More than 30 exhibitors will display leading-edge decorating equipment, materials, supplies and services at this year's show, giving visitors a chance to meet with experts in a range of areas and explore new decorating solutions. The technical program will encompass both a First Step seminar on the "Fundamentals of Decorating" and a Second Step seminar on "Advanced Techniques," as well as sessions on marketing, legislative issues, decorating materials and processes, and flat glass.
Following is an overview of what visitors can expect at this year's conference.
The Second Step seminar will follow at 1 p.m. and will expand on concepts introduced in the First Step Seminar. The program will also include an "Ask the Experts" session and a regulatory update.
On Monday, a general session on legislative, regulatory and testing issues will be held from 9:15 a.m. to noon.
On Tuesday, the conference program will be split into two separate tracks: "Decorating Materials and Processes," held from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and "Flat Glass," held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first track will cover topics such as lead-free decorating alternatives for the container industry, presented by Joe Ryan, George Sakoske, Dave Klimas and Geoff Weinstock of Ferro Corp.; overlapping transmutation glazes, presented by Stan Sulewski of Pfaltzgraff Co.; organic inks and coatings for the glass industry, presented by David Kapp of Ferro Corp.; and decorating glass with thermoplastic decorative precious metal products, presented by Ser F. Spronck of Johnson Matthey Glass.
The "Flat Glass" track will include discussions on the influence of various glass substrates on UV-curable automotive enamel systems, presented by Rob Prunchak of Engelhard Corp.; and a spandrel reverse glass roller coater startup procedure, presented by Jim Zerla of Ferro Corp.
by Andrew Bopp, Public Affairs Director, Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators
A private attorney in California has filed 60-day Proposition 65 notices against several major retailers and a tile importer relating to lead and glazed tile sold at retail stores. California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) requires consumer warnings if a product contains one of a wide variety of chemicals, including lead. Warnings can be posted using stick-on labels, statements on packaging or at the place of sale.
In early 2003, another private attorney filed several lawsuits alleging Proposition 65 warning violations related to lead exposure from the outside surface of drinkware. The cases were filed in California against retailers and tableware manufacturers. As of mid-February 2004, settlement negotiations and the litigation process were still under way between plaintiff and defendants related to these drinkware allegations. The plaintiff making the tile allegations is not involved in the Proposition 65 allegations related to lead and drinkware.
Current glass and ceramic food contact surface "safe-harbor" no-warning lead leaching thresholds were adopted in relation to a 1993 settlement between the California Attorney General and several tableware producers. The settlement requires tableware sellers to use specific ASTM/AOAC tests to determine metal leaching levels from glass and ceramic food contact surfaces. Specific consumer warnings must be posted for any ware that is shown to leach in excess of specific limits for lead and cadmium.
More details on the current Proposition 65 allegations and the existing tableware settlement will be presented at DECO 2004. Andrew Bopp can be reached at (703) 838-2810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.