Monday, December 21, 2015
Various metals, including steel and aluminium, greatly benefit from abrasive blasting, as the process improves upon the metals’ appearance and their resistance to corrosion. Once blasted, these metals can be coloured, masked, polished, or even anodised to create both standard and bespoke designs. Abrasive blasting, often done with the use of abrasives like beads, aims to add a finish to these metals by removing small amounts of metal from the surface. Aside from improving the inherent qualities of these metals, bead blasting also produces finishes that are aesthetically appealing. In turn, these finishes are the top choice for architectural applications.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
London once again proved itself to be the design capital of the world with the recently held London Design Festival. In celebration of the role the design community plays in the city’s creative economy, over 350 events and installations were offered and displayed across London. Pieces of some of the city’s best designers were featured at the 10 Designers in the West Wing of Somerset House. Most of the installation pieces presented in this year’s festival integrated an interactive element to encourage audience participation. One thing prevalent among the installations featured in the festival was the ability to enable interaction and immersion, as these pieces strive to engender emotional involvement among the audience. These installation pieces are made of different media and materials, and one particular piece made use of the aesthetic appeal of anodised aluminium.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Aluminium is one of the most widely used materials for metal workers and artists. A few characteristics that makes aluminuim a good medium for art is its resistance to corrosion, non-magnetic properties, zero toxicity, lightness and strength. Artists often choose to anodise their aluminium pieces to strengthen the surface and even to add colour to it. Artists, however, must consider a few things before they subject their works of art to the anodising process in order to achieve the best results. Decorative Anodising For metals that are going to be used in intensive applications such as automobile parts, thicker oxide layers need to be applied. In decorative pieces, one can do with just a thin layer. This, however, comes with one drawback – it does not offer the same level of wear resistance as with hard anodizing. A thinner oxide layer will still give a good level of corrosion resistance which can help preserve aluminium better.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Metal polishing is widely used many in applications across many industries in order to achieve a more attractive and even appearance. By removing a thin layer on the metal’s surface, microscopic directional marks are left to give it the nice polished look. Although it is a pretty straight forward process especially for trusted metal polishing companies like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd, some factors can affect the outcome. This is why you should still do everything you can to make the process go smoother, at least on your end. Finish Up First It is a bad idea to send metal pieces to the polishers if you plan on doing more work with it later. For instance, if you do some welding, etching or any other process after, it will ruin the polishing. Then, you would have to repeat it all over again, wasting time, money and effort in the process.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Many of the stuff you have at home are made of non-ferrous metals, from the vehicle in your garage to the wedding ring on your finger. These metals are unlikely to rust anytime soon. In fact, some of them may still have the smoothness and lustre they have had when you first bought them. Those preserved properties are proof that these metals were excellently polished and finished before being turned into the products they are now. How Polishing Helps Even non-ferrous metals like aluminium, copper, and chromium cannot evade the onslaught of aging and corrosion. They will become paler and less attractive over time, especially if they are constantly exposed to the elements. Polishing and finishing are done to restore their original decorative appeal as well as to improve their chemical properties. Polishing aluminium, for instance, will enhance not only the metal’s sheen but also its tarnish resistance and durability.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
When someone says aluminium, the first thing to usually come in mind is the foil you use to wrap leftovers. The truth is that aluminium is in more objects you use every day than the ones you already know—cans, vehicles, lipstick sleeves, jewellery, to name a few—and for good reason. Aluminium is the second-most abundant metallic element on Earth, right next to silicone, which by the way is an even less familiar element despite its abundance. Aluminium is known for its shiny surface and resistance to rusting. The only time aluminium changes its appearance and properties is when it’s alloyed, cladded, or galvanized with other metals. There is, however, another way to improve aluminium’s properties and usefulness in various applications—anodisation. Anodised aluminium is known to last longer and to produce better decorative finishes.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Anodising is a great way to protect the surfaces of aluminium. It is a process that coats aluminium with a protective layer without affecting its mechanical properties. You can expect the characteristics like ultimate strength, percent elongation and yield strength to remain the same after the process. Skilled anodisers process aluminium meticulously but there are things that could go wrong especially if the material sent off to them were not in good shape in the first place. Here are a few tips to help you ensure flawless results while anodizing aluminium. Clarify Your Specifications Not all specifications for anodising aluminium will be the same for each project you take on. One tiny, wrong detail can affect the process, and you would end up paying for it still. To avoid that, you have to be upfront and specific with anodisers. Things like gloss of finish, colour of anodized coating, weight per area of coating, corrosion resistance measurement and aluminium alloy.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The technical process of coloured anodising is common throughout many industries, and it can provide numerous aluminium products with an eye-catching appeal. Anodising is a well-known process that will protect aluminium objects such as cans, climbing equipment, jewellery, and even bicycle parts with a high level of corrosion resistance. Although the physical benefits of this technique are widely known, it is also just as important to realise that decorative finishes are another massive advantage. Enhanced Visual Qualities As opposed to adding a design directly upon an aluminium substrate, anodised materials provide a surface that can readily accept colours, patterns, textures and prints. This is apparent when viewing a traditional steel beverage can alongside its modern aluminium counterpart. Designs are much “crisper” and brighter, able to literally jump out at the consumer. This is a massive benefit from a marketing standpoint.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Anodising is a method of increasing corrosive resistance in non-ferrous metals, and is most commonly used in the treatment of aluminium. The material may be treated prior to the process, usually by sanding and priming the surface, before an electrical current is passed through an electrolytic solution, with the aluminium item acting as an anode. Improve Aluminium The process is used on a wide variety of aluminium products and items, and its primary benefit is that it improves the corrosive resistance of the material; especially important for products that will be used in damp and wet conditions, but that need to retain their strength and integrity. As such, it is not uncommon to anodise bike parts, including wheels and brakes, or in the manufacture or improvement of climbing equipment and accessories. In most instances, aluminium is chosen because of its lightweight nature, but without further treatment, it may be prone to corrosion.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Few chemical or industrial processes that could possibly be mistaken for magic, but anodising metals, especially aluminium, definitely qualifies. Not only does the process thicken the oxide coating on the metal, it can be used to infuse the item with a range of beautiful colours and shades that will not run or fade over time. Aluminium oxide is harder and therefore more durable, offers a degree of electrical insulation, and is relatively inert, which means that the metal will not affect nor be affected by any other compounds that it may be exposed to. This type of metal finishing can be used for a range of purposes, from industrial to domestic. The products that can be anodised for practical purposes include screws, nuts and bolts, and plumbing pipes and clips.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Aluminium anodising provides a number of benefits that can help to provide protection against the elements, increase longevity, and enable a product to be coloured. The process of anodising can be traced as far back as 1923 when it was employed to protect certain parts of planes from the corrosive nature of salt water. In these modern times, anodised aluminium is a product that is often taken for granted due to its ubiquitous nature within society. What are some of the benefits associated with anodised aluminium? Anti-Corrosive Properties One of the most important advantages of anodised aluminium is that it is highly resistant to corrosion. This is accomplished by adding a protective layer to prevent oxygen from reacting with the surface of the metal. So, it should only make sense that products such as mobile phone cases, aluminium cans, spray bottles and bottle tops (such as those used with perfumes and soft drinks) will often utilise anodised aluminium.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Many riders like to upgrade their motorcycles by swapping out components for aftermarket parts, thus improving comfort or performance. Owners also tend to personalise their rides with custom paint jobs or additional accessories. Replacing parts with anodised aluminium versions, or using anodising treatment on existing parts, is a simple and effective way to achieve a new look. The process is relatively quick, too, so if you have removed a vital part of your bike, you won’t be without it for too long. In the aluminium anodising process, an electrical current is passed through a bath of acid, causing a coating of aluminium oxide to form on the surface of the article undergoing treatment. Dyes are used to add a spectrum of colours to the hard wearing, smooth surface produced by anodising. Many motorcycle parts are made from aluminium, and a wide range of these components, large and small, can be given the anodising treatment.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Bead Blasting Services in the U.K. Bead blasting is a service provided by top metal finishers and anodisers like Badger Anodising. These companies have the latest materials, tools, and equipment necessary to do the job efficiently and with the best possible results. They also use bead blasting as preparation for their anodising work, so you can be assured you get excellent workmanship that’s guaranteed to meet even the most stringent quality standards.
Which one is better? The best manufacturers in various industries prefer anodising over powder coating, as anodising makes a product more durable and longer-lasting that the end product lasts longer. If you want to offer the best finish available, then it will be wiser to anodise your aluminium products instead. Quality Anodising Services in U.K. Metal finishing and anodising companies like Badger Anodising offer its quality colour anodising services to customers all over U.K., and accept bespoke and one-off orders, making them the ideal choice for your custom needs.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
More importantly, anodised aluminium is more resistant to corrosion. The metal’s oxide layer is hard and self-renewing, thanks to its ability to spontaneously form a thin yet effective layer that is able to prevent further oxidation or corrosion. Weathering is also not a problem for anodised aluminium, and can withstand exposure even to carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Any building can achieve a dash of colour without paint through having anodised aluminium. High quality ones can be found only from anodising companies in Birmingham, like Badger Anodising.
Metal product manufacturers can greatly benefit from polishing and finishing all their products. The process involves the application of a coating or finish, altering the metal’s properties and enhancing its qualities for it to give a better performance. Numerous industries are utilising these processes for their products, be it for new technologies and processes to traditional manufacturing. Each of them are opting for any of these types of metal polishing and finishing.
Its greatest upside is its top-notch corrosion resistance, which is a result of either one or both of two processes: the natural formation of a protective oxide coating on its surface when exposed to air, or an industrial aluminium polishing process, courtesy of companies such as Badger Anodising. The polishing process also allows aluminium to be offered in a variety of colours that better suit specific purposes, reducing the need for using paint. Furthermore, aluminium is incredibly durable yet very lightweight, allowing for maximum signage longevity even in tough weather conditions.
Companies such as Badger Anodising, which primarily deals with standard anodised aluminium products and services, have clients from a very wide variety of industries, such as electronics and architecture. Add to that list, too, solar panel producers? Simply put, the worldwide solar energy industry is being revolutionised by aluminium extrusion frames, which provide strong and lightweight support and structures for solar panels. Furthermore, these things work along with other components that allow for precision positioning, as well as improved stability for optimal productivity. Solar installations rely heavily on stability after all, and aluminium extrusions are proving to be more than enough in terms of innovation.
Monday, September 7, 2015
If you aren’t really familiar with the ins and outs of the metal industry and metal’s diverse applications today, don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of people just see magnificent structures, gadgets and tools everywhere, but hardly pay much attention to the delicate and specialised processes that made them. One of the most important methods involved in metal treatments and transformation is anodisation. This is a purely technical industrial term which refers to the process of increasing the thickness and toughness of certain metals like aluminium and titanium, as well as other alloys, in order to make them harder, more durable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
When it comes to selecting cookware and other kitchen utensils, many people think stainless steel is the way to go, but with the advent of high-quality ceramic and anodised aluminium products, your options have become diverse, and you get to choose from an array of more efficient, budget-friendly, and durable kitchenware. Most people are yet to realise that stainless steel is in fact a combination of several metals like chromium, molybdenum, and nickel, all of which can sometimes contain particles that can mix with foods. These days, health-conscious folks consider anodised aluminium a safer alternative for cookware in the kitchen. This is because the anodising process effectively coats the bare metal surface, making it virtually nonporous, and preventing the aluminium from coming in contact with food.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
As it is highly resistant to corrosion, aluminium is one of the most preferred metals for both industrial and aesthetic purposes. When anodised, an aluminium product may last longer, look better, and even becomes 100% recyclable for other applications. This saves a lot of energy and other resources needed to produce aluminium straight from raw materials. How Anodising Helps Aluminium Aluminium is already highly resistant to corrosion in itself because of its inherent protective oxide layer. The anodising process enhances this property, along with its other fine characteristics, to create a more durable and versatile product. A thin yet strong finish, called anodic coating, is added to the aluminium surface, resulting in the second hardest man-made substance next to diamond—anodised aluminium.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Aluminium is now the preferred material of major manufacturers in the automotive industry due to its overall cost-effectiveness, while at the same time being environment-friendly, as well. According to the Aluminium Association, various studies have shown that a fleet of aluminium cars would help reduce an equivalent of 44 million tons of carbon emissions. These benefits are enhanced further through various metal polishing and finishing techniques that produce a stronger alloy surface for staying power. In 40 years of steady growth and popularity, the automotive use of aluminium is now only second to that of steel.
When Ford’s 2015 F-150 pickup rolled out, a lot of people probably didn’t expect it to harbour a secret. At first glance, it looked like the hulking pickup truck’s body was made in “standard” terms using steel, making it almost indestructible (given its off-roading nature). When Ford itself revealed, however, that the 2015 F-150’s body is made not of steel, but of aluminium, many people raised their eyebrows in disbelief. How would aluminium even be able to withstand the F-150’s intended off-road purpose? Its strength is quite reminiscent of foil wraps and soda cans, right? Not if you consider brilliant engineering and science. Aluminium is, indeed, a “weakling” if you consider the heavy loads that steel can easily support, but it possesses qualities that steel doesn’t have. For one, it’s very malleable (able to be shaped to extreme limits without breaking) and very elastic.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Standard anodised aluminium, which is a main product of companies such as Badger Anodising, is a curious thing. For one, aluminium itself is already somewhat corrosion-resistant per se (thanks to the natural formation of aluminium oxide that essentially acts as a “shield”). However, the process of anodising itself makes the material so much more resistant to the elements, essentially making it nigh “invulnerable.” Furthermore, anodising is far from the only chemical processing aluminium may undergo. Indeed, there are numerous other processes that aluminium can go through before being anodised. One such process is called etching. Derived from the German word which means “to eat,” etching (also known as metal etching, chemical milling, etc.) is the process of cutting into a metal surface using acid. Metal etching is a common industrial manufacturing technique, though it is also an artistic technique European masters such as Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, to name a few, have utilised.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
After thousands of kilometres of daily driving, even the cleanest engine will most likely be covered with crud. Oil leaks and grime combine to form a greasy coating on the outside of the engine. Now imagine how much dirt and grease must be cleaned off in trying to restore an old car. If you’re into collecting and restoring vintage cars, glass beading is a relatively inexpensive yet highly effective way to clean the internal parts of the vehicles, like the flywheels, cams, piston conrods and crankcases. Typically, glass beading for any metal surface is a form of high-pressure cleaning, done in a less-damaging system than typical abrasive blasting. In the U.K., this is usually performed by professional anodisers, like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd, which offer specialised cleaning, finishing and peening services that will leave all metal parts shiny and in a remarkable state.
Monday, August 24, 2015
If you are someone who’s wholly interested in the properties of metal and their suitability for various tasks, you may have already come across the concept of colour anodising for aluminium and other metals. Essentially, this is a process of adding a dye to an anodised metal before it is sealed. Aluminium is the most common metal that undergoes such treatment, but there are many other suitable metals like magnesium and titanium. While anodising has numerous benefits, adding colour is mostly done to help distinguish parts and provide an aesthetically pleasing appeal to metal products for consumers. For example, titanium is a very good option for use in medical implants because it is extremely resilient, lightweight, and biocompatible. Adding an anodised colour to it allows for fast and easy identification for the various implant parts during surgery.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Aluminium alloys have been one of the widely used metal materials in many industries, including art and architecture. To create a more durable substance, aluminium is normally treated with metal finishing techniques such as anodising, bead blasting, and other pre-treatment methods. Among the techniques, anodising is most preferred by many manufacturers for it creates a durable finish with a hardness level second to that of diamond. Anodising aluminium involves an electrochemical process that strengthens the metal surface by adding a layer of protective anodic coating. After the entire process, the anodic coating becomes part of the metal, but it has a porous structure that allows for enhancement procedures such as inorganic colouring, which opened doors for many decorative functions.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Advancements in the aerospace industry have urged the importance of safety in the materials used to build the vehicles. To ensure this safety, many manufacturers are giving greater attention to the final stage of their production, namely: through higher quality of finishing metal surfaces. One of the most effective and popular metal polishing techniques used today is anodising, wherein the aluminium alloy is processed to become more durable and corrosion-resistant. Anodised products also allow added secondary treatments like dyeing and etching for aesthetic purposes.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
When we think of something made of metal, we often picture something that’s quite indestructible. Army tanks, military fortifications, battle armour—all of them elicit the same aura of invincibility simply because they’re made of strong, thick metal. But alas, science dictates that what most people would deem invincible is not exactly so. Enter the fascinating yet damaging process of corrosion, which has made metal finishing processes like polishing aluminium and other types of metal a relevant occurrence today. First of all, it helps to know what corrosion is all about. In general, corrosion is a natural process that breaks down several types of metals. Corrosion happens more commonly among anode metals, or those that gives up electrons whenever they come in contact with a liquid electron conductor, which is known as an electrolyte (i.e. water), oxygen, and a cathode (a substance which accepts electrons).
Non-stick cookware were specifically invented since there’s perhaps nothing more infuriating than having food stick to the pan when preparing a meal. While people have devised quite a few ingenious solutions to this (spraying the pan with olive oil, for one), it’s obviously much better to avoid using that traditional non-stick pan and opt for better alternatives. The concept of non-stick cookware is wonderful, sure, but the reality of using them is more dangerous than what people think. This is because traditional non-stick cookware does its wonders with Teflon—a synthetic chemical known to emit toxic fumes if heated in the right temperatures. Exposure to such noxious gases can lead to the so-called “polymer fume flu” that causes nausea, chills, fever, and headache. Fortunately, homeowners have a wide collection of alternatives at their disposal.
Monday, July 6, 2015
In the U.K. and elsewhere, anodising aluminium has opened up many possible applications for the metal alloy such as jewellery, artwork, architectural designs and cookware. Anodisation is an electrochemical process that transforms the metal surface of aluminium into a porous substance to create a more durable and resistant finish. Infused with an added layer of anodic coating, the aluminium becomes one of the hardest substances around next to diamond. The anodic coating is also the main element that allows secondary treatments like dyeing and brightening in the metal, which provides many uses.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Environmental stability is a huge trend in architecture in today’s society. It helps ensure that each structure minimises the negative environmental impact of buildings through the use of sustainable materials. Aluminium, in particular, is known for its environmental advantages. To further improve its qualities and suitability to architectural applications, builders often prefer to anodise aluminium. This process of anodising enhances aluminium’s environmental benefits. Environmentally-Friendly Process The environmental advantage of anodising aluminium starts at its process. It is a strictly water-based procedure that does not use volatile organic compounds which can be potentially harmful to the environment. Its resistance to fire also means that it will not produce flames or emit toxic fumes. At about 660 degrees Celsius or 1,220 degrees Fahrenheit, it only melts.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
As the website for underwater product maker Deepsea would describe it, “Anodizing is like a knight’s armour; it’s only the outer shell that’s hard, what’s underneath remains unchanged”. Indeed, anodising improves aluminium’s durability, protecting it from premature wear and corrosion. Since the resulting finish is porous, secondary colour can also be infused for aesthetic purposes. Due to its strength, durability, and decorative quality, anodised aluminium has become widely used in a myriad home and industrial products, including kitchenware, appliances, computer and mobile systems, automobiles, and equipment.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Professional metal polishing is a thriving industry; one which companies such as Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd actively engage in. In fact, without metal polishing, we wouldn’t see shiny back plates on smartphones, car rims that are almost as reflective as mirrors, and sturdy aluminium cookware. Various types of standard metal finishing techniques abound, each with its own set of perks and uses. One such technique is known as bead blasting, which is occasionally also used in materials such as tougher plastics. Bead blasting works due to friction—tiny beads of glass slowly chip away at impurities on the surfaces of materials being treated, resulting in a refurbished finish. Vehicle restoration is the most common application for this, but since then it has also branched out to refinishing metal toys and machines.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
During your moments of soda drinking, have you ever paused for a little bit and pondered on the can in your hand? If you’re like most people, your answer is probably never, and that is completely understandable. Soda cans have become so ingrained in people’s daily lives that it’s almost trivial for anyone to wonder about them—people all over the world go through about 180 billion aluminium beverage cans in a year, often totally oblivious of the fact that the seemingly meagre cans in their hands are actually marvels of engineering. Soda cans as we know them today have been around since the ‘60s, when they were being used for frozen juice concentrate. Then, the American company Reynolds Metals Co. saw an opportunity for aluminium through a survey—they found out that people actually preferred aluminium over tin-plated steel. That opened the flood gates for the production of aluminium beverage cans, which still remain widely used today.
Friday, June 26, 2015
When it comes to cookware, people technically have only two good choices: so-called “non-stick” cookware and those made of professionally anodised aluminium. These two types of cookware are usually pitted against each other, though it shouldn’t be the case all the time. Case in point: anodised aluminium. The latter is essentially conventional aluminium which has been oxidised so that its surface doesn’t react with anything anymore. Aluminium on its own is good in a lot of ways: it conducts heat efficiently, allowing for less lost time due to waiting for a pan to heat up, and the resulting surface from the anodising process actually makes it much better than a standard non-stick option. Furthermore, anodised aluminium cookware doesn’t scratch or chip, and are sturdy enough to withstand temperatures of up to 204 degrees Celsius.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
For many years now, stainless steel has been utilised by many industries and had been used for different purposes, including the construction of buildings. Although stainless steel on its own has corrosion and oxidation resistant properties, they could be better enhanced by undergoing bead blasting. Glass bead blasting not only improves upon the surface properties of stainless steel, but it also further increases its aesthetic appeal.
Friday, June 5, 2015
"The introduction of the newest Apple gadget, the Apple Watch, isn’t exactly a new idea. Even before the introduction of the Watch, there had been numerous other kinds of wearable tech; some of them needed a smartphone to function properly while others had the capabilities of a smartphone. Most of these wearable gadgets pack numerous features, like apps measuring and keeping track of your fitness and music playing capabilities. When the Apple Watch first rolled out into the market, however, one of the first things that struck most people was its design. Unlike most wearable gadgets made available in the market recently, the Apple Watch has introduced a sleeker, modern-looking design made possible by colour anodising aluminium."
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
"When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first introduced in the market, users noticed and complained that their units, made of slim aluminium, tend to bend out of their original shape after being placed in their pockets. This tendency of most iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones caused much uproar among Apple users, with these units earning much criticism due to their potential “bendability”. To ensure that Apple customers will no longer encounter this problem, popularly dubbed the “bend gate”, on their next generation smartphones, there are rumours that the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 will be made of the same materials used in the recently released Apple Watch Sport edition, which involves expertly anodising the aluminium with tint zirconia beads for a stronger phone. These anodised materials are said to be 60 per cent stronger than most common, untreated aluminium and just as lightweight."
Monday, June 1, 2015
"When you're selling products or services, you’d want to set yourself apart. You'll have to be better than the competition in some way. In the fields where metals are used as materials, you'll want your metallic creations to be durable and eye-catching. Thorough metal polishing is just one way to do just that. Polishing and other metal finishing processes can improve your metal products enough to get them noticed in a competitive market. First of all, metal finishing can ensure that metals are more attractive. Most raw metals are rough and have surface flaws. Metal finishing removes these problems and makes your products nice to look at. Second, metal finishing makes metals tougher. Most finishing techniques provide a protective layer of coating after they are completed. This ensures that the metal is resistant to wear and tear. Finally, it is easier to clean finished metals. The smooth surface and the protective layer keep dust and dirt off. Here are some popular methods of metal f
Saturday, May 30, 2015
When you're thinking of picking out a metal to use as raw material, turn to available polished aluminium products to meet your needs. Since its discovery 200 years ago, aluminium has been a popular metal for various reasons. The fact that it can be improved by a variety of processes and melded with other metals into an alloy form makes it exceedingly useful in a lot of industries. Here are a few benefits to using aluminium.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
"Anodising is an electrochemical process that works on a host of metals. This includes aluminium, magnesium, titanium, zinc, and zirconium. The process results in adding thickness to the oxide layer of a particular metal product. Properly anodising aluminium requires expertise and experience. Specialists like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd have both and it would be best to outsource your anodising needs to them. The process itself requires several steps and the use of chemicals. The first one is to clean the metal of any dirt or impurities. This is done by washing it down with acid or alkali cleansers. Any impurities will cause problems when the anodising process is done. The second part is the application of pre-treatments; ensuring that the finished product will have a matte surface is done by applying sodium hydroxides, while a glossier look will require phosphoric and nitric acids. After that is the main anodising process: the aluminium is submerged in an acid electrolyte bat
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Anodising as a metal finish improves the surface structure of metal products, making them highly durable, and tarnish and weather resistant for a long time. This process has made aluminium an ideal material for a wide range of products in many industries, including jewellery and artwork. Those looking for the most reliable anodising services should only go to experienced anodisers like (Birmingham) Ltd., with certifications from the highest European quality standards. These experts are capable of anodising aluminium measuring up to 2.7 meters and can adjust their equipment and processes to accommodate the varying needs of their clients.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
From cookware to aircraft equipment, aluminium’s durable and lightweight nature makes it a preferred material in many industries for various applications. With the technology to anodise aluminium, products made of this metal offer benefits to the environment, while acquiring stronger surfaces for longer usage. Anodising also makes aluminium products safer to human health, with non-toxic and heat-resistant features. Compared to other surface coatings like paint, the anodising process utilises minimal harmful materials like heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Anodising also improves the aluminium alloy’s resistance to corrosion by creating a thin yet tough finish. Aluminium’s conducting abilities combined with the insulation of anodic coatings are also effective energy solutions for electrical functions like circuits and wiring.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
When it comes to construction materials, aluminium is one of the most popular choices. It is able to evolve with design trends and gives the architect the opportunity to style as desired. Not only that, but by anodising aluminium, it can last much longer. Given the proper maintenance, the lifespan of anodised aluminium can impressively exceed the expected number of years. Aluminium revolutionised the world of metals not too long ago. Then came the anodising process which was introduced for commercial applications in the early 1930s. Together, they have opened up a world of architectural possibilities in terms of designs and finishes that are both functional and versatile.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Metal finishing helps smoothen and clean surfaces to create a glossy, textured or matte product. A number of modifications are also available such as colour applications, custom metal plating, glass beading and various metal polishing methods. This ensures that the end product is of high quality and has an enhanced appearance. There are a number of ways for quality metal finishing to be achieved, such as anodising, gold plating, silver plating and electroplating, to name a few. The most common method of all of these is electroplating, which is the process of applying one or multiple layers of metal to a part.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Perhaps the greatest reason for aluminium being valued in the aviation industry, however, is its ability to resist corrosion. How so? According to the laws of chemistry, pure, untainted aluminium reacts so readily with water and air. In theory, the aluminium frame of a plane should really dissolve in the rain like chocolate powder given this specific circumstance. The reason why it doesn’t is because of two things: a naturally occurring shield and the industrial process of thorough aluminium polishing. The naturally occurring shield is called aluminium oxide, which forms on the metal’s surface when it is exposed to the atmosphere. When corrosive factors like water molecules come in contact with the aluminium oxide, the oxygen and aluminium molecules in the aluminium oxide literally move apart and change the metal’s structure just enough to make it chemically neutral.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The 7000 series is more than enough for Apple’s durability needs. Common in construction, the 7000 series of aluminium alloys are among the strongest and least affected when subjected to extreme heat, not to mention that it is highly resistant to corrosion. Moreover, this aluminium-zinc-manganese alloy is treated with trace amounts of manganese, chromium, and zirconium. Studies show that the zirconia coating in anodised aluminium alloys provide a significant level of protection from acidic corrosion. It was also proven that the coating reduces pitting corrosion, which had the reputation of being unpredictable.
Monday, April 6, 2015
If you want your metal products to make an impact on the market, you should see to it that they look good. Metal finishing processes help smooth out the rough edges of your products. Professional anodisers like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. can help provide items, particularly those made of aluminium, with the finishing touch that would entice customers to take a second look and then make a purchase. Here are a few examples of metal finishing processes you’ll find useful. Anodising The anodising process works by creating an oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. This happens naturally, but by using an electrochemical process, it can be sped up to create a thick, protective layer that would be useful for industrial purposes. The process itself involves dipping the metal in acid and running a current through it; depending on which acids are used and how long the current is passed through, the layer can have differing thicknesses.