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There are several learning opportunities at EDU'18. Enhance your learning experience and advance your career at EDU '18 by adding a workshop before and/or after the conference. The following educational workshops will be offered as optional add-on events during EDU ’18. Alternatively, you may choose to register for the workshops only. Registration for add-on workshops includes breakfast, lunch and course materials. Register for the workshops from our events page at or by following the links below.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Determining the Strength of Aluminum Extruded Members Seminar
Instructor: Randy Kissell, PE, Trinity Consultants
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $450 (AEC members*); $650 (nonmembers)

Aluminum extrusions are often used where they must provide structural support – for example, as framing members in screened enclosures around swimming pools, as mullions in curtain walls, or as beams supporting flatbed trailers for highway use.  For successful applications of these types, designers must be able to determine the forces that the extrusions can withstand.  Aluminum extrusions have a great advantage over other products for such applications because they can readily be produced in custom and complicated cross sections.  The down side, though, is that it can be difficult to calculate the strength of members made of such shapes. 

The Specification for Aluminum Structures, published by the Aluminum Association, provides tools to overcome this challenge, enabling designers to exploit the versatility of aluminum extrusions.  The purpose of this session is to teach designers how to use these powerful tools.

*Be sure to log in as a member before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!


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Anodizing Essentials Workshop
Instructors: Various AAC Member Experts
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $400 (AAC members*); $800 (nonmembers)

Anodizing Essentials is part of the “school for anodizers”, produced by the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), that teaches more than the fundamentals. Experienced industry practitioners and trouble-shooters provide details on the foundation of quality anodizing. This workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and ability of anyone involved in operating an anodizing line.

Anodizing Essentials is the answer to those who seek a basic program in how to anodize aluminum … and how to do it properly. This one-day program for anodizers teaches the fundamentals and the foundation of quality anodizing. This basic course explains how to anodize aluminum properly and was developed by anodizing professionals for anodizing professionals. Leading anodizing professionals will present what they know best—anodizing—with a focus on achieving a quality anodized product. A question and answer session at the end of the course will help attendees further understand the concepts presented.

With an emphasis on quality, the program takes the learner through the entire process – beginning with the metallurgical properties of aluminum alloys commonly anodized right through to the final rinse and sealing processes. This course is ideal for those who may be new to working the anodizing line, as well as those who oversee the process or who may simply want a refresher – a reminder of best practices.

*AAC members: be sure to log in as a member before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!


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Thursday May 17, 2018

Extrusion Excellence Course
Instructor: Dr. Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Director of the Loewy Institute at Lehigh University
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $450 (AEC Members*); $650 (nonmembers)

The Extrusion Excellence short course is an intensive one-day educational seminar that brings together aluminum extrusion theory and practice and provides a fundamental engineering approach to the aluminum extrusion process.

Many people in the aluminum extrusion industry have production experience but have not had formal training in engineering and metallurgy as they pertain to the aluminum extrusion process. 

You will gain a well-rounded education on the fundamentals of the aluminum extrusion process in this intensive one-day course. The topics taught will enable you to offer your customers better assistance and help you better understand their needs.  This course will help you:

  • Better understand engineering fundamentals
  • Improve personnel safety
  • Increase product quality and extrusion productivity
  • Leverage competitiveness through better understanding of process and throughput.

The topics covered in this course will include the extrusion process from billet production through the press to the runout table, including:

  • Extrusion Concepts
  • Aluminum Extrusion Alloys
  • Aluminum Billet Metallurgy
  • Extrudabiity
  • Metal Flow Analysis
  • Extrusion Dies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Current Technological Developments.

*Be sure to log in as a member before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!


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