Corrosion Summit Registration Open


Finishing Solutions Network has announced its upcoming 2015 Corrosion Summit, to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at Painters District Council 30 Headquarters in Aurora, IL.

The one-day educational seminar, aimed at architects, engineers, end users and decision makers, focuses on the growing needs of the industrial painting industry to prevent and mitigate losses due to corrosion.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits are available to individuals who attend this summit.

Technical Topics

In addition to networking opportunities, the day will include speakers on a number of technical topics.

Illinois State Senator will be on hand to talk about SB 1949, a state bill before the Illinois General Assembly that requests amendment to the Illinois Highway Code to require the Department of Transportation to declare rules governing corrosion prevention projects affecting eligible bridges. Holmes will address its impact on our nation’s infrastructure and discuss in detail the actions our legislators are taking to combat the growing issue of corrosion.

Alicia Yust of NACE International will address the Cost of Corrosion.

Brian Kenimer of Blast-One will discuss the Importance of Surface Prep.

Sean Meracle from Sherwin-Williams will host Industrial Coatings 201.

SSPC’s Jim Kunkle will talk about Coating Application Specialist certification.

Tackling Industrial Corrosion

One of the largest culprits behind bridge deterioration is corrosion, FSN reports.

Regular monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure is critical to protect against metal deterioration and weakening through corrosion, but the process can by very costly.

The better, more cost-effective strategy, it says, is to prevent corrosion entirely by coating and maintaining bridges and other structures so that the need for repair is limited. The most common way to do so is through the use of protective coatings applied by qualified craft workers.

The goal of the CAS is to strengthen the qualifications of the current workforce and lay the groundwork for development of a strong industrial painter workforce for the future.

The Society for Protective Coating (SSPC) Coating Application Specialist (CAS) certification was created to address this growing industry need.

CAS Certification

On Jan. 1, 2013, new quality standards took effect that require at least one member of every crew working on certain industrial painting projects to have completed the Coatings Application Specialist certification program.

By 2020 just about every industrial painter will be required to carry some form of the CAS certification.

The goal of the CAS is to strengthen the qualifications of the current workforce and lay the groundwork for development of a strong industrial painter workforce for the future.

Benefits of CAS Certification

Used consistently and with the correct materials and application, FSN says, this method can prevent more costly repairs that would impact traffic flow and incur additional costs.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, FSN writes, it can be 14 times more expensive to replace corroded steel and other materials than to apply a coating during new construction.

With the implementation of the CAS certification, facility owners and specification writers have a way to ensure that qualified craft workers are hired to perform surface preparation and coating application work, streamlining their decision-making process.

Equipment and facilities can last up to 5 to10 times longer when industrial coatings are applied properly by a trained, skilled workforce, according to FSN. Further, safety increases on industrial jobsites, as lead abatement, scaffolding safety, hazardous materials and other issues are largely avoided by a trained coating workforce, it adds.

“Using companies that employ Coating Application Specialists (CAS) sets a new standard for quality, safety and reliability in industrial painting,” says Steve Kulovits, director of Business Development for FSN.

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Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Coating Application; Coatings education; Corrosion; Corrosion protection; Education; NACE; North America; SSPC

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