|About this Abstract
||2017 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Hexapod Fleet Migration in Order to Upgrade to AP40LE Technology
||Jonathan Reichelson, Marc Gagnon
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
In order to meet an ambitious Strategic Growth plan, Aluminerie Alouette inc. decided to upgrade its smelting technology from AP30 to AP40LE. A portion of this upgrade was dedicated to the modification of their pots, while another portion was dedicated to reducing the electrical resistivity in the anodic assembly. The hexapod replacement was the most complicated portion of the anode upgrade. It required extensive testing in order to meet the AP40 technology requirements. The model also had to satisfy the need for a robust, long lasting product to minimize future operating costs. Once testing was complete, a logistical plan needed to be put into place to permit a seamless transition to the new technology without negatively impacting day to day operations. A fabrication process needed to be developed that would ensure a constant supply of the finished product to the plant so as to not put operations at risk.
||Planned: Light Metals