PCI’s POWDER COATING 2019 Technical Conference & Tabletop Exhibition in Orlando from April 1 – 4 is the place to learn about the latest innovations and explore all things powder coating. The technical program is set, and the four-day event will offer a combination of training, keynote presentations, roundtable discussion, expert panels, and social activities for everyone in the powder coating industry.  The event officially begins with the popular Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials Workshop and PCI’s Custom Coater Forum. The Powder Coating Technical Conference and Exhibition will follow on April 3 and 4. A tabletop display area will feature powder coating manufacturers, powder coating application equipment companies, systems houses, chemical suppliers, and various services that support the powder coating industry. The technical conference program opens with a lively presentation from Dr. Amber Selking, Lippert Component Inc.’s Director of People Performance. She will deliver an inspiring presentation entitled, “From Surviving to Thriving: Changing Your Corporate Culture,” which addresses finding and keeping skilled staff. This session promises to get you thinking and excited about your own operations. The technical conference also features Al Bohlen, president of Mazak Optonics Corporation. Bohlen will present “Adhesion Advancements in Laser Cutting That Improve Powder Coating Performance.” Lowering costs and becoming more efficient is critical to every powder coating operation and sometimes those savings and efficiencies come from sources you may not even consider. Bohlen will discuss the ongoing advancements of laser cutting techniques specifically designed for paint adhesion improvement. As the fabrication industry has embraced powder coating, the challenges of removing oxidation and the methods utilized have been wide ranging. In this discussion, Bohlen will also detail how new methods of laser cutting may eliminate the requirement of some secondary operations when powder coating, such as the use of abrasives, or aggressive wash stages, while lowering overall costs per part. Attendees can also choose from a wide range of concurrent breakout sessions as well as attend the Tabletop Exhibition and Reception. https://conference.powdercoating.org/