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|Continuous Coil Anodizing|
Using pre-anodized coiled aluminum lowers finishing costs, saves production time, and reduces material handling.
Continuous Coil Anodizing Capabilities
The advantages of pre-anodized aluminum can be applied to most products that are fabricated from sheet or coil stock. Products that are made from extrusions, castings, rod bar, or plate are limited to piece anodizing processes.
Experienced users of pre-anodized products have learned that raw edges produced by cutting pre-finished stock do not have to be a restrictive feature. Design alterations can most often hide an edge, and because aluminum will seal itself in the presence of oxygen, there is no loss in protection. Leaching or creeping corrosion that occurs with steel products, and flaking that occurs with painted surfaces are not possible with pre-anodized aluminum.
Experience has also taught fabricators of pre-anodized aluminum to make bends gradually. In this way they take advantage of the hard, protective anodized surface without crazing it. Certain metallic finishes that are embossed or etched can help mask this phenomenon as well.
Reprinted with permission of Continuous Coil Anodizers Association.