The AFSA Technical Assistance Scheme was established early in 2011 as an essential component of AFSA’s mission and value proposition to members. The Technical Assistance Scheme is based on a Panel of Experts, appointed by AFSA, who are qualified professionals.
Each one has many years of experience in the aluminium industry and a steep knowledge of alloys and technologies. The scheme provides quick and convenient access to technical advice on the selection and use of aluminium to AFSA member companies and their customers, members of related professional organisations and educational institutions and non-member companies and individual users.
Panel of Experts:
Since inception of the Technical Assistance Scheme, 86% of the enquiries have been from established businesses and organisations and 14% from private individuals.
How to access the AFSA Technical Assistance Scheme:
Examples of previous cases:
Cleaning and Maintenance of surface finishes on aluminum is an important and often neglected issue. Several examples have been covered under the TA Scheme. General recommendations were supplied to clean liquid splashes on signage at a shopping mall. Another identified and discussed cement splashes on architectural cladding panels. Unfortunately, in one case, of powder-coated windows in a private house, the use of aggressive household cleaning chemicals had already caused permanent damage to the finish. Regular cleaning and informed techniques are essential. On major projects, formal cleaning and maintenance programmes are recommended. AFSA can advise – either directly or through the Architectural Surface Finishing Guide on the AFSA website. The SANS Standard, SANS 10322, also includes detailed discussion on the subject.
A number of enquirers sought information on aluminium to replace existing steel applications. Typically they were motivated by considerations to light weight existing or potential systems. On other occasions, under-estimated corrosion on steel has raised questions to replace with aluminium alternatives in coastal or industrial environments.