Albuquerque, NM – Announcing the Society of Vacuum Coaters inaugural Topical Conference (TopCon) on November 3-5, 2009 at the Albuquerque Marriott, Albuquerque, NM. The conference focus is Advanced Coating Technologies for Corrosion/Erosion and Decorative Coatings - Alternatives for Electroplating Techniques.

This conference will discuss existing and potential applications of advanced coating technologies for high volume and demanding applications in various industries. It will also offer a unique forum for discussing these subjects from both fundamental and industrial perspectives. Particular emphasis will be given to alternative technologies, which are aimed to replace wet chemical methods. Some examples of high volume coatings for industrial applications are:

Automotive – engine and turbo charger bearings, piston rings, transmission components, forward and rear lighting, wheels, trim
Aerospace – engine compressor blades, coated high strength steel, abrasion protection on plastics, trim, lighting, electronic shielding, aluminum coated fasteners
Energy/Military – tubes and pipes with interior and exterior coatings
Consumer Products – white goods, lighting, cosmetics, electronics
Raw Stock –zinc alloys, aluminum and nickel on continuous metal strip
This Topical Conference is co-sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories.

The technical program will open on November 4 with a presentation by the Keynote Speaker, Dr. F. Doug Wall, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM who will speak on The Role of Corrosion Resistant Materials in the License Application for a Repository at Yucca Mountain. Other invited speakers and presentations are listed in the TopCon Preliminary Program at  The Program Committee welcomes additional abstract submissions in both oral and poster sessions.

On November 3 and 4 several popular SVC Tutorial courses will be presented: Practical Aspects of Vacuum Technology: Operation & Maintenance of Production Vacuum Systems; Sputter Deposition in Manufacturing; ITO and Other Transparent Conductive Coatings: Fundamentals, Deposition, Properties, and Applications; and Practice of Reactive Sputtering. In addition, a tutorial course developed by ASM entitled, “An Introduction to Aqueous Corrosion” will complement the conference focus. This Topical Conference will include a limited number of tabletop exhibits. TopCon sponsorships are also available which offer opportunities for corporate recognition at this event.

On-line registration for the SVC TopCon, tabletop exhibit, and tutorials is now open. To learn more about the TopCon visit or E-mail: