Services

Pilkington is a dynamic service provider in the metal finishing industry. We are constantly updating our line of processes to fulfill the needs of our customers.
These customers come from a variety of industries including aerospace, architectural, automotive, medical, military, mining and sporting goods.

Certifications

Complete List of Services

Process Category Service Short Description
Aluminum Anodizing Boric Acid Anodizing Anodizing process using Boric acid. Specific to Boeing Aerospace.
Aluminum Anodizing Standard Sulfuric Acid Anodizing Standard anodizing process using sulfuric acid. Also known as satin or Type II anodize.
Aluminum Anodizing Bright Dip Anodizing Anodizing method using a specific etch to achieve bright and shining appearance.
Aluminum Anodizing Chromic Acid Anodizing Anodizing process using Chromic acid. Also known as Type I anodizing.
Aluminum Anodizing Hard Coat Anodizing Anodizing method that forms an extra thick layer of anodize. Also known as Type III anodize.
Conversion Coating Chromate Conversion Coating Chemical process that forms a layer of chromium and aluminum oxide on the surface of aluminum. Type I conversion coating- contains hexavalent chrome.
Conversion Coating RoHS Compliant Conversion Coating Chemical process that forms a layer of chromium and aluminum oxide on the surface of aluminum. Type II conversion coating- no hexavalent chrome.
Graphics Application Screen Printing Applying various ink graphics onto flat surfaces through precision screens.
Graphics Application Pad Printing Applying graphics onto non-flat surfaces using a pad to transfer various inks.
Graphics Application Laser Engraving Engraving graphics onto flat or non-flat surfaces using programmed lasers.
Heat Treating Solutioning Heating parts to high temperatures, then rapidly cooling them to alter the metal constituent.
Heat Treating Age Hardening Holding parts at a specific temperature to decrease solubility, or “harden” the metal.
Heat Treating Annealing Gradually heating metal above its critical temperature and cooled to increase its ductility, making the metal more workable.
Liquid Spray Coating Liquid Spray Coating Application of various liquid paints and coatings using spray equipment.
Non Destructive Testing Dye Penetrant Inspection Visually inspecting formed metal for surface breaks and other defects using a dye penetrant liquid.
Powder Coating Powder Coating Application of resin powders to metal using static electricity, followed by an oven cure.
Stainless Steel Treatments Electropolishing Electro-chemical bath process that removes high points on metal, polishing stainless steel parts.
Stainless Steel Treatments Passivation Chemical process of removing free iron from the surface of stainless steel
Stainless Steel Treatments Pickling Chemical surface treatment that cleans base metals using acids with pH below 2.0.
Support Services Garnet Media Blasting Mechanical process for cleaning and roughening metal surfaces by blasting parts with various grits of garnet media.
Support Services Glass Bead Blasting Mechanical process for cleaning and slightly roughening metal surfaces by blasting parts with tiny beads of glass.
Support Services Iron Phosphating Chemical process of cleaning and applying a layer of iron phosphate and a seal onto metal parts to increase subsequent coating adhesion.
Support Services Masking Protecting areas of products from coatings or finishes using various materials.

Size Capabilities

Anodizing

Process Tank Size Nadcap Certified
Sulfuric Acid Anodize 14′ × 6′ × 4′ Yes
Hard Coat Anodize 7′ × 4′ × 3′ Yes
Bright Dip Anodize 3′ × 3′ × 3′ No
Boric Acid Anodize 7′ × 4′ × 3′ Yes
Chromic Acid Anodize 7′ × 4′ × 3′ Yes

Conversion Coating
NOTE: Conversion Coating may be applied manually on parts larger than the listed tank sizes.

Process Tank Size Nadcap Certified
Conversion Coating 14′ × 6′ × 4′ No
Certified Conversion Coating 7′ × 4′ × 3′ Yes
RoHS Compliant Conversion Coating 7′ × 4′ × 3′ No

Graphics Application

Equipment Size Capability
Screen Printing 5′ × 5′
Pad Printing 2.75″ Diameter
Laser Engraving 7″ Diameter

Heat Treating

Oven Substrates Size Capability Solution Age Annealing ISO Nadcap Nadcap QOT
#1 Aluminum 4′ × 4′ × 4′ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 350°F, 800 – 1000°F
#2 Aluminum 24″ × 16″ × 6′ No Yes Yes Yes Yes 200 – 400°F
#3 Aluminum 24″ × 16″ × 6′ No Yes Yes Yes Yes 200 – 400°F
#4 Aluminum 36″ × 32″ × 24″ No Yes Yes Yes No n/a

Liquid Spray Coating
NOTE: Products larger than our listed spray booths or ovens may be painted and air dried.

Equipment Size Capability
Liquid Spray Coating Booth 12′ × 7′ × 7′
Curing Oven 12′ × 7′ × 7′
Media Blasting Booth 30′ × 10′ × 12′
Conversion Coating / Aluminum Cleaning Tank Line 14′ × 6′ × 4′

Non Destructive Testing
NOTE: We maintain portable penetrant testing equipment and can inspect up to 40′ lengths or products off-site.

Equipment Size Capability
Dryer 5′ × 29″ × 32″

Powder Coating

Equipment Size Capability
Powder Coating Booth 30′ × 10′ × 12′
Curing Oven 30′ × 10′ × 15′
Media Blasting Booth 30′ × 10′ × 12′
Conversion Coating / Aluminum Cleaning Tank Line 14′ × 6′ × 4′
Iron Phosphate / Spray Wash Station 30′ × 10′ × 14′

Stainless Steel Treatments

Process Tank Size Nadcap Certified
Electropolishing 5′ × 3′ × 3′ Yes
Passivation 2′ × 32″ × 3′ Yes
Pickling 2′ × 32″ × 3′ Yes

Complete List of Specifications

Specification Title Customer
AAMA 2603 Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels Industry Standard
AAMA 2604 Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for High Performance Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels Industry Standard
AAMA 2605 Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Superior Performing Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels Industry Standard
AAMA611 Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural Aluminum Boeing
AMS2469 Hard Anodic Coating on Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Industry Standard
AMS2471 Anodic Treatment of Aluminum Alloys Sulfuric Acid Process, Undyed Coating Industry Standard
AMS2700 Passivation of Corrosion resistant Steel Industry Standard
AMS2770 Heat Treatment of Wrought Aluminum Alloy Parts Industry Standard
AMS2771 Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloy Castings Industry Standard
ASTM B117 Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus Industry Standard
ASTM E1417 Standard Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing Industry Standard
BAC5022 Sulfuric Acid Anodic Films Boeing
BAC5423 Penetrant Methods of Inspection Boeing
BAC5602 Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloys Boeing
BAC5632 Boric Acid – Sulfuric Acid Anodizing Boeing
BAC5719 Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Boeing
BAC5736 Application of Chemical and Solvent Resistant Finishes Boeing
BAC5755 Application of Interior Decorative Finishes Boeing
BAC5821 Hard Anodizing Boeing
BAC5845 Application of Polyurethane Topcoat Boeing
BAC5882 Application of Urethane Compatible Primer Boeing
BAC5946 Temper Inspection of Aluminum Alloys Boeing
BSS7039 Liquid Penetrant Inspection Boeing
CS0033 Test Methods and Approval Process for Paints Paccar
CP3210 General Purpose Coating – Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys – Commercial Use Williams Intl.
CP3212 Low Electrical Resistance Coating – Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys – Commercial Use Williams Intl.
DPS4.707 Penetrant Inspection (Fluorescent) Boeing
DPS9.314 Polishing & Texturing Aluminum Surfaces Boeing
DPS11.04 Hard Anodizing Aluminum Boeing
DPS11.05 Sulfuric Acid Anodizing Boeing
MIL-A-8625 Type I Chromic Acid Anodizing, conventional coatings produced from chromic acid bath Industry Standard
MIL-A-8625 Type IC Non-Chromic Acid Anodizing, for use as a non-chromate alternative for Type I and IB coatings Industry Standard
MIL-A-8625 Type II Sulfuric Acid Anodizing, conventional coatings produced from sulfuric acid bath Industry Standard
MIL-A-8625 Type IIB Thin Sulfuric Acid Anodizing, for use as a non-chromate alternative for Type I and IB coatings Industry Standard
MIL-A-8625 Type III Hard Anodic Coatings Industry Standard
MIL-C-5541 Chemical Conversion Coatings on Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Industry Standard
MIL-DTL-5541 Detail Specification Chemical Conversion Coatings on Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Industry Standard
P3100 Coatings per P3101 or P3102 optional – Anodic Coating for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
P3102 Conventional Coating produced from a Chromic Acid Bath – Anodic Coating for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
P3103 Hard Coating – Anodic Coating for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
P3210 General Purpose Coating – Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
P3212 Low Electrical Resistance Coating – Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
P3214 General Purpose Non-hexavalent Chromium Coating – Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
P3216 Low Electrical Resistance Non-hexavalent Chromium Coating – Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys Williams Intl.
QQ-P-35 Passivation Treatments for Corrosion-resistant Steel Industry Standard