Elcometer and SSPC Announce 'Paperless QA' Training Course

Dec 20, 2010, 14:34 ET from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings

- Quality Assurance course improves efficiency and data collection.

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Elcometer Instruments and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings are pleased to announce the availability of "Protective Coatings Paperless QA and Digital Data Collection," a new training course that focuses on instrument use and inspection reporting.

The course, developed by Elcometer and administered by SSPC, focuses on coupling digital instrumentation with paperless inspection reporting. This course emphasizes the benefits of incorporating industry standards while maximizing the instruments' capabilities and potential to perform the most common daily inspection tasks (monitoring ambient conditions, surface profiles, and film thickness). It also focuses on the importance of proper inspection reporting and the successful integration of a paperless quality assurance inspection program to significantly reduce the man-hours incurred in the inspection process and the introduction of human error.

According to Joe Walker, Vice President, Elcometer, "Elcometer continually works to develop new technology, processes and standards into our products and services for the protective coatings industry. Our customers insist that we provide them the tools so that they can stay ahead of the curve. Paperless QA is just another chance for us to improve coatings inspection and help coatings professionals to be more efficient and productive."

Bill Shoup, Executive Director of SSPC, agreed. "This new course is the first of its kind for this industry. It's important for SSPC and its members to keep pace with the changing landscape of coatings inspection. We're thrilled to partner with Elcometer on this project."

The initial offering of the course will be at the upcoming SSPC 2011 show in Las Vegas, January 31- February 3, 2011. The course will be offered as post-show training on February 4-5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Students interested in taking the course should contact SSPC at 1.877.281.SSPC (7772) or visit www.SSPC.org to register. The deadline to register is January 7, 2011.

About Elcometer Instruments

Elcometer is the global leader in coating inspection equipment. Since 1947, Elcometer has designed, manufactured, supplied and serviced QA and QC instruments that comply with industry standards. The philosophy of Elcometer since its inception in 1947 has always been to provide you with 'best in class' product design, product quality and service at a competitive price. By concentrating on these core values Elcometer has grown into a worldwide organization with dedicated offices in seven countries and distribution outlets in more than 150 locations around the world.

About SSPC

SSPC is internationally recognized as the leading society in the field of protective coatings. Its surface preparation and coatings standards have been governing the use of coatings worldwide since 1950 when it was founded as the Steel Structures Painting Council.   Originally part of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, SSPC is dedicated to the use of high-performance industrial coatings for the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial structures.   From an initial core of fundamentals coatings training courses developed in the early 1990's to the comprehensive list of technical certifications offered today, over 35,000 industry professionals have used SSPC to enhance their coatings knowledge. In addition to certification, standards and training, SSPC offers a variety of technical publications, advocacy, the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, and a wide range of information resources. Membership in SSPC includes over 8,000 coatings professionals and over 760 industry-related companies. For more information, visit www.SSPC.org.

SOURCE SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings