Register for Advanced Pretreatment - Finisher's Guide to Electrocoat Webinar Series
Speakers will build on the information covered in the Basic Pretreatment Webinar and delve deeper into the function of the individual pretreatment stages to offer a deeper understanding of the stages/chemistry. Additionally, they will look at the interaction and control required for each pretreatment stage to ensure a fluent, robust process when coating multiple substrates alongside troubleshooting/countermeasures for common issues encountered. Current and future pretreatment trends and end-customer expectations (quality, sustainability, cost savings, etc.) will be discussed, along with technologies available to meet these expectations. Finally, they will discuss pretreatment equipment, design considerations, and bath control to ensure efficient operation.
About the Speakers:
David George is a Surface Treatment Technical Manager at Henkel. In his 34 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 technical/trade organizations including SURCAR, 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 sustainable 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 music enthusiast.
Kirk Beaster is currently an Applications Specialist, Technical Field Support at
BASF/Chemetall, providing expert pretreatment technical support for the North American region. Kirk has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan University. He has 19+ years of experience in surface treatment technical support, previously holding the positions of Engineering Specialist, Engineering Manager, Laboratory Manager, Market Manager – Surface Treatment and Industry Manager – Surface Treatment.
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