Let me talk about a topic close to my heart: sustainability.

The aluminum industry has great potential for becoming more sustainable.

And one of the major decisions that companies can make is choosing more environmentally-friendly aluminum.

In this blog post, I explain what these more sustainable aluminum options look like, so you can make your production more sustainable! Read here: 

P.S. I am going to do a live course about sustainable aluminum anodizing in 2023 - you can sign up here to get notified: https://aluconsult.com/waiting-list-live-course-recycled-aluminum/ 

Next week: South Africa!

I’m overjoyed that I’ll be speaking about sustainability and anodizing at the International Aluminum Conference and Exhibition organized by @AFSA - Aluminum Federation of South Africa.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (sdgs) is a topic that has my increasing interest and passion.

Aluminum has - in comparison to other materials like copper, steel and wood - an almost unreasonable high carbon footprint.

But as I like to say: Not all aluminum is created equal.

There are plenty of things we can do - as anodizers, OEM’s, product managers, designers etc. - to make sure our aluminum parts are both more durable and friendlier to the environment.

If you’re at the conference - please let´s have a chat about sustainable anodized aluminum.

NEW BLOG POST: Stainless steel corrosion and how to prevent it.

Corrosion is one of the worst things that can happen to aluminum. Imagine a bridge, wind turbine, or skyscraper and the steel-aluminum connection starts to corrode... We are talking here about safety issues and potential disasters! 👺 You absolutely want to avoid stainless steel corrosion. In my latest blog post, I explain why stainless steel corrosion happens and how to prevent it.⛔️ https://aluconsult.com/how-to-avoid-anodized-aluminum-stainless-steel-corrosion/ P.S. Stainless steel corrosion is actually a misnomer. Do you know what is the correct term?

New Blog Post: Beginner’s guide to coloring processes for anodized aluminum

Life is full of options - and anodizing coloring is full of options, too!

There are 4 different coloring processes you can choose:

1. Adsorption/Dying
2. Electrolytic
3. Integral
4. Interference

But which is the right one for your anodized aluminum product?

Find out in my latest blog post: https://aluconsult.com/beginners-guide-to-coloring-processes-for-anodized-aluminum/ 

New Blog Post: 3 common types of aluminum corrosion in buildings

Oh no, our façade shows corrosion spots! 😱

Imagine this: you have just finished the construction of a new building a few months ago but the window frames or the façade are corroding.

If you are an architect or constructor, this scenario is probably your worst nightmare.

Let’s make sure that this nightmare never happens to you!

In my latest blog post, I explain 3 common types of aluminum corrosion in buildings and how to avoid them.

Read the blog post here.

5 Anodizing Defects That Happen in the Handling and Pretreatment Steps

As you probably already know a lot of the failures which happens in your anodizing line originates from the handling or pretreatment steps.

As told awhile ago we have moved our blog to AluConsult! Anodizing World will still be available, but new posts will be published on aluconsult.com.

To read the blog post "5 Anodizing Defects That Happen in the Handling and Pretreatment Steps" please click here.

If you haven´t enrolled yet for all the free knowledge about Anodizing @AnodizingSchool then you should.

Its absolutely free - the only thing you have to do is click

Hope to see you at one of this years free webinars about the sustainable anodizing of aluminum.


8 things you should ask your anodizer about

In my 25 years as a consultant in the anodizing industry, I realized that about 70 % of my consulting clients were not anodizers but the people who had to “deal with” anodizers. Perhaps you have had also frustrating experience ordering anodized parts and not receive what you wanted?

You might think that your anodizer was just not good at their job. Or that anodizers will always try to keep their costs as low as possible and thereby sacrificing the quality of your aluminum product. But that does not do the problem justice. In my experience, the main reason for errors and frustrations is ineffective communication. Yip, just like in any relationship, the relation to your anodizer will improve tremendously by learning how to communicate better.

8 important things to agree on with your anodizer

To make your next phone call with your anodizer much more successful, here is a checklist with all the aspects of the anodizing process you should talk about.

  1. Agree on the properties and quality of the anodizing results. 
  1. Choose the right alloy to achieve the properties you want. 
  1. Identify the microstructure of your different aluminum parts as this will affect the surface look. 
  1. Agree on handling and racking of the aluminum parts as part of the preparation. 
  1. Decide together on the right pretreatments for the specific parts of your aluminum product. 
  1. Set specifications for the anodizing process as these parameters affect the properties. 
  1. Choose the most environmentally friendly sealing 
  1. Agree on quality control tests that fit the properties of your anodized product. 

This checklist is a good start to improve the communication with your anodizer and to receive the correct anodized parts. If you would like step up your game even more and become more confident in asking the right questions, join my new live online training: “Working with your anodizing supplier.”  

Working with your anodizer - course overview graph

The course consists of four workshops, each treating an independent subject. You can also attend single workshop days. This interactive live online event is held on Zoom in 4 x 2,5 hours sessions. We will record the presentation and make them available to you after the workshop. The dates of our next courses are:


WORKSHOP SERIES IN APRIL: 7, 14, 21, and 28 April 2021 (03.00 - 5.30 PM CEST)  

WORKSHOP SERIES IN MAY: 5, 12, 19, and 26 May 2021 (03.00 - 5.30 PM CEST) 

Looking forward to seeing you at AnodizingSchool!

Sunny regards, 

Anne Deacon Juhl 

P.S. If you would like to learn some anodizing basics, have a look at this blog post in which I give an easy to understand introduction.