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Anodizing Essentials Workshop – Level 1 - at ET'16
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This one-day program for anodizers teaches the fundamentals and the foundation of quality anodizing. This basic course explains how to anodize aluminum properly and was developed by anodizing professionals for anodizing professionals.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: ET'16
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Aluminum Anodizers Council
(847) 526-2010

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What is Anodizing Essentials? (To view the full program, click here)

Anodizing Essentials is a “school for anodizers” that teaches more than the fundamentals. Experienced industry practitioners and trouble-shooters 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.

Anodizing Essentials is the answer to those who seek a basic program in how to anodize aluminum … and how to do it properly.

Developed by anodizing industry professionals for anodizing industry professionals, 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 learner through the entire process – beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized right through to the final rinse and sealing processes.

Why Attend?
Leading anodizing professionals will present what they know best—anodizing—with a focus on achieving a quality anodized product. A question and answer session at the end of the course will help attendees further understand the concepts presented.

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for those who may be new to working the anodizing line, as well as for those who oversee the process and those who may simply want a refresher—a reminder of best practices.

  • Anodizers
  • Operators
  • Process Coordinators
  • Racking and Masking Specialists
  • Floor Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Quality ControlTechnicians
  • and others.
Program Highlights (to view the full schedule, click here)

The Anodizing Essentials program will address technology fundamentals and troubleshooting techniques to provide anodizing line workers with practical knowledge needed to improve operations.

  • Anodizing in a Nutshell
    This session will focus specifically on the Anodizing step prior to expanding into a step-by-step breakdown of the total anodizing process.
  • Anodizing Basics for Extrusions
    The aluminum alloy designation system is presented, along with an overview of metallurgical structure and properties as they influence the formation and appearance of the anodic oxide layer. Practical aspects facing the anodizer are highlighted and explained, with an aim toward delivering a quality finish.
  • Racking for Successful Anodizing
    The effects of masking and racking practices on the anodizing process and resultant end product will be discussed.
  • Cleaning Rinsing, Etch & Desmut
    The technology and problem solving behind cleaning and rinsing processes will be covered.
  • Bright Dipping
    The technology and problem solving behind etching, deoxidation and bright dip processes will be covered.
  • Power Supplies / Rectifiers & Transformers for the Aluminum Surface Treatment Industry
    The roles and functions of rectifiers and transformers, along with their effects on the anodizing process, will be explained.
  • Coloring and Sealing for Anodized Extrusions
    Architectural and decorative coloring techniques will be covered.

The AAC Essentials Workshop @ ET'16 is open to ET'16 Registered Attendees Only.  To Register for this workshop, please visit the ET'16 Website at 

AAC provides the School for Anodizers program that offers one-day technical seminars held periodically across North America featuring instructive classroom sessions to help participants stay on top of their profession. For more information about the AAC, please visit our homepage,

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