TOOLING PLATE IMPROVEMENTS PROVIDE GUARANTEED QUALITY
As an industry leader for more than 100 years, the Aluminum Company of America stands behind its commitment to quality processes, products, and performance for our customers. Type 200 6061-T651 wrought tooling plate is one of Alcoa's quality aluminum products. Type 200 is produced at Alcoa's state-of-the-art rolling mill in Davenport, Iowa, by the same people, equipment, and technology that have set aerospace and mold industry standards for quality and product development. Our tooling plate is produced and certified in accordance with Federal Specification QQ-A 250/11, AMS 4027, ASTM B 209 and ASME SB209. Its excellent machinability, weldability, and high strength (40-42 ksi yield) sets the industry standard for versatility with a wide range of applications and end uses. Alcoa's continued research and development has resulted in several new breakthroughs, including a new tolerance guarantee. When combined, these improvements make Alcoa 6061-T651 tooling plate the highest quality tooling plate available.
Wide Plate Tolerances Guaranteed
Changes in our production process allow Alcoa to now guarantee flatness and thickness tolerances on all Alcoa tooling plate, including our 72.50" wide plate. The improved guarantee sets a new industry standard for tooling plate tolerances. The guarantee includes both “as received” and “after sawing” tooling plate, so distributors receive stable, consistently flat plate for sawing operations while their customers receive blanks with minimal variations. Consistent blanks allow fewer set-ups, changes and more cost effective processing.
Improved Stability and Consistency
As you know, stability and consistency are integral to the quality of 6061-T651 plate. Alcoa’s proprietary chemistry, casting, and production techniques provide excellent piece-to-piece stability and consistency. High stability and consistency reduce warping and movement during sawing and machining. Also, the plate’s through-thickness consistency creates fewer metal inconsistencies for easier and faster machining, allowing less rework and fewer scrap pieces. And our superior lot-to-lot consistency means you get the same result time and time again, so you can develop standard procedures for machining and finishing operations.
Expanded Satin Finish Range
Alcoa’s genuine satin finish is now available on all stocked 6061-T651 tooling plate through 2.00" thick and 60.50" wide. The satin finish is twice as smooth as plate with coarse, mechanical finishes. This superior smoothness lets you reduce or eliminate costly surface clean-up operations. Better Identification System Alcoa has also recently updated its marking system. The new method places product identification on the top of each plate rather than the bottom. This new system lets you more easily and accurately identify and select the proper alloy, temper, size, and specification. It also helps avoid errors by improving the traceability of sawed blanks.
A Quality Commitment
For over a century, Alcoa has committed itself to quality processes, products, and performance. This commitment to quality – combined with a strong dedication to our customers – has made Alcoa the leader in the aluminum industry. As the largest aluminum company in the world, Alcoa continuously strives to improve products and processes to meet customer needs and expectations.
The improvements in our wrought tooling plate are one more example of the Alcoa commitment to excel- lence. The flatness and thickness tolerance guarantee on all Alcoa tooling plate, its improved stability and consistency, the expanded genuine satin finish gauge range, and the updated marking system make Alcoa’s tooling plate the highest quality plate available. Find out how using Alcoa’s Type 200 6061-T651 wrought tooling plate can improve your results – call your local Alcoa distributor today!