Webinar: Basics of Pretreatment - Finisher's Guide To Electrocoat

  • November 09, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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We will begin this webinar with a discussion about the process of pretreatment and then dive into more detail in each area. We will discuss the cleaning, conversion coating, surface conditioning, post-treatment and rinsing stages of pretreatment. We will discuss water conservation tips to make your system operate at its optimal capacity. Then we will focus on some new technology in conversion coatings being used in manufacturing. We will touch on pretreatment equipment, design considerations, heating, cost savings and bath life extension features to ensure you are operating at the greatest efficiency. We will close by taking a look at control options for keeping your pretreatment, operating at optimum levels.

About the Speakers:

David George is a Surface Treatment Technical Manager at Henkel. In his 33 years with Henkel, he has held various positions within The Automotive Technical Service Group including Director, as well as Global Technical Sales Manager and Head of Henkel’s Automotive Training Programs. Throughout his career, he has given numerous presentations to trade organizations including Fabtech, CCAI and The Electrocoat Association. In his current role, David provides technical expertise and support for Automotive OEMs’ conversion coating processes, focusing on innovations in metal pretreatment technology. David and his Henkel team have won two Automotive News PACE awards for the introduction of zirconium oxide (Thin Film) technology in 2009 and Henkel Flex (Two-Step) hybrid technology in 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Electrocoat Association. David is also a professional photographer and has a great appreciation for music, especially acoustic and Americana.

Suresh PatelDirector – Sales, Technical, and Marketing of Chemetall Mexicana. He holds Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has been with Chemetall for 27 years. He has held various positions at Chemetall throughout his career starting with lab Chemist, Process Engineer, Process Equipment Mfg. Manager, Marketing Manager and Business Manager, General Industry - the largest and most successful business unit of Chemetall NA. During his 27 years of service at Chemetall, he has been involved with large corporations like Caterpillar, John Deere, CNH, GE and Cummins related to their approvals and processes. His expertise in the areas of Surface Treatment and non-Surface Treatment product lines and processes are well received by both internal and external customers.

He has made numerous presentations to trade organizations and companies, including several Powder Coating, Fabtech, SFM-MX and ECoat shows and have written articles for several trade magazines. He is a well-known technical speaker!


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