New from AEC: Extrusion Process Optimization Workshop

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has announced a new technical workshop created as a result of member feedback and developed by the council's Technical Services Committee. The Extrusion Process Optimization Workshop will be held Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 6, at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago. The two-day program, designed for extrusion line managers, addresses some of the best practices in the industry with an emphasis on making the best possible use of existing plant equipment.

"The Extrusion Process Optimization Workshop is designed to help participants better understand how to optimize their extrusion processes to enhance productivity-increase uptime, improve throughput, and reduce scrap-while reducing costs," explains AEC chairman Craig Werner of Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC, who has been involved in the development of the workshop.

The program will focus on two main topics: process parameters and production management. Speakers for the seminar include members of the AEC Technical Services Committee who are experts in the aluminum extrusion field. Tuesday's program will focus on process parameter topics, including an overview that addresses the key variables that must be controlled in order to optimize the extrusion process, metallurgical management and an examination of the individual stages in the extrusion process- including container, dies, quenching and cooling, handling equipment and heat treatment-to discover how they can be managed and controlled to achieve optimization. Wednesday's program will focus on management topics, including a case study of how one extrusion plant successfully optimized its process using statistical and operational modeling techniques, maintenance and uptime, return on investment and optimization methods that recognize both equipment/process limitations and alloy/tooling trends. The program on both days includes an interactive question and answer forum.

The Extrusion Process Optimization Workshop is open to AEC members, but they are encouraged to register soon as time and space are limited. For more information, visit www.aec.org


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