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Secat, Inc.

Lexington, Kentucky
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Secat is a metallurgical research laboratory specializing in aluminum product and process technologies with ISO 17025:2005 certification. Secat has technical and marketing capabilities to serve various aluminum product sectors including: automotive, marine, aerospace, packaging, building & construction, electrical, and recycling. Secat assists companies with materials testing, failure analysis, alloy development, and the enhancement of processes and properties related to casting, forging, extrusion, rolling of plate sheet & foil, powder metallurgy, and foams & composites.

The scientists and engineers at Secat provide in-depth analysis using state-of-the-art metallurgical tools. Their advanced education combined with industrial experience provides a unique and valuable resource for aluminum companies. Secat is housed in a specially designed 10,000-square-foot research facility in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. 

Secat has a wide variety of metallurgical R&D equipment, including SEM with EDS and EBSD, surface roughness tester, mechanical testing equipment for plate, sheet and foil, XRD for texture, hardness, earing, formability, and metal cleanliness (Alscan, Prefil, and Leco-Hydrogen). In addition, thermal treatment facilities with hot and cold rolling pilot capabilities enable Secat to develop new processes and alloys from casting to finished product. 

Modeling software such as ProCAST, ABAQUS, Thermo-Calc, and JMAT Pro enables Secat to understand and compliment experimental alloy and process development work. Additionally, Star CD, a CFD model, is used in design and optimization of burners and melting equipment.

Sustainable Practices: 

Secat provides a range of services that assist clients in operating in a sustainable manner, including:

  • Energy Assessments
  • Furnace assessments and comparison to best practices
  • Optimization of furnace design including advanced technologies reviewsDross evaluation and salt cake processing
  • Consultancy on chips processing, coatings on paint, etc.

Secat endeavors to carry out its own operations in a sustainable fashion. Among the areas in which it has specific in-house policies are:

  • Maintains 5S in house (sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining or self-discipline)
  • Scrap segregation as per alloy
  • Can and paper recycling
  • Battery recycling
  • Lubricant, waste disposal
  • Lights policy
  • Safety monitoring



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