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    Polarization: Key to Network Order in Anodizing and Nature

    By Jude Mary Runge, CompCote International. Abstract Investigation of the long-range order induced by polarization in non-equilibrium systems, such as anodizing, reveals interesting parallels in equilibrium systems with naturally occurring order. Important to network order is the inward transfer entropy of each individual member of the network. This energy establishes the distance between each network […]

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    Addressing the Problem of Greenwashing in the Aluminum Industry

    By Subodh Das, Phinix, LLC, and Martin Hartlieb, Viami International Inc. Environmental sustainability has become a major trend across aluminum and other industries. A vast majority of companies are aspiring to achieve lower carbon resources in their operations and products, based on circular economy and Paris Agreement parameters. Generally, this trend is positive. However, while […]

  • Figure 4. Observing the installation of the cooling table and stretcher.

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    Aluminum Insights’ Support and Service

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Aluminum Insights is currently in the process of performing the final installation and start up of its new extrusion facility in Syracuse, IN. Founded by Steve Brenneman, Jeff Miller, and Niles Graber-Alvarez (Figure 1), the startup company aims to serve customers in the Upper Midwest with a high level of […]

  • Two 4,000-ton screw presses are the heart of the Bharat Forge Aluminum USA’s new production line in North Carolina. (Source: Bharat Forge Aluminum USA.)

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    Automotive Lightweighting for Forgers

    By Dean M. Peters, Contributing Writer. For decades automotive companies have been seeking ways to reduce the weight of various classes of vehicles in order to improve vehicle efficiency and fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions. Recently, the forging industry has taken a closer look at its technologies and processes to see how it can […]

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    New England Extruder Expands

    By Andrea Svendsen, Managing Editor. Under the leadership of Momentum Manufacturing Group (MMG), Vitex Extrusion completed phase one of a $23 million capacity expansion project at its extrusion operation in Franklin, NH. This included the relocation of its fabrication department and the installation of a $13.5 million, 8 inch press line, which doubles the company’s […]

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    Aluminum Still Makes Ford Trucks Tough

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age. Ford’s use of aluminum began slowly over time, beginning with closure applications in hoods, fenders, and decklids, until it became an integral part of the Ford F-150 truck in 2014. Now, throughout each new iteration of the large truck, including the new 2022 F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV), high-strength […]

  • Figure 5. An EV sill comprised of an 10 ft long extruded profile, produced by HAI to very tight tolerances using automatic straightening.

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    Straightening Complex Aluminum Profiles

    By Philipp Hettich, Laubinger + Rickmann GmbH & Co. KG, and Martin Hartlieb, Viami International Inc. Extrusions are increasingly used for complex parts in the transportation industry. They allow for very complex cross-sectional shapes and, therefore, integration of different parts and functions (like cooling channels) into a single extruded profile. The rapidly increasing electrification of […]

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    Why Anodizing is the Most Sustainable Surface Treatment for Aluminum

    By Dr. Anne Deacon Juhl, AluConsult and AnodizingSchool. The aluminum extrusion and sheet industries are playing an important role in reducing the negative impacts of industrial activities on the environment. This is for a variety of reasons, but is mainly due to the fact that, since aluminum’s fundamental properties do not change with repetitive melting, […]