Magnesium alloys have many characteristics that makes them interesting alternative to steel and aluminum in the automotive industry. Other characteristics generate inconveniences that makes magnesium a less obvious choice. In the excellent articles by Total Materia: "Automotive Uses of Magnesium Alloys: Part One and Part Two", you will find characteristics, applications and measures used to compensate magnesium drawbacks.
A combination of light weight, high specific strength, and good castability makes magnesium alloys a promising engineering material for the automotive and aerospace industries. Mg-Al-based alloys, especially the AZ and AM series, combine good room-temperature strength and ductility with satisfying salt-spray corrosion resistance and excellent castability.
Laser marking machines can be used to provide cradle-to-grave permanent identification of metal parts. Laser markers allow complete product traceability of most metallic parts throughout the supply chain, from casthouses to final disposition of the product.
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