The Florida Finishers 2019 Mid Winter Conference and Exposition was held January 24-25, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. A.M. Metal Finishing attended this conference and exposition both days. We were especially interested in the seminars that spoke of going more green. Anodizing is often called a green coating, because it is friendly to the environment by using water-based chemicals.

Some of the seminars we attended focused on water recycling technology, acid rejuvenation, as well as other anodizing processes. At the conference, we invested $5000 in new equipment! The purchase of this new equipment will help us use less water and extend the life of our anodizing baths.

Florida Finishers 2019 Mid Winter Conference and Exposition

2019 Mid-Winter Conference and Exposition

The following information is the schedule from the conference and exposition. If you have any questions about the topics covered, please contact us. We found the speakers and topics of great interest. We’re already looking forward to attending the 10th annual event next year.

January 24 – 25, 2019
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
Florida Finishers Corp, Inc. is proud to present the 9th Annual Mid-Winter Conference and Exposition. This event will be held on January 24th and 25th, 2019 at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.

9:15 – 10:00
NASF Regulatory Update
Jeff Hannapel
Mr. Hannepel has over 20 years experience in environmental regulatory issues and has advised industry and government clients on numerous regulatory, compliance, legislative, and enforcement matters.

10:00 – 10:45
The Origin of Regulatory Rules for the Surface Finishing Facility
Jim Collins
Jim has been in this business for 40 years. Jim is responsible for technical service for the finishing industry from a surface finishing standpoint as well as trouble shooting environmental related issues that present themselves to our industry. He is a CEF, a registered industrial wastewater professional teaches numerous classes throughout the country.

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:45
Solid And Hazardous Waste Management Responsibilities For Finishing Operations
Don Stillwaugh
Don Stillwaugh has worked for Pinellas County for over 17 years and has been an environmental compliance inspector for the County’s Solid Waste Department for the past 9 years. He is originally from the Chicago area.

11:45 – 12:30
16 Years of Waste Savings Using Modified Acid Pretreatment
Dustin Colina
Mr. Dustin Colina is owner and President of Allbright Stainless Steel Electropolishing Inc. Located in Clearwater, FL, Allbright is a six-employee, 3,000 sq ft shop that has simultaneously reduced waste generation and cut operating costs by combining a proprietary chemical addition to its electropolishing tanks with standard filtration techniques.

12:30 – 1:30
LUNCH – Provided as part of your Registration

1:30 – 2:15
Advanced Water Recycling Technology
Brian Greene
Brian Greene, President of Plating Specialists, Inc. (PSI), has over 21 years of metal finishing experience. In addition to day-to-day operations, he has expanded the Plating Specialists, Inc. footprint through acquisition and expansion of PSI divisions such as Capital Equipment Development and Disaster Recovery and Remediation. His areas of expertise include technical service of proprietary chemistry, plating and waste treatment equipment design and disaster recovery consultation

2:15 – 3:00
Cybersecurity for Advanced Manufacturing
Scott Zimmerman
Mr. Zimmerman has 27 years of IT and Cyber Security experience and is the Chief Information Security Officer, Principal Advisor at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) in Johnstown, PA. He is a published author and, is frequently asked to speak on topics related to cybersecurity. He has specialized expertise in cybersecurity, cloud computing, compliance and systems engineering.

3:00 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:00
How to Improve Your Profitability by Tuning Your Revenue Engine
Dino Eliadis
In 2005 Dino was approached by a national association to develop a program to teach business owners how to better manage the business. This was the birth of the SPARC Business Growth Framework and ultimately Business Growth Simplified brand. His first book Business Growth Simplified: How to Rapidly Create a Self-Sustaining business was published in 2016.

4:00 – 4:45
A Tankful Tomorrow
Curtis Goad
Curtis Goad, CEF, is President of GOAD COMPANY, located in Kansas City, Missouri. Curtis has authored several published articles, has a patent on detecting leaks in full tanks to prevent downtime, and multiple patents and patents pending on tank lining and plastic welding technology breakthroughs.

4:45 – 5:30
Navigating ISO 9001, AS9100 and Nadcap for Metal Finishers
Chris Paris
Christopher Paris is founder of Oxebridge Quality Resources, an ISO 9001 and AS9100 consulting firm. He has consulted for SpaceX, GKN Aerospace, Lufthansa and more than 300 companies around the world.

5:30 – 7:00
RECEPTION – Exhibits Open

Friday, January 25, 2019

8:30 – 9:15
Capital Equipment: The Ideal Buying Process and New Technology Update
Ben Stratton
Ben Stratton joined Corrotec Inc 2013 as the third generation of the Stratton Family operating the company. Corrotec Inc designs, builds, installs, retrofits and services surface finishing lines and components.

9:15 – 10:00
Decontaminable Coatings
Rob Mason
Rob Mason is a Subject Matter Expert in corrosion, material degradation, program management, and coatings (inorganic and organic). He has over 30 years cumulative experience in surface engineering, coatings R&D, and testing and evaluation methodology development and execution.

10:00 – 10:15

11:15 – 11:00
The Latest in Rectifier Controls
George Viola
George Viola is a senior sales engineer at American Plating Power with over 30 years’ experience in the plating industry. George’s many years of experience includes all aspects of rectifier engineering, applications, and sales. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Hartford. He will speak about the various ways of communicating with rectifiers including data logging and data storage.

11:00 – 11:45
Additive Manufacturing Repair Methods for Metallic Components
Rob Mason
Rob Mason is a Subject Matter Expert in corrosion, material degradation, program management, and coatings (inorganic and organic). He has over 30 years cumulative experience in surface engineering, coatings R&D, and testing and evaluation methodology development and execution.


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