Historic Cover Archive
2008 to 2006
2008 to 2006
Caption: From rolled sheet to valuable recycled content, used beverage cans (UBCs) are a major source of supply for the U.S. aluminum industry. However, too many UBCs have ended up in landfill as the current U.S. recycling rate of 54% attests. Due to the culmination of industry wide efforts, which include new technology to extract UBCs before they become part of the waste stream, The Aluminum Association has now, with confidence, announced a new target goal of 75% by 2015.
Caption: Photo shows the Tesla Roadster, designed by Tesla Motors Inc. The Roadster features an aluminum extruded chassis, and the company’s new Model S will carry even more aluminum. (Printed with permission, courtesy of Tesla Motors Inc.)
Caption: Photo shows a common and daily practice of removing dross from an aluminum melting furnace by means of skimming with a forklift operated cleaning rake. Location: Jackson, Tennessee. (Photographer: John Peterman.)
Caption: Quality control check at exit of recently rebuilt press #9, a 5,700 ton indirect press, at the Cressona extrusion operation in Pennsylvania. Cressona is one of 11 plants in the U.S., many of which are undergoing upgrades, that are now part of Sapa North American Extrusions, Inc. Sapa’s new entry into the domestic market is shifting the landscape of the North American extrusion industry.
Caption: Australian shipbuilder Austal is the designer and builder of the 127-meter aluminum seaframe for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which is being built at the company’s U.S. shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
Caption: This simulation image shows the load (effective stress) on the mandrel of an aluminum extrusion die. The mandrel’s weak points are clearly shown. This is one of the simulations that Compes Italy created in an effort to optimize leg design on a port-hole die that ultimately led to the Compes Blade Die design. The software used for the simulation is QForm 3D. This issue features a review of the Extrusion Workshop and 2nd Extrusion Benchmark in Bologna, Italy in September. Leg shape in die design was one of the topics covered in the Benchmark portion of the workshop in which Compes participated.
Caption: Coiled aluminum sheet from the hot mill awaiting further reduction on the cold mill at Koenig & Vits in Wisconsin.
Caption: The latest Shinkansen Series N700 train “Nozomi” features lightweight aluminum construction. (Photo courtesy JR Central)
Caption: View of the mouth of the new Ube press and Cometal puller at Frontier Aluminum in Corona, California. Frontier recently expanded their existing facilities in California and constructed a new anodizing plant in Mexico. With Italian handling equipment built in China and a Chinese anodizing line, assembled in Mexico, Frontier has found a successful strategy to compete globally.
Caption: Inside Elixir Industries’ new facility in Douglas, Georgia, AlumiCore side rails are ready to undergo five successive bending operations prior to aging. Further value-added processing completes Elixir’s manufacture of the platform frame for the Club Car’s Precedent golf cart
Caption: Image of a 3-D solid model of an extrusion main cylinder and main cylinder housing (ram is shown in blue). Precisely sized models allow for pre-manufacture visualization of mating parts, virtual assembly of planned components, FEA, and stress analysis. In the hands of a capable engineer, 3-D modeling represents the next step forward in the modern extrusion design process. (Image courtesy of Butech Bliss.)
Caption: New fully equipped Wagstaff casting pit at Krasnoyarsk for production of 12 meter long slabs. The newly modernized casting complex is the largest in Russia and the CIS for aluminum rolling slabs.
Caption: RUSAL Armenal recently completed a $70+ million modernization of its rolling mill in Yerevan, Armenia. This included six aluminum foil rolling mills (one pictured here) and one strip rolling mill as well as their associated auxiliary systems all supplied by Achenbach Buschhütten of Germany.
Caption: Aura® Color Infusion Technology from Bayer Material Science LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania produces aluminum wheels with metallic surfaces that can be custom-colored.
Caption: Aluminum extrusion destacker, made by Granco Clark and located at Indalex in Connersville, Indiana, minimizes profile handling after aging.
Caption: New melting and casting units are being commissioned at SUAL’s Kamensk-Uralsky Metallurgical Plant (KUMZ) in Russia. The company invested RUB 133 million in modernizing its foundry operation. Each unit includes a ladle metallurgy facility, a hydraulic casting machine with a capacity of 45 tonnes, and advanced equipment for casting rolling ingots and extrusion billets.
Caption: Kam Kiu Aluminium Extrusion Co. Ltd in Guangdong province is ranked among the largest extrusion companies in China with an extrusion capacity of 150,000 mt per year.
Caption: With the completion of its Phase II expansion, Aluminerie Alouette Inc. in Quebec, Canada has increased its primary aluminum capacity to 550,000 tpy.