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alimex lives aluminium

Whatever aluminium can do – alimex draws it out

We live aluminium. As an expert in metallurgy, alimex stands for high-precision alloys on a cast plate basis, heat treatment, processing and finishing, and tests concerning aluminium. Aluminium is the third most common element in the earth’s crust. Its useful properties as a material for almost all sectors of the manufacturing industry, however, are created through the addition of accompanying elements which form alloys and the type of further processing.

Components

Aluminium components in perfection

alimex produces aluminium components as an economical solution with the highest quality standards. Modern machinery allows aluminium ideas of all shapes and sizes to be brought to life. Aluminium components are used in an ever-increasing number of areas of application: in packaging machines and automation systems, in electrical engineering, in automobile and aircraft building or in the field of high vacuum applications in the solar and semiconductor industry. The reasons are clear: aluminium has a low weight with high stability, conducts heat and has excellent recycling properties. Added to this, particularly in the cast plate process, are optimal surface properties, elongation limits and machinability.

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Plates & blanks

To the point: our plates and blanks

As a supplier of aluminium cast plates, alimex offers products with outstanding material properties, high precision and rapid availability – in almost all sizes. alimex delivers high-precision plates and blanks for almost all sizes and cutting shapes. The alimex products, manufactured using the special cast plate process, also offer a wide variety of surface and material properties – perfectly tailored to the exact area of application. Worldwide, for almost all industries and as a supplier for distribution partners, vendors, processors or manufacturers, alimex sets standards in the industry with its cast plate technology.

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Other services

From subcontracting through to measurement

Subcontracting

As a subcontractor, we help our partners to develop economical solutions, keep their structures lean and efficient, and overcome capacity bottlenecks and the constantly increasing technical challenges. alimex sees itself as a partner right along all value chains. Accordingly, we also work reliably and well for professionals in our industry. The economy is becoming increasingly complex and networked, skills are becoming more specialist, and demand for speed and service depth is becoming greater. Against this backdrop, outsourcing and subcontracting are the business instrument of choice for mapping process steps, subsections or capacity bottlenecks – if the conditions for smooth collaboration are met. Since the company was founded almost five decades ago, alimex has considered itself to be a networked market player in all fields of the industry.

 

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Technical advice

Advice about aluminium: what works – and what doesn’t work? Where is the potential for optimisation, and what is the best way to solve a specific problem? alimex experts know the answer. Well-founded expertise in combination with tried and tested practical know-how provide the basis for alimex’s excellent global reputation as a “sparring partner” for feasibility studies, technical issues or tests. Whether for concrete questions regarding the choice of the right alloy, determination of material properties or for major development projects – the alimex experts’ know-how is regularly in demand. Our expertise flowed into the development of a helicopter part just as into the ambitious astronomical observatory in the Atacama Desert, where the aluminium elements installed need to withstand massive temperature differences with almost no warping.

 

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Metallurgy

We live aluminium. As an expert in metallurgy, alimex stands for high-precision alloys on a cast plate basis, heat treatment, processing and finishing, and tests concerning aluminium. Aluminium is the third most common element in the earth’s crust. Its useful properties as a material for almost all sectors of the manufacturing industry, however, are created through the addition of accompanying elements which form alloys and the type of further processing. alimex has been setting the tone in precisely this field, the establishment of proven and entirely new material properties which make aluminium the first choice for material in ever-increasing numbers of areas of application, for almost five decades. Here, metallurgy at alimex is understood in a broad sense, which runs from knowledge of materials, research and technology through to all process and production steps. Numerous metallurgy innovations from alimex offer unique solutions or have set international standards.

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Macroscopic and microscopic evaluation

Macroscopic and microscopic evaluation is the last step in the determination and evaluation of the material properties of aluminium. It ensures quality “right to the core”. In order to deliver the highest quality, alimex relies on an optimal process right along the entire value chain: from the choice of the right alloy through the specific annealing process to high-precision sawing and milling in processing. So that the result is precise down to the grain size, structure and µ we take a very close look in our macroscopic and microscopic examination. We thus ensure that the aluminium has the quality to guarantee optimal use.

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Material development

Innovations begin with questions: where can further efficiency gains be made in the use of aluminium? What materials does the market require? Our answers often become market standards. For almost 50 years, we at alimex have been creating innovations which become market standards – like the aluminium cast plate process itself, with which we revolutionised an entire industry. Innovations in aluminium are in our DNA: that’s why we are constantly researching new alloys and annealing methods, and are regularly setting new standards in the efficiency and competitiveness of aluminium use for our customers with our innovations.

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Measurements

Testing of various parameters tells us whether an aluminium product is able to satisfy its optimal functionalities. Here, the properties and dimensions required are put to the test. Where strong forces rule – or hundredths of a millimetre decide: our expertise in metallurgy is in demand whenever it’s all about reliable functioning. From alloying through to processing, quality and perfection are demanded in all stages of the value chain here. The measurements which we carry out tell us whether a material or a component complies exactly with the required specifications. These tests cover a wide range of sectors.

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