match it. Properly measuring color and gloss as well as predicting the long-term color stability of a sample is imperative for standardization in the manufacturing process, it’s cost effectiveness, and it’s ROI. In this presentation the following components will be discussed to ensure the understanding of jetness and the importance of matching and maintaining consistency of blacks across the manufacturing process: • What is Jetness? • How can we describe BLACK? • Challenges in quantification of blackness • How reflectance affects the color black • The effect of undertones on black • What are typical reflectance and jetness values for black? • What is the difference between blackness my and jetness MC? • What makes and instrument suitable for measuring jetness?
10:55AM - 11:25 AM
Track 1: Bio-Based Technology 2 Novel Bio-Based Polyols for 2K Polyurethane Coatings
Wumin Yu, Ingevity
Bio-based materials are increasingly important in the coatings industry as more companies align their sustainability goals to reduce environmental footprints and develop products to meet customers’ evolving needs. However, widespread adoption of bio-based materials in coatings is still a challenge due to the lack of bio-based materials that are performance competitive. Tall oil rosin and distilled tall oil (DTO) are 100% bio-based refinery products from crude tall oil, a by-product in pine wood pulping. Recently, we have developed a series of novel bio-based polyols based on tall oil rosin and DTO with bio-contents up to 99%. These polyols have demonstrated performance improvements in applications such as coatings, foams and adhesives. In this presentation, we will introduce the chemistry of these novel bio-based polyols and demonstrate how they can improve the overall properties of resulting polyurethane coating films in terms of water resistance, glass transition temperature, blocking resistance, tensile strength and elongation. We will further demonstrate how these novel bio-based polyols can be used to modify conventional polyester polyols to achieve performance improvement in 2K polyurethane coatings.

Track 2: Additive Advancements 2 New Food-Compliant, Waterborne Gum Emulsions
Bruce Berglund, CHT USA
Major food-compliant waterborne barrier coating additive technologies have generally employed dispersions and emulsions made with silicone, organic polymer, wax (natural and synthetic) and other natural products. Sustainable, low-VOC food-compliant coating additives function as wetting and dispersing agents, defoamers, and surface and rheology modifiers. New, patent-pending, next-generation silicone gum technology that provides unique performance in food-compliant graphic arts coatings will be described showing how the novel structural features translate into key coating advantages, thereby providing benefits for printing ink producers and end users.

Track 3: Manufacturing and Testing A New Generation of Color and Surface Measurement
Jack Ladson, HunterLab
Surface luminescence, or fluorescence as it is more commonly called, is used in various materials to enhance an object's apparent whiteness and colorfulness. These objects or coatings contain fluorescent dyes and colorants that enhance their color appearance properties. A colorimetric spectrophotometric fluorimeter provides the only standardized way in colorimetric spectrometry to measure and quantify luminescence. Accurately evaluating the color appearance attributes of materials is essential in coatings, textiles, plastics and fluorescent safety colors. Technical advancements in fluorescent whitening agents, FWAs, require an accurate assessment of the samples’ luminescent character. The bi-spectral method is the only precise way to determine the bi-spectral luminescent radiance factor (BSLRF). The BSLRF compensates for instrument characteristics, allowing the samples’ total radiance properties to be calculated from the Donaldson radiance data. These data allow the critical parameters of color appearance properties to be calculated for any illumination of interest. These data are a critical component in determining product success.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Track 1: Bio-Based Technology 2 Improve Bio-Based Coatings Through Self-Assembly and Nanotechnology
Shan Jiang, Iowa State University
This presentation will discuss the recent progress in developing functional bio-based coating materials. It has been discovered that the confirmations of biopolymers have a profound impact on the dispersion and self-assembly of nanoparticles. We studied the fundamental interactions between different biopolymers and nanoparticles. These interactions can lead to unique nano-composite structures, which are further utilized for achieving superior optical and mechanical coating performance. The understanding of interactions and structures involved with bio-based polymers is critical for addressing challenges in bio-based coatings. The technology presented here offers new platforms to build next-generation smart coating materials.

Track 2: Additive Advancements 2 Sustainably Prevent Skinning Without Sacrificing Coating Performance With MEKO Alternatives
Kellie Salerno, Borchers: A Milliken Brand
In-can skinning is a common phenomenon throughout the paint industry. Oxidatively cured resins, such as solventborne, high solids, and low-VOC alkyds are especially susceptible to in-can skinning due to the reaction that occurs between the resin in the paint and the oxygen trapped at the surface of the can. For decades, the leading industry additive to prevent skinning in alkyd paints has been MEKO (Methyl-ethyl-ketoxime), but with increased efforts for more sustainable, non-toxic products, MEKO has been facing strict regulatory pressures. This has resulted in a decreased use of MEKO in final formulations, and formulators worldwide are now seeking MEKO-free alternatives that can balance good dry times while preventing in-can skinning. This presentation will feature performance data for formulating solutions that use MEKO-free alternatives in combination with high-performance catalysts for efficient skin prevention, better dry times, and more in sustainable alkyd coating formulations.

Track 3: Manufacturing and Testing Enhancing Insight into Coating Cure Processes with FT-IR Spectroscopy
Ryan Smith, PerkinElmer
Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is routinely used in the paints and coatings industry for tasks such as raw material identification, but improvements to the technology have enhanced applicability to curing experiments. Analysis of curing provides insight not only into cure rate, but also chemical and structural changes that occur as the cure progresses. This presentation will review some available hardware and software technologies and their application to analysis of curing of several coating formulations.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
1:05 PM – 1:35 PM
Track 1: Wetting and Dispersing Agents Leveraging Multi-Functional Wetting Agents in Waterborne Coatings
Meixi Chen, Evonik Corporation
In waterborne coating formulations, wetting agents are used in conjunction with dispersants to facilitate the milling of pigment and provide stabilization of the dispersed particles. While standard wetting agents are simple amphiphilic molecules that reduce surface tension, more advanced products have been developed over the years; unique benefits including lower foam, short-term pigment stabilization, fast dynamic wetting, and more efficient grinding of powders are now achievable. Choosing the right wetting agent can be challenging as these surface-active chemistries can interact greatly with other coating components, and negative performance impact can be significant. This presentation will investigate several of the popular wetting technologies including alcohol alkoxylate-based temporary stabilizing surfactants, Gemini organic-based dynamic wetting agents, and formulated grind aids. The fundamentals of the wetting agent structure-property relationship in pigmented systems will provide insight into how these wetting agents affect dry pigment wetting, milling efficiency and replacement of TiO2 with CaCO3. Additionally, the influence on various end coatings properties will be presented.

Track 2: Formulating Strategies Enhancing 2K PU Coating Formulations Using Bio-Based Polyols
Wolfgang Geuking , Croda, Inc.
Croda has conducted a study about the use of bio-based polyester polyols as co-polyols in 2K PU coatings. The presentation will be about Croda’s approach to sustainability, the general findings about the use of the materials in coating applications and the key benefits. The coatings study demonstrated that bio-based polyester polyols, when added into an acrylate-based 2K PU coating, can significantly enhance chemical resistance without jeopardizing the flexibility. This result is quite contrary to the expectation that chemical-resistant formulations generally tend to be less flexible due to their higher crosslink density. With the materials used here, there was no need for a higher crosslink density to enhance the chemical resistance. Further improvements are a better gloss at 20° for enhanced DOI and better adhesion to cold rolled steel panels. Corrosion resistance was not impacted by the addition of these bio-based polyester polyols in the formulations.

Track 3: Automation and Inspection Technologies Robotic Top Coat Paint Repair
Scott Barnett, 3M Company
Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (AOEMs) can transform their paint repair operation to help achieve levels of consistent quality, and productivity, higher than ever before. To this day, most manufacturers rely on dozens of highly skilled operators, some of which may inspect up to 140 vehicles per shift. This makes top coat defect repair one of the most highly manual operations in the industry, introducing a litany of challenges: 1. A large shop floor, factory layout, footprint; 2. High energy consumption; and 3. The reliance on multiple operators working in very close quarters Rising costs, changing technologies, safety concerns and the increasing need to deliver higher quality parts on shorter timelines are all driving AOEMs to innovate now and thrive into the future. Moreover, it has become apparent that factories, including AOEM assembly, struggle to hire, train and retain qualified operators. At a surface level, it may seem impossible to implement and scale any solution that addresses all these challenges at once—much less for a process as manually intensive as a traditional finishing operation in an automotive assembly plant. Due to advances in technology from companies like 3M, robotic paint repair has become not only possible, but essential to stay competitive.
1:40 PM – 2:10 PM
Track 1: Wetting and Dispersing Agents Optimizing Pigment Dispersions with Amino Alcohols
Mark Langille, ANGUS Chemical Company
Pigments are a critical component of most coating formulations, but they can present an array of challenges to formulators in balancing both wet- and dry-film properties. Following in-depth laboratory evaluations, the latest understanding related to the use of amino alcohols as wetting and dispersing agents for several pigments, such as titanium dioxide, organic colorants and carbon black, will be shared. Addressing the numerous challenges in developing low-VOC paint formulations, the interaction between amino alcohols and pigments can be harnessed to enable enhanced wet- and dry-film performance. For example, amino alcohols can be used to better control the particle size distribution of organic pigments to improve stability and color development. Amino alcohols can also enable reductions in the amount of primary dispersant required to enhance wet scrub or corrosion resistance. Moreover, the drastic reduction of pigment slurry viscosity with amino alcohols provides potential for both energy savings and cycle time reduction in large industrial processes.

Track 2: Formulating Strategies Design and Development of Self-Stratifying Coatings and Materials
Jamil Baghdachi, Innovative Tech Systems Corp.
Self-stratified multi-component organic coatings and additives were designed, prepared and tested for the efficacy of stratification and processing conditions. Certain coating applications including those used in architectural, automotive, industrial maintenance and aerospace require a combination of primer/topcoat or basecoat/clearcoat layers. Similarly, certain additives used in coatings are aimed to function at either the air-coatings interface or substrate-coating interface. In this presentation, we report the design and development of coatings that self-stratify into two distinct phases upon application and cure. Prototype pigmented systems were applied, cured and characterized by FTIR, SEM/EDX and were evaluated using standard coating test methods. A similar approach was used to design adhesion prompter and corrosion inhibiting additives that stratify preferentially and reside primarily on the intended surface, thereby increasing the efficiency of the additive. The results of this investigation provide a new understanding of stratification phenomenon and establish that preferentially reactive materials can be a basis for developing disruptive approaches for coatings formulation.

Track 3: Automation and Inspection Technologies The New Frontier in Inspection—Surface Intelligence
Lucas Dillingham, Brighton Science
Manufacturers today struggle with intermittent failures around cleaning, coating, welding and bonding operations. These challenges lead to issues with supply chain robustness, warranty risks, damage to brand image, dissatisfied customers and frustrated employees. This discussion will explore advanced inspection technologies, new methodologies, and expertise that are allowing manufacturers to implement a new type of data across every aspect of their operation  surface intelligence. Join us to learn how surface intelligence data will properly equip your R&D efforts, align your supply chain, guarantee mission-critical decisions and enable breakthrough innovation. As part of the presentation, we will delve into real-world case studies that demonstrate how manufacturers were able to remedy long-standing issues and unlock breakthrough performance in a variety of areas by leveraging surface intelligence data.
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Track 1: Wetting and Dispersing Agents High-Performance Polymeric Dispersing Additives for Water-Based Coatings
Leah Sullivan, MUNZING
Münzing’s high-performance polymeric dispersants were developed to achieve long-term dispersion stability with various pigments in water-based systems. This is due to the chemical structure of the dispersants, a high-molecular-weight copolymer with hydrophobic/hydrophilic character, generated by the frequency and type of introduced side chains and functional groups. Different pigment anchoring groups were attached to provide use for organic, inorganic and carbon black pigments. This chemistry has no negative influence on coatings properties like water resistance and film hardness. Some additional advantages include high color strength development, no foam generation, high pigment concentration with a low dispersant level, and broad compatibility with various binder types. The presentation will cover the properties of the dispersants as well as the test results in various applications.

Track 2: Formulating Strategies How to Use the Four Main Classes of Additives When Formulating Coatings
Michael Praw, Indorama Ventures
While additives are used in small quantities, they are critical to the final performance of the coating. Thei presentation will cover the four main classes of additives (flow and leveling agents, defoamers, pigment dispersants, and rheology modifiers), how they work and how to use them optimally in formulations. This is a general presentation on additives  an Additives 101 presentation.

Track 3: Automation and Inspection Technologies When Did Rework Become Part of Your Process?
Michael Bonner, Saint Clair Systems Inc.
In addition to addressing current labor shortage issues, automation is commonly used to reduce cost, increase repeatability, improve quality and throughput. One area that has received significant attention is fluid dispensing operations such as the application of coatings, sealers and adhesives. Unfortunately, fluid dispensing requires extremely good process control to be effective – and this includes parameters outside of the control of the robot – parameters like fluid viscosity and temperature (which directly affects viscosity). As a result, in spite of the robot’s ability to repeat the same motions time-after-time, we still often end up having to “clean up” after our application process. For instance, we may add a “touch-up” person to reapply in areas our robotic application missed or could not reach, or a “finesse operation” where we sort, buff, polish or otherwise fix the defects created by our automation. We call it part of our process – but it’s still rework! In this presentation, we discuss the ramifications of incorporating rework into our coating application processes and examine methods to address these issues head on, so as to realize the benefits we set out to achieve when we automated in the first place!
2:45 PM
Conference Concludes


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