Blog Index

Blog Index

Here’s a list of our blog posts arranged into our Service Areas. Clicking on each listing (including the headings) will take you to the appropriate page or blog. The most recent posts are at the bottom of each section.

You can also use the Search box on the blog page if there’s a particular subject you’re looking for.

Process Improvement

Why does aluminium rolling mill performance decline?

Maintaining Aluminium Rolling Mill Performance

Avoiding a Decline in Aluminium Rolling Mill Performance

How aluminium consultants can accelerate the progress of internal process improvement teams

Thickness control in aluminium rolling

Aluminium foil quality: final anneal

Chatter problems on a cold rolling mill

Mill Vibration Phenomena during Cold Rolling

Roll and Strip Chatter Marks; 5th octave chatter

Productivity benefits of strip cooling

A brief history of metal rolling for sheet and plate products

Molten metal cleanliness when casting aluminium slabs – the basics!

Why ISO 9001 certification is important when you provide a service

Why roll grinding is critical to foil rolling

Has the holding furnace had its day?

Hot rolling emulsion monitoring

Flatness measurement challenges

Industry 4.0: where is the revolution? part 1

The benefits of Industry 4.0 implementation

Which type of levelling line is suitable for my product?

Not just aluminium; optimising steel rolling


Process Models

A modelling approach to improved aluminium rolling performance

Benefits of optimising roll cooling when rolling aluminium

What can a Process Cost Model do?

Aluminium rolling models: work roll camber

Aluminium rolling models: strip quench model increases productivity

Aluminium rolling models: strip levelling

Aluminium rolling models: coil annealing cycles

Aluminium rolling models: roll cooling systems

Aluminium rolling models: aligning mill productivity

Aluminium rolling models: optimising spray cooling

Aluminium rolling models: winding model

Aluminium rolling models: roll to temper practices

FEA models for optimising a rolling process

Modelling high temperature strip quenching

Plant capacity modelling considerations

Energy utilisation modelling considerations


Materials Development

The Importance of Materials Expertise to the Aluminium Industry

We love it when a plan comes together…the story behind REALCAR

Beyond Dieselgate – aluminium lightweighting opportunities

Aluminium pretreatment – a brief overview

Aluminium Rolling Lubrication: part 1

Aluminium Rolling Lubrication: part 2

Alloy and Temper Designations

Recycled aluminium and the Aluminium Age

Anodised aluminium as a catalyst support

End of life vehicles: new Jags for old

The Physics of Lightweighting

The art and science of aluminium sculpture

Aluminium can recycling and the landfill debacle

Earing Control in CBS from a single stand hot reversing mill

Upcycling; an important addition to our vocabulary

Solidification under Zero Gravity

Aluminium Automotive Sheet Alloys

Why polymer coatings are a necessary evil

Aluminium surface cleaning – a brief overview

Low Carbon Aluminium for Electric Vehicles

Zorba; the key to low carbon aluminium supply?

Why paint sticks – it’s all about the pretreatment

What about inflatable autonomous electric vehicles?


Material Testing

Si particle size analysis for brazed aluminium heat exchangers

Outsourced R&D and aluminium testing – the cost effective way forward

Aluminium foil quality: surface analysis

The fastest wheels on earth

Lab based aluminium brazing simulation

An overview of aluminium surface analysis

ISO 17025 & Interlaboratory Cross Checks

Understanding your aluminium oxide surface

Evaluating toughness in aluminium extrusions: 1

Evaluating fracture toughness in extrusions: 2

Land speed record one step closer!

Measuring aluminium surface cleanliness by microscopy

Total reflectance and colour measurements to evaluate aluminium etching

Aluminium Surface Analysis: high resolution low-kV SEM

Optical microscopy to analyse aluminium alloy grains

Seeing the light: making good use of optical microscopes


Strategic Support & Best Practice

R&D and Knowledge Mapping: unnecessary costs or sensible forward planning?

Designing a World-Class Aluminium Rolling Plant

Billet quality and extrusion plant efficiency

Why should you do an FMEA?

Material Flow Analysis: a simple approach

6S is just cleaning up, isn’t it?

A guide to our new K-Map software

Technical due diligence: Are you biting a lemon?

Why manufacturing needs Knowledge Management

Innovation: turning knowledge into money

Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Analysis

Sustainability in the Aluminium Industry

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