A wide variety of sheet metal forming processes
Separate processing of stainless steel, aluminium and standard steel
Flexible manufacturing thanks to a large stock
In situ pickling, bead-blasting, polishing
Parts for the mechanical engineering industry
Machine enclosures, bunkers, plate work and constructions for machine builders outsourcing projects, on the basis of your own drawings.
Projects for pharmaceutical and food industry
Racks, receptacles, baskets, trolleys, furniture, boilers, landings and plate work in general with respect for hygiene requirements and upon request with delivery of the appropriate certification, all produced on the basis of either designs of ours or your own drawings.
Projects for general industry
Collection receptacles, drip pans, hoppers, welded tubes, bunkers, plate work in general and construction on the basis of either designs of ours or your own drawings.
Projects in aluminium and steel
Apart from stainless steel, Alinco also processes aluminium. In a physically separated department, carbon steel or iron is processed. Of course, this department offers possibilities similar to our stainless steel department.
Welcome at Alinco!
Why not take some time to explore our website? Alinco is a reference in the field of sheet-metal work. Owing to our very comprehensive range of machinery we can carry out almost any kind of processing. Delivering fair and high-quality customised products is our goal, and in aiming at precisely that, we highly value the principles of correct processing of stainless steels primarily. Our enthusiastic team of experienced qualified professionals is ready and willing to realize your projects.
Karine De Bie, director Alinco
Experienced and enthusiastic specialized staff
Owning a complete range of machinery is one thing; having the right craftsmen is still more important. We have some 50 employees at your disposal; many years of accumulated experience, especially in the field of folding, welding and finishing make the difference.
Our trump cards
- A vast range of machinery
- A team of experienced experts
- Short delivery terms possible because of an ample supply and our flexible organisationFocus on quality (separate processing of stainless steels, operations in accordance with the quality manual, full traceability, …)
- The flexibility and drive that characterize SMEs
- Sufficient structure and the necessary scale to make optimal use of the machinery
At Alinco, quality is our top priority. We have a comprehensive system for material certificate management, location management and stock management. Alinco gets the regular supervision of a welding engineer. By using modern equipment and machinery and deploying the necessary professionals, we are also able to guarantee a high-quality end result.
What can we do for you?
We process stainless steel, steel, aluminium or special alloys into semi-finished or finished products.
When it comes to sheet metal work, we take care of almost all processes in-house, starting from your or our own design. With regard to finishing, too, we can manage almost everything in-house.
All this work is performed by an enthusiastic team who is at your service.
So, what can we do for you?
Alinco, at your service.
There is no doubt about what Alinco does: stainless steel sheet metal forming, making products
- ranging from simple pieces to cabinets, carts, platforms and very complex, technically challenging parts
- ranging from industrial finish to very high-end finished parts
While you may consider these as products, we see ourselves primarily as a partner who provides a service. This service translates into:
- support in developing projects, finding solutions in consultation with the customers
- support with design or redesign; if the customer involves us in the bigger picture, we can often offer a cheaper technical solution that is higher quality with a redesign
- support with measurements
- a technical helpline that can be called upon at an early stage of the project design
- of course, our hallmark accurate pricing and on-time deliveries, as well as high quality are also part of the service; but that’s not all
Flattened edges in sheet rolling
In fact, Alinco does a fair amount of rolling work for others. Just cut and roll; the customer then takes care of the subsequent processing such as welding and finishing. No problem, Alinco offers a vast range of options with regard to sheet rolling. With many construction workshops among our customers, it is logical that they would want to take care of the welding themselves.
In that case, please keep the following in mind:
- Centring always produces flattened edges. We always do our best, but since we cannot weld the longitudinal seam ourselves, we don’t have the possibility to either roll it further or hammer it more... Getting that right is in the hands of the workshop that takes over from us.
- The result is not always 100% successful, especially with difficult cones. There, too, it is up to the welder’s skill to pull that right first – the same applies to square rounding.
- Rolling is never 100% dimensionally stable. Especially in the case of thin sheets. If, for example, you bend a rolled sheet with a diameter of 500 mm and thickness of 1.5 mm, and place it immediately on a pallet, the 500 mm diameter has already been slightly elongated into an egg shape.
When ordering or asking for a quotation, indicating the desired finish is important.
Does it have to be perfect? Let us know, keeping in mind that this has cost implications.
However, industrial finishes are always possible, no problem.
Should you desire a perfect finish, consider the following:
- specification of max. roughness value or Ra value
- the desired aesthetic aspect – unidirectional brushing, directionless brushing, mirror polish, pickling or glass bead blasting
- indication of surfaces to be finished – single-sided, double-sided – need to trim the cutting edges (for a 1.5 mm thick sheet, this may not be necessary, but may well be for a 10 mm thick sheet)
- possible post-treatment – electropolishing
Update on the (rising) price of materials
Since the beginning of 2021, material prices have suddenly started to shoot up, which has taken the market by surprise, as everyone expected challenging economic times and prices that would be under pressure.
The prices of steel, stainless steel and aluminium have only been on an upward trend since then, and we haven’t seen the end of these price increases yet.
The reason for the price increases is a combination of factors that seem to reinforce each other. Of course, many things are correlated. Here’s an overview:
- huge investments and recovery plans on a global scale increase the demand for all metals and trigger a mismatch between supply and demand in general
- a still disrupted supply of materials due to sea transport with very costly shipments from Asia
- mines and factories that have been shut down by the pandemic
- producers who expected demand to drop because of Covid-19, so they decided to produce less
- a number of large production sites that have been downsized and/or closed down
- specific to stainless steel: the high nickel prices, which used to be the biggest predictor of price fluctuations. This still has a limited impact, but no more than that. The share of steel, an important element in stainless steel, has never played a role in the past, but with the expensive steel prices, the price of stainless steel has, of course, also risen accordingly
- changes in quotas, import taxes and subsidies at a global level. In the past, exports were heavily subsidised by Asia/China, but this is no longer the case, and there are still fairly strict quotas for the import of Asian materials, which are simply exhausted for a large part of the year
- longer delivery terms, which further pushes up demand because companies suddenly have to be more pro-active and stock up earlier. You currently have to wait weeks/months for some materials, whereas you used to have the materials within a few days; promised/confirmed orders;
- traders who have recently seen their stocks plummet and who prefer not to sell for that reason, i.e. offer their goods at inflated prices. Moreover, a number of traders probably simply bought fewer materials at the start of the price increases, based on the opinion of various traders at the beginning of the year who argued that the question is not if prices will go down but when and who told me that they did not want to buy too much material at these expensive prices only to sell again at a loss;
- general scarcity on the world market, supply and demand;
Project in the spotlight: trolley with braking system
A great project that illustrates Alinco’s versatility once again.
The contract involved making 5 trolleys for large vessels for a pharmaceutical customer abroad. The safety issue that needed to be resolved was that mainly female staff should be able to drive around with carts carrying 500 to 1000 litre tanks. Once these trolleys start moving, they can no longer be stopped using ‘manpower’ alone. Conventional wheels with brakes therefore did not provide a solution.
Plate rolling or perhaps bending work?
What do you think? The sheets in the attached photo are 8 mm thick. Are they rolled or folded?
If I tell you that a sheet is 8 mm thick…
Think about it from a technical viewpoint: thick sheets should always be rolled on a sturdy plate bending roll - i.e. larger rolls. There is no standard length plate rolling machine with rolls of e.g. 150 mm that can roll an 8 mm sheet... So yes, we folded these sheets using our special bending technique and did not roll them.
Time and again we need to convince prospects that bending segments into shape may not necessarily produce visible and folds... Obviously, if the segment does not go sufficiently through the folding process, it will be angular. Consequently, when preparing a quotation, it is important to check how many folds are required over the entire circumference. Creating a perfectly round shape is however possible.
Carts and cabinets
Stainless steel furniture, carts and cabinets are one of Alinco’s specialisations.
These are made based either on the customer’s drawing, or measurements taken on site, or on a sketch made by the customer. In this case, one or several drawings may be presented to the customer for approval.
Alinco manufactures pharmaceutical furniture regularly. Since we provide tailor-made solutions, everything can be adjusted to your wishes. You can submit your own design or, in consultation with you as a customer, we can develop a design to meet your specific needs.
The piece that you see here is a FIFO cabinet on wheels with transparent sliding doors for the high-quality storage of DN25 valves. It was designed by Alinco at the customer’s request. The valves are suspended in the rail system with dividers. These illustrate the precise bending work provided by Alinco. This cabinet meets all the customer’s specific requirements, such as hygiene standards, stability, accessibility of the rails, possibility to extend the number of shelves, and so forth.