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Electrocoat Services

Burkard Industries has worked to provide automotive and military approved electrocoat (also referred to as electrophoretic coat or e-coat) services for more than a decade. Today, our state-of-the-art system is recognized as one of the most capable in North America and provides a “Class A” finish for clients that demand the highest standards in quality.

Our e-coat line boasts a unique 14-stage pretreatment process consisting of both immersion and spray stages and it also features an optional acid bath for laser cut and welded parts. We pride ourselves on providing excellent quality for all part configurations, big or small.

Electrocoat Process

Click the tabs below to learn about each step of Burkard Industries’ top-of-the-line e-coat system.

14 Stage Pretreat
Picture11As with all finishing operations, the most important step is pretreatment of the parts. Our 14-stage pretreat system includes spray and immersion stages to ensure that parts are properly prepared before they enter the electrocoat bath.
Immersion Acid Cleaning
Picture12Immersion Acid Cleaning, also known as pickling, removes oxidation residue from welding and brazing operations. This technique provides for a better quality finished product as oxidation residue cannot be completely removed by alkaline cleaners. Pickling also allows us to process laser cut parts which can cause issues for e-coating and powder coating. The acid cleaning stage can be bypassed for certain substrates, including aluminum or galvanized parts.
Bag Filtration
Picture13Each stage has pumps and bag filtration to ensure removal of all particulates from process solutions. This helps prevent contaminants from being deposited on parts.
Tanks with Cone-Shaped Bottoms

Picture14The three alkaline tanks and the zinc phosphate immersion tank have cone-shaped bottoms to collect sludge which is continuously pumped and filtered out in a closed loop return system. This minimizes the number of particulates in the tanks and, therefore, prevents the particulates from settling on parts.

Automatic Chemical Feed System
Picture15We automatically inject pretreat chemicals into the system tanks with pumps controlled by the central PLC based on total square footage processed and monitored pretreat parameters. This helps maintain much tighter controls on the critical characteristics of the pretreat baths. Quality Control personnel also perform chemical titrations each shift to ensure process integrity.
Reverse Osmosis Water
Picture16Reverse Osmosis (RO) water is used to supply and make up the last seven stages of our electrocoat systems to ensure that chemical tanks and rinse tanks are of the highest quality.
Burping and Tilting
Picture20Picture19The line is designed to tilt parts in tanks which eliminates problems associated with odd-shaped parts or parts with brackets. This process, also known as “burping”, eliminates air bubbles which can leave a void in the coating. Burping also allows for better drainage to prevent drip issues commonly caused by parts that hold fluid in pockets.
Automatic Voltage Control
Picture22The rectifier allows the central PLC to control the voltage applied based on the square footage of the parts in the e-coat tank. This results in a consistent film build regardless of the size of the load processed.
Final Rinses
Picture23Our cutting-edge system allows for six minutes of final rinse time after the application of the cathodic epoxy electrocoat. This process includes immersion and spray permeate rinses as well as a final immersion RO rinse which minimizes the drip marks commonly associated with e-coat.
Two-Zone Oven
Picture24The oven features two zones, each with independent burners. This provides for a dehydration process to occur prior to the standard e-coat curing. Dehydration allows for quick evaporation of pocketed liquids on complex parts, like brackets, or on horizontal surfaces prior to entering the cure cycle. This minimizes rejects commonly associated with electrocoating due to drips.
Filtered Oven Recirculation Air
Picture25The oven is equipped with filter banks which remove particulates from the air stream and provide for a smoother “Class A” finish.
Power and Free Conveyor
Picture26Our four-spur power and free conveyer has four load and unload stations. Part carriers remain stationary while loaded or unloaded at a station. The e-coat machine receives part recipe information with the use of an infrared smart-eye communication system.
Software Monitoring


Our e-coat system uses the latest computer and controls technology to allow for the monitoring and alarming of key process parameters. This includes system alarms, process temperatures, as well as pretreat, e-coat bath, and operating-cost parameters.

Personnel receive system alarms to pagers and cell phones. We also provide historical tracking of key process parameters and recipe information from every load to meet ISO-9000 lot control requirements.

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Coating Compliance

From the "Big Three" (Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler) in Detroit to Tesla in California and countless other companies around the globe, Burkard Industries has an unrivaled list of compliance approvals. We work with the automotive and commercial industries as well as with the United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), prime contractors and their supply chains.

Burkard Industries is also nationally recognized for our military approved zinc phosphate, electrocoating (e-coating), chemical agent resistant coating (CARC), and powder coating services.

MS-PB-45-1E-Coat15-20 microns
MS-PB-45-2E-Coat20 microns (.8 mils)
MS-PB-60-2E-Coat20 microns (.8 mils)
MS-PE-16-2Black Powder Coat.002 Min
MS-PE-16-2Black Powder Coat.002 Min
MS-PE-16-2Black Powder Coat.002 Min
MS-PE-16-2Wheel White Powder Coat.002 Min
MS-PE-16-2Black Powder Coat.002 Min
MS-PB-59-1Gray Powder Coat.002 Min
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
49-00023-101, -102 or -103
Zinc Phos/E-Coat Prime
.7 - 1.0 mils
Zinc Phos/E-Coat Prime
.7 - 1.0 mils
Military 53030 or 53022 primer
1.0-1.5 mils dry
Military 53084 prime
0.75-1.25 mils
DBL 7391-04
Cathodic e-coat
per part dwg
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
ESA-M64J19-B1/B4Black Cathodic E-coat20-25 microns
ESB-M70J1-ABlack Powder Coat.001 in min
ESB-M70J5-ABlack Powder Coat
ESE-M2P171-A1/A2Black Powder Coat
ESF-M70J1-ABlack Powder Coat.001 in min
ESF-M70J4-ABlack Powder Coat.003 in min
ESN-M2P86-ABlack Powder Coat
WA05 PB 195ABlack Powder Coat
WSA-M2P170-A1Black Powder Coat
WSB-M64J28-A1/A4Black E-coat20 microns nom.
WSK-M2P153-A1 thru -A6Any (as specified)as req'd to meet perf requirements
WSK-M3P1-Czinc phosphate
WSS-M2P177-B1, -B2
WSS M2P177-C1, -C2, -C3E-Coatspecified on print
WSS-M2P180-CBlack Powder Coat
WSS-M2P185-Apaint performance
WSS-M2P190-Apaint performance"E-coat 20 min
Powder 50 min"
WSS-M21P41-A2cathodic e-coat
WSS-M64J39-A1/A5 System IEdge Protection Cathodic E-coat
WSS-M64J40-A1/A4Epoxy E-Coat over Zn Phos20-25 microns
WSS-M70J5BBlack Powder Coat
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
GMW14664 Type BPowder coat2-4 mils
GMW14669 Type Aexterior
GMW14669 Type Binterior
GMW14671, Type AE-Coat16-22 microns
GMW14671, Type BE-Coat23-35 microns
GMW14671, Type DPowder>/= 40 microns
GMW14671, Type EType A-D w/specified thicknessas specified
GMW14671, Type Fas specified on dwgas specified
GMW14671, Type GSpray Paint>/= 40 microns
GMW14671, Type He-coat20-40 microns
GM9984120Electrodeposition Primer- Cathodic E-Coat for Small Parts15 or 20 microns
GM9984050Black Powder Coat.038-.075
GM9984050Black Powder Coat.038-.075
GM9984050Black Powder Coat.038-.075
GM9984050Black Powder Coat.038-.075
GM9984275Black Powder Coat1.54-4.0 mils
GM9984275Black Powder Coat1.54-4.0 mils
GM9984275Black Powder Coat1.54-4.0 mils
GM9985586Gray Powder Coat
GM197M WA05 PB 195ABlack Powder Coat
GM197M WA05 PB 195ANeutral Medium Powder Coat
GM/Fisher Guide 3515-2Silver Horn Powder Coat
GM/CPC FBMS 1-43Black Powder Coat
GM4350M-AxxxPerformance spec for EC or Powder
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
HES D2021 Class 1, Grade 4Black E-coat>20 microns
HES D-22399 Class IIPowder Coat
5100Z-TRO-6001E-Coat"inner 15 min
outer 20 min"
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
TMS-9009 Class I
Decorative exterior parts
"20 microns Grade 17 or 19
25 microns Grade 20"
TMS-9009 Class IPDecorative exterior parts supplied primed only w/subsequent topcoat.
E-Coat or Powder
15 microns
TMS-9009 Class IINon-Decorative exterior parts that will be topcoated or if not topcoated, will not be subject to UV.
E-Coat or Powder
15 microns
TMS-9009 Class IIADecorative exterior parts that will be topcoated or if not topcoated, will not be subject to UV.
Powder (or E-Coat if post assembly topcoated)
15 microns
TMS-9009 Class IIINon-Decorative interior parts.
E-Coat or Powder
38 microns min
TMS-9009 Class IIIADecorative interior parts that will be subject to UV.
Powder (or E-Coat if topcoated)
38 microns min
TMS-9009 Class IVClass II for frame/chassis parts25 microns
TMS-9009 Class VEngine & engine parts25 microns
TMS-9009 Class VICasting sealer13 microns
CEMS G-5, Part V, Grade-56Cathodic E-coat primer20-24
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
NES M5083 CEDE-Coat20 microns
NES M5083 CED-EE-Coat/Edge Protection20 microns
NES M5083 CED-TE-Coat/Edge Protection, Thick30 microns
NES M5083 ET-2DPowder Coating20 microns
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
R026-198-39Black Powder Coat
CMT0030Black E-Coat.6-1.0 mils
CMT0030Black Powder Coat 1.5-3 mils
CMT0030Gray Powder Coat1.5-3 mils
CMT0030Black Powder Coat 1.5-3 mils
CS0031 Type 1Black Powder Coat 1.5-3 mils
CS0031 Type 1Gray Powder Coat1.5-3 mils
CS0031 Type 2Black E-Coat.6-1.0 mils
CMT0048Black Powder Coat
CMT0048Silver Powder Coat
CMT0048Black Powder Coat
CMT0048Red Powder Coat
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
TSH2354GE-Coat20 microns
01206-00050-AMed build TSH2354G e-coat w/TSH3600 zinc phos
w/enclosure 20-33 microns outside (>15 on inner surfaces)
01206-00344High build TSH2354G e-coat25-45 microns
SpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
VW 13750 Ofl-X630 KTLE-Coat (w/zinc phos)15-35 microns
(>/= 12 in cavities)
VW 13750 Ofl-X634 KTLE-Coat (w/zinc phos) w/paint topcoat35-60 microns
(>/= 20 in cavities)
CompanySpecificationCoating(s) - DescriptionThickness
Azure DynamicsSPC00218E-Coat
American AxleMS-4005 Type IIIE-Coat
American AxleMS-4005 Type IVE-Coat
American AxleMS-4005 Rev. EE-Coat
BendixBW-329-P Code ABlack E-Coat
Caterpillar1E1950HBlack Powder Coat
Caterpillar1E1951AYellow Powder Coat
Caterpillar1E1951AYellow Powder Coat
Caterpillar1E1951DGray Powder Coat
Caterpillar1E1952 HBlack Powder Coat
Caterpillar1E1952JBlack Powder Coat
CNHMAT0101QGray Powder Coat
CNHMAT0101QGray Powder Coat
CNHMAT0101QYellow Powder Coat
CNHMAT0101QRed Powder Coat
CNHMAT0101QBlack Powder Coat
CNHMAT0101QTan Powder Coat
CNHMAT0103Black Powder Coat
Cummins21073 Rev.4Lead Free Black E-Coat
DensoCaterpillar RadiatorBlack Powder Coat
Hendrickson Truck34568-003 Rev.GE-Coat
(Johnson Controls)
MEPW-PLUS-SP-04-07-05-EE-Coat or
Powder Coat
Key Safety Systems (KSS)E50266 Rev.06E-Coat
Kenworth (PACCAR)RO26-198-6Black Powder Coat
Kenworth (PACCAR)R026-198-39Black Powder Coat
TeslaTM-0023F-P-EC Table 1E-Coat
TeslaTM-0023F-P-EC Table 2E-Coat
TeslaTM-0023F-P-EC Table 3E-Coat
TeslaTM-0023F-P-EC Table 4E-Coat
TRWMS00019Lead Free Black E-Coat
TRWPS00005Trivalent Zinc Plating
VolvoSTD 121-0006Zinc Black Plating
Western Star Trucks4102-3404E-Coat