Topic: AAC Anodizing Essentials Workshop Coming to Fort Worth, Texas

The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) will conduct its Anodizing Essentials Workshop as a companion event to the 18th Annual International Anodizing Conference & Exposition in October in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.  The one-day school for anodizers, scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel, explains the fundamentals of quality anodizing, and was designed to benefit anodizing production personnel, particularly those who are relatively new to the business.  Anodizers, floor managers, operators, plant managers, racking and masking specialists, and quality control technicians are among those who will benefit from the information presented at the Anodizing Essentials Workshop.

The program will address the entire anodizing process, beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized and going right through to the final rinse and sealing processes.  The program includes an optional exam at the conclusion of the course and successful candidates will receive a certificate of achievement to demonstrate their accomplishment.

“The Council has conducted this successful training event three times since 2007, and we’ve made incremental improvement with each iteration” said AAC President Greg Rajsky, CAE.  “The program provides essential information for anodizers presented by industry experts with real-world know-how. The Anodizing Essentials Workshop is the type of valuable educational event that AAC presents for the advancement of the anodizing industry as a whole.”


The topics covered during the all-day course include:


Technology Overview covering the uses and advantages of anodized aluminum and an overall review of the steps for generating a quality anodized finish.


Basic Metallurgy for the Anodizer focusing on the aluminum alloy designation system and an overview of metallurgical structure and properties as they apply to the anodizing process.


Fixturing covering the effects of racking and masking practices.


Cleaning and Bright Dipping, including types of cleaning, along with the mechanisms behind bright dipping.


Etching & Deoxidizing covering acid and alkaline technologies and problem-solving.


Power focusing on the roles, functions, and effects of rectifiers and transformers.


Anodizing to Specification highlighting the fundamentals of Type II and Type III anodizing and the effects of changing process conditions on the anodic finish characteristics.


Coloring Technologies covering architectural and decorative coloring techniques and troubleshooting.


Sealing focusing on the fundamentals of the process and how to choose the right seal for the job.

  Additional program details and a registration brochure available to download can be found at www.AACconf.org. The cost for attending the Anodizing Essentials Workshop is $300 for AAC members, $400 for nonmembers. Those who also are planning to attend the 2009 Anodizing Conference in Fort Worth, Texas will receive a discount for this course by registering for the 2009 Anodizing Conference and Anodizing Essentials at the same time, using the 2009 Anodizing Conference Registration Form, also available at www.AACconf.org.  For questions or more information contact the AAC Executive Office at mail@anodizing.org.

The Aluminum Anodizers Council is the international trade association of firms engaged in aluminum anodizing and whose mission it is to promote the use of anodized aluminum worldwide through technical interchange, education, marketing, and other means to meet the common interests of its members.  For more information, contact the Aluminum Anodizers Council, 1000 N. Rand Road, Suite 214, Wauconda, IL 60084-3102 USA.  Telephone 847/526-2010; fax 847/526-3993; mail@anodizing.org; www.anodizing.org.

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