Tech Talk Workshops

Tech Talk Workshops are free, exhibitor-run training sessions at the top of every hour in the third floor exhibit hall floor.  Sponsored by:

West SystemPro Set Epoxy

Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Mold Making with Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM)

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 01

We will cover how Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) is used to create molds for boat-making and other similar large-scale applications.

Presenter: Chris Haid

Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Marine Motion Control & Automation

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 02

In the marine industry, we always strive to better the operational readiness of a vessel and implement automated features for function and luxury. Learn about electrical actuation that will make life easier.

Presenters: Dennis Dalli, Brian Ingoldsby, William Willis

Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dust-Free Sanding Innovations for a Healthier Work Environment

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 03

Join us for a demo on market leading dust-free sanding solutions and new products and SOPs for sanding and buffing.

Presenters: Ed Sikes, Chris Ross, Scott Barnes

Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

How to Finish WEST SYSTEM Epoxy Repair with Gelcoat

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 04

Learn how to apply polyester gelcoat over WEST SYSTEM Epoxy repairs on fiberglass boats. We’ll cover best practices for epoxy cure, effective fairing, surface prep, and gelcoat applications.

Presenters: Don Gutzmer

West System

Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Orca3D Marine CFD: Affordable, Accurate CFD Without the Need to be a Specialist

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 05

Orca3D Marine CFD is an easy-to-use CFD solution, providing an affordable, powerful, and proven set of analysis tools for the naval architect, without the need to become a specialized CFD analyst.

Presenter: Larry Leibman

 Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Boat Connectivity for Marine Manufacturers

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 06

Join us for a demo on the market-leading connectivity solution for recreational boats and learn about our unique approach when working with OEMs. We will showcase vessel monitoring as a service and integrated maintenance as examples of services of the future, available to boatowners today.

Presenter: Marko Pihlar

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Which Solar Solution is Right for You? Learn about Panels, Installation, and Application

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 08

The Freedom name is synonymous with quality and reliability in the marine industry. Launched originally in 1992, the Freedom series today is available in a variety of power levels for different applications. A boat’s electrical system is becoming more and more complex. The advancement in lithium ion technology, solar integration, co-existence of an inverter with a generator, remote system monitoring and other newer technologies is making our life easier while also creating unique challenges in terms of properly understanding and using the system, troubleshooting and installation. In this workshop, Xantrex sales applications engineer Don Wilson will discuss common installation scenarios, product compatibility and integration of newer technology in your existing system.

Presenter: Don Wilson

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Robot Automation for Marine Manufacturers

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 09

The benefits of automated manufacturing encompass every critical aspect of manufacturing, including labor, hazardous environments, compliance, productivity, quality, and economy. How can these benefits improve boat and marine product manufacturing? We will follow the necessary steps to determine how you can benefit from robotic automation and explore robotic processes.

Presenters: Paul Carrier, Kent Walker

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

SmartBoat: Innovative, Flexible, Cost-Effective Marine System Solutions

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 10

Join us to learn about SmartBoat, the new line of intelligent NMEA 2000 products from Lintest Systems. SmartBoat products have programmable interfaces for a wide variety of sensors and devices, Wi-Fi capability, advanced multi-network support, and browser-based configuration. SmartBoat provides greatly simplified installations with advanced network management and at significantly lower costs. Learn how a single SmartBoat unit does the work of multiple different conventional NMEA 2000 devices and how multiple SmartBoat units can be used to implement wireless NMEA 2000.

Presenters: Al Testani, Marshal Linder


Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tax Planning for Marine Manufacturers

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 11

Join us as we tackle tax reform for manufacturers and learn more about Research & Development Credits, 199A Deduction, Cost Segregation, Sales Tax updates & book keeping best practices.

Presenters: Ron Wainwright, Michael Laur

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

SureShade – New Product Advancements in Marine Shade Systems

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 12

This workshop will focus on the technical aspects, benefits, and features of SureShade’s latest advancements—including the silent-glide automated shade system and new SurePower Controller that significantly reduce the power burden on a boat. You’ll also learn about how to integrate SureShade into new boat designs.

Presenters: Gregg Inscore, Chris LaSelva

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Integrated Autonomous Power Systems

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 13

Learn how new technology in Lithium Ion batteries combined with state-of-the-art integrated power-conversion systems enable fully autonomous power on the water.

Presenter: Menno Ligterink

Wednesday, October 2, 2019: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Transitioning Your Shop to Epoxy Resins

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 14

Reduce VOCs and improve quality by converting your infusion and lamination processes to PRO-SET Epoxies. We’ll cover product selection, in-mold coating, lamination, post-curing, and more.

Presenter: Don Gutzmer


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