How are Alloy Wheels Made?

Most modern cars have alloy wheels on their car. Curious minds will wonder, how are they made? In our latest article we will explore what the process is for creating alloy wheels.

Step 1. Raw Aluminium is shipped into the factory

After being mined, Aluminium is shipping into the factory for processing. Here the employees will check for the quality of the aluminium and discard any pieces of aluminium that does not meet the standard.

Step 2. Raw material has chemical analysis

Along with the employee checks, the raw material undergoes some comprehensive chemical checks to ensure that it is aluminium. Machines test the chemical balance and any materials that do not meet the required standard are discarded of.

Step 3. Melting Process

The next step is to start the building process. The approved material is moved into the oven to start the melting process. This process is quite quick. It can take 10-30mins to melt the Aluminium into a workable material.

aluminium melting

Step 4. Enamel Casting

The process of making alloy wheels is with low pressure die-casting technology. The castings are tested by automatic yxlon X-Ray machines.

enamel casting

Step 5. X-Ray

The wheels are checked for quality, any damage or defects.

Step 6. Tilt Milling

Once the wheels have been checked for quality, they are then put through the process of Tilt Milling. An employee will use a tilt mill tool that removes metal by rotating a multi-tooth cutter that is fed into the moving work piece. The spindle can be fed up and down with a quill feed lever on the head.

tilt milling

Step 7. Inspection

A manual inspection is completed on the wheel. An employee from the factory will check the wheel for any defects. They will measure that the individual elements of the wheel to make sure that it meets the design specification. Along with this, a brute force inspection is completed. The wheel is put under some immense pressure and see when the breaking point will be.

Step 8. Decorating & Treatment

The wheel will move to the painting and treatment stage. The wheel goes through a series of stages to protect the wheel from the on-going damage that your vehicle may point under it. Through a series of machines, the process is automatic.

Step 9. Quality Control

A bit like the inspection stage, the wheel is then checked for quality. After it has been painted and protected, an employee will sit on the convey belt and check the wheel for any marks or dents that will prevent it from sale.

quality control

Step 10. Shipping

Once the wheel has been created and inspected, the wheel is ready for shipping to wherever it needs to go.

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