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Co-Locating in Hilton Head, South Carolina

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The PCI Scholarship Program was designed to assist students studying in areas that advance powder
coating technologies and includes the PCI General Scholarship, as well as corporate member-sponsored scholarships. Over the past four years, 19 scholarships totaling more than $60,000 have been awarded.

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In December 1982, Modern Metals magazine interviewed a panel of ten experts as part of a Powder Coating Institute round table. Among other topics, the panel discussed the status of powder coating, misconceptions about the technology, and predictions for the future.

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What will our workforce look like in the future? More and more manufacturers are asking this question as they search for new employees from an aging, slower growing, and often less experienced labor pool. After considering how to shape its own next generation of workers, Texas-based powder coating manufacturer IFS Coatings chose a proactive approach: create an innovative internship program.

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Q: Good Morning Joe

I read your section in the Powder Coated Tough magazine and appreciate your knowledge and expertise. I have a couple questions about super-durables. I’ve talked with many of the leading suppliers of powder coatings and get the same answer from each one on this question. Are “true” super-durables (powder coatings to meet or exceed AAMA 2604 standards) available in all RAL colors? Each supplier tells me bright colors don’t have the color pigments available to meet AAMA 2604. In our experience, over 20 years in the powder coating industry, some suppliers abuse the term “super-durable” in my opinion. When I order powders and use the term “superdurable” I would expect it to meet a certain standard. Seems the only standard to go by is AAMA. I guess my question to you is, what is a true super-durable in the powder coating industry? I look forward to your response and again I appreciate you taking the time and your expertise. I hope you have a great week!

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Let’s first talk about oven conditions. It is paramount to understand that powder coatings respond best when the part temperature coincides with the recommended bake provided by your powder coating supplier. Your oven needs to be the right temperature for the coated parts to achieve the proper time at or above the temperature stated on the powder’s Technical Data Sheet (aka Product Data Sheet). Some suppliers will provide a range of time/temperature combinations which gives you an even better understanding on how a product cures in an oven.

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The next several pages are dedicated to job shops in the powder coating industry. Here, we present two PCI custom coater members, Absolute Powder Coat...

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Posted in: Custom Coating
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Test your powder coating knowledge interactively with others in our industry and enter for a chance to win a PCI long- or shortsleeved t-shirt! How i...

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Posted in: Tips & Tricks
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While I have worked in the paint and coatings industry for much of my career, I decided to make powder coating my primary emphasis just over a decade...

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Posted in: Membership Memo
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Skilled trades such as plumbing, electrical, pipefitting and machining have always had apprenticeship programs for people entering these professions. The candidate would apply for entry into a program and upon acceptance would undertake a training regimen that included a couple years of on-the-job training augmented with the proper amount of supportive classroom studies. I’m sure many of you readers have uncles, aunts, parents, or grandparents who had very successful careers in these skilled professions.

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