Video: Every Can Counts – Interview with Caroline Archer, Crown Holdings

In this interview Caroline Archer, marketing and Key Account Director for Crown Holdings Inc.’s beverage can business in Europe and Middle East and chairwoman of Every Can Counts, discusses Every Can Counts and its initiatives.

Throwback Thursday: Classic Aluminum-Bodied Cars Granted New Life at Pebble Beach

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Pictured: Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance invites only the most beautiful and rare automobiles to appear each year, drawing connoisseurs of art and technology to see them. Two classic and beautiful aluminum-bodied cars will appear at this year’s premier event, on August 17th.

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Video: 7 out of 10 new pickup trucks to be aluminum-bodied by 2025

Every leading automaker will include numerous aluminum body and closure programs by 2025 with aluminum sheet for complete bodies jumping to 4 billion lbs, from the 200 million lbs in 2013, noted the new report, 2015 North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content Study. The report was commissioned by the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and conducted by Ducker Worldwide through detailed in-person interviews with automotive OEMs, component suppliers, and regulators. Ducker maintains a comprehensive material use database to track material and mass of individual components for every vehicle model manufactured in North America, which was updated and verified between October 2013 and April 2014, with findings presented in the report.

The ATG hosted a webinar exploring the survey findings that show by 2025, seven out of 10 new pickup trucks and more than 20% of SUVs and large sedans produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied. A recap of the webinar can be viewed in the following video.

Video: Aluminum Bridge Provides Pedestrian Gateway to New TD Place Sports Stadium

The MAADI Group engineering firm, Montréal, Québec, installed a new aluminum arched pony-truss bridge as part of the TD Place Project, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.The strong, lightweight aluminum bridge, designed specifically for pedestrians and light vehicles, has an overall length of 30 m (98 ft 5 inches). It is constructed with welded, high-strength aluminum extrusions, making it durable and maintenance-free. The sleek bridge design features a Warren-type truss structure as the main girder, with an extruded aluminum pony-truss truss framework, aluminum side guardrails and fencing, and IPE hardwood decking that resists slipping and skidding.

The aluminum bridge’s arched-rail architectural design blends aesthetically with its natural surroundings and provides durable functionality. The bridge is designed to handle light maintenance vehicles that, when fully loaded, weight approximately 1 000 kilograms (2,240 pounds) each. The aluminum structure is entirely corrosion-free and maintenance-free, eliminating the need for expensive galvanizing or painting of steel due to rust.

MAADI Engineers also designed thermal expansion joints at each end of the bridge to enable the bridge to expand and contract up to 50.4 mm (2 inches), allowing for a temperature gradient of 70 degrees, between -35°C and 35°C (-31°F to 95°F). Its AA6061-T6 aluminum extrusions can withstand harsh climate conditions including ice, snow, frigid temperatures, and high winds. “Aluminum is the ideal truss and railing material to integrate with the bridge’s slip-proof Ironwood™ decking to create a pedestrian bridge that is perfect for the heavy foot traffic at this Sports venue, and for light vehicle access by maintenance staff,” said Alexandre de la Chevrotière, founder and ceo of MAADI Group.

A custom wide-load flat-bed trailer was used to transport the pre-assembled bridge on its three-and-a-half-hour journey over 198 km (123 miles) from the manufacturing facility to the installation site at TD Place. The bridge was pre-assembled with fusion welding of the aluminum using the GMAW process. See installation of the bridge in MAADI’s video on YouTube.

First of Its Kind – Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium

AluMag Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium

The Automotive Lightweight Procurement Symposium, organized by AluMag, will be held October 5-7, 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany. The symposium is a cutting edge event that brings together the procurement and supply side of lightweight materials and their advanced processes (aluminum, magnesium, carbon, composites, HSS, and thermoplastics) in complement with cost balance or reduction. Localization, material technology, and cost benchmarking, as well as 2025 market outlook are some of the topics to be presented. The event is designed for executives and procurement professionals, who are part of the lightweight supply chain and individuals who are seeking a better understanding of the synergy of cost and weight reduction programs.

At the symposium, OEMs will express their needs and expectations from suppliers, technology, and lightweighting and Tier suppliers will showcase their leading weight reduction solutions, joining technologies, and material and process hybrid components. The event will also include a lightweight technology exhibition. It will feature three days of networking (including three receptions), culminating as ALUMINIUM 2014 and Composites Europe begins, also in Duesseldorf (free of chargefor symposium attendees).

Some of the presentations to be featured at the conference include:

  • Opening Keynote — Structural Lightweighting – New Materials & Advanced Processes, Arne Lakeit, vp Manufacturing Engineering & Process Planning, Audi
  • Closing Keynote — Axel Harries, vp Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars (tbd)
  • Lightweight Component Procurement in North America – An Analysis Of The Strengths & Weaknesses Of The Current Supply Base Against Future OEM Needs by Eric Bach, director of Engineering, Tesla Motors (tbc)
  • Global Quality Improvement In Accompany With Lightweighting & Cost Balance by Axel Harriee, vp of Quality Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars (tbc)
  • Technological And Cost Comparison Of Aluminium – Magnesium vs. Composite Solutions by Achim Schneider, head Of Business Development & Sales, and Klaus Decking, head of Market Communication Sales Support & Business Development & New Markets Sales, Georg Fischer AG
  • Market Trends & Development Of Aluminium In China: Production – Price Building – Products by Hui Xiong, senior analyst, Beijing Antaike

A complete list of presentations can be found on the conference website.

The AluMag symposium is limited to 150 visitors to ensure a friendly atmosphere for knowledge development and exchange of experience.

Weird Al’s Tribute to Aluminum Foil

Pop parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun includes punny takes on the latest hit music — from Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”). The parodies are taking the internet by storm, including Al’s ode to aluminum foil — “Foil” – a parody of Lorde’s 2013 smash hit “Royals”.

“I never bother with baggies, glass jars, tupperware containers
Plastic cling wrap, really a no-brainer
I just like to keep all my flavors sealed in tight

With aluminum foil (foil)
Never settle for less
That kind of wrap is just the best
To keep your sandwich nice and fresh”

— from “Foil


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