In this exclusive series, Materials Performance (MP) Editor Rebecca A. Bickham and News Editor Ben DuBose interview a wide range of corrosion experts to bring you the latest news and information on key technologies and industry trends. Episodes on this page are from July 2021 and newer. Archived episodes from earlier dates are available here.

Member Roundtable: How AMPP Was Formed

In the first episode of the Member Roundtable Series, Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) members Jane Brown and Stephanie Decker lead an exclusive interview with AMPP CEO Bob Chalker. During that extended conversation, Chalker shares the background story of the steps taken to merge SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International into AMPP.

How Graco Sizes up Coatings Equipment Trends

Niles Hickman, global product marketing manager at Graco (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), recently joined the “member profile” podcast series of CoatingsPro Magazine to share some of the company's keys to success.

Topics include feedback from contractors on needs and challenges in the field; how new coating technologies are changing the marketplace in 2021; potential equipment solutions from Graco; and the role of industry associations such as SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, NACE International, and the newly formed Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) in moving industry careers forward.

Source: Graco, www.graco.com

AMPP's New Vision for Content Management

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is working on a new initiative to collect all legacy and current intellectual property content (standards, conference papers, books, etc.) while using best practices in content management and its supporting technology to make it discoverable for the audience.

Learn more about the process and what it could mean for the association and its members in this exclusive interview with Mandy May, director of content management, and Bob Chalker, CEO of AMPP.

Managing Corrosion in Electric Transmission, Distribution Assets

Curt Hickcox, vice president of business development at Public Utilities Maintenance, Inc. (Queens Village, New York, USA), joins our "member profile" podcast series to discuss his career in the corrosion industry.

Topics include corrosion mitigation strategies of the past, present, and future for electric transmission and distribution clients; the importance of contractor certifications and a commitment to safety; and how associations like SSPC, NACE, and AMPP can play key roles in career development and company growth.

Source: PUM, www.puminc.com

Member Profile of Coatings Equipment Leader Elcometer

Joe Walker, vice president and general manager of Elcometer Inc., joins our “member profile” series to share some of his company’s keys to success. Topics include Elcometer's journey as an equipment supplier to the coatings industry; strategies on how to train clients to best use their products; career highlights and expansion strategies; and much more.

Walker, who is an immediate past chair of AMPP, also shares his thoughts on the merger of NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings — led by what he sees as benefits and priorities for the combined association and industry moving forward.

Source: Elcometer, www.elcometer.com

Discussion of the U.S. Surface Transportation and Water Infrastructure Bill

Jim Kunkle, manager of business development at AMPP, sits down with Lou Lyras, CEO of Corcon, Inc.; Sam Scaturro, president of Alpine Painting and vice chairman of the AMPP Board of Directors; and Adam Christopher, government relations manager at AMPP, to discuss the surface transportation and water infrastructure bill that is currently progressing in the U.S. Senate.

Topics include what subjects the bill is designed to address, what factors are important to AMPP members and stakeholders, and how AMPP members can help support the bill's passage.

Champlain Towers Collapse and Corrosion: Interview with Dr. Zee

This episode features our interview with Dr. Mehrooz Zamanzadeh, technical director and principal investigator at Matergenics, and Nathan Pace, corrosion engineer for Matergenics. Dr. Mehrooz discusses potential causes of the Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside, Florida, and he offers safety recommendations for coastal buildings nearby and nationwide.

Dr. Zamamzadeh is a Fellow of NACE international and ASM; a NACE Certified Specialist in coatings, cathodic protection, and materials selection and design; and an AMPP Instructor for condition assessment and corrosion engineering.

AMPP QP Accreditation Programs Overview

In the debut episode of AMPPLIFY, Jim Kunkle and Dave Evans explore the new AMPP QP Accreditation Programs, featuring QP-1, QP-2, QP-3, QP-5, QP-6, QP-8, and QS-1.