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Equipment for the assessment of metallurgical quality of aluminum alloys.

Ensuring the quality of molten aluminum for a quality production.

Manufacturing of sound aluminum castings

ALU-Q® is a device for analyzing the metallurgical quality of liquid aluminum that allows analyzing and evaluating the quality of the metal by simultaneously executing the following tests:

  • Density analysis
  • Analysis of the level of oxides or inclusions
  • Thermal analysis (Thermolan-Al®)

It is a portable equipment that can be used at the foundry, in different areas of fusion and metal treatment.

By a fast presentation of results, Alu-Q® makes it possible to implement the necessary corrective actions to ensure defect-free manufacturing.

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Avoid defects caused by poor metal quality

  • Implement the necessary corrective actions based on the risk of apparition of defects associated with incorrect metallurgical quality
  • Ensure the manufacture of sound castings.

Compact and portable device

  • Get all the tests you need to evaluate the quality of aluminum in a single piece equipment.
  • Strong and portable apparatus suitable for daily use in aluminum foundries and melting zone.

Easy to use

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use display for users with different levels of knowledge.
  • Convenient and easy setting of test parameters.

Versatility and fast response

  • Perform 3 simultaneous analysis.
  • Significant reduction of the time taken to take samples and get results.

Friendly presentation of results

  • Reliable, easy-to-interpret data with all the information needed to assess the quality of the alloy, melt by melt, sample by sample.

Traceability and connectivity

  • The system stores the analysis results and allows access to the historic data base, also performing queries on it.
  • The data collected and stored can be issued to centralized systems for monitoring, managing and/or global improvement of the manufacturing process.

Alu-Q® features

A portable mini-laboratory to ensure the quality of the aluminum used to produce your castings.

  • Large crucible
  • Maximum vacuum pressure
  • Time: 12 minutes
  • Small crucible 
  • High vacuum pressure (80 mbar)
  • Time: 4 minutes 
  • Grain size
  • Mg content
  • Modification levels

Real time visualization of the soliditication curve of the alloy.

  • Display SIEMENS Simatic HMI to adjust the characteristics of the test and follow up its progress.
  • Instant pressure.
  • Size: 500 x 550 x 550 mm
  • Aprox. weight: 60 Kg
  • Electric plug: Cable to 240V electrical outlet
  • Vacuum pump: Pump lubricated with oil
  • Display: SIEMENS simatic HMI 4″ TFT
  • Interfaces: 3 “K” thermocouples conectors
  • Plug-in Thermolan-Al®
  • Bluetooth conectivity
  • Additional equipment: Tongs, Crucibles.

Complimentary services

  • Training for the staff to be using Alu-Q®
  • Maintenance and calibration service.
  • Technical support.

Control your manufacturing process

Contact our team if you want to improve your manufacturing process.


Shaping the
Foundry of the Future

“The Foundry of the Future is that of connected processes that is able to take advantage of the knowledge generated inside the company at the same time that it keeps learning from its manufacturing and market experience.

Along with a deep knowledge of metallurgy, Industry 4.0 technologies, advanced data management systems and machine learning technologies have landed in this industry to transform the way castings are conceived”.

Susana Méndez, PhD

Susana Méndez, PhD
Director of Foundry Technologies

Aitor Loizaga

Aitor Loizaga
Iron Foundry Technologies

Asier Bakedano, PhD

Asier Bakedano, PhD
Light Materials

Dr. Javier Nieves

Javier Nieves, PhD
Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies



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