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ALIT Technologies S.p.A Obtained the ISO 14001:2015 Certification

ALIT Technologies S.p.A has achieved a significant milestone by obtaining the ISO 14001:2015 certification, complementing its existing ISO 9001:2015 certification and reaffirming the company’s commitment in maintaining exceptionally high-quality standards.

Both the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards provide a framework for improving quality management practices and environmental protection, showcasing an integrated dedication to operational excellence and sustainability.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification, formerly conferred by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has already validated the implementation of a quality management system aligned with customer needs, bolstering ALIT Technologies’ reputation as a reliable partner and advocate for continuous improvement. Now, with the new ISO 14001:2015 certification, the company further distinguishes itself for its commitment to sustainable practices, minimising environmental impact and aligning with global standards.

ISO 9001:2015 specifically emphasises customer focus and active involvement of leadership and staff, promoting an approach that treats activities as processes within a coherent system. Attaining this certification also requires that company decisions be based on evidence provided by data analysis. In contrast, ISO 14001:2015 needs the formulation of environmental policies and strategic planning to continually enhance sustainable performance, while adhering to legal requirements and established objectives. Additionally, it encourages employee and stakeholder engagement, as well as effective communication of information on environmental matters.

These certifications represent the ongoing growth journey of ALIT Technologies, which will undoubtedly continue to pursue new objectives.

The CEO of ALIT Technologies will be a speaker at S.M.A.R.T. 3, the largest Italian conference on the future of finishing between innovation and sustainability.

On May 22nd 2024, ALIT Technologies’ CEO Loris Rossi will be speaking at S.M.A.R.T. 3, the third edition of the biennial conference organised by UCIF, the Italian Association affiliated with ANIMA Confindustria Meccanica and dedicated to representing manufacturers of finishing systems. The presentation will focus on the advantages and potential of the in-line paint stripping process.

We are delighted to announce that Loris Rossi, the CEO and founder of ALIT Technologies, will be among the speakers at the third edition of the S.M.A.R.T. Conference (Surface. Manufacturing. Advanced. Research. Trends), which takes place on May 22nd 2024 at the Fondazione Cariplo Conference Center in Milan.

Organized by UCIF – Unione Costruttori Impianti di Finitura, the event will feature talks by industry professionals discussing the future of finishing, with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

Loris Rossi, as CEO of a growth-oriented company, will take a presentation about the great potential of in-line paint stripping. Today, this represents an incredible opportunity to achieve high levels of automation in the coating line.

Events like S.M.A.R.T. play a crucial role in facilitating knowledge exchange and serve as valuable networking opportunities in the surface treatment and finishing sector. For this reason, ALIT Technologies is pleased to actively participate in this initiative and share its point of view on the potential evolution of this industry.

In-line chemical paint stripping of hooks and frames within the coating process

More and more coaters are choosing to paint strip the hooks and frames employed in their coating operations to avoid using them as disposable items. The standard method requires stopping production so they can be removed, replaced with new ones, and paint stripped separately. Aware of the importance of working with a continuous flow, however, ALIT Technologies has designed a plant that fulfills this task without interrupting the manufacturing cycle. FASTRIP ISP was conceived precisely to tackle the challenge of integrating the hook and frame paint stripping phase into coating lines.

    1. Hanging frames used for industrial coating operations

As mentioned, many companies today need to remove the paint residues deposited on their coating tools, including hanging hooks, load bars and frames, through a paint stripping operation aimed at re-using them.

But why do hooks and frames need to be cleaned?

Especially when it comes to electrostatic coating, the excellent electrical conductivity of the parts is of the essence. However, this can be significantly undermined by any impurities and paint layers deposited on the hooks and frames and acting as electrical insulators. Decreased conductivity also increases overspray, thus likely affecting the coating results. Therefore, paint stripping hooks and frames allows companies to re-use these accessories countless times without incurring the cost of buying new ones while ensuring flawless finishes.

FASTRIP ISP is ALIT Technologies’ solution for perfect in-line paint stripping of hooks and frames

Recognizing the importance of this process, ALIT Technologies accepted the challenge of developing an efficient solution for paint stripping hooks and frames. With this goal in mind, it designed and built FASTRIP ISP. Thanks to its modular design, this in-line chemical paint stripping system for hooks and frames can be easily integrated into existing production lines, ensuring the continuity of the coating cycle.

2. An example of a customized FASTRIP ISP machine for in-line paint stripping of hooks with a connected filter press

How is FASTRIP ISP made, and how does it work?

The FASTRIP ISP paint stripping system consists of two main units: the paint stripping tank and the FASTRIP FP series filtration system.

The tank is made of AISI 304 steel and contains an adjustable volume of paint stripper, which is simultaneously heated and subjected to ultrasonic waves. The combined effect of the chemical attack by the paint stripper, high temperature, and ultrasound allows removing a paint layer in as little as 3 minutes. While remaining hooked onto the overhead conveyor, the items to be paint-stripped are partially submerged into the stripping tank as they pass through. The tank’s linear length is proportional to the coating line’s speed, usually within a range of 4-8 meters. The paint stripping product is heated by electric heating plates attached externally to the tank, guaranteeing high standards of safety and ease of maintenance at the same time. The ultrasonic batteries are also externally flanged, easy to access, and highly robust. The tank is insulated to minimize heat loss and its shape optimizes sludge filtration.

The FASTRIP FP series filtration system is connected to the paint stripping tank and allows consistent removal of the coating sludge that accumulates in the bath. Sludge is continuously removed from the tank’s bottom and filtered with a filter press. The clean paint stripper can then be automatically recirculated to the paint stripping tank. The configuration options of the filter press, liquid tanks and piping are extremely varied and can be customized according to customer needs.

Adding a water rinse module to remove any paint stripping oil residues and an infrared lamp system for drying is also possible.

What are the advantages of this plant?

The benefits of using FASTRIP ISP for paint stripping hooks and frames are numerous:

  • the system enables to perform paint stripping operations without removing the hooks from the chain;
  • the process is easier to manage, as there is no need for downtime to clean the tank;
  • the labor involved in managing the hooks (i.e. cyclically removing the dirty ones and positioning the clean ones) is significantly reduced;
  • hooks and frames are always clean;
  • thanks to its modular design, the system can reach any length, as well as a hook and frame immersion depth of up to 30 cm.
  • FASTRIP ISP can be used for paint stripping any metal because it is not aggressive to surfaces, even with light alloys. Hooks and frames will always be as good as new!

The ideal chemicals for FASTRIP ISP

One of the goals of ALIT Technologies is to offer complete systems that provide all-round solutions. The market demanded a plant capable of paint stripping the hooks and frames used in coating processes – and the ALIT team met this need by designing and launching FASTRIP ISP. Of course, this type of plant also requires the use of chemical agents, so ALIT Technologies also developed a wide range of paint stripping products that guarantee optimal results when combined with the FASTRIP ISP system. These include as follows:

  • 14XX Series METALSTRIP

These paint strippers are used to fill the tank during the plant’s start-up. Usually, their use is limited to this phase.

  • 16XX Series METALSTRIP AKTIVATOR

They are used routinely to feed the paint stripping tank during regular operation. They should be added periodically to maintain optimal bath chemical parameters. The operator determines the quantities to be added through a simple chemical analysis of the bath.

  • COVER LAYER Series METALSTRIP

This non-toxic liquid forms a floating layer of about 4 cm above the paint stripper in the tank. It helps reduce heat loss and odor emissions and preserve the paint stripper from contact with air.

  • METALSTRIP 1465

This new product has improved fluidity and sludge settling capacity characteristics. One of its main features is its full compatibility with ALIT Technologies’ other paint stripper series, meaning that it can be added directly into the FASTRIP ISP tank, gradually replacing the product used previously without the need to refill the tank completely.

All these products are part of ALIT’s METALSTRIP product range, and in addition to providing excellent performance, they meet strict environmental sustainability requirements.

A case study testifying to the effectiveness of FASTRIP ISP

Background

A major company in Northern Italy producing and marketing wire mesh, fences and gates asked us to supply two complete FASTRIP ISP plants for paint stripping its hooks and frames. The paints to be removed were polyester coatings and the size of the hooks ranged from 70 cm in height to 50 cm in width.

The issue

The company had two already existing coating lines: due to space constraints and the chain’s layout, we had to design two custom plants with elevated paint stripping tanks.

Our solution

ALIT’s Engineering division conducted a detailed geometric survey of the space available and the overhead conveyor in the area of interest. It then presented the customer with a design that was gradually refined until approval. The paint stripping and filtration areas were designed to fit into the existing spaces without interfering with the adjacent coating and robotic unloading areas.

With regard to automation, it was agreed that the plant would comply with INDUSTRY 4.0 standards. The main switchboard was equipped with advanced technologies to exchange process data with the customer’s management software and allow for remote service and monitoring. The wiring and insulation materials on board the machine were selected based on ALIT’s experience in the paint stripping industry, balancing the required chemical and thermal resistance characteristics.

The company protagonist of this case study has undoubtedly obtained many benefits from its new FASTRIP ISP. In addition to radically decreased costs, opting for this plant from ALIT Technologies has enabled it to lower its environmental impact, reduce its long-term costs and increase its turnover by eliminating the need to stop the coating line.

Would you also like to implement such an innovative system for your business?

Get in touch with the ALIT team: together, we will identify the most suitable solution for your production needs!

ALIT Technologies S.p.A will attend PaintExpo 2024

ALIT Technologies is thrilled to announce its participation in PaintExpo, the main European trade fair dedicated to the world of industrial coating technologies.

ALIT Technologies, a company specialising in the manufacturing of machines and products for the chemical paint stripping of metals, will attend as an exhibitor the 2024 edition of PaintExpo, which will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 9th to 12th April.

ALIT Technologies, in a spirit of continuous growth, will make PaintExpo the perfect opportunity to present many new features and some innovative projects that will leave stand visitors pleasantly surprised.

For the 2024 edition of PaintExpo and with this in mind, ALIT Technologies decided to go big by setting up the company’s largest stand ever.

The trade fair will represent an excellent opportunity to meet several stakeholders operating in the world of industrial coating as well as to exchange views and ideas on the present and future of this sector.

ALIT Technologies thus awaits you at PaintExpo, booth 2446, pavilion 2.

ALIT Technologies S.p.a presents MAS-KING, a new brand specialising in industrial masking

In an increasingly dynamic industrial world, it is essential for a company to innovate but also to renew itself to offer increasingly comprehensive services to the market. Strong on this approach, ALIT Technologies decided to expand its reach by creating MAS-KING, a new brand specialising in industrial masking based on innovation, progress and responsiveness to the demands of an increasingly demanding market.

The San Bonifacio (VR) based-company is pleased to announce the transition from dealers to owners of a new line of business operating in the field of masking for coating and other surface treatments. MAS-KING, the brand chosen for this new business, presents a range of products of the highest quality, designed with precision and made with advanced materials. The brand aims to set a new standard in industrial masking and represents the commitment signed ALIT Technologies to excellence in the protection of artifacts during all stages of surface treatment.

The new brand has a strongly international vision made possible by the ALIT Technologies’ global network of agents. To Italian customers, MAS-KING offers an innovative service based on speed of delivery, supplier-customer trust, problem-solving ability as well as on good price-quality ratio: a dedicated van, loaded with solutions for protecting parts during coating, will be available to customers directly at the workplace, thus guaranteeing immediate and customised supply.

Progress and innovation are two goals to be pursued at both strategic and operational levels for any solid and dynamic company. ALIT Technologies, excited about this new adventure into the world of surface treatments, invites all its customers to learn more about the features of the new MAS-KING masking products by contacting the customer service.

Join us to write the beginning of a new chapter in the history of masking.

Waste water: an issue in the aluminum surface treatment industry turned into a challenge for improved environmental sustainability

Most companies performing aluminum surface pre-treatment operations use products containing high levels of fluorides, which call for special water purification treatments. However, especially today, in an era marked by pollution, it is necessary to embrace more and more sustainable practices – even in the aluminum industry.

An example of a waste water purification tank

From a legislative point of view, European regulations set maximum limits for the presence of fluorides in waste water. In Italy, for example, up to 6 ppm are allowed in surface discharge water and 12 ppm in waste water discharged into the sewerage system (subject to specific regional restrictions). This is why the treatment of process water is an indispensable production step in the aluminum industry. However, the traditional purification cycle based on an acidification phase followed by neutralization with lime often fails to achieve such low fluoride concentrations, even with prolonged cycle times. Sophisticated purification systems are therefore designed for this purpose, capable of removing specific pollutants.

If one of the challenges of today’s industry is to pursue productive growth while preserving our planet, the mission of Alit Technologies is to offer advanced technologies to reduce its customers’ environmental impact, generating a synergy that can lead to significant progress and improvement.

The Fluoridite series: high-quality products for waste water purification

Implementing clear strategies is key to achieving one’s goals. This is why Alit Technologies’ experts have devised an innovation that makes it easy to comply with the limits for the presence of fluorides in waste water. Their research work resulted in the creation of the Fluoridite series, an effective solution to tackle this challenge.

Fluoridite is a liquid product formulated to break down fluorides in waste water in the aluminum, steel, and glass industries. This agent can be added to the baths during the purification process, allowing fluorides to be removed from the treated water.

It has an exceptionally high efficiency and it can be easily used in already existing plants without the need to change their layout or waste water circulation system. After installation, it requires only a few adjustments to ensure that the discharged water’s fluoride concentration is below 2 ppm.

The effectiveness of Fluoridite in three actual industrial settings

When it comes to products intended for industrial use, it is always particularly interesting to analyze them in actual production contexts where their properties can be put to the test.

The three case studies collected below not only demonstrate the effectiveness of Fluoridite in keeping fluoride levels below regulatory limits for both sewage and surface discharge water, but also offer some examples of concrete applications that may be useful in understanding how this product works.

The initial problem

As already pointed out, the basic issue reported by companies is the need not to exceed the legal limits for the concentration of fluorides in waste water. This also results in a production issue since, in order to comply with these regulations, manufacturers can be forced to reduce the use of products containing hydrofluoric acid and its derivatives and, consequently, limit their production flow.

Success cases: contexts and solutions

The first success case we would like to present concerns a company headquartered in northern Italy, which coats about 15 tons per day of aluminum every 8-hour shift. It now uses Fluoridite for its purification process. The production line includes alkaline, acid, and non-chromic passivation pre-treatment stages and the purification plant handles 5 m3/h of cleaning water. Fluoridite’s dosage is about 800 ppm in the first tank, followed by neutralization with lime to pH 8 and flocculation. Thanks to the use of Fluoridite, the clarified water always has fluoride values below 9 ppm, i.e. below the legal limit of 12 ppm for discharge into the sewage system.

The protagonist of the second success case is another Italian company specializing in the coating of aluminum profiles and sheets, which processes around 60 tons per day in three 8-hour shifts. The company has two surface pre-treatment lines, one performing acid degreasing/deoxidation and non-chromic passivation and the other alkaline degreasing, acid deoxidation, and non-chromic passivation. The purification line collects water from both plants (6 m3/h in total). To comply with the 6 ppm limit for surface discharge water, the dosage of Fluoridite here is approximately 3500 ppm.

The third case study concerns a company located in central Italy, specializing in the coating and decoration of aluminum profiles. It processes around 50-55 tons per day in three shifts with a treatment operation involving several stages. Waste water is conveyed to a purification plant using Fluoridite. The limit for fluorides, again equal to 6 ppm, is successfully achieved through the accurate dosing of Fluoridite in the purification tank, which has reduced the fluoride concentration in the discharged water from around 30 ppm to less than 4 ppm, thus safely meeting the legal limit.

The advantages of Fluoridite

The use of Fluoridite brings several benefits, including as follows:

  • Ease of dosage;
  • Compliance with legal limits;
  • Quick supply;
  • Dedicated technical support.

In summary, Fluoridite is a clear example of Alit Technologies’ constant dedication to research and development. It is the result of this company’s commitment to offer state-of-the-art solutions for a more sustainable and compliant industrial future.

And if it is true that collaboration in the industrial sector is of paramount importance in moving towards a greener future, Alit Technologies urges all companies dealing with the presence of fluorides in waste water to contact its specialized staff to identify the best solution to their specific needs.

Together, we can do more!

ALIT Technologies transforms into a Joint-Stock company

ALIT Technologies has announced the transformation from an S.r.l. to S.p.a. (the Italian equivalent of Limited Liability Company and Joint-Stock Company), stating its goal is the issuance of bonds that will allow the expansion of the business.

The Italian manufacturer of machines and products for metal surface treatment is pleased to announce that its growth process has led Alit to become a Joint-Stock company.

The company has registered a capital increase which, in conjunction with the new set-up, will allow a major control over management, thanks to the presence of three auditors, more diversified financial operations and the possibility of obtaining more liquidity with a view to continued growth, as explained by the CEO Loris Rossi.

ALIT Technologies S.p.A, grateful for the trust placed by all its stakeholders, today announces itself enthusiastic and positive in view of an increasingly bright productive future.

Growth Boom: ALIT Technologies Doubles Production Capacity in 2023!  

We are thrilled to share with you a significant update regarding the growth and evolution of ALIT Technologies Srl. As a company specializing in metal surface treatments, we are always committed to providing innovative and high-quality solutions to our customers, and today, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a new milestone in optimizing our production. 

With great pride, we inform you of the arrival of 5 new silos in our production facilities. This significant investment will allow us to double our production capacity and dramatically improve resource management. The new silos are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that will enable us to optimize production processes, ensure continuous and consistent production, and track all production phases. This translates into increased efficiency and promptness in meeting the needs of our valuable customers and distributors, as well as delivering high-quality products to the market. 

But it doesn’t end here! Our relentless pursuit of excellence has driven us to invest in modern machinery to further enhance our performance. We have acquired a cutting-edge welding machine and a metal band saw, which enable us to work with precision and uncompromising quality. These new equipment pieces help us streamline and expedite the manufacturing processes and ensure that our products meet the highest standards. 

Our commitment to the environment is a core value for our company. With the implementation of the new machinery, we have also placed an emphasis on sustainability, striving to minimize the environmental impact of our operations. This is just one of the ways we are committed to being a positive force in the community and contributing to a greener future. 

Finally, we thank our dedicated internal collaborators for their commitment and dedication. You are the driving force propelling the company toward new milestones, and we are excited to share our success with you. We will continue to maintain our spirit of innovation, commitment to quality, and responsibility towards the environment as we look confidently toward the future. 

ALIT Technologies will attend the ESTAL Congress 2023

ALIT Technologies is pleased to announce that it will participate at the ESTAL Congress, scheduled from 27th to 29th September 2023 at the Radisson Blue Béke hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

ALIT Technologies will be a speaker at ESTAL Congress, the bi-annual rendez-vous with the European Aluminium Surface Treatment Industry, which will be held from 27th to 29th September 2023 at the Radisson Blue Béke hotel in Budapest.

The major focus of this event will be on presenting sustainable solutions for aluminium surface treatment and on addressing the future challenges for this industry. The 2023 congress is expected to stimulate fruitful discussions and present new ideas for the aluminium anodizers and coaters. The topics include different subjects, such as best practices for powder coating and anodizing plants, innovative technologies for paint stripping or for measuring the aluminium thickness, latest developments in compact anodizing plants, biotechnology solutions for wastewater and chemicals in anodizing and coating plants, virtual-reality aided training for coaters etc.

Loris Rossi, CEO of ALIT Technologies, will hold the speech “Enhancing Efficiency and Quality in Aluminum Profile Recovery: The Chemical Paint Stripping Solution” during the last day of the Congress (September 29, from 3:30 pm to 4 pm). The presentation will highlight the use of chemical paint stripping for the recovery of aluminium profiles. ALIT Technologies will also introduce its Fastrip AP machine as the ideal solution to this problem.

ALIT Technologies waits for you at ESTAL Congress to discover more about its Fastrip AP and all its advanteges.

For further information: https://estalcongress2023.org/

ALIT Technologies looks forward to meeting you at Aluminium Two Thousand

ALIT Technologies is pleased to announce that it will participate at the 12° Worldwide Congress Aluminium Two Thousand, scheduled from 19 to 23 September 2023 at the Royal Hotel Carlton of Bologna, Italy.

ALIT Technologies will be present as speaker at Aluminium Two Thousand, the unmissable international conference on the world of aluminium, which will be held from 19 to 23 September 2023 at the Royal Hotel Carlton in Bologna.

The event consists of three days of conferences (from 19 to 21 September) with three parallel sessions dedicated to different topics including: market and analysis of the aluminum industry, foundry, casting, extrusion, anodizing and painting, automation, architecture, transport industry, environmental protection and recycling techniques, measurement, testing and quality: the great world of aluminium for an international audience. The last two days (from 22 to 23 September) will be dedicated to a series of side events, including workshops and guided tours around the city of Ravenna.

The ALIT Technologies team, during the three congress days, will hold a series of reports on different topics at the following times:

  • Wednesday 20 September from 11:30 to 12:00: “DRIZZLING: an innovative spray system for metals passivation” – Claudio Burato (Chemical Department Technical Manager).
  • Thursday 21 September from 11:00 to 11:30: “Enhancing Efficiency and Quality in Aluminum Profile Recovery: the Chemical Paint Stripping Solution” – Loris Rossi (CEO).
  • Thursday 21 September from 15:00 to 15:30: “CLARIS 9346 MB: Additive for the cleaning of aluminium extrusion dies” – Michele Merlo (Technical Sales Manager).

ALIT Technologies waits for you at Aluminium Two Thousand to present and deepen the latest discoveries, research and trends of the future.

For further information: http://www.aluminium2000.com/index.php/it/

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