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Annual SSPC Coatings Event Set for Florida

The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)’s annual show takes place this week at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, from Monday, February 11 through Thursday, February 14.

The annual conference and training programs provides topics that include surface preparation, coatings and application, project management, research, testing and technology.

Over the course of four days, attendees have opportunities to attend over 30 technical committee meetings and interact with ~140 exhibitors, as well as learn from the live demonstrations and discussion panels of a technical program with more than 100 speakers.

Exhibiting Organizations

CoatingsPro Magazine is exhibiting at booth #329, so feel free to stop by!

Other industry exhibitors of significance to coatings contractors could include groups such as Abrasives Inc.; Axxion Manufacturing; Barton International; Blast One; BrandSafway; Bullard; Carboline; Clemco Industries Corp.; Cortec Corp.; DeFelsko Corp.; DESCO Manufacturing Inc.; Doosan Portable Power; DuPont Protection Solutions; Eagle Industries; Elcometer; GMA Garnet USA; Greener Blast; Hempel USA, Inc.; HoldTight Solutions, Inc.; Induron Protective Coatings; Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.; Jetstream of Houston/FS Solutions, ITW Polymers Sealants North America; Jotun Paints Inc.; KTA-Tator; Montipower; NACE International; Novatek Corp.; Polygon; Polyset; PPG Protective & Marine; Sponge-Jet; Tinker & Rasor; Titan Tool; Tnemec; TruAbrasives by Stretgic Materials; TruQC; U.S. Minerals; Valentus Specialty Chemicals; VersaFlex/Raven Lining Systems; and WIWA.

The full list of exhibitors and booth locations can be found at the SSPC website. The exhibit hall will be open Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the hall’s opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Technical Program

In the technical program, sessions of interest on Tuesday may include exploring differing views on causes of coating failures; the benefits and use of fluoropolymer coatings; the effect of abrasive blast media on the corrosion of steel; coating performance over localized/partially abrasive blasted surfaces; and how the latest instrument developments have changed the way the industry measures profile.

On Wednesday, highlights encompass topics such as mitigating the MIC of steel in marine fouling environments with coatings; selecting the right primers on galvanized surfaces; the remediation of soluble salts from steel bridges during repainting; improving surface preparation for fireproofing application; choosing the right technology to control climates in dry-dockings; and containments and climate control for non-skid deck coatings.

Finally, on Thursday's closing day, technical sessions of note include aluminum corrosion and corrosion prevention in a seacoast atmospheric environment; inspection, touchup, and repair of hot-dip galvanizing; and an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) study on the behavior of high-performance topcoats over metal substrates.

The exact times for each session, along with all other technical program events, can be found at SSPC’s website.

For more information, contact: SSPC 2019, (412) 281-2331,