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The Waterborne Symposium

Environmentally Friendly Coating Technologies

Mission Statement:

To administer the preeminent educational/technical forum in the United States directed to the science and technology of surface coatings and  to provide revenue to support and advance the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Rodger Talbert and Steve Houston - Coating System Design & Operation

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Rodger Talbert and Steve Houston - Coating System Design & Operation


Rodger Talbert and Steve Houston
Director Business Development
Col-Met Engineered Finishing Systems
Co-authors: Stephen Houston


Rodger Talbert has been working in coatings for over 38 years. He has worked for a metal fabricator and custom coater as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He also worked at a company that designs and builds liquid paint and powder coating systems as a Senior Sales Engineer and he ran his own consulting firm for over 17 years. He was the Technical Director and Executive Director of The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) from 2009 until 2012 when he took a position with TCI Powder Coatings as their Field Technical Director. He left TCI Powder Coatings in 2014 to work for Col-Met Engineered Finishing systems as Director of Business Development.

Steve Houston has been a leader in the powder coating industry for more than 25 years. He was global marketing director for DuPont's CoatingSolutions group ( Currently Axalta) where he was stationed in Koln, Germany. Lead The Powder Coating Institute as the executive Director and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Col-Met EFS one of the largest Finishing equipment providers to North America.


This program will review spray coating equipment design and airflow for optimum application of a coating including paint & powder spray booth design, sizing, airflow management, spray technique, types of spray guns and system controls for effective use of the coating and efficient design of the system.


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