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Surface Defects: Elimination of Human and Process Contaminants

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Surface defects in a coating is one of the most costly issues facing the auto manufacturing industry, or any high end surface coating application, including boats, aircraft and sporting equipment. Surface defects, including craters, particulates and corrosion, can all lead to costly rework. Coatings defects can be minimized through careful planning. Knowing the painting system, maintenance and optimization of process variables can reduce or eliminate rework. This course addresses many of the issues in prevention and minimization of defects. The course covers the defects caused by the coatings process, as well as human issues, including personal care product causes. Several of the surface defects are discussed – from basic principles and real world automotive and aircraft examples. The highly practical approach of this course will greatly aid the personnel involved in the painting operation to reduce and systematically approach issues.

Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion for 5.0 professional development hours.

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Michael R. Van De Mark has been the Missouri S&T Coatings Institute Director for 18 years. As an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Missouri S&T, Dr. Van De Mark s involved in polymer coatings and organic synthesis research. His areas of research interest include flash rust inhibition, water reducible resin synthesis and characterization, phthalocyanine pigment research, low VOC and water borne formulation, and organic photo-electro-chemistry. He is the author of many papers and has developed several new protocols for industry including four patents.

Dr. Van De Mark received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, followed by a two year postdoctoral at the University of Minnesota. He was on the faculty of the University of Miami for seven years.
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