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The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) is hosting a virtual TechForum event series throughout October 2020. A variety of presentations, vendor ad space, and networking events will be featured to bring the batch HDG industry together. To make this virtual event series a success, we need your help submitting speakers and vendors from our industry to participate. Signup information and an explanation of each event type is provided below. Be on the lookout for a final event schedule and (free) registration in August 2020!

DEADLINE: August 5th, 2020

Please e-mail presentation submissions (abstracts), and requests for ad space or networking events to Alana Fossa at afossa@galvanizeit.org indicating the week and/or event to be reserved. 

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Event types:

Presentations:  Presentations are technical in nature, 20-30 minute webinars with Q&A. Suggested topics are provided for each week in the schedule below. Live presentations are desired, but pre-recorded session can be accommodated. International speakers welcome. Please submit a short abstract (approximately 100 words) for consideration.

Vendor Promotion Slide:  Vendors are invited to submit a presentation slide containing promotional content or a short video to be aired after each presentation. AGA can assist you with design and formatting. Reserving a promotion slide is free and available on a first come first serve basis. Check out Vendor Opportunities for more details. 

Networking Events:  Any sustaining member is invited to host an event (30 min max) immediately following the technical presentations. AGA will provide the resources to market, host, manage, and moderate the event through our ZOOM account. Events should be social in nature, purely promotional (sales pitch) events will not be accepted. Suggestions include happy hour, roundtable discussions, games, or Q&A. Feel free to get creative or ask AGA for suggestions! Events are free to host and available on a first come first serve basis.

Tentative Event Schedule Availability

Week 1:  Industry Expertise on Plant Operations

Tuesday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 1

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 1

Available

Presentation 2

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 2

Available

Networking Event 1Available

Thursday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 3

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 3

Available

Presentation 4

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 4

Available

Vendor Networking Event 2

Available

Requested Presentation Topics for Week 1:  material handling solutions, maintenance of lifting equipment, pH testing of flux, long-term experiences using nickel, kettle and furnace maintenance, zinc bath analysis, experiences with stormwater management, developing excellent safety and equipment training, establishing meaningful performance metrics, experiences with building maintenance and corrosion protection, unique methods to optimize zinc consumption, lessons learned, experience or case studies with new technologies, etc.

Week 2:  HDG Process and Inspection Training

Tuesday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 5
Selected Content from AGA Process Seminar

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 5

Available

Presentation 6
Selected Content from AGA Process Seminar

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 6

Available

Vendor Networking Event 3

Available

Thursday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 7
Selected Content from AGA Inspection Seminar

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 7

Available

Presentation 8
Selected Content from AGA Inspection Seminar 

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 8

Available

Vendor Networking Event 4

Available

Week 3:  Technical Advancements in the HDG Industry

Tuesday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 9

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 9

Available

Presentation 10

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 10

Available

Vendor Networking Event 5

Available

Thursday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 11

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 11

Available

Presentation 12

Available

Vendor Promotion Slide 12

Available

Vendor Networking Event 6

Available

Requested Presentation Topics for Week 3:  New/improved plant equipment, new inspection equipment, advancements in process bath chemistry, steam coil materials and performance, yard and plant maintenance solutions, new galvanizing post treatments, new re-use or recycling processes.

Week 4:  Training and Resources for AGA members

Tuesday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 13
Training on AGA Sales and Marketing Resources:   Terms & Conditions, Supply & Pricing, Competitors, Salesforce Marketing Cloud,  Search Engine Optimization, Warranties, etc.

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 13

Available

Presentation 14
Training on AGA Sales and Marketing Resources: Terms & Conditions, Supply & Pricing, Competitors, Salesforce Marketing Cloud,  Search Engine Optimization, Warranties, etc.

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 14

Available

Vendor Networking Event 7

Available

Thursday (1.5hr event)

Presentation 15
Training on AGA Technical Resources: Using the AGA Technical Library, Galv Notes, Troubleshooting Guides, EHS Guides, Life Cycle Cost Calculator, Process Calculators

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 15

Available

Presentation 16
Training on AGA Technical Resources: Using HDG Performance Charts

Reserved

Vendor Promotion Slide 16

Available

Vendor Networking Event 8

Available

Virtual TechForum Submission/Speaker Guidelines

The following guidelines provide more detail on how to submit your abstract and what’s allowed in the presentation and required of the speaker.   

  • Submit an abstract for consideration by the TechForum Committee by Aug 5, 2020. 
    • Abstracts should summarize the presentation content in paragraph or outline form.
    • Presentations are 30 minutes MAXIMUM, so plan your content accordingly.
    • It is good to leave time for questions, so suggested length is 20-25 minutes.
  • Presentation content may not contain any negative reference to any AGA member companies or companies eligible for membership. This excludes commenting on competitors to the hot-dip galvanizing process. 
  • Any materials to be handed out by the speaker must be reviewed and approved by AGA staff.
  • Presentations are required to fit within the timeframe allotted by the AGA. In order to keep things on track, the AGA may ask the speaker to truncate the presentation.