DECO 2001 Change: Focus on Tomorrow

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD), will host its annual DECO 2001 show and seminar in Arlington, Va., September 29-October 2. The seminar will focus on change and how to prepare for the future in the global decorating market, including sessions on teambuilding and innovative techniques to increase production efficiency, technical advances, international trade issues and the impact of new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead use rules. The exhibition will feature over 50 industry suppliers of colors, decals, lehrs and kilns, precious metals, decorating equipment, blankware, refining services, frosting products, and other items and services used by glass and ceramic decorators.

First Step Seminar Program

DECO 2001 will open on September 29 with a First Step seminar specially designed for decorator and vendor employees who are relatively new to the decorating industry. Julie Butterfield of Johnson Matthey is moderating the program with Mark Kelly of The Pfaltzgraff Co. Panelists include Stephanie Sobers, dmc2 Glass Systems Inc.; Chris Gonzalez, Chattanooga Labeling; Dennis Newbury, Dennis Newbury Co.; Stephen Billy, D?r America; John Dodson, Heinrich Ceramic Decal; Bob McKay, McKay Frosting/ Seppic; Jon Rarick, Reusche & Co.; Jeff Lipko, Intertek Testing; Richard Jacobs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Wendell Keith, The Keith Co.; and Brian Deszell, Custom Deco South Inc. The panelists will provide an overview of the differences of glass and ceramic properties and will discuss the different decorating techniques and processes, testing procedures and standards required by current regulations.

On September 30, Robert Zollweg of Libbey Inc. and Mike Matranga of Johnson Matthey will hold “Winning Customers Through Design and Innovation.” The seminar will discuss the essential elements of successful innovation and design in the tableware market and review what appeals to tableware producers in terms of “aesthetic technology.”

Also on September 30, Jim Calderwood, SGCD’s general counsel, will present a basic summary of federal and state regulations that affect glass and ceramic decorators. He will also review the status of ongoing regulatory initiatives by the EPA, OSHA and other groups.

Teambuilding and Innovation

SGCD will focus on teambuilding on October 1. The program will discuss “Adapting to Rapid Changes in the Decorating Industry,” with a presentation by Steve Murphy of Johnson Matthey. The presentation will examine how decorators can embrace change and improve their productivity levels. Samir Shah, Encore Xpress Corp., will discuss “Creating an Effective Problem-Solving Team” and look at how to develop the process of preparing a written plan for creating a problem-solving team within an organization.

The EPA’s TRI Lead Rule

Also on October 1, SGCD will hold a two-part seminar session to discuss the EPA’s recent lowering of lead content standards (TRI Lead Rule) and provide an update on the lawsuit seeking to suspend the TRI lead rule. Jim Calderwood will moderate the session titled “EPA Lead Reporting for Glass/Ceramic Decorators” and discuss how to develop systems that would simplify an organization’s tracking process and account for the varying lead content levels in their products. Panelists will include John Kinkela, Lenox; Eric Hunsberger, dmc2 Glass Systems Division; Mary Musetti, Johnson Matthey; Earl Breese, General Color; and John Dombrowski, EPA.

During the second part of the session, Jane Luxton, attorney for the Lead Industries Association, will provide an update on the legal background and prospects for the on-going case against the EPA.

Direct Decorating Innovation

October 1 will also feature SGCD’s “Focus on Direct Decorating Seminar,” moderated by Jon Rarick of Reusche & Co. of T.W.S. The seminar will examine technological advances that can be applied immediately in a decorating operation. Erik Wagg, also of Reusche & Co. of T.W.S., will review “Selection Criteria for High Temperature Decoration Products for Glass and Ceramic Substrates” and discuss how to select the correct decoration products based on color and media. Stan Sulewski from The Pfaltzgraff Co. will discuss “Chrome Tin Matte Glazes—Theory and Practice,” including the development of once-fired matte glaze bases for whitewares. Simon Bath, Johnson Matthey, will present a paper on “Creating Decorative Effects Using a Variety of Underglaze Direct Application Techniques,” which will show how standard decorating techniques such as hand-painting, banding, spraying, direct screen-printing and total transfer printing can be used to create a wide range of effects.

Also during the direct decorating session, Mitch Fox, Glassmasters, will review “Flat Glass Decoration: Direct Application and Multiple Layering,” including techniques used in multiple layering, requirements for the development of color, equipment and an overview of processes for developing color separations.

Transfer Decorating

On October 2, Ed Weiner, Maryland China Co. Inc., will moderate a seminar that will cover current technical innovations in the transfer decorating process. Dawn Hohl, Screen-printing & Graphic Imaging Assoc. (SGIA), will discuss how to “Reduce Printing Problems with Better Screens,” including stencil drying and application, mesh preparation and selection, tension, exposure and frames. David Cartlidge, CERAM, will review “Thermal Transfer Printed Decals” and how thermal transfer is used in printing product identification bar codes. In addition, Gene Shaw of The Franklin Mint will examine “Development Cycle of an Elaborately Decaled Porcelain Figurine” with an emphasis on prototype creation, decal fits, decal processing, color tests and manufacturing the figurines.

Also during the transfer decorating session, Melanie Hancock, Johnson Matthey, will discuss “Technical Innovations to Enhance Special Effects on Ceramicware” and examine the different ways to create differentiation in tableware and giftware. Adolf Pfeiffer, dmc2 Glass Systems Division, will give a presentation on “The Lead Free Challenge.”

Flat Glass Applications

In another session on October 2, Nick Westra, Johnson Matthey, will moderate a seminar on technical innovations in the flat glass industry. Other speakers will discuss “Glass Enamels for Flat Glass,” “Flat Glass Screen Printing” and “Furnace Technology for Flat Glass Applications.”

During the flat glass innovation session, Artur Bechtloff, dmc2 Glass Systems Division, will discuss “Heatable Automotive Glazing at Increased Voltages” in conjunction with laminating glass with sputtered (PVD) metal layers and high resistance conductive pastes. In addition, guest speakers from DOW (Essex) and Viracon will review the likely direction of flat glass applications in the seminar titled “The Future of Flat Glass.”

Organic Decoration

Charles Smith, H.J. Amann, will moderate a seminar on organic decoration on October 2. George Koch, Comdec Inc., will present a paper on “Ceramics and Glass Decoration: Using UV Screen Printing Inks” and will discuss future prospects for using the inks in glass and ceramic decoration. Steven Presutto, Coates Screen, will review “UV Decorating and Color Management: Exploring the Possibilities,” which will include a review of ink room management software, automatic dispensers and color matching computers. David Kapp, dmc2 Glass Systems Division, will discuss “Waterborne Protective Coatings,” including the underlying causes of light damage and the advantages and disadvantages of using organic materials as protective barriers for light sensitive materials.

Focus on the Future

The final seminar on October 2 will be “Focus on the Future,” moderated by Julie Butterfield of Johnson Matthey. Jasmine Geerinckx, Barco Graphics, will discuss how “Digital Printing Adds New Dynamism to the Textiles and Decoration Markets.” This seminar will show how digital printing can be cost effective while increasing consumer demand for a variety of decorative products. Mike Arkelin of The Keith Co. will examine the design efficiency of new lehrs and kilns in his “Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Your Kiln or Lehr” presentation. Also during the session, Dave Maxham, DECO Technology Group, will review “UV Glass Decorating Technology,” including using UV inks to screen print images. In addition, Michelle Wilson, dmc2 Glass Systems Division, will discuss “UV Decorating Inks” and the unique demands of UV decoration.

For More Information

For a brochure with more information and registration details, contact SGCD at (301) 951-3933, fax (301) 951-3801, e-mail or visit

SIDEBAR: Exhibit Hours:

Sunday, September 30, 2-6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 1-3:30 p.m.

SIDEBAR: DECO 2001 Exhibitors*

American Pennekamp Manufacturing, Inc., booth 9
ARC International, booth 35
Barco Graphics, booth 78-79
BEL, Inc., booth 55-56
E.W. Bowman, Inc., booth 33
Calcodecor S.A., booth 83
Catalina China, Inc., booth 4
Central Ceramic Supply & Distribution, booth 52
Ceram Research, booth 16
Ceramic Bulletin, booth 11
Ceramic Development International, booth 41
Ceramic Industry, booth 17
Cerico Services & Design, booth 89
Chemidry of America, Inc. 82
Coates Screen Inc. 18
Comdec Inc., booth 23
Commercial Decal of Ohio, Inc., booth 59
dmc2 Glass Systems Div., booth 30-32; 49-51
Dubuit of America, booth 80
ELK Machines Inc., booth 87-88
Engelhard Corp., booth 37-39; 42-44
Fylograf Inc., booth 27
Geib Refining Corp., booth 25
Global Custom Decorating, booth 12
Global Industries, Inc., booth 61
H.J. Amann LP, booth 46
Heinrich Ceramic Decal, Inc., booth 1, 2
International Decal Corp., booth 48
ISIMAT GmbH Siebdruckmaschinen, booth 28
Johnson Matthey Inc., booth 53-54; 57-58
Kammann Machines, Inc., booth 73, 84
Keith Co., Inc., booth 45
Libbey Inc., booth 60
Malkin Ltd., booth 92
G.G. Marck & Assoc., Inc., booth 3
Maryland China Co., Inc., booth 10
Miller Screen & Design, Inc., booth 26
Oneida Ltd, booth 19
Photo USA Corp., booth 24
Preciosa, Inc., booth 22
Reldan Metals, Inc., booth 5
Reusche & Co. of T.W.S. Inc., booth 47
Rynne China Co., booth 36
SEPPIC, Inc./McKay Frosting Products, booth 81
Service (Engineers) P.L.C., booth 85, 86
Sias Decal, Inc., booth 93
Sino-Sing International Corp. (U.S.A.), booth 8
Carl Strutz & Company, Inc., booth 34
Thermark Corp, booth 29
Tullis Russell Brittains Limited, booth 6, 7
Vanasse Lehr Inc., booth 21
Vanguard Research Industries, Inc., booth 40

*As of August 9, 2001. Exhibitors and booth numbers are subject to change—please check the final SGCD program for a complete list of exhibitors and updated booth numbers.


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