About - Processing Services

                      Processed material can save customers both time and money. Aalco offers a wide range of modern processing equipment at both local and central service centres.

                      Most service centres have on-site:

                      • Sawing
                      • Protective PVC coating of sheet
                      • A guillotine

                      Central facilities include:

                      • Plate sawing
                      • Polishing of sheet and coil
                      • Plasma profiling
                      • Coil processing, including decoiling, levelling, slitting and blanking

                      Aalco can also sub-contract certain services for our customers. We have developed particular specialities in four key areas:

                      • Bar, tube and pipe-cutting
                      • Bar: capacity is available to cut accurately anything from a single 16"/406mm diameter billet to high volume repetition blanking
                      • Tubular products: the same as bar, we offer an equally flexible range of facilities

                      Plate Processing

                      Our plate processing facilities are unmatched in the UK. We offer a unique range of possibilities for cutting stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass, bronze and nickel alloy plate.

                      • Plate saws handle 4000mm lengths in thicknesses up to 155mm
                      • Plasma cutting on submerged beds provides blanks up to 130mm thick, 2000mm wide, 4000mm long
                      • Band saws cut circles 100mm thick up to 1000mm diameter
                      • Laser cutting provides a clean, accurate edge for thicknesses up to 50mm in 2000mm widths and 4000mm lengths
                      • Water jet cutting provides intricate detail to close tolerances for thicknesses up to 100mm in 2000mm width plates up to 4000mm long
                      • Guillotining provides cut plates up to 6 metres long, 12mm thick and 2000mm wide
                      • Abrasive disc cutting provides a clean, smooth, square-cut edge on plates up to 75mm thick, 2000mm wide, 4000mm long
                      • Plate decoiling: up to 12mm thick and 2000mm wide to provide plate blanks up to 1400mm long

                      Coil Processing

                      Aalco's coil processing services include:

                      • Decoiling, levelling, slitting, spool winding, blanking, piercing, notching and circling
                      • Polishing and protective coating
                      • Aluminium and stainless steel in thicknesses from 0.1mm to 3.0mm with widths up to 2000mm are processed to close tolerances on 20 specialised lines within a dedicated group facility that is unequalled in Europe.

                      Aluminium extrusions

                      Services for aluminium extrusions include:

                      • Cut lengths: single pieces up to 16"/406mm diameter through to High Volume Repetition Cutting
                      • Prefabrication: drilling, notching, punching and bending
                      • Finishing: anodising, painting/power coating, polishing, chromating
                      • Protective coating or sleeving
                      • Special packaging, including ‘Kitting’




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