You’ll Never Look at Aluminum Foil the Same Way Again

Everyone knows that aluminum foil is an effective, environmentally-friendly way to cook food over an open flame and keep leftovers tasting great. But few people get creative with their aluminum foil, despite the fact that there are dozens of things you can use it for.


If you need to close an unsealable bag, take a strip of aluminum foil and fold it over the opening of the bag. Press it down firmly and use a hot iron on it to ensure the bag is closed. For those with large kitchens, place aluminum foil on the bottoms of your drawers and cupboards to keep them clean. It’s easy to slide them out, throw them away, and replace them when they get too dirty.

Do you have fruit-bearing trees with pests? Tie a few pieces of aluminum foil to the branches of the trees to ward off squirrels and birds. Keeping produce from going bad is also easy with aluminum foil. Roll celery stalks up into aluminum foil to maintain their freshness for as long as a month, and wrap the stems of your bananas in aluminum foil to stop them from ripening so quickly.

If you’re a carb-lover, aluminum foil can combat bread mishaps of all kinds. Cook your pizza in a pan on medium for a few minutes, covered with a sheet of dome-shaped foil, to restore its crunch. When heating up a pie, cover the crust’s edges with foil to prevent them from charring. Finally, to dry out soggy bread, encase it in a sheet of foil and put it in the oven for a few minutes to make it soft but not crispy.

If you’re an avid meat-eater, you’ve likely been left with hot grease after cooking. Place a piece of aluminum sheet on the bottom of a bowl and pour the grease into it – you can throw it out when it cools and solidifies. For a clean oven, cover the base inside with foil to hold onto bits of food that find their way down, and replace the foil when it’s dirty.

To shine up your silverware, place foil dull side down in your sink and boil six cups of water. Add six teaspoons of salt and baking soda, three cups of vinegar, and your foil-wrapped silverware before adding the boiling water. Once you’ve scrubbed and soaked your silverware, it should be shiny again.

Cover old furniture with aluminum foil for a sleek, modern look, or use it to cover knobs when painting doors. You can scrunch up a sheet of foil and throw it in the dryer to prevent static, or put a bit of foil between a battery and its coil to fit it to a mismatched device. You can even make your straightening iron work like a curling iron by wrapping your hair in curls and heating them with your straightening iron.

Did you already know some or all of these super useful aluminum foil tricks? If you didn’t, don’t be afraid to try them out!



New Aluminum Metal Plant could be Ohio Valley’s key to Success

In 2018, Braidy Industries will begin to build its new aluminum plant not too far from Ashland, Kentucky, supplying the area with over 500 new jobs and pumping out a whopping 370,000 tons of aluminum sheet and aluminum wire annually by 2020. Most of the aluminum produced will be used for the construction of vehicles and spacecrafts. South Shore, the selected city, is sure to gain much from these plans.


The improvements made to how steel and aluminum are created are mainly thanks to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the team of which has created a method of producing aluminum metal that creates a slightly more lightweight and significantly stronger product than the industry’s current high-strength steel. This new method could soon be implemented in certain factories and leave the rest eternally stagnant. Advancements in the aluminum are comparable to those of the internet in the 1990s.

In terms of clean power to run aluminum and steel plants, Appalachia is a great choice mostly due to its effective electrical power conduction. Not only that, but the potential employees in the area are eager to get back to work. Many of the families those people come from have been employed by either the coal industry or the steel industry in past decades and are hoping for a job comeback in the field.

Unfortunately, the steel and coal industries have been suffering lately, and because they are so closely connected, there’s little that can be done to revive them both. Instead, politicians residing near the Ohio River are seeing the effects and searching for a solution to the job loss problem that resulted from the coal industry’s scrutiny during President Obama’s time in office.

Most American citizens aren’t too keen on seeing expansions occur within the coal and steel industries, but Appalachia is a notable exception. Residents welcome the possibility with open arms, hoping for a series of new jobs and a financial regrowth of the area. In addition to eager potential workers, Appalachia features railway lines, interstate highway proximity, and inexpensive clean energy production.

Two areas that have taken advantage of job loss situations in recent decades and transformed them into booming industry locations are the Raleigh-Dunham region of North Carolina and the now famous Silicon Valley. The former was able to bring together its many university professionals to form The Research Triangle, while the latter experimented with silicon computer chips and came out very successful in its endeavour. Both areas focused on their strengths and turned them into opportunities for their residents and their business partners.

It may seem farfetched, but the Ohio Valley could very well obtain the success in the aluminum industry that the Silicon Valley obtained in the computer industry. Of course, it will take great amounts of time, effort, and dedication, all of which the residents of the area have and will maintain if it means they’ll have access to new jobs. It’s been done many times before and can be done again – they’ll just have to keep moving forward.


3D Printed Aluminum Vehicle released by Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium

Three years ago, Local Motors presented its 3D printed electric car, the very first of its kind. Since then, many transportation devices have been 3D printed, including electric skateboards, electric buses, motorcycles, and new car models from automakers like Honda and Volkswagen. The innovation of 3D printing shows no signs of slowing as the Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium constructed its own double-seated electric vehicle, the frame and interior of which was 3D printed and made mostly from aluminum metal.


Car enthusiasts were introduced to this new aluminum creation when it was put on display for the Taipei AMPA and Autotronics car and motorbike show, held at the Nangang Exhibition Center, associated with and in close proximity to the Taipei World Trade Center.

The consortium’s personal pavilion displayed its recent accomplishments in the realm of research and development, its 3D printed aluminum sheet car accompanied by over twenty of its other new products, which all emphasized the growing popularity of autonomous technology.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs owns the research consortium and is pushing for more advancements in the automotive field as well as stronger international ties. The Ministry’s Department of Industrial Technology encouraged several research companies to form the consortium back in 2005, and it now has six members that work together to find solutions to the many research and development problems institutions currently face.

The Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium quickly became the top research and development organization in the country, and to uphold its title, its members began to focus their efforts on combining widely tested technologies from multiple different sources. This experimentation led to an improvement in the way electric vehicles were created and how they functioned. In the near future, the consortium hopes to develop a collaborative space for research teams, domestic companies, and university staff, which could lead to more breakthroughs in modern technology.

If successful, the consortium could be advancing quickly in the coming years. Its new electric car already features a 6.6kWh lithium-ion battery and a 100km driving capability after a single charging period, reaching a maximum speed of 60kph. The construction of the car, as expected, wasn’t typical. All parts of the vehicle except for the doors were created with a 3D printer. This impressive feat, if implemented regularly, could cut down on the amount of time it takes to build vehicles. Additionally, the electrical nature of these cars would have a positive impact on the environment.

The 3D printed vehicle weighing in at 98,7kg is made primarily of aluminum sheet, the best material for the construction of cars, bikes, planes, and heavy weaponry. If 3D printer vehicles are produced more frequently, manufacturing costs could be only 60% of what they currently are. The consortium plans to do this, but it is unsure as to how soon.

Although the consortium’s 3D printed aluminum vehicle was the most intriguing of its new products, it also displayed its Cooperative Vehicle Positioning System and its Forward Object Detection System, both developed to create safer driving conditions. Most can agree that any new technology is exciting.


Aluminum Wire or Copper Wire – Which is Best?

All metallic elements conduct electricity, but some are better at it than others. The two most commonly used metals for creating electrical wire are aluminum wire and copper wire and for good reason. While both are sufficient conductors, each one has its specific uses.


For the last few decades, copper has been the number one electrical conductor used in the construction of commercial and residential buildings. The composition of the pinkish-orange metal allows it to transport a large amount of electrical energy in a short amount of time. Gold and silver are both superior to copper in terms of conduction, but they’re both very expensive metals. Copper is a perfect cheap alternative in almost every case.

As a conductor, copper also functions well due to its ability to combat oxidation, withstand a great amount of pressure, and carry more electrical energy through a smaller volume of material. For these reasons, copper wiring can be created thin without fear of incidental damage or insufficient electrical supply. Copper is an especially good option for small rooms and hidden spaces.

Copper may seem like a no-brainer to use in most electrical situations, but compared to aluminum, it’s tougher, denser, and more expensive to use for certain projects. Avoid copper wiring if you need to set up a long, intricate electrical system in a large building, like a residential complex or factory. Otherwise, you’ll likely exceed your budget and end up with a sub-par result.

Aluminum wire has been in use for electricity for a while as well, and it was used solely in utility areas for many years. Currently, aluminum wiring is being built into giant industrial, commercial, and residential buildings. Many homes have a small amount of aluminum wire somewhere, most often in their breaker panels. Despite its reasonable cost and wide application, aluminum has some notable drawbacks when it comes to conducting electricity.

Expect to create large wires if you’re using aluminum, because it only conducts half as much electricity through a specific volume as copper does. Because of the difference in density and malleability, aluminum is more lightweight than copper and will require a bigger diameter when shaped into the wiring. Fortunately, aluminum wiring can be strengthened to increase its malleability and durability. To prevent the natural expansion and contraction from damaging the wiring, electricians can install dual rated lugs.

Copper wire doesn’t oxidize very quickly, but when it does, it can actually help conduction. Oxidized aluminum, on the other hand, is a full-on insulator. Coating aluminum wires with a specialized grease can stop oxidation from occurring in high-risk areas like moist or open sections. In situations where copper cannot be used as an electrical conductor, aluminum metal is a great substitute. With its many uses, it’s cheap, effective, and easy to access.

Aluminum and copper can both be used in many different commercial, residential, and industrial buildings. Each project will call for a specific setup, influenced by factors like cost, safety, and space. For more information, talk to us at Aaluminum Sheet & Wire.


Aluminum Sheet Metal Becomes a Contender as Auto Industry Pushes for Lighter Vehicles

According to a new report, the car industry’s sheet metal sector is encouraging the development and implementation of more lightweight car frames.


The industry works in collaboration with several others, and last year, the top four companies made up two-fifths of the entire market when combined. Despite the minimal obstacles businesses have to overcome when entering the market, creating and running new sheet metal processing locations is expensive and material-heavy. For this reason, new companies don’t come flooding into the market.

The top companies in the automotive sheet metal industry consistently aim to create better products. Companies that constantly improve what they’re selling beat out competitors by intriguing customers and catering to desires. Those who put enough time, effort, and money into research and development will hold a greater market share worldwide.

Ambitious auto companies have begun to tackle international markets with specialized vehicles and outstanding passenger vehicles. The worldwide auto sheet metal industry is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 3.7% from 2017 to 2025. By this prediction, the $137.35 billion value will increase to $187.53 billion by 2025.

Although aluminum and aluminum sheet has been getting a lot of attention in the automotive industry lately, steel was last year’s biggest revenue contributor, making up three-fifths of the global market’s total. Steel will continue to be favoured by automakers over the next decade or so, according to recent market predictions.

The Asian Pacific market is currently in the lead in the auto sheet metal industry across the world. China in particular is expected to hold its place as a top consumer of passenger cars, driving the sheet metal industry as well as the continent’s overall market. If things continue to go this way, China may hold the number one spot in the world for the market sector by the end of 2025.

The 2010s have brought about a sharp increase in worldwide auto production, due largely in part by the growing need for passenger vehicles in many regions alongside the push to create less weighty vehicles with specialized alloys. These two key demands have allowed the auto sheet metal market to expand very quickly. A shift in environmental awareness has also brought about the release of electric vehicles and hybrid fuel vehicles, both of which will become more common in the coming years.

Vehicles are expected to become smaller and lighter in the near future to reduce their carbon footprint and save companies money. The price changes in aluminum and steel greatly affect the auto sheet metal market, and China remains the leader in the production of both steel and aluminum sheet. Due to recent legal violations, however, the country is beginning to downsize its production capacity.

The supply and demand of aluminum and steel has been fluctuating worldwide in recent years, causing companies to begin to worry about the accessibility and pricing of both metals. Largely influenced by global production, aluminum and steel will unsurprisingly have the greatest impact on the automotive industry and its lightweight vehicle building endeavour.


Nail your Backyard Cookout with these Barbecue Tips

Summer is the time of the year when ice cream, shorts, and beach days become the norm. But passionate cooks are undoubtedly most excited to start barbecuing again. If you’re planning a yard party this summer, reduce your stress levels and make your party the best it can be with our cookout tips.

To get your barbecue going, ignite the coals in a discarded egg carton and watch it heat up with ease. Ensure you have enough propane to keep your barbecue up and running for the duration of the party; dousing your tank in hot water and feeling for cold spots, which indicate propane, is a good strategy. A warm tank is an empty tank.

Here’s one of our favourite tips featuring aluminum. Bring out your kitchen’s aluminum foil and crumple the foil up into a ball to scrape down your grill, leaving it clean and clear in no time. If you’re looking to cook more aromatic foods, consider putting whole dried herbs on top of the flames for flavour-infused smoke. For seafood, cut citrus fruits into thin slices and cook the fish on top.

A cookout wouldn’t be complete without hamburgers and hot dogs. Spiral cutting wieners will help them cook more evenly, while making a depression in the center of hamburger patties will allow them to stay the same size and shape as they cook. Before cooking any type of meat, with the exception of fish, let it sit out for twenty minutes or so to allow it to stay juicy.

Grilling veggies is simple with wooden or aluminum metal skewers. Coat them in your choice of seasoning and watch them char beautifully on the grill. Set out a kiddie pool for any accompanying foods you have, like salads, pastas, or fruits, and fill it with ice to keep everything cold.

Muffin holders are great for holding condiments. Put sauces and toppings inside them with spoons for quick distribution and cleanup. If you have chips, fold down the top of the bag so they can be accessed more easily. Both of these tips will save room on the table, too.

When your guests are finished eating, direct them to your labeled garbage and recycling bins so everything goes in the right place. Set out a labeled dirty dishes bin if you used kitchen plates and cutlery. Tidying up becomes a lot less tiring when you plan ahead. Leftover food can always be easily stored in aluminum foil or in an aluminum sheet pan.

Backyard cookouts shouldn’t be a stressful experience – they should be all around enjoyable. By using these tips, everyone will enjoy the food and have fun. Not to mention, you’ll spend way less time cleaning up after your guests leave. Now you’ve got yet another reason to party!


Battery Upgrades Made Possible By Aluminum

Stanford University in the US and the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan have come together and created a long-lasting, fast-charging battery from aluminum.

These aluminum ion batteries, first seen at this year’s All Energy event in Glasgow, could take the place of lead-acid batteries by 2018, containing all of the same functions with lower costs and more accessible material.

What really sets the new battery design apart from its predecessors is its ability to undergo thousands of charging periods without its efficiency being noticeably affected, as well as its impressive heat resistance in even the most extreme situations. To achieve these feats, the battery is made with a combination of refined aluminum, aluminum salt electrolyte gel, and full-coverage graphite. Its composition and features make it very versatile.

Currently, the well-crafted aluminum battery has an energy capability of 40kWh/kg, which is expected to double as Stanford University and the Industrial Technology Research Institute make improvements. These batteries can already be used in many small commercial items, but advancements will increase its popularity for bigger tasks.

With its extended lifespan, decreased production price, short charging time and more, this aluminum battery could be a great option for the future. Advancements can only make it a more attractive contender.


Aluminum Sheet Growth Forecast

aluminum-sheet-growth-forecastAluminum sheets aren’t just for lining baking pans? Well, that’s not exactly what the automotive industry is referring to when talking about a new projection in manufacturing. Aluminum sheet, as opposed to the kitchen foil, is expected to increase in usage to line automotive exterior parts such as fenders and truck beds.

The growth forecast for aluminum sheet and cast is set to experience more than 250 per cent growth respectively taking a large chunk of the market as early as 2022 according to IHS Markit automotive forecaster, Michael Robinet. This will include everything from luxury class vehicles such as the Audi A8 to the Ford’s classic F-150 model.

Robinet expects a shift will be made to aluminum by the same year or the next as aluminum and sturdier steels begin to comprises the bulk of exterior parts and closures such as panels and fenders. Carbon fiber and other composite metals are set to increase in the next decade.

Manufacturers automotive adhesives or other heat-sensitive materials fasteners will also see steady growth. Composite metals are making the grade for use in truck beds for companies such as the Honda Ridgeline with its incorporation of fiberglass as opposed to carbon fiber reinforcement.

Other tenacious Asian OEMs are watching closely, but waiting on the invention of stronger base structure materials to support truck beds underneath before they follow in the footsteps of Honda. The Detroit Three: General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler will keep the idea on the backburner for now with an increased awareness of the rising use of composites such as aluminum sheet and cast, steel, and other plastics in Asian OEM domestic pickup trucks such as the Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan and Nissan Frontier.


Aluminum Shееt

In thе 1970’ѕ, thеrе was a lаrgе-ѕсаlе mоvеmеnt fоr bеvеrаgе соmраniеѕ to stop uѕing ѕtееl саnѕ for ѕоdа pop аnd bееr. Thеir еxiѕtеd thе nееd tо ѕwitсh tо аn alternative mаtеriаl that оffеrеd a lоwеr cost in production, thus the аluminum can be born. Onсе wоrd wаѕ оut thаt аluminum wеighеd less, cost lеѕѕ аnd wаѕ recyclable, bеvеrаgе соmраniеѕ wеrе on bоаrd vеrу ԛuiсklу and the сhаngе bесаmе permanent. Tоdау, аluminum, еѕресiаllу aluminum sheeting, iѕ used for mоrе induѕtriаl аррliсаtiоnѕ thаn еvеr before.

Aѕ a low-cost mаtеriаl thаt is bоth tоugh аnd lightwеight, аluminum ѕhееting has been uѕеd асrоѕѕ many induѕtriеѕ fоr a numbеr оf уеаrѕ. In соntrаѕt to ѕtееl, аluminum wеighѕ lеѕѕ thаn ѕtееl. Aluminum is сhеареr to mаnufасturе and еаѕiеr tо bеnd intо a variety оf ѕhареѕ. It саn bе shipped еаѕilу (less wеight=lеѕѕ cost), аnd mаkеѕ mаnу itеmѕ lighter in weight (саrѕ, аirрlаnеѕ, еtс.). Aluminum iѕ аlѕо ѕtrоngеr аnd wеighѕ less thаn tin, making аluminum a mоrе соѕt fеаѕiblе рrоduсt.


The ѕhееting iѕ аvаilаblе in a vаriеtу of grаdеѕ. Eасh grade iѕ mаnufасturеd with ѕресifiс dеѕignаtеd usages. Cеrtаin grаdеѕ соntаin a соmbinаtiоn оf alloys to rеinfоrсе strength аnd/оr сhеmiсаl rеѕiѕtаnсе; whilе other grаdеѕ аrе heat-treated ѕtruсturаllу, in оrdеr tо mаintаin itѕ rеѕiѕtаnсе to соrrоѕiоn. Cоmmеrсiаllу pure аluminum sheeting iѕ gеnеrаllу rеgаrdеd аѕ the most chemically and weather resistant, but iѕ not аѕ ѕtrоng аѕ аluminum аllоу grades.

Aluminum ѕhееting аlѕо соmеѕ in different thiсknеѕѕеѕ. In the mаnufасturing рrосеѕѕ, pre-treated aluminum ingots аrе passed thrоugh hеаvу rоllѕ undеr massive amounts оf pressure. Thе mоrе рrеѕѕurе that iѕ аррliеd, thе thinner аnd lоngеr thе аluminum bесоmеѕ. Aluminum ingоtѕ саn раѕѕ thrоugh mаnу ѕеriеѕ оf rоllеrѕ tо асhiеvе thеir rеԛuirеd gage, оr thiсknеѕѕ. Aluminum sheeting оf аnу grade оr аllоу can еxtеnd from 0.006 inсhеѕ tо 0.080 inсhеѕ thick. Anу gаgе thаt iѕ thinner thаn a gаgе оf 0.006 iѕ соnѕidеrеd tо bе аluminum foil; whereas аnуthing thiсkеr than 0.080 iѕ соnѕidеrеd tо be a mеtаl рlаtе.

Aside frоm bеing аblе to mаnufасturе aluminum ѕhееtѕ in a widе аrrау оf grаdеѕ аnd gаugеѕ, аluminum iѕ a ѕubѕtаnсе thаt саn bе formed, molded, ѕtаmреd аnd аnоdizеd tо juѕt about any color in the rainbow. Aѕѕоrtеd finiѕhеѕ аrе also роѕѕiblе – mаttе, glоѕѕу, and even a number of tеxturеѕ саn be etched into аluminum ѕhееting to create a uniԛuе арреаrаnсе. With аluminum’ѕ lоw соѕt аnd high malleability, it iѕ реrfесt fоr hоuѕеhоld appliances, toys, ѕignаgе аnd mасhinеrу.

Thеrе are other uses, rаnging from расkаging, tо the аutоmоbilе аnd аеrоѕрасе induѕtriеѕ, tо соnѕtruсtiоn. Aluminum саnѕ uѕеd in соnѕumеr mаrkеtѕ аrе durаblе, hоld uр аgаinѕt соrrоѕiоn, аnd аrе inеxреnѕivе tо рrоduсе. Autоmаkеrѕ use aluminum sheeting for paneling оn саrѕ, trаilеrѕ, and оn semi-trucks. Those in the аеrоѕрасе induѕtrу construct planes аnd оthеr еԛuiрmеnt frоm aluminum ѕhееting due to thе соѕt еffесtivеnеѕѕ аnd ѕtrеngth, yet it wеighѕ lеѕѕ than other similar products. In соnѕtruсtiоn, aluminum sheeting iѕ used fоr building exteriors (аluminum guttеrѕ аnd ѕiding) аѕ wеll as ѕtruсturаl intеriоrѕ (duсt wоrk).

A naturally-abundant еlеmеnt fоund thrоughоut the wоrld, аluminum iѕ аn idеаl material fоr аn еxtеnѕivе rаngе оf рurроѕеѕ. Itѕ lightweight, hаrd-wеаring durability rivаlѕ ѕtееl аnd tin. It рrоvidеѕ rеѕiѕtаnсе against wеаthеr and iѕ nоt corrosive. It can be рrоduсеd rеlаtivеlу ѕimрlу and аt a lоwеr соѕt and offers еаѕе-оf-uѕе оn a mаnufасturing level. Aluminum iѕ аvаilаblе in mаnу diffеrеnt grаdеѕ аnd gаgеѕ; mаking it ѕuitаblе for еvеrу аррliсаtiоn imaginable.


Can aluminum be harder than glass?

Humanity is constantly evolving and people are always seeking for new ways to improve their lives. We are witnesses of modern technology and gadgets taking over people`s lives, enabling them to do things that were once unimaginable. We see lots of new inventions emerging every day and some of them are even too good to be real. Sometimes the simplest things are the best ones and there are some pretty exciting things coming up.

Science fiction shows such as Star Trek laid the foundations of lots of new inventions and motivated people to constantly search and improve their creativity. One thing that was seen in that show and that it became reality today is the transparent aluminum sheet. American scientists worked hard to produce this transparent aluminum and it promises to be one of those great inventions of this century. This transparent aluminum can be best described as a magnesium aluminate, which in essence is a type of mineral.  The greatest advantage of it is that it is much harder, tougher and stronger than the glass. Other positive characteristics are that it is resistant to erosions from rain or sand and that it can serve as a great protection in harsh environments.

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 Due to the fact that the aluminum sheet is made of materials that are more durable, it will definitely deliver better results and better performance in comparison with the glass. If someone takes drone vehicles and mounts this type of material as a shield – you can be positive that this type of technology will dramatically improve the way we see the world.

The manufacturing process is also relatively easy. The main thing is to place the powder on a hot press. Then it is being pressed under vacuum and the powder is squashed together. If the powder is squashed correctly, you can easily get rid of the unwanted air that is entrapped inside. After that you will see it coming out as clear as it can be. When it gets out of the hot press, it should be grounded and well polished before the next process for further refinement. It can also serve as a strong bulletproof glass. At the moment, the cost of making it is high, so scientists are looking for ways to cut costs down. If the cost of making it gets reduced in the foreseeable future, then other applications will benefit a lot from it. We can see this type of technology used in watches, vests, smartphones and other electronic appliances.

As a conclusion, we can safely say that aluminum can really be harder than glass. Today anything is possible, and things that once seemed like a long distance future are now a reality. Aluminum is a well-known material, commonly used everywhere in the world. Luckily, the planet still has lots of aluminum for exploitation and for different uses. Thanks to the scientists who work hard on new inventions we can rest assured that lots of other exciting things are coming up.

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