What You Get In This Class

Anodizing Masterclass is an allrounder course in which you learn everything you need to know about anodizing.

  • 12 modules with 10+ hours of recorded presentations

  • 1-to-1 call with the instructor to apply theory into practice

  • Relevant resources (articles & course material)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Introduction to the course

    • How to use this course

    • Before you begin ....

    • Thank for completing survey!

  • 2

    Module #1 - Aluminum and its alloys

    • What to expect from this module

    • The basic information of Aluminum and its Alloys you need to know before Anodizing

    • Production and properties of Aluminum

    • Aluminum Alloys

    • Aluminum Association_Alloy Designation system

    • The Link to the "Key to Aluminum Alloys"

    • The Metallurgical History

    • The anodizing response

    • Microstructure of aluminum alloys

    • Slideshow for module - Aluminum and its alloys

  • 3

    Module #2 - A World of Anodizing

    • What to expect from this module

    • Why anodizing matters

    • Catch a glimpse into the history of anodization.

    • Learn the basics in anodizing

    • A sneak peak into the various anodizing processes

    • Slideshow for module - World of anodizing

  • 4

    Module #3 - Corrosion of Aluminum

    • What to expect from this module

    • It all begins with corrosion

    • Corrosion of Aluminum

    • Various types of corrosion on Aluminum

    • The metallurgical history in respect to corrosion

    • Slideshow for module - Corrosion

  • 5

    Module #4 - Handling and racking

    • What to expect from this module

    • The need to know about handling and racking to get a proper and consistent anodizing result

    • Handling before and after anodizing

    • The importancy of racking

    • Masking - a part of the handling

    • Guidelines for Minimizing Water Staining of Aluminum - The Aluminum Association

    • Slideshow for module - Handling and racking

  • 6

    Module #5 - Pretreatment

    • What to expect from this module

    • Creating the "right" surface for anodizing

    • The importance of pretreatment

    • Basic chemical understanding of the pretreatment process steps

    • Polishing the aluminum surface

    • Troubleshooting the pretreatment steps

    • Slideshow for module - Pretreatment

  • 7

    Chapter #6 - Anodizing

    • What to expect from this module

    • The step in the process where you create and design your porous structure of the anodic oxide layer

    • What to know or ask before you start to anodize

    • Summary of what goes on in the anodizing step

    • The in-depth explanation of the aluminum oxide formation process

    • Anodizing defects

    • The deep dive into the anodizing process step

    • The metallurgical influence on the anodizing process step

    • Slideshow for module - Anodizing

  • 8

    Chapter #7 - Rinsing

    • What to expect from this module

    • Rinsing the most important step

    • Why rinsing is so important!

    • Water types and rinsing steps

    • Trouble shooting

    • Slideshow for module - Rinsing

  • 9

    Chapter #8 - Coloring

    • What to expect from this module

    • Coloring - the beautiful choice

    • Why you should use a number and be careful

    • A variety of coloring methods

    • Some of the troubles with coloring of anodized aluminum

    • Slideshow for module - Coloring

  • 10

    Chapter #9 - Sealing

    • What to expect of this module

    • Sealing processes - past, present and future

    • The basic principle of sealing

    • A view into the major sealing processes

    • The failures arising from the sealing step

    • Slideshow for module - Sealing

  • 11

    Chapter #10 - Test and Quality

    • What to expect of this module

    • Better than best practice - standards, tests and quality

    • Overview of anodizing standards

    • Tests for the oxide layer to pass

    • The important shop floor tests

    • Slideshow for module - Test and Quality

  • 12

    Chapter #11 - Waste Treatment

    • What to expect of this module

    • Why waste treatment is almost as important to know as anodizing

    • How to decide the optimal solution for your waste treatment

    • The waste treatment steps

    • Zero Disharge and how to reduce the use of chemicals

    • Slideshow for module - Waste Treatment

  • 13

    Chapter #12 - Equipment

    • What to expect from this module

    • The need to have and nice to have

    • So now we are ready to build our line

    • All the nice to have equipment

    • The equipment you need to have to certify and qualify you anodizing process

    • Conductivity of aluminum alloys

    • Slideshow for module - Equipment

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Who is this course for?

  • Hands on Anodizers

    Are you the manager or operator of an anodization line? Do you encounter production errors or quality faults? This course will show you how to fix these issues!

  • Production Managers

    For new or experienced Production Managers who manage one or more anodizing lines and wish to expand their technical knowledge.

  • Aluminum Specialist

    For Aluminum Specialists from the aluminum industry, suppliers to the anodizing industry or end-users such as engineers within transportation or the building industry.

How you will benefit from the course

Expand your knowledge and learn how to optimize each step of your anodizing process. Produce consistent high-quality anodic coating and increase customer satisfaction.

Get in-depth technical knowledge about anodizing and improve your communication about technical issues with suppliers, customers and subject matter experts, such as the quality department and lab specialists.

Learn all about anodizing from the fundamentals to specialist knowledge in a step-by-step e-learning environment at your own pace.

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What is Aluminum Anodizing?

There are several types of anodizing: chromic acid anodizing (type I), sulfuric acid anodizing (type II) and hard coat anodizing (type III). In this series we will focus on sulfuric acid anodizing (SAA) also called anodizing type II as it is used in 70 % of all anodized products. 

Anodizing is an electrochemical process to thicken the naturally formed oxide layer of aluminum. Through this process, the oxide layer grows from nanometers to microns in thickness. As a result, the properties of the aluminum product change. For example, the product gains a higher corrosion resistance, coloring ability, and a consistent appearance. More so, anodizing makes aluminum more versatile for other applications. This means that an anodized leg prosthesis will not be scratched while climbing a mountain and will not be damaged by a swim in the sea. The thickened anodic layer gives the soft aluminum material a protective surface.  

Anne Deacon Juhl

Owner of AluConsult & Anodizing School

At Anodizing School I transform my practical and theoretical knowledge into actionable steps that improve your anodizing process today. Our online courses help you create a more consistent high-quality anodic coating on aluminum. With 25 years of experience in the anodizing industry, I understand which anodizing practices work best in the real-world conditions of an anodizing line. At Anodizing School I want to bring the better-than-best practice based on scientific research and hands-on practice into your aluminum business.