The Aluminum Anodizers Council is presenting its Anodizing Essentials training course at the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar on April 29.

AAC Education Co-Chair Judy Runge, Ph.D., says the Anodizing Essentials course is the basis of the AAC’s “School for Anodizers,” which teaches more than the fundamentals of anodizing. 

Runge is excited that two new instructors, Nicholas Nanninga, Ph.D., and Peter Totaro Jr., Ph.D., will join the team of experts comprising the AAC faculty who the teach the course.

They will have a new and improved revision of the presentations: 'Metallurgy Basics for Aluminum Surfaces' and 'Anodizing Basics for Aluminum Surfaces,' and the new teachers will make this a wonderful experience,” she says. 

New Instructors in 2024

Nicholas NanningaNanninga is the General Manager at Innovatech Labs in Plymouth, Minnesota, and the Technical Director at Secat in Lexington, Kentucky, a metallurgical research laboratory specializing in aluminum technology.

Totaro recently left his position as Vice President at Aerotech Processing Solutions in Paterson, New Jersey, to join Hillock Anodizing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as General Manager. 

“It is very satisfying to bring the revised content together with new talent and expertise,” Runge says. “They each bring such great depth and knowledge in aluminum metallurgy and anodizing.”

The one-day Anodizing Essentials class is designed to increase the knowledge and ability of anyone involved in anodizing, from those operating an anodizing line to end users. The class details the foundation of quality anodizing, taking the learner through the entire process—beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized and ending with the final rinse and sealing processes.

Benefiting Anodizing Production Personnel

Peter TortaroPeter TortaroThe program is especially designed to benefit anodizing production personnel at every level-from the line operator to the production manager, particularly if they are new to the business.

Workshop topics include:

  • Anodizing overview and anodizing video
  • Metallurgy basics for aluminum surfaces
  • Racking
  • Cleaning and rinsing
  • Etch, desmut and bright dipping
  • Anodizing basics for aluminum surfaces
  • Power: rectifiers and transformers for the aluminum surface treatment industry
  • Dyeing and electrolytic coloring
  • Sealing the anodic oxide

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