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Aluminum Cold
Cold rolling can provide a smoother surface finish than hot rolling. It is also used for thinner products which must be cold-rolled to their final thickness.  

It takes more energy to roll cold metal than that softened by heating, so an efficient process reduces production costs. Cold mills can operate at roll speeds up to 7,000 ft per minute, making automated inspection essential.

Cold-rolled aluminum is subject to several applications during the manufacturing process, all of which benefit from high levels of surface inspection and defect monitoring to ensure product quality.

AMETEK Surface Vision delivers trusted, highly accurate solutions for continuous processes, maintaining line speeds and rapidly detecting defects. Automation options provide reliable inspection even at fast roll speeds

Aluminum Cold Mill - Application Note (EN)ALUMINUM COLD MILL
Cold rolling is an important part of the manufacturing process for thin aluminum strip and sheet. Effective quality control at this stage, by monitoring dents, scratches and other surface defects, can protect from claims and reduce costs throughout the production process. Read More > Watch the video >
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    • Aluminum Annealing

      Prior to cold treatment, the metal can be annealed to soften it and improve machinability. This process can also repair surface defects – the success of this can be monitored by a reliable inspection system.

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    • Aluminum Cold Roll Mill
      Cold Roll Mill

      High-speed rolls need a reliable, verifiable automated solution to ensure defects are not introduced throughout the process. AMETEK Surface Vision products help reduce waste product.

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    • Aluminum Foil

      Thin foils require cold rolling to reach the desired thickness and surface quality. They are more prone to surface damage than thicker metals, and so reliable monitoring is essential to the process.

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    • Aluminum Litho

      The surface quality of lithographic plates is central to ensuring accurate print reproduction. A monitoring system with expert classification can distinguish between lithographic marks and surface defects.

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    • Aluminum Scalping

      Scalpers remove surface impurities from aluminum ingots. They can also be used on edges to reduce trimming scrap. Accurate surface inspection systems can verify the quality of the scalping process.

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    • Aluminum Slitter

      Slitting coils can leave them prone to edge damage. AMETEK Surface Vision provides an advanced edge monitoring system, while also inspecting both sides of the slit metal strip.

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    • Aluminum Tension Leveler
      Tension Leveler

      Tension leveling lines are used to alleviate flatness defects in aluminum strips, creating a uniform tension across the strip. Surface defects may affect the success of this, so monitoring is important.

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    • Aluminum Trimming Line
      Trimming Line

      As the metal is trimmed to size, it may experience surface or edge damage. Automated monitoring will detect and classify this damage without affecting line speeds.

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