+1-937-865-2828 info@alliteinc.com

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ALLITE INC. provide engineering services?

Yes. Our aim is to build lasting relationships with our clients by working with them as the partner of choice. Our engineers and materials experts are ready to help evaluate your projects.

Does ALLITE INC. provide engineering consultation and feasibility studies? Do they charge for such services?

We offer engineering consultancy with each project. Consultancy includes, but is not limited to, material selection, manufacturing review, forging and die cast flow analysis, cost calculation, and tooling lifespan analysis. Our engineers are also readily available to make recommendations on design based on our extensive experience with ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM.

Is there an additional cost associated with engineering consultation?

No

What are the tooling and prototype options?

ALLITE INC. has a large range of in-house prototyping equipment and, depending on the article and the application, we can create prototypes for visualization as well as mechanical testing.

Does ALLITE INC. have more than one manufacturing facility?

Yes, we have multiple manufacturing facilities in Asia.

Will ALLITE® INC. perform secondary processes or only supply raw blanks/stock?

As a market leader in forging, die-casting, and extrusion processes, we can deliver everything from raw material to finished articles and everything in between.

Can ALLITE INC. provide customer extrusions?

Yes, our magnesium alloys are readily extruded into an almost unlimited variety of solid bars, hollow tubes, and structural or special shapes. Most of the products we manufacture include a customer extrusion. The cost of an extrusion die is relatively low, allowing for customized, cost-efficient parts. Please inquire with our sales team for details.

How does ALLITE INC. ensure quality control?

We employ an expert professor of metallurgy, who oversees the smelting process of our proprietary blend of magnesium and rare earth minerals to ensure the best-quality alloy possible. In addition, x-ray machines are utilized at two different points in the manufacturing process.

How can I get a sample of ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM to test in my facility?

Please contact our sales team for material samples.

How will I know how much it will cost to use ALLITE INC. services or ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM? Can I get a quote or estimate?

For specific application information or to purchase our products and services, please contact our local sales team.

Does ALLITE INC. have a minimum order requirement?

There are no minimum order requirements on most projects; however, due to our wide range of applications and industries, each project is evaluated individually.

Is there a tariff on imports of ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM?ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM

Imports of raw ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM material is subject to tariff and VAT. Finished or semi-finished products made from ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM are NOT subject to any tariffs or VAT.

Does ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM require special shipping considerations?

Solid pieces of magnesium or finished products require no precautions for storage, packaging, or handling. Preferred storage for ingots and parts is a single-level, non-combustible building. If stored with other combustible materials, the National Fire Protection Association recommends the following volumes of magnesium, for parts weighing 11 kg or more: Limit to 36 cubic meters. For parts weighing less than 11 kg: Limit to 28 cubic meters.

Is ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM stock of standard profiles kept in inventory?

No, everything is made-to-order and we have very short turnaround and prototyping timelines.

Are there any domestic dealers of ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM stock?

No, duty on raw material is prohibiting us from importing the raw material into the U.S. at this time.

Is ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM good for CNC machining?

Yes, it exhibits excellent machinability. Due to the lightweight nature of the material, approximately 45% less power is needed to machine ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM compared to aluminum. This, alongside magnesium’s ability to be recycled, allows for a uniquely environmentally friendly production.

Magnesium can be machined at high cutting speeds, large feed rates, and deeper cuts, with excellent surface finish and well-broken chips. Machining can, in most cases, be done safely and efficiently without the need for coolants or cutting fluids.

Also, due to the excellent machinability of magnesium, the tool wear is greatly reduced compared to other metals, leading to increased tool lives.

What alloy should be used in high-temperature and low-temperature applications?

All ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM materials are excellent in both high and low-temperature applications. Contrary to general belief, magnesium must be heated to its melting point (437-650 degrees C/819-1204 degrees F) before it can burn. Therefore, it is safe to use without fire hazard. Cold forging will typically generate better strength properties than a heated manufacturing process.

Does ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM require coating, or may it be left raw?

Depending on the application, ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM can be left uncoated as the rare earth elements are helping protect the material. In most outdoor applications we recommend coating the material.

Can ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM be painted?

Yes, we offer a wide range of PEO coatings, electrostatic, and standard powder coatings.

Are special fasteners required for use with ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM?

Depending on the application, special fasteners can deliver increased benefits in terms of preventing alkalic corrosion or creating insulation between parts. Our engineering team can advise which fasteners are ideal for your unique requirements and use case.

Does ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM require specialized machining operations?

No. In fact, due to the material properties, ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM exhibits excellent machinability. Some of the advantages of machining it compared to other metals include:

  • Low power required, approximately 55% of that used for aluminum
  • Faster machining due to high cutting speeds, large feed rates, and greater depth of cuts
  • Excellent surface finish
  • Well broken chips
  • Reduced tool wear

Is ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM flammable?

Although there is a general misconception about the flammability of magnesium and the fire hazards associated with the use of magnesium alloys, magnesium is only flammable when it is in fine powders and ribbons. Bulk or solid magnesium will not burn until it has reached its melting point at 648 degrees C and 1198 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM has been developed to be inherently flame-resistant.

What measures are in place to reduce the risk of fire during manufacturing processes?

Generally, no grinding or polishing takes place in any of the ALLITE INC. facilities, completely eliminating the fine dust that can potentially present a fire hazard. The machine shops where products are finished are kept clean, dry, and well ventilated. Machined chips and shavings are collected and kept in specific drums filled with a specialized encapsulating liquid. Solid pieces of magnesium and shavings of appropriate size are collected and recycled into new raw magnesium material.

What are the corrosion properties of ALLITE® SUPER MAGNESIUMTM?

Untreated magnesium components have lower corrosion rates than mild steel and are only subject to slow attack by the atmosphere as a layer of hydroxide, oxide, or carbonate form on the surface. Large magnesium alloy castings can be used in untreated condition in automotive and industrial applications.

Due to the high purity grade and the proprietary content of rare-earth elements, ALLITE® SUPER MAGNESIUMTM has corrosion rates of the same order as some corrosion-resistant aluminum alloys.

Through our proprietary process we have reduced the impurity levels to an absolute minimum to mitigate corrosion effects.

How do you protect against galvanic corrosion?

ALLITE SUPER MAGNESIUM has superior properties in avoiding galvanic corrosion through the use of rare earth elements and design mitigation. Depending on the part and the use case, galvanic corrosion can be completely eliminated through coating and isolation solutions.

SELECT LANGUAGE »