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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 […]

  • EGA signs agreement with Neo Colombia-cover

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    Colombian Company Plans to Build New Smelter with EGA Technology

    NEO Aluminio Colombia plans to build a low carbon primary aluminum production facility in Colombia, which will be named the Green Aluminium Transformation Complex for Colombia (GALTCO). The project — which is intended to reach a capacity of 540,000 tonnes of aluminum per year — will represent the country’s first foray into aluminum smelting. NEO Aluminio […]

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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 […]

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    The Future of Aluminum Walks on Water

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age. Surfing is a widely enjoyed activity all over the world where the sea meets the land. Since the Polynesians brought surfing into Hawaii in the 1800s, the surfboard itself has been constructed of a variety of materials. The main requirements for a sturdy surfboard are that it is lightweight, buoyant, […]

  • 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 […]