Friday, December 26, 2014
Bare metal is dull and boring. Thankfully, anodisers in the U.K. used by established companies like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. makes it possible to personalise your metal products and make them come to life. By having your metals anodised, you can have them appear in almost any colour you choose—colours that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and long-lasting.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
There has been a steady growth of anodised aluminium consumption all over the world. It is reported that “above all, the transport sector is driving growth, with CO2 reduction targets in Europe and the US accelerating demand for lightweight base materials.” It was also mentioned that the construction and packaging sectors are likewise experiencing significant growth.
Monday, December 22, 2014
The discovery of different kinds of metals has made it possible for people to craft various items from them and use them in daily life. In transportation, for example, sturdy metals form the frameworks and hulls of everything from automobiles to airplanes. An article posted by Ken Kessler for The Telegraph reports that amphibious marine vessels called Sealegs are now available for civilians to purchase. Apart from their tactical use, such vehicles are said to have practical and long-term use for maritime excursions and the like. These boats are highly durable and highly resistant to corrosion, thanks in large part to its premium, marine-grade anodised aluminium hull.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Considered as one of the most innovative metals in human history, bronze has served numerous civilisations well and helped them build from the ground up into some of the most powerful empires ever to rule. Bronze was highly sought-after in the past as it was much harder than stone and copper—making it an ideal material for crafting weapons, tools, armour, and even building materials. For all its sturdy splendour, however, bronze isn’t indestructible. Prolonged exposure to the elements can gradually turn its proud finish into an ugly sight and making professional metal polishing a challenge.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
As more car brands ride the aluminium bandwagon, a trip down memory lane is in order. Carroll Shelby was an innovator in the racing industry. Any high-performance car that bears his surname surely has an extra kick compared to the rest. The AC Cobra may as well be the epitome of his work. Why settle for a lighter frame or more powerful engine when you can have the best of both worlds? The AC Cobra enjoyed just that, housing a monster 4.3-litre Ford V8 engine in its aluminium body. By 1965, however, Shelby upped the ante with a 7.0-litre V8 engine. It was the fastest production car in the world at the time.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
After experiencing a slump last year, the aluminium industry can expect good fortunes from here on out. Yahoo Finance reported that a number of aluminium manufacturers, like Norsk Hydro ASA, reported sizable profits in 2014 thanks to an increase in aluminium demand worldwide from various electrical and transportation industries. Demand is expected to grow further by 3 to 4 percent in 2015. It’s important to note, though, that these industries don’t just look for any type of aluminium. Today, famous electronic brands like the iPhone are gearing towards utilising anodised aluminium from Badger Anodising, and other metal polishing companies in the U.K., in their products. Considering what the anodising process can do to metals, it’s easy to see why many industries are favouring this type of aluminium above all else.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Birmingham, West Midlands (November 13, 2014) – Applying various metal finishing or polishing methods before treatment allows Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. to enhance and extend surface finishing apart from what is already provided by standard sulphuric anodising. In line with this, the company is now offering bead blasting services for clients in Birmingham, West Midlands as well as throughout the United Kingdom.
Bead blasting utilises fine glass beads blasted at high pressure using compressed air in order to clean metals such as aluminium, titanium, and even softer material such as silver and brass. In comparison to traditional blasting methods that use sharp particles, bead blasting does not carry the risk of damaging metal surfaces.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
However, before aluminium can be put to good use, it needs to be processed further to be deemed beneficial. For instance, the untreated surface of an aluminium compound is prone to deterioration and not aesthetically pleasing. This is why companies that specialise in metal finishing like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. anodise aluminium to make it more ideal for home and industry use. First off, what is anodising? It is an electrochemical process that significantly increases the thickness of the natural film present on the aluminium’s surface. By building up aluminium’s natural coating, several valuable properties can be bestowed on an otherwise weak and brittle metal.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
We all know that iron is extremely reactive in that iron oxide (rust) forms after prolonged exposure to the environment. Aluminium oxidises just as quickly, if not more so, but a quirky virtue of aluminium is that its own layer of aluminium oxide eventually prevents the metal from further oxidation. It does not mean aluminium will altogether be immune to corrosion; in time a white powdery coat will form, further degrading the metal. Technologically, however, aluminium, like iron, gets a prolific and indefinite second life. A chemical process known as anodising, gives aluminium invaluable use in the industries and the decorative arts. The process requires aluminium to be immerse in an electrolyte bath, and then passing an electric current through it. Oxygen ions are released from the electrolyte to combine with aluminium atoms forming a more attractive anodic-oxide finished metal that is much more durable and corrosion-resistant.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used metals in the food processing industries, including commercial and residential kitchen equipment, surfaces, and tools. As with anything else that is expected to be in contact with food, stainless steel applications for food industries have to meet rigid sanitation and safety standards. Stainless steel with the right quality meets the many specific requirements of the food industry. These include the ability to resist the effects of extreme hot and cold temperatures, and of acids from various food products. Stainless steel is also easy to clean, may be frequently sterilized without getting damaged. It is also highly durable and long lasting.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
How do established businesses like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. prevent such accidents in their facilities? For one, they make use of dust collection systems to safely shunt the aluminium powder (at a minimum velocity of 4,500 feet per minute) through a series of ducts and into a designated collector. The ductwork itself must have an aluminium fine concentration of no more than 0.040 ounces per cubic feet, and the equipment used for collection must be well-grounded to prevent static electrical discharges. Meanwhile, employees are advised to conduct regular inspection and cleaning of all work areas where aluminium dust may be generated; these include floors, walls, and piping. Potential sources of ignition such as blowtorches and gas-fired heating implements should align with local fire safety codes and a strict No Smoking policy must be enforced at all times. When handling and storing aluminium fine, employees must wear the proper safety gear (gloves, goggles, respirators, etc
Monday, November 24, 2014
Indeed, a leading international authority holds that three fourths of all the tonnes of aluminium ever produced are still in use today thanks to recycling. It’s not at all unusual for aluminium once used in beer cans to find their way into the very structure of airplanes. Furthermore, the recyclability of anodised aluminium prevents 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere annually. It goes without saying that this promotes an environment more sustainable for life. Although the anodising process results in certain by-products, none of them are particularly harmful. Liquid by-products are returned to the process while solid by-products can be used in the creation of cosmetics, baking powder, and even water purification systems. One particular by-product─ aluminium hydroxide─ stands out for being a vital component of antacids, which are used to treat heartburn and indigestion.