In everyday life, almost all the time we can meet devices, objects or accessories that are made of metal or simply contain such elements. The metal in its structure is more durable and durable compared to e.g. plastic, as well as its appearance is more attractive – it does not give the impression of cheap and poor workmanship.
All these elements make the metal more likely to be used as a component of many items that are available on the market.
In order to use the metal, we want to use more durable, for example, the metal. Corrosion and has an affordable appearance, anodizing is used. This eloxing process is applied almost exclusively to aluminum and has a very wide application in many areas of the automotive, furniture or electronics industries.
Before we move on to the broad application of this method, it is worth briefly mentioning what it is. Oxidation of aluminum is nothing more than covering the surface of the metal with a thin layer of its oxide. There are two methods by which such a procedure can be carried out. The first method is a chemical method, i.e. immersion of metal in a boiling solution of sodium hydroxide and silver nitrate, and the second is electrolytic oxidation of aluminum.
Such a process, the protection of metal by anodization method is found in many industries e.g. in the shipbuilding industry, where steel and metal machine components are exposed to moisture and often difficult weather conditions. Such factors lead to corrosion of metal, and in the final process to complete destruction of it. To prevent this, eloxing is used, that is, it applies a coating to a specific material – steel or aluminum. It protects protected components from harmful effects of the environment. In addition, anodizing, thanks to the resistance of the oxide layer to abrasion, is applicable in moving parts of machines.
Eloxing is very often used in the automotive industry, where, as in the case of the shipbuilding industry, the coating protects body elements from corrosion and gives an aesthetic appearance, thanks to aluminum processing. In addition, it is also used to increase the durability of pistons or other aluminum components that are found in cars.
An important advantage when it comes to oxidation of aluminum is its use in electronics. Anodized metal, thanks to its surface can be an excellent insulator, that is, it will not conduct current.
Another function of this process is the use of it in the food industry, where it is used, among others, for the creation of aluminum pots, bowls or counters for cooling dishes. In this case, thanks to anodization, metal can come into contact with products intended for consumption, which is why this method is so popular in the food industry. In addition, the flawless smoothness of objects and a specific shape can be achieved by accurate surface treatment.
Due to the visual aspect, anodizing is also used in the manufacture of furniture. They can be used for various types of additional elements e.g. feet, handles, hands. The aesthetic appearance of these items can be achieved by decorative anodizing, as well as proper metalworking. This gives you the opportunity to make the element with the greatest care and care for its aesthetic and impressive appearance.
Modern ways of soft anodizing, as a rule, are used with such elements, due to their delicacy and decorative character. Currently, decorative anodizing offers the customer not only the flawless gloss of the elements of his choice but also the possibility of giving the metal any color.
The eloxing process has become very popular nowadays, due to its versatile use in industry and the various benefits of its use.