Kitchens nowadays represent true design products, with every aspect taken care of to be functional, hard-wearing, and aesthetically valuable finishes.
Every year, the leading brands in the industry bring new collections onto the market, where each detail is carefully designed and analysed by teams of designers to provide the end customer with valuable solutions.
Also, thanks to the renewed interest in matt metal finishes, the market is again turning to colour anodizing treatments: this is the case with these particular handles, for which the customer contacted our sister company Argos Lualma.
Colour anodizing applied to furnishings
Performing a machining operation like the one on the handle in the photo below is only apparently a simple procedure.
The main complexity in such cases is replicating an existing aesthetic in a very short time and with virtually zero margins for error.
The customer who commissioned the work requested a sample degree of opacity and colour within a very narrow range.
Numerous preliminary tests and strict controls are usually necessary to achieve the desired result to verify that the treated product is up to standard.
One of the characteristics of aluminium is that it is a product that can easily be re-processed by removing and reapplying the thin layer of oxidation. An advantage that, unfortunately, in the case of such special products, cannot be exploited.
The process of removing the anodizing impacts the structure of the part, thinning it slightly. These handles are welded to the drawer by means of fitting in a slot to size, and the piece cannot, therefore, be machined several times in the event of an error, as the clamp would lose volume by becoming too thin to fit perfectly into the slot in the wooden front.
Argos Lualma, which has distinguished itself in the market over the years for its extremely low non-conformity rates (achieved even by re-machining any defective parts at its own expense), has overcome a further element of complexity: not only to replicate the required opacity and colour in a very short time but also to achieve the desired effect on the first application. Mission successful!