Aluminum Foil for Packaging Use

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Aluminium alloys with a wide range of properties are used in engineering structures. Alloy systems are classified by a number system (ANSI) or by names indicating their main alloying constituents (DIN and ISO).

The strength and durability of aluminium alloys vary widely, not only as a result of the components of the specific alloy, but also as a result of heat treatments and manufacturing processes. A lack of knowledge of these aspects has from time to time led to improperly designed structures and gained aluminium a bad reputation.

One important structural limitation of aluminium alloys is their fatigue strength. Unlike steels, aluminium alloys have no well-defined fatigue limit, meaning that fatigue failure eventually occurs, under even very small cyclic loadings. This implies that engineers must assess these loads and design for a fixed life rather than an infinite life.

Another important property of aluminium alloys is their sensitivity to heat. Workshop procedures involving heating are complicated by the fact that aluminium, unlike steel, melts without first glowing red. Forming operations where a blow torch is used therefore require some expertise, since no visual signs reveal how close the material is to melting. Aluminium alloys, like all structural alloys, also are subject to internal stresses following heating operations such as welding and casting. The problem with aluminium alloys in this regard is their low melting point, which make them more susceptible to distortions from thermally induced stress relief. Controlled stress relief can be done during manufacturing by heat-treating the parts in an oven, followed by gradual cooling—in effect annealing the stresses.

The low melting point of aluminium alloys has not precluded their use in rocketry; even for use in constructing combustion chambers where gases can reach 3500 K. The Agena upper stage engine used a regeneratively cooled aluminium design for some parts of the nozzle, including the thermally critical throat region.

Another alloy of some value is aluminium bronze (Cu-Al alloy).



Aluminium foil acts as a total barrier to light and oxygen (which cause fats to oxidise or become rancid), odours and flavours, moistness, and germs, it is used broadly in food and pharmaceutical packaging. The purpose of aluminium is to make long-life packs (aseptic processing|aseptic packaging) for drinks and dairy goods, which allows storing without refrigeration. Aluminium foil containers and trays are used to bake pies and to pack takeaway meals, ready snacks and long life pet foods.

Aluminium foil is widely sold into the consumer market, often in rolls of 500 mm (20 in) width and several metres in length.It is used for wrapping food in order to preserve it, for example, when storing leftover food in a refrigerator (where it serves the additional purpose of preventing odour exchange), when taking sandwiches on a journey, or when selling some kinds of take-away or fast food. Tex-Mex restaurants in the United States, for example, typically provide take-away burritos wrapped in aluminium foil.

Aluminium foils thicker than 25 μm (1 mil) are impermeable to oxygen and water. Foils thinner than this become slightly permeable due to minute pinholes caused by the production process.

Aluminium foil has a shiny side and a matte side. The shiny side is produced when the aluminium is rolled during the final pass. It is difficult to produce rollers with a gap fine enough to cope with the foil gauge, therefore, for the final pass, two sheets are rolled at the same time, doubling the thickness of the gauge at entry to the rollers. When the sheets are later separated, the inside surface is dull, and the outside surface is shiny. This difference in the finish has led to the perception that favouring a side has an effect when cooking. While many believe that the different properties keep heat out when wrapped with the shiny finish facing out, and keep heat in with the shiny finish facing inwards, the actual difference is imperceptible without instrumentation.The reflectivity of bright aluminium foil is 88% while dull embossed foil is about 80%.

We provide a full range of precision aluminum strip for almost any application. We produce aluminum strip in a wide variety of alloys, including clad composites. Our aluminum strip can be produced in standard dimensions or custom made to your special requirements. We produce both imperial and metric units. We manufacture in compliance with the main international specifications, and tighter tolerances or custom tempers are available upon request. We offer various surface conditions, custom finishes (painting, anodizing, embossing), special processing, and multiple packaging options to meet our customer's unique requirements. The following is a summary of our capabilities.

Manufactured in compliance with the main international specifications and standards, including:  Aluminum Association, ASTM, EN, and DIN.
We can also manufacture in compliance with other international standards including:ASME, SAE, AMS, AWS, FED, MIL, QQ, ISO, BS, AFNOR, JIS and GOST.

Manufactured in compliance with the main international specifications and standards.
Tighter tolerances are available upon request.


Aluminium (or aluminum; see spelling differences) is a chemical element in the boron group with symbol Al and atomic number 13. It is a silvery white, soft, ductile metal. Aluminium is the third most abundant element (after oxygen and silicon), and the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust. It makes up about 8% by weight of the Earth's solid surface. Aluminium metal is so chemically reactive that native specimens are rare and limited to extreme reducing environments. Instead, it is found combined in over 270 different minerals.The chief ore of aluminium is bauxite.

Aluminium is remarkable for the metal's low density and for its ability to resist corrosion due to the phenomenon of passivation. Structural components made from aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and are important in other areas of transportation and structural materials. The most useful compounds of aluminium, at least on a weight basis, are the oxides and sulfates.

Despite its prevalence in the environment, no known form of life uses aluminium salts metabolically. In keeping with its pervasiveness, aluminium is well tolerated by plants and animals. Owing to their prevalence, potential beneficial (or otherwise) biological roles of aluminium compounds are of continuing interest.

The earliest citation given in the Oxford English Dictionary for any word used as a name for this element is alumium, which British chemist and inventor Humphry Davy employed in 1808 for the metal he was trying to isolate electrolytically from the mineral alumina. The citation is from the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: "Had I been so fortunate as to have obtained more certain evidences on this subject, and to have procured the metallic substances I was in search of, I should have proposed for them the names of silicium, alumium, zirconium, and glucium."

Davy settled on aluminum by the time he published his 1812 book Chemical Philosophy: "This substance appears to contain a peculiar metal, but as yet Aluminum has not been obtained in a perfectly free state, though alloys of it with other metalline substances have been procured sufficiently distinct to indicate the probable nature of alumina."[69] But the same year, an anonymous contributor to the Quarterly Review, a British political-literary journal, in a review of Davy's book, objected to aluminum and proposed the name aluminium, "for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound."

The -ium suffix conformed to the precedent set in other newly discovered elements of the time: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium (all of which Davy isolated himself). Nevertheless, -um spellings for elements were not unknown at the time, as for example platinum, known to Europeans since the 16th century, molybdenum, discovered in 1778, and tantalum, discovered in 1802. The -um suffix is consistent with the universal spelling alumina for the oxide (as opposed to aluminia), as lanthana is the oxide of lanthanum, and magnesia, ceria, and thoria are the oxides of magnesium, cerium, and thorium respectively.

The aluminum spelling is used in the Webster's Dictionary of 1828. In his advertising handbill for his new electrolytic method of producing the metal in 1892, Charles Martin Hall used the -um spelling, despite his constant use of the -ium spelling in all the patents[58] he filed between 1886 and 1903. It has consequently been suggested[by whom?] that the spelling reflects an easier-to-pronounce word with one fewer syllable, or that the spelling on the flyer was a mistake.[citation needed] Hall's domination of production of the metal ensured that aluminum became the standard English spelling in North America

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Q:Between Aluminum foil fibre cloth tape and pure aluminum foil tape which one is good?
Considering the base material strength, the one with a reinforcing material (clip) is of course good. But considering thermal efficiency or electric fields, including construction of the above, it is not suitable. In the field of home appliance, aluminum foil is widely used. In the decoration, it is used in mending the wall.
Q:Is a double-sided aluminum foil moisture-proof pad enough for wildness camping?
Moisture-proof pad is very important in wildness camping. It has three functions as follows:1, to reduce the bumpiness where you are about to sleep to make you comfortable. 2, to keep you warm. The pad can be put between you and the cold ground. 3,Moisture-proof. While camping outside, the ground is easily becoming damp, so the pad can well protect you from dampness.
Q:Does some one has ever used the aluminium foil paper to keep the house roof from overheat? How about the effect of this method?
It has some effect, but not durable. The general effect can be better if you use the material like foam glass to keep heat insulation and preservation.
Q:What are the advantages of aluminum foil?
Compositing aluminum foil thermal insulation material uses the latest international technology of rubber and plastic modification and introduces world-leading technology and equipment of permanent aluminum foil composite, which is rubber and plastic compositing thermal insulation material of international advanced level.
Q:Aluminum foil paper and tin foil paper
The difference between aluminum foil and tin foil, which are mainly used to wrap cigarette, is their thickness and control of high temperature resistance! “Tin foil” and “aluminum foil” are produced respectively by metal tin and aluminum through calendaring. Aluminum foil paper mainly use offset printing, for example, the disposable meal box on the plane which is made from aluminum foil and can be heated in micro-oven, some fried food and aluminum foil for hairdressing like so called tin foil perm. Besides, aluminum foil is applicable to many fields like packaging, printing, medicine, electronic, food, and building.
Q:How to remove the oxide layer in the aluminum foil with a chemical process?
Generally, we adopt the method of alkali corrosion to remove the oxide layer on the surface of the aluminum foil.The purpose of alkali corrosion is removing the oxide layer on the surface of the aluminum foil. (Note: Technological process of the method is as follows: under normal temperature, 20% nitric acid; the process parameters is about 0.5 minutes. Pre-degrease--degrease--rinsing--rinsing--alkali corrosion--rinsing--rinsing--bright dipping--rinsing--rinsing--pure rinsing. The purpose of bright dipping is to remove surface residual black ash after alkali corrosion.Temperature:50-60 degrees; time:0.5-1 minutes.The purpose of degreasing is to remove grease on the surface of the aluminum foil.The process parameters is 0.5-1 minutes. You can use acid to wash it.
Q:The classification of aluminum foil
Q:What is the thermal insulation principle of aluminum tape?
Heat is transferred by convection, conduction and radiation. Aluminum tape often is used for wrapping the thermal insulation layer and its silver surface can block heat radiation. Since aluminum is a good conductor of heat, wrapping the tape with aluminum foil does quicken the heat loss instead of heat preservation. Therefore, it's better to wrap with heat-insulated cotton before wrapping with aluminum foil. Actually the thermal insulation cotton preserves heat rather than the aluminum foil which serves as a conductor to outside temperature to protect the inside temperature. It is featured by thermal insulation, waterproofness and corrosion resistance. Due to its extremely low absorption coefficient solar radiation, it can isolate from most of the heat transfer. Introduction to several major products of aluminum foil.
Q:How to prevent foil wrinkling?
Wrinkles: fine foil surface display, vertical or diagonal locally raised, one or several rounded grooves tip, said wrinkles. The main causes of wrinkles: excessive pressure, resulting in uneven deformation during rolling or coiling tension is not enough; inappropriate or rolling roll control pressure is too low; the uneven thickness of the blank, the plate-shaped transverse or bad; lack of precision winding shaft, the sleeve is not round; platen roller pressure properly controlled.
Q:What's the characteristics of aluminum shielded twisted-pair?
Shielded twisted-pair can be classified as STP (Shielded Twisted-Pair) and FTP (Foil Twisted-Pair). STP refers that each wire has shielded twisted-pair on each shielding layer while FTP uses shielded twisted-pair for bulk shielding. It's worth noting that shielding works only when the whole cable is equipped with shielding devices and correctly grounded at both ends. Therefore, the whole system should be composed of shielding devices, including cable, socket, crystal plug and distribution frame. Meanwhile, the building should be equipped with well-functioning ground system. Shielded twisted-pair cable is wrapped with aluminum foil to reduce radiation, but it cannot completely eliminate the radiation. Shielded twisted-pair is more expensive because it is more difficult to install compared to UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair). Similar to coaxial-cable, shielded twisted-pair should be equipped with shielding connector and corresponding installing techniques. But it has higher transmission rate of 155Mbps in 100m, higher than corresponding UTP.

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