FOCUS 2014 brings back a popular feature of FOCUS: the Fundamentals Tutorial!
For no extra fee over the basic registration, attendees can attend one or both tutorial sessions that cover the basics of coatings and formulation. These 75-minute courses are ideal for the new formulator or technician and for engineers, salespeople, and others who work with formulators and want a better understanding of what they do and how they think.
Between the Tutorials, there will be a new “Ask the Formulator” session where attendees can drop in to ask questions about paint formulation and chemistry in general or ask for help with specific issues.
All the tutorial sessions will feature DSCT’s own Mike Praw as instructor and facilitator. All Tutorial sessions will be in Room 104.
This tutorial will cover the basics of formulation waterborne coating. Emphasis will be placed on proper film coalescence, and the use of additives for stable, robust coatings. Other areas covered will be basic systems for formulation and different water based resin systems.
Drop in to ask questions about paint formulation and chemistry in general or ask for help with specific issues.
This tutorial will cover the basics of formulating solvent based and 100% solids coatings. Emphasis will be on different resin systems, 1K versus 2K coatings and solvent choices for proper cure. Other areas covered will be the specific requirements of 100% solids coatings and regulatory compliance (VOC, HAPS…).
Michael (Mike) Praw was born in Montreal and received degrees in Analytical Chemistry from Dawson College, and Environmental Science from Concordia University and a MBA from Michigan State University. He has 26 years coatings lab experience including 18 with coatings companies. He is a past president of the Piedmont Society for Coatings Technology and the Detroit Society for Coatings Technology and has served on the boards of the Chicago Society for Coatings Technology and Oklahoma Paint and Coatings Association. He is the Technical Manager – CASE Polyurethane Chemicals at BASF Corporation.