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Rectifiers, Rectifier Controls

Peter van Gorp is the Technical Manager for Rectifiers and related products for American Plating Power, LLC. As a co-founder of the company, Peter is responsible for the production and test management of American Plating Power’s products. His expertise includes Thyristor Controlled Rectifiers, Switch Mode Power Supplies, Variable Transformer Rectifiers, Reverse Pulse Power Supplies, and various Controllers. Peter has been with American Plating Power for 6 years, and also heads up their R & D and Technical Service divisions. Peter received his electronics education in the Netherlands, and has over 18 years experience in design and development of power electronics products and software design.

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Automotive Functional Coatings for Brake Systems

Richard Lynch is the Industry Manager for Automotive Brake and Suspension Systems at Enthone. Richard’s 25-year career in functional coatings spans a variety of roles from technical specialist to senior management. His technical specialty is electroless nickel, hard chrome, zinc and zinc alloys with special expertise in zinc nickel. Richard’s career experience includes being the technical lead for the first high volume zinc nickel installations in North America more than 20 years ago and has been sought for his advice ever since. Richard currently works with automotive OEMs, Tier One, and large applicators to find technical solutions to today’s coating challenges and performance objectives. Enthone Inc. is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries.

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Zinc & Zinc Alloys, Bright Nickel, Trivalent Chrome, Acid Copper

Matt Stauffer is the Director of Technical Service at Pavco, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. He leads a group that specializes in helping customers maintain, optimize, and troubleshoot a wide variety of metal finishing processes. He has 23 years of experience in metal finishing R&D and technical service. Matt has research experience in zinc alloys and high corrosion-resistant finishing systems in addition to extensive formulation experience in antimicrobial electrodeposited coatings, bright nickel, trivalent chrome, acid copper, and cleaning chemistries.

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Electroless Nickel Problem Solving and Related Applications

James “Jim” Wetherald serves as a technical sales representative for the Electroless Nickel Division of Ronatec, C2C, Inc., based in Carlsbad, Calif. He works closely with direct customers and distributors addressing issues with a “hands-on” approach. Jim graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in Integrated Financial Systems and Applied Mathematics, and has studied chemical engineering and JIT systems management. His six years in the metal finishing industry, combined with excellent training from Shawn Wetherald, Mike Aleksinas, Joe Zabielski—as well as other well known industry experts—has made him a valuable asset in electroless nickel problem solving and its related applications. Ronatec has been a leader in the electroless nickel industry since the 1980s. Ronatec works with facilities across the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, Brazil, Thailand, and Ireland. Ronatec operates warehousing facilities in eight convenient locations, providing shipping on a same-day basis.

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