Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

 January 3rd, 2022

CFCM CCAI Finishing Academy 400

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) Finishing Academy offers two online finishing courses, Powder Coating and Liquid Coating. The next courses are scheduled to begin in early 2022.

The Finishing Academy opened in July 2021with the Powder Coating online course, and it was an overwhelming success. “We’ve had a terrific response to both online courses,” notes CCAI Executive Director Anne Goyer. “CCAI is excited to continue expanding our educational reach by providing this online curriculum for the finishing industry.”

In addition to the convenient online format, attendees gain critical knowledge to help manage their finishing operations with these in-depth courses. Students benefit from weekly assignments, quizzes and interactive forum discussions with the instructor and other students. The registration fee for each course includes a copy of one of CCAI’s training manuals that accompany the subject matter (a $65/$75 value).

The first Liquid Coating online course was offered this fall and was sold out. Comments from those who completed the course indicate it was a successful training, stating, “The course was challenging, and I found the final project to be beneficial to my job,” and “The information in the course was excellent.” The winter Liquid Coating online course will begin on February 21, 2022. It addresses all aspects of the liquid coating process, including material handling, hanging methods, surface preparation and curing. Students will learn about the benefits and various types of liquid coatings, including formulating and testing. The course will also cover the operational costing of a liquid coating system, health and safety, and maintenance and troubleshooting of liquid coating equipment. For a complete description of the Liquid Coating course topics and recommended qualifications to take the course and register, visit

CCAI will continue to offer the popular Powder Coating online course. It addresses all aspects of the powder coating process, including formulation, manufacturing of powder coatings, powder coating materials, material handling, surface preparation, powder application equipment and systems, curing technology, quality, maintenance, troubleshooting and overall costs for operating a powder coating line. One student said they would recommend more companies send their employees to courses like this, stating, “This course has been very eye-opening to everything that goes into running an efficient powder coating operation. It’s more than just spraying powder on parts and getting parts out the door. It’s about understanding the process from start to finish, what can hamper or enhance the process and understanding what impact your decisions have on the products you deliver.”

The next Powder Coating online course begins March 21, 2022. For a complete description of the Powder Coating course topics, recommended qualifications to take the course, and registration, click HERE.

Both courses will include weekly quizzes and a final exam administered and graded by industry expert and finishing consultant Rich Saddler (Industrial Finishing Solutions LLC). Rich has more than 35 years of experience in the industrial finishing industry with an in-depth knowledge of finishing processes. His knowledge and experience provide an invaluable resource that students can access throughout the online course. Rich was instrumental in the development of these courses.

The CCAI Finishing Academy will be launching additional online courses in Pretreatment and System Design later in 2022. Students may only take one course at a time. Courses offered will rotate throughout the year.

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CFCM Ross Multi Shaft Mixer Video 400ROSS has launched a new video featuring the company's line of robust and versatile Multi-Shaft Mixers.

ROSS Multi-Shaft Mixers are available in laboratory, pilot-scale, and full production capacities. They provide a flexible range of shear levels to accommodate varying product viscosities and formulations. The design consists of two or more independently driven agitators working in tandem to ensure fine solids dispersion, efficient turnover and uniform heating/cooling.

The video highlights the adaptability of Ross Dual-Shaft Mixers and Triple-Shaft Mixers, the variety of processing capabilities, and diversity of industries served.

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