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  • Figure 2. Top image shows a very fine grained microstructure and the image in the bottom a very coarse grained one—both found on the same aluminum part made of EN AW 6061 aluminum alloy.

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    Introduction to Anodizing Aluminum

    By Dr. Anne Deacon Juhl, AluConsult and AnodizingSchool. Editor’s Note: Aluminum manufacturers are not always consistently satisfied with the surface quality of the anodized extrusion and sheet products returned from their anodizers. The anodized products may have patchy surfaces, color variations, or corrosion pits, causing rejects, higher cost, and frustration. Therefore, it is crucial that […]

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    Podcast Series Presents ‘All Things Anodizing’

    The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) is introducing a new podcast series called Ano-Talk: All Things Anodizing, which aims to educate and inform both anodizing industry professionals and end users. The series will delve into topics covering a wide range of information about anodizing. The audio format will give the AAC another convenient way to reach its various […]

  • Cisart Alumet aluminum extrusion anodizing line

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    Alumet Starts Up New Anodizing Line in the Netherlands

    Alumet commissioned an aluminum anodizing line at its newly constructed facility in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. The facility will enable the company to meet increasing demand for anodization, as well as make it possible to introduce bright anodizing and new colors. The production facility includes a total surface area of 10,000 sq m, with an 850 […]

  • Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) 2021 Buyers' Guide

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    AAC Releases 2021 Buyers’ Guide

    The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) has released the 2021 edition of the AAC Buyers’ Guide. This comprehensive directory of AAC members is an essential resource for manufacturers that need to source an anodized finish for their products. “The AAC Buyer’s Guide is the go-to publication for all manufacturers using anodized finishes in their products,” said […]

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    Largest NFL Stadium in History Uses Aluminum in Critical Structures

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age. The newest NFL super stadium, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, is adorned with an aluminum canopy consisting of a translucent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membrane at the top and surrounded by 34,789 perforated anodized aluminum exterior panels manufactured by Zahner. Working as the project manager for the roof canopy, Zahner provided […]

  • 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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    Special Applications of Aluminum Anodized Surfaces

    Complimenting our September 2019 International Patent Calendar (which focused mostly on methods of anodizing aluminum), this month’s collection of patents focuses on special applications of anodized aluminum surfaces. The uniqueness of anodized aluminum oxide coatings in terms of their chemical, physical, and mechanical properties has resulted in many innovations in various industrial and scientific fields, […]

  • 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 […]

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    Linetec’s Copper Anodize Façade Shines in Silicon Valley

    Mountain View Corporate Center (MVCC) in California’s Silicon Valley invested in Linetec’s Copper Anodize panel façade to update their three buildings. The MVCC (owned by Rockwood Capital) hopes to attract and retain high-tech tenants with the new attractive exteriors. To achieve the intended appearance, Linetec finished more than 23,000 sq ft of aluminum panels in […]