Toll Processing Terms and Conditions

Material Receiving Information

Material is received between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Maximum skid weight is 10,000 lbs. All coils must be on skids and properly packed, with eye-to-sky orientation preferred. All deliveries must be made on a truck that may be unloaded from the rear by forklift.

ACA will inspect all shipments for obvious physical damage, and will note any observed damage on the shipping paperwork. ACA Will notify the customer upon receipt of any damaged material, but we will not be held responsible for any such damage, nor for any other conditions that can occur in transportation such as concealed damage or water staining.

ACA reserves the right to refuse any shipments that are improperly packed or severely damaged.


Proper identification must accompany all shipments. In addition to typical shipping paperwork, the customer name. purchase order, and material identification (gauge, alloy, temper, etc.) must be clearly stated. If ACA is required to include chemical and physical certifications with the order, these certifications must be provided by the mill source with the shipment.

Conditions of Sale

All toll process is performed on a “gross weight” basis, that is, the customer is invoiced for processing costs against the weight of metal received, not the weight shipped. Acceptable losses, both chemical and physical, will be agreed to at the time the order is accepted. ACA will only be responsible for the per pound cost of metal in excess of the accepted losses, and only be responsible for the per-pound cost of the metal supplied.

Coil Requirements

Details of the material will be advised and understood prior to acceptance of any sales order. The customer will accurately advise the ACA Sales contact as to the gauge, width, alloy, temper, and finish of any toll metal, as well as any other particulars at the time the order is placed and accepted. Received metal is expected to match the accepted specifications or it may be refused.

General requirements for coils are as follows:

  • Coils must be wound on 20″ ID fiber cores — NO EXCEPTIONS, unless agreed to in writing.
  • The finished side of the material must be WOUND FACING OUT.
  • Coils must be continuous and without splices of any kind.
  • Coils must be aluminum alloy of the following series: 1000, 3000, or 5000. Special alloys are accepted only with written approval.
  • Coils must be as large as possible, up to the stated maximums of the particular process equipment (determined at the time the order is placed). ACA will not be responsible for excess scrap caused by small coils.

Surface Characteristics

For most applications Mien ACA supplies both metal and anodizing, we purchase aluminum classified as “anodizing quality”. This is aluminum that has been prepared in a manner that will greatly increase its chance of being anodized with a visually pleasing surface.

When we are toll anodizing customer material, we obviously do not have the same level of control over the condition of the aluminum. For this reason, ACA will not be responsible for visual appearance of the anodized product, as it relates to metallurgical defects. ACA will only be responsible for the characteristics of the anodizing itself-

A portion of the cost of continuous coil anodizing is involved in the set-up of the line to create specific products. If ACA begins anodizing a coil of customer material that has not been subject to prior testing for surface approval (see “Inspection and Testing’) and is instructed by the customer to stop the run due to base metal quality issues, a $1250.00 set-up charge will be assessed. This charge will be independent of any additional anodizing charges should the metal be anodized at a later date.

Inspection and Testing

ACA will be responsible for inspection and testing of the anodized aluminum product in accordance with the requirements of the ACA Test Plan, which is created for each of the anodized products it produces. The Test Plan specifies certain anodizing characteristics, based on product and end use, but does not relate to the condition of the metal nor metallurgical defects. If the end use and desired visual

characteristics of the finished product have been clearly communicated to ACA in written form or with samples, we can make a determination to run or reject the metal should defects be encountered. ACA

will not be responsible for the quality of any metal rejected, and the customer will be responsible for the anodizing charges associated with the anodized portion as well as any minimum charges that may apply.

As an added service, for customer surface approval prior to production, ACA can anodize actual samples of customer material in our lab to demonstrate the general surface appearance that can be expected after processing. A $200.00 fee will be charged for this service.

ACA is able to perform any of the following tests as required or requested —

Anodic Film Weight – As per ASTM B137 — Measurement of Coating Mass per Unit Area

Seal Integrity – As per ASTM B 136 — Measurement of Stain Resistance

Color – Measurement by L*a*b* value

Gloss – Measurement with 60 Gloss Meter

Photometric Properties – Measurement with Dorigon and Total Refiectometer instruments

Other tests may be available and must be agreed to prior to production. Charges may apply for certain non-standard tests.


Certification of the anodized product is available as requested. ACA will certify the anodized characteristics as specified by the Test Plan or customer request. Any special certification requirements must be agreed to at the time the order is accepted- Certification of chemical and physical properties may be included in the ACA certification if the proper mill certification is received at the time of metal receipt (see paragraph 2, Documentation).

Any terms and conditions different or contrary to those stated here will not be accepted unless agreed to by an authorized ACA representative, in writing.

ACAD-129, Rev. 3

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