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June 2021

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New Equipment Spotlight: Advanced Automation for Highly Efficient Heat Treatment of Aluminum Wheels

New Equipment Spotlight: Advanced Automation for Highly Efficient Heat Treatment of Aluminum Wheels

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This spotlight article provides an overview of the Sistem Teknik Industrial Furnaces new continuous T6 heat treatment and aging line at the DÖKTAŞ plant in Manisa, Turkey, one of the largest wheel plants in Europe.

Technology Spotlight: Profile Gauge Simulation for Alignment and Measurement of Aluminum Extrusions

Technology Spotlight:  Profile Gauge Simulation for Alignment and Measurement of Aluminum Extrusions

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This spotlight article looks at the promex Expert technology, which operates in conjunction with promex Control software, developed by Ascona GmbH and iNOEX, LLC, both headquartered in Germany. The solution provide extruders with the ability to optically capture and reverse engineer the complete 2D end view of an aluminum extrusion.

Aluminum Can Production Shows a Significant Reduction in Carbon Intensity

Aluminum Can Production Shows a Significant Reduction in Carbon Intensity

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The carbon footprint of aluminum cans manufactured in North America has dropped by nearly half over the past three decades, according to Life Cycle Assessment of North American Aluminum Cans, a new report commissioned by the Aluminum Association and conducted by environmental research consultancy Sphera. Acting as an update to a previous study published in 2014, the report tracks aluminum cans manufactured in North America and quantifies all material, energy use, and environmental impacts ove…

Anodizing Best Practices: The Importance of Pretreatment in Anodizing

Anodizing Best Practices: The Importance of Pretreatment in Anodizing

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The pretreatment stage in the anodizing process has the largest impact on the final surface appearance. Even though the pretreatment stage usually follows a standard procedure, which includes cleaning, etching, and desmutting, there are many variables within the process that can be altered to achieve different results. For example, an architectural application will probably require a long etching time to achieve a uniform appearance. This article expands on the many options and pitfalls the p…

Electric Vehicle Material Selection for Chassis and Suspension Components

Electric Vehicle Material Selection for Chassis and Suspension Components

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Regardless of whether a vehicle features an electric or internal combustion engine (ICE), vehicle weight can have a significant impact on the overall vehicle performance, fuel efficiency, and range. This article looks at how the weight of chassis and suspension can be optimized through a combination of design and material selection.

A New Extrusion Method Is Taking Shape

A New Extrusion Method Is Taking Shape

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As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a breakthrough manufacturing innovation in solid phase processing, called Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion (ShAPE™). This article provides an overview of new extrusion technology, which is designed for the processing of various metals (including aluminum, magnesium, and copper). The technology has the potential to revolutionize the production of extruded metal …

Aluminum Safety Management: The Importance of Strengthening Fire Response Teams

Aluminum Safety Management: The Importance of Strengthening Fire Response Teams

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Local firefighters and EMS respond to incidents within aluminum plants for all kinds of hazards. On occasion, the responding firefighters lack the education and experience on how to deal with some of the unique hazards present within an aluminum facility. When that occurs, the lives of the firefighters and on-site personnel are placed in danger. As a result, many aluminum companies have started to realize the benefit of having a working relationship with their local fire departments. …

Alumobility Drives Automotive Innovation: Novelis and Constellium Collaborate to Develop Aluminum Ecosystem

Alumobility Drives Automotive Innovation: Novelis and Constellium Collaborate to Develop Aluminum Ecosystem

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Alumobility is a new non-profit organization recently launched by Novelis and Constellium in January 2021. This article provides an in-depth look at Alumobility, which aims to create a global ecosystem that will foster collaboration between leading aluminum manufacturers and downstream technology partners, with input from vehicle OEMs, in order to advance the adoption of aluminum body sheet in the automotive industry. …

Anchor Harvey to Develop Forging Solutions for Electric Vehicles

Anchor Harvey to Develop Forging Solutions for Electric Vehicles

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Amid the current growth of the electric vehicle (EV) sector, Anchor Harvey, headquartered in Freeport, IL, launched a new EV Workgroup, which will aggressively pursue the development of aluminum forged components for every aspect of electrification, from cars and trucks to motorcycles, bicycles, aerospace, and other sectors. 

Book Review: Primer on Automotive Lightweighting Technologies

Book Review: Primer on Automotive Lightweighting Technologies

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This book review looks at Primer on Automotive Lightweighting Technologies written by Raghu Echempati and published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group in 2021

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