2022 Powder Coating Summit 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
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and their environment. With our analytical instrumentation, and leading laboratory services, we focus on improving the integrity and safety of the world we live in.

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
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
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Welcome Remarks
Kevin Biller, ChemQuest Powder Coating Research
10:20AM - 10:50 AM
Optimizing Carbon Black Performance via Pigment Selection and Dispersion
Kristopher Wright, Birla Carbon
The aesthetic properties of a coating rely on striking a balance of formulation, pigment selection and pigment dispersion quality. This triad of variables is especially important in achieving performance of carbon black in powder coatings. Performance trends in liquid coatings of various chemistries have been extensively tested, forming generalizations around the effects of particle size, structure and surface activity on color and appearance. This study focuses on the influence that pigment selection and dispersion quality specifically, influence powder coating color development, gloss and appearance. Also, to determine what extent these trends deviate from what is traditionally known about carbon black in coating systems.
10:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Design of Mica Effect Pigments for Long-Term Durability in Powder Coatings
Bonnie Piro, Sudarshan North America
Color designers for exterior powder coatings balance aesthetics and performance. Today the requirements of long-term durability far surpass the color preferences of the designer. This presentation will focus on how a mica effect pigment can be developed to meet the requirements of both the formulator and the designer with the result being a mica effect pigment that fits both the technical properties, and the color and effect desired.
11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Hard Minerals Enhance Powder Coating Performance
Katharina Stainer, Wester Mineralien GmbH
Abrasion and scratch resistance in coatings have always been and still are an important issue. The best performance regarding mechanical protection can be achieved by incorporating hard mineral particles into the coating layer. Coating requirements vary depending on the field of use. Some need to be functional, in the first place. Other surfaces also must meet aesthetic expectations of customers. The perfect balance between appearance and functionality is one of the most challenging goals in coatings development. In clear melamine coats, chemically treated white fused alumina is the state-of-the-art additive. The finishes’ transparency is retained thanks to the optimized Al2O3 products. Transferring this know-how to powder coatings was a logical next step for several reasons. Especially, since powder coating formulators seek today more than ever after improvement of abrasion resistance. Wester Mineralien initiated a project with the experts of the PCR Group (ChemQuest). The resulting study shows the positive effect of WFA and SiC on the abrasion resistance of a common powder coating system based on polyester-HAA chemistry compared to a typical industry filler and an unmodified control formulation. Also, processability, application performance and appearance have been investigated. The data were published in journals in the U.S. and in GB.
11:50 AM – 12:20 PM
Sustainability in the Powder Coating Industry – Cradle to Cradle
Sanjeev Bagaria, GDB International Inc.
Powder coatings attract attention as the composition of the coating is solvent-free. With the advancement in powder chemistry and application technology, new coatings developed are incredibly durable and resistant to environmental elements (UV, heat, water, etc.). Therefore, they are a favorite in various applications, with the global powder coatings market estimated to be $12.5 billion in 2021. However, about 8-10% powder loss happens during processing, ~40% loss during the application, and more during storage. This creates a massive opportunity to reclaim such material in the sustainable circular economy. The point of generation of waste during processing and application (recyclable materials), including but not limited to, 1. During production – fines, off-spec batches 2. During application – overspray, reclaim 3. During storage – sintering. Powder coating fines and overspray can be reprocessed (Re-Pro), but if different resin technologies are processed together, they form a textured finish compared to a desirable smooth finish. Also, reprocessing the fines is often not economical for manufacturers, and usually, such product ends up in a landfill. Instead of treating such products under waste management, we can repurpose such products under resource recovery and use them in alternate applications or processes.
12:20 PM – 1:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Lab Demos
  • Formulation
  • Processing
  • Application
  • Evaluation
5:00 PM
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 Expanding the Universe of Low-Cure Powder Coating
Dr Robert G. Duan, The ChemQuest Group
9:15AM - 9:45 AM
Reaching Your Sustainability Goals and Targets with UV-Cured Powder Coatings
Michael Knoblauch, Keyland Polymer Material Sciences, LLC
This presentation will illustrate how ultra violet (UV)-cured powder coating is addressing the challenges to meet sustainability targets, environmental regulations, and carbon neutrality or reduction. UV powder coatings’ defining characteristic is speed; UV curing is virtually instantaneous. The UV powder application process reduces the amount of time and thermal energy required to melt and flow the coating prior to curing. Faster curing reduces time, energy and carbon, and this presentation will document and quantify these important values. Additional benefits such as reduction in plant footprint, increase in throughput, and growing use of UV LEDs will be discussed and quantified. UV powder coatings have traditionally been used to finish MDF and wood substrates but are also ideal to finish heat-sensitive materials including plastics, carbon fiber and composites. UV powder coating is a viable coating solution for lightweighting materials used in electric vehicles, recreational equipment, additive manufacturing and other high-use products.
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break
Exhibit Hall Open
10:20 AM – 10:50 AM
Tried and Tested – Powder for Wood/MDF and Performance Testing
Todd Gragg, IFS Coatings
The presenter will briefly remind the audience of the history and challenges faced in successfully achieving powder for heat-sensitive substrates to ensure understanding of the ensuing topics. This will be followed by a high-level discussion of the types of low-cure powder products now available, for example, primers, top coats and exterior powder technology for wood and MDF substrates along with their place in various non-metal markets. The presenter will then explain performance tests that are new or less familiar to powder coaters currently coating metal, and also tests that are common in the powder industry, and may also be used on powder for wood and MDF, that are new to coaters in the wood industry. An explanation of why those tests are required by certain industries, what the tests entail, and performance standards will follow.
11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Sustainable Powder Coating Developments
In recent years Covestro Powder Coating Resins developed several powder coating resins, formulations and application techniques that reduce carbon footprint impact compared to existing market-standard (powder) coating solutions. Sustainable powder coating solutions can be obtained via different routes or combinations of routes. Such powder coatings can be achieved, for example, by enhancing the durability or robustness of the coating and thereby extending the lifetime of the object; by lowering the curing temperature or decreasing the cure time and thereby decrease the energy consumption and/or increasing efficiency of making these objects; or by selecting more sustainable components in the resin and/or powder paint formulation. This latter involves the use of bio-based raw materials, products prepared with biomass balanced raw materials and using raw materials from recycled feedstock. During the presentation, examples of routes and especially combinations thereof will be presented to obtain more sustainable powder coating resins. The focus will be on discussing several concepts with their benefits, but also with their challenges, and connecting these developments to application properties and market segments.
11:50 AM – 1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 PM – 1:35 PM
Panel Discussion Low-Temperature-Cure Powder Coatings
1:35 PM – 2:05 PM
Recent Developments in the Ultra-Low-Temperature-Cure Thermoset Resins for MDF and Heat-Sensitive Substrates
Allnex has developed a new generation of advanced chemistry for ultra-low-temperature technology for MDF and heat-sensitive substrates. This novelty of unconventional polyester-hybrid binder is designed to deliver synergistic performance benefits that meet the delicate balance of appearance, workability, and curing cycles of the low-temperature-cure and fast-curing powder coatings for indoor applications. The purpose of this presentation is to present the compay’s findings that demonstrate this achievement.
2:05 PM – 2:35 PM
High Dielectric Materials as Powder Charging Additives for Powder Coatings
Patricia Perez, Ferro (Vibrantz Technologies)
When applying powder coatings, not all the sprayed powder is charged and deposited on the piece, and coating pieces with complex geometry can be complicated (Faraday cage areas). Additives that enhance powder charging help to improve first-pass transfer efficiency and penetration, and typical additives used are conductivity promoters that reduce powder resistivity. Our work explores the use of a high dielectric ceramic material commonly used in electronic applications (like capacitors), as an alternative additive to promote powder charging, based on its ability to be polarized and to carry electrostatic charges. The study of additions of this high dielectric ceramic material to powder coating formulations showed its ability to enhance powder deposition efficiency and penetration in Faraday cage areas. Quantity of paint deposited, film thickness and coating homogeneity were evaluated in different substrates. Furthermore, its effect on color, weathering and overbaking were also tested to prove suitability for powder coatings applications. The conclusion of this study is that the incorporation of high dielectric materials in powder coatings can benefit productivity and savings in the application process (waste, time…), and improve surface coverage and protection.
2:35 PM – 3:05 PM
Bringing The Temperature Down – How Additives are Driving the Future of Powder Coatings
Beth Ann Pearson, Estron Chemical
3:05 PM – 3:35 PM
Unique Catalyst for Low-Temperature-Cure Epoxy Powder Coatings
Matthew Gadman, King Industries, Inc.
A unique, metal-free, non-alkaline, non-halogenated catalyst has been developed to accelerate the crosslinking reaction of epoxide and carboxyl functional resins. Allowing for significantly lower cure temperatures than conventional powder coating systems, this highly active catalyst is a stable, free-flowing white powder that is safe to handle, environmentally friendly and suitable for powder coatings that utilize the epoxy/carboxyl reaction. This work demonstrates the catalyst’s cure capabilities in a variety of coatings such as acrylic/glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) hybrids, polyester (PE)/bisphenol-A (BPA) hybrids, and triglycidyl isocyanurate (TGIC) crosslinked powder coatings. Experiments studying the performance against imidazole type catalysts demonstrate this novel catalyst’s superior performance in cure capabilities and overall appearance. Noteworthy improvements in gloss and color when using lower temperature, higher temperature and overbake cure schedules will be shown. Furthermore, these studies include additional exploration in capabilities of accelerating the epoxy homopolymerization reaction to validate this material as a potential catalyst for pure epoxy type powder coatings.
3:35 PM
Conference Concludes


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