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  • Figure 1. The 45 MN, 10 inch direct press was designed with the demands of the automotive industry in mind.

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    Hydro Cressona Serves Automotive Industry with New Highly Automated Press Line

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. The Hydro Extrusion North America facility in Cressona, PA, has been in operation since 1942, when it was commissioned by the U.S. government to support World War II efforts. Today, the over 1.6 million sq ft site has ten direct and indirect extrusion presses, ranging in sizes from 10 to […]

  • aluminum safety management - A tilt furnace with fall protection installed

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    Aluminum Safety Management: Preventing the Big Three – Slips, Trips & Falls

    By Alex Lowery, Contributing Editor. Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common causes for work-related injuries and fatalities. These three hazards are commonly grouped together because in many ways they are linked. For example, a remelt worker on a sow casting line lost track of his immediate surroundings. The worker took a few […]

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    Aluminum Challenging Plastics in Beverage Industry

    By Goran Djukanovic, Aluminum Market Analyst. After replacing some quantities of steel in the automotive industry in recent years, aluminum has another potential area of increasing use, which is gaining importance, namely the beverage industry. Although aluminum has been present in the packaging and beverage industry for a long time, it is now challenging plastics […]

  • Jaguar I-Pace outside charging - electric vehicles drive aluminum demand

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    Aluminum Continues Unprecedented Growth in Automotive Applications

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Demand for aluminum in the automotive industry is continuing its growth trajectory, according to a new report from DuckerFrontier, 2020 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content and Outlook. The report notes that aluminum content is expected to grow to 514 lbs per vehicle by 2026, up by 12% from 2020 […]

  • Anodized aluminum used on the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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    ARTICLE: Anodizing Conditions and Their Myriad Effects on Finish Quality

    By Dr. George N. Oh, Nathan Sheffield, and Yechan Kang, Quaker Houghton, Metal Finishing Group. Abstract Quality of anodized aluminum, both mechanical and aesthetic, is affected by a number of parameters. Two parameters that have larger effects on finish and quality are anodize temperature and current density. This study shows that these parameters affect coating […]

  • Figure 1. The Ellwood Aluminum team standing in the company’s new aluminum casthouse.

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    ARTICLE: Ellwood Embarks on a Journey to the Lighter Side with New Aluminum Casting Complex

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Ellwood Aluminum, a division of the 110 year old family-owned steel manufacturer Ellwood Group, has constructed and started up operation of its new secondary aluminum casthouse in Hubbard, Ohio (Figure 1). The new facility, which represents the company’s first entry into aluminum melting and casting, enables them to diversify their […]

  • Figure 1. Diagram showing where energy losses occur within a TRF.

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    ARTICLE: Digital Twin Methodology Improves Performance and Yield in an Aluminum Tilt Rotary Furnace

    By Martin Lawrence, Reed Hendershot, and Avishek Guha, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and Mike Dines, Tandom Metallurgical Abstract Significant improvements can be made to aluminum remelting by optimizing furnace performance using Industry 4.0 methodology and by applying the digital twin concept to the melting process. In metal remelting applications, the current practice relies heavily […]

  • Figure 1. A3 Surfaces has developed an antimicrobial treatment for aluminum, which can significantly reduce the spread of bacterial or viral infections from surfaces such as door handles. (Photo: Alexan Tremblay, Les Films de La Baie.)

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    ARTICLE: Fighting the Impact of Disease with Antimicrobial Anodized Aluminum

    Hospital-acquired infections (called nosocomial infections) are a common problem, causing the deaths of around 8-12,000 people per year in Canada and around 80,000 people per year in the U.S. A3 Surfaces, a start-up based in Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, is focused on making the world a safer place by eliminating cross contamination in healthcare institutions with […]

  • Figure 1. Prof. Xiaochun Li, founder and chief scientist of MetaLi, holding a prototype bike frame welded together with the company’s proprietary AA7075 welding wire.

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    ARTICLE: Nanotechnology-Enabled Welding and Manufacturing of High Performance Aluminum Alloys

    Lightweighting has been and continues to be a major concern for the aerospace, automotive, and transportation industries. Whether it’s an airplane, automobile, boat, or train, the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, provide significant fuel savings and performance benefits. Like its competitors in the lightweighting arena (steel, composites, etc.), aluminum is working to continually […]