The Electrocoat Association’s mission (see About Us tab) is all about education – creating learning and networking experiences that make a real difference in your work, your business and even to the technology itself through new, innovative techniques and products.

Currently we produce the ECOAT Conference, presented in even-numbered years;  an annual Electrocoating Seminar that travels to various regional locations with a strong manufacturing base;  a book, Electrocoat:  A Guidebook for Finishers; and, beginning in June, 2018, our new Webinar product. 

We also provide educational programming and speakers for co-sponsored events and are in the development stage of several online resource tools.

Upcoming events

    • October 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • October 09, 2019
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Des Moines, IA

    Industry experts have designed this interactive program to meet the varying technical needs of electrocoaters and anyone interested in learning more. Review the basics before taking a deeper dive into cost and process efficiencies, quality control, troubleshooting and innovative technology. Walk away with ideas and strategies for improving your own system.

    Enhancing your learning experience will be a tour of John Deere's electrocoating facility in Des Moines, Iowa. The tour and round-trip transportation are included in your registration fee.

    Also included is a copy of our textbook: Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers.

    Mark your calendar! Register by September 9th and SAVE!

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    • November 06, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

    Registration is Compliments of The Electrocoat Association!
    Click here for details!

    Thin Film (ZrO) Pretreatment has been on OEM vehicles around the world for nearly 12 years. Some believe it is still an "experimental" conversion coating. The key questions are:

    • Is thin film pretreatment a viable technology that provides sufficient protection for high quality OEM vehicles in the most severe corrosive environments in North America?
    • How does bare steel corrosion performance compare to other substrates with zirconium and zinc phosphate conversion coatings?

    In this webinar, we will review several field surveys of cars and trucks that targets vehicles with this technology to evaluate how they are performing in the real world versus laboratory tests and their various predictions. Let's look back at these results to drive the future of this technology.

    Kevin Cunningham is currently a Senior Technical Expert at PPG with 43 years of pretreatment and electrocoat experience. Kevin came to PPG after 41 years at General Motors, which included start-up and operational responsibilities with the second cathodic electrocoat system at GM in 1976. Since those days in the history of cationic electrocoat, he found a home testing and approving pretreatment and electrocoat materials. His responsibilities also included specifying global bill of process and general technical requirements, and facilitating chemical, technical, equipment and process related operational details for pretreatment and electrocoat applications. 

    Degrees in Metallurgical Science and Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering have been instrumental in his understanding and participation in the evolution of not only cathodic electrocoat, but also the industry-wide transitioning from zinc phosphate to zirconium oxide conversion coating technologies. 

    To enjoy all of the benefits of being an Electrocoat Association member, including future webinars, please scroll over the Membership tab above, click on "Corporate Membership" and join today!       



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