Monday, December 30, 2013

Dr. Arthur Brace Receives AAC Lifetime Contribution Award

Dr. Jude Runge presents Dr Arthur Brace with the AAC Lifetime Contribution Award.

Dr. Arthur Brace, considered "The Father of Anodizing" was the keynote speaker at the Annual Anodizing Conference & Exposition sponsored by the Aluminum Anodizers Council Wednesday, October 2, Seattle, WA.
Dr. Brace is the author of "The Technology of Anodizing Aluminium," considered the standard of the industry.  His presentation, "60 Years in the Development of a New Model of Anodic Coating Formulation" provided his personal historic overview of the aluminum anodizing process.
Following his presentation, Dr. Brace received the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Association, which was presented by Dr. Jude Runge, CompCote International.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

AAC Announces Level 1 Anodizing Essentials Workshop for January, 2014

Learn Essential Techniques for Producing a Quality Anodized Product
Anodizing Essentials, an all-day intensive technical workshop developed by anodizing
industry professionals for anodizing industry professionals, focuses on the basics of quality

This Workshop will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport – Westshore in Tampa, Florida.  The first session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Workshop ends
at 5:00 p.m. 

What is Anodizing Essentials?
Anodizing Essentials is a “school for anodizers” that teaches more than the fundamentals.
Experienced industry practitioners and troubleshooters provide details on the foundation of
quality anodizing. This workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and ability of anyone involved in operating an anodizing line. With an emphasis on quality, the program takes the anodizer through the entire process—beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized, and going right through to the final rinse and sealing processes.

Click here for more information on the Anodizing Essentials Workshop Level 1.

Click here to register for the Workshop.

Click here to make hotel room reservations for the Workshop.

This post was submitted by the Aluminum Anodizers Council.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

AAC Members Take Off on Private Boeing Plant Tour

Every year, the AAC attempts to offer plant tours as part of its program of events at the annual AAC Conference and Exposition. At this year’s conference, the AAC arranged for Boeing to host tours of two of their facilities with anodizing capability. One tour was of Boeing’s plant in Frederickson, WA and the other tour went to their facility in Auburn, WA. These tours were limited in size so interested participants had to sign up early. I was one of the lucky ones who signed up early and got in on the tour to the Frederickson plant, the newer and more modern of the two facilities.

The Skin & Spar Operation in Frederickson features anodize lines that are used to produce Class 5 anodic coatings per BAC5632 "Boric Acid – Sulfuric Acid Anodizing". The 110ft long tank lines are large enough to process wing skins and the tank holds approximately 50,500 gallons. The size of the 2000 and 7000 series plate that is processed here is incredible. Intense machining and metalworking are all done on site prior to anodizing.

If you had your chance to sign up for this tour but decided to do something else, you really missed out. This was a once in a lifetime chance to see how massive aluminum plate is transformed into airplane wings, with anodizing as a crucial operation after fabrication. Many thanks go out to Boeing and the AAC for arranging such an interesting tour for its membership. I cannot wait until next year’s tours in Pittsburgh at the 2014 AAC Conference. Mark your calendars now!!!
This post was written by AAC Board of Directors Member Todd Hamilton of Southern Aluminum Finishing Company.