Eric Westlund

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    April 2020

    Cover ABC Aluminum installed a new state-of-the art aluminum extrusion press at its facility in Tijuana, Mexico. The line includes advanced control and automation systems, that ensure high quality production of long, heavy profiles for a variety of industries, including transportation. See article beginning on page 8. Articles Aluminum Response to the Novel Coronavirus Crisis […]

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    Aluminum Casthouse Technology

     Editor’s Note: Various aspects of aluminum casthouse technology appear in almost every issue of Light Metal Age, no doubt because it is the first step and an important link in the wrought aluminum processing chain required for subsequent downstream processing and production of quality product. With no exception, the international patent survey presented here focuses […]

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    Primary Aluminum: Inert Anode and Wettable Cathode Technology in Aluminum Electrolysis

    Editor’s Note: Unlike aluminum’s sustainable advantage in recycling, primary aluminum production (which uses carbon anodes in the Hall-Héroult process), continues to be energy intensive and a greenhouse gas (GHG) producer. Ignoring the effect of CO2 generation in the coal/hydrocarbon power equation, the use of carbonaceous anodes in the smelting process generates GHGs as carbon is […]

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    February 2020

    Cover The Lochaber smelter in Scotland celebrated its 90th anniversary in December 2019. GFG Alliance, which owns the smelter, is forming a new aluminum group, called ALVANCE Aluminium. (Photo courtesy of ALVANCE Aluminium Group.) Articles Table/Primary Aluminum Industry in the Year 2019 By Rudolf P. Pawlek, Contributing Editor Page 6 Rusal Starts Up One of the […]

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    Aluminum Extrusions: Process to Product

    US10486821 — JET ENGINE ANTI-ICING AND NOISE-ATTENUATING AIR INLETS — The Boeing Company (USA) — An embodiment of a jet engine air inlet providing anti-icing, and optionally, engine noise reduction, includes a rigid frame defining a gridwork of contiguous cells. A cap skin has an outer surface sealingly attached to an inner surface of the […]

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    January 2020

    Cover Steam rises from tanks where aluminum extrusions are being anodized at Pries Enterprises in Independence, IA. Pries recently finished a 50,000 sq ft expansion and installation of a state-of-the-art anodizing line. See story beginning on page 6. Articles Pries Installs One of the Most Advanced Anodizing Lines in the U.S. By Rose Eaton Page […]

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    Coil Coating Aluminum Sheet

    Editor’s Note: In coil coating of aluminum sheet, applied by roll coating or other means, the coated product is subsequently subjected to a short thermal, ultraviolet, and/or electromagnetic curing cycle for drying and curing of the coating. Coil coating of aluminum alloy sheet is forever evolving in terms of pretreatment and top coating compositions, especially […]