South West AGM & CPD
13 February 2020
Posted by: Jordan Sutton
A big thank you goes out to all of those who attended this CPD and our AGM. I would also like to thank our Regional Secretary Andrew Seller who arranged an excellent event.
We were hosted by Aspect Windows (Western) Ltd for our CPD presentation and Exeter Trade Aluminium for the factory tour and I would like to specifically thank Steve Cooling, the Company Owner of Aspect for allowing us to use his offices and allowing access to their factory.
Our CPD subject was Architectural Aluminium for Marine Environments and was presented by Peter Watts of United Annodisers. The CPD presentation explained the process to anodise Aluminium. This provides a specific number of coatings in various but limited colours that can be used for external aluminium in all environments including coastal environments. Colours are limited due to some colours having adverse reactions in some severe environments. It was explained that the product has common uses both on the exterior of a building such as in cladding, curtain walling, windows, guarding and rainwater goods but also in the automotive industry and other sectors. The example given was car wheels where in comparison with powder coating examples of defects could be seen from peeling after damage.
It was explained that Anodising is factory controlled electrochemical process that forms a bonded protective coating of aluminium oxide on the surface of the aluminium. The coating is integral to the metal and cannot peel or flake. It was explained that anodisation is a hard, durable, weather resistant treatment that protects the base metal.
It was explained that the thickness of the anodic coating applied is a large factor in its success and that this is controlled through the need to meet specific quality standards and thickness. When specified correctly this should result in a product that will not crack, peel or discolour. This was demonstrated with the audience being able to sand paper samples.
We then walked over the Exeter Trade Aluminium factory where they make windows, and large sliding and bi-fold doors. We were shown the processes from the selection and the quality control of material to the computerised cutting of profile. We were also show both powder coated and anodised products. Questions from the audience were answered throughout the tour.
On our return to the Aspect Windows we held our Regional AGM and gave an overview on where the Chartered Association is in terms of our role within the industry, what is expected of a CABE member, CABE values and CABE News. We were happy to welcome two new committee members, David Copeland and Matthew Pitts and we look forward to working as a committee in assisting CABE in putting events on around the South West Region.
If any readers would like to be more involved regionally in assisting in the organisation and hosting of events, it would be great to hear from you.
South West Regional Chairman