Automotive Aluminium Repairs

The first thing you need to know is that metallurgy plays an important part in making decisions on what to use when to use it and what the outcomes will be.  You need to know the difference between mild steel (MS), high strength steel (HSS) and advanced high strength steel (AHSS).

Aluminium Automotive RepairsAluminium is a chemical element, it’s in the Boron group, with an atomic number 13.

It’s a metal, with a silvery white colour and it’s non-magnetic. In the automotive industry, aluminium is known for being resistant to corrosion (rust) and being a metal with low density, it’s one of the basic structural metals.  Aluminium alloys are made with zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese and silicone and are amongst the most popular in aluminium fabrication methods.

Aluminium fabrication is a project that involves several techniques for building various structural elements in the automotive, marine, and air flight industry.

Tailored blanking is a relatively new field in aluminium fabrication. More companies are starting to use it, because of the possibility to vary thicknesses.

Welded BlankingWelding – aluminium alloys are best welded.  There are two procedures for welding aluminium: resistance spot welding (assembly of sheet parts, e.g. Audi A8 and MIG and TIG welding, which like tailoring, is able to manipulate thickness.

MIG welding (plate thickness of more than 6mm) TIG welding is used for a larger thickness but the productivity is low.

Aluminium tempers are most widely used in the collision repair field in the automotive industry.  There are two types of tempering (hardening) of the metal. The two types of tempers used in the automotive industry are: H – (Strain hardened), which applies to products that are strengthened through cold-working (shaping, bending, hammering).  In addition to the work hardening process, some supplementary T – (Thermally treated) produces stable tempers. This applies to products that have been heat treated, sometimes with supplementary strain hardening to produce a stable temper.

Aluminium is being used more and more in today’s car production. Repairing aluminium body panels is not difficult, provided you have the relevant know-how and understanding of the different types of alloys.

Now that we have given you a quick insight into aluminium and how and where it is used in the automotive industry, we want to share with you, the products available from Celette which you should be using in your workshop to get the best results.

Celette SA has been serving the automotive repair industry for more than 30 years.  Being an OEM approved supplier you are guaranteed that the machinery and tools supplied by Celette are of the highest standard. Our aftermarket service and hands on approach means you and your clients will receive world class service.

Aluminium body repair tools that you should be considering include those listed below, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to having the right tools to carry out aluminium auto body repairs.

Alu Flatliner

Aluminium is normally more expensive than traditional parts and therefore also more economical to repair. The repair methods of the aluminium repair may vary depending on the type of damage but also the different alloys being used. Therefore it is important to integrate all methods in one system.

The Alu Flatliner working station contains all the tools necessary for a professional aluminium repair. You will have a wide range of tools available, all put away neatly in the practical trolley.

COMPONENTS

Alumet welder, practical blue trolley, 2 bridges in various sizes with exchangeable multi-functional components, 3 hammers in 2 different sizes with vertical and horizontal fins (extra strong aluminium) which will help you form the metal perfectly and knock down high spots with ease.  6 pulling bars, Alu Pulling Element set, Alu Pulling Element round, Glue Puller GP2, Full Set of Power Knobs, SPS BEA Full Set (without case) Small Starled, Hot Air Gun

Alu Slimliner A (6106)

Alu Slimliner A SetThis is a small, complete working station for alu applications. It contains the necessary tools for repairing small to medium collision damages on aluminium.

COMPONENTS

Slimline Trolley, Alumet Spot, 3 Hammers, Dentliner, 3 Pulling Bars, 1 Alu Pulling Element Set, 1 Glue Puller GP2, 1 Power Knob Full Set, Individual component

Other components to consider when adding to an existing facility or kitting out your new panel repair workshop includes:
  • Starled Wide
  • Crack Test Kit
  • Genesis G4 Riveter
  • Aluminium Room
  • Bolt on Bay
  • Alu Hotbox
  • SPS Full Set of Levers

Have a look at this video which gives insight into the actual process of aluminium repair

Check out the website for more information. Our sales team are ready and waiting for you to contact them for a free evaluation of your needs.

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