Construction Specifier column addresses “Avoiding Color Variation with Anodize Finishes”

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Linetec Champagne anodize range sample

Learning from failures are some of the most difficult and most valuable lessons. Many times, failures can be avoided if we turned to those with more experience for advice. The Failures column in the January issue of Construction Specifier takes this approach issue and shares advice on “Avoiding Color Variation with Anodize Finishes.”

Authored by Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder explains the variables affecting color in the anodize process, and the challenges of achieving an exact color from run to run and load to load.

To minimize color variation, she offers five tips:

  1. Maintain metal consistency – The easiest way to ensure this is to work with one metal source/extruder per project and request all metal come from one lot of material.
  2. Do not mix aluminum alloys, as even mixed tempers will not produce uniform results – For best results, use 6063 alloys for extrusions and 5005 for flat sheet stock and fabricated parts. When structural alloy is required, 6061 and 5052 can be used, but will not give similarly acceptable results.
  3. Perform as much bending and forming as possible prior to finishing – Anodic films are very hard, and as a result most post-production bending causes the film to “craze,” which produces a series of small cracks in the finish, giving it a spider-web like appearance.
  4. Be aware of anodizing’s effect on welds – The heat developed from the welding process changes the metallurgy on nearby metal or heat-affected zones, causing localized discoloration (i.e. halo effect), so one should use the proper 5356 alloy welding wire and lowest heat possible.
  5. Select an anodizer that uses automation – This helps to reduce inconsistencies in the process.
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Linetec dark bronze anodize range samples

Click here to read the whole Failures column, and please contact us for personalized service in avoiding color variation and selecting the correct finish for your next project.

Linetec People to Know: Dale Burford

Burford-webQ:  Tell me about your job

A:  I’m a Senior Technical Engineer. My job entails working on processes to make improvements, troubleshooting problems that occur during production, and acting as a backup to our Environmental Compliance Engineer, Dave Linden.

I also talk and visit with customers and help them with issues they might be having in their processes or in the field.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec I worked as an engineering supervisor at a water treatment chemical manufacturer in East St. Louis, Illinois. I managed a plant of 25 people and we manufactured water treatment chemicals in bulk and filled railcars and bulk trucks.  We serviced many Midwestern municipalities and large factories so that they could treat their waste water as well as drinking water for large cities.

Burford2-webQ: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  I have always loved working with people. I enjoy working on teams to tackle problems. I’ve found the work ethic in Northern Wisconsin to be second to none.  Some of the people here inspire me with the commitment they have to their work-a great sense of pride in most everybody.

I love the sense of humor I’ve found in the people from Northern Wisconsin….something in the water up here?

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  Winter

Understanding the thick Northern Wisconsin accents….just kidding

As I sit here trying to think of an answer……only winter comes to mind!!!!!

I need to pick up a winter sport instead of binge watching Game of Thrones again.

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years of doing your job?

A:  The growth for sure. I’ll have been here for 15 years in January and I’m still in awe of the size of the facility now…it’s awesome. Another thing is that I used to know most people, now I see new faces, and people, all the time. That’s a good thing…I was getting tired of all the old faces 🙂   For example, Denny Helgeson, in Paint Applications, celebrated 39 years  with Linetec a few weeks ago. I was telling some people in QA and one fellow said, “Wow, I wasn’t even born when he started here!”  I told Denny and we bold had a good laugh….

Burford3-webQ:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  Summer. Cooking out. Swimming. Site seeing. One of the reasons my wife and I love it up here is it’s so beautiful. Wausau is a beautiful city.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?  

A:  I’ve played guitar most of my life. I was in a band for many years in Milwaukee. You might say I’m a Rock Star.

Dale is also our resident Sumo Wrestler referee.

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Thermal strut supports energy efficiency, curves and corners, dual finishes

strut05-webAdding insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to aluminum framing members separates the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances a window, door, skylight, storefront or curtainwall system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

At Linetec, we offer a fully crimped thermal strut system. We have no restrictions on the degree of curvature in aluminum framing members. For corners, our 90-degree thermal strip process not only saves time and labor, but also minimizes inconsistencies and waste, holds customer-specified tolerances for U-Factor and shear testing, and delivers a high-quality finished product.

two-tone2-webOur thermal strut also presents a cost-effective opportunity for dual finishing options, where one finish type or color is used on the exterior and another on the interior. Our finishes may be specified in nearly any color of liquid paint, in decorative wood grain finishes, or in anodize including our no-patina copper or brushed stainless finishes.

For more information on our thermal improvement and dual finishing services, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Feature article in Products Finishing helps in “Choosing the Right Finish”

IMG_0084-webProduct Finishing magazine’s December issue features an educational article on “Choosing the Right Finish for Coastal Projects” by Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder.

As the company’s senior marketing specialist and a LEED Green Associate, Schroeder has authored dozens of educational articles and presentations about painted, anodized and specialized finishes to meet the needs of many climates and geographies.

Click here to read this most recent article describing optimal, durable finishes for aluminum architectural products facing some of the most challenging conditions.

In addition to offering guidance on selecting high-performance finishes and avoiding corrosion, the informative piece also shares steps for proper maintenance to ensure an ideal appearance for years to come.

To learn more about how Linetec can support your next project and fine-tune finishes for its climate, please contact us for personalized service.

Linetec People to Know: Mark Huber

MarkHuber-(5)Q: Tell me about your job.

A: I am a Production Supervisor in the Anodize facility, working the 12-hour night shift.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I worked at Nestle Nutrition for almost 10 years as a Validation Scientist prior to becoming a Supervisor. I went on to work at Parker Hannifan as a Supervisor before moving to Wausau and joining the Linetec team.

Q: As we recently celebrated Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service. Tell me about your military life.

MarkHuber-(4)A: I first joined the Army in 1981 as a medic. I progressed to paramedic and staff sergeant, before accepting a commission as an officer after graduating from Physician Assistant school. I served four years on active duty in the Army and 16 years in the National Guard for a total of 20 years. I retired in 2001 as a captain.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Working with a dedicated team of individuals who take pride in their work and in themselves. I enjoy playing a role in building a positive team environment and am particularly satisfied when one of my direct reports achieves a goal or a promotion.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: The biggest challenge we’ve seen as of late is trying to be flexible to production demands with limited personnel. Cross training to ensure that people can perform a variety of different skill positions has become paramount to our business success.

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years of doing your job?

A: The focus on improvement and change for the better.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: I moved to the Wausau area to be closer to my daughter and her family, which I’m happy to say, includes two very spoiled grandchildren.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you? 

A: I love animals and have a Bernese Mountain Dog named “Bear.”