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Aluminum Extrusion Companies

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Serving the aluminum extrusions world from Cleveland, Ohio, Talan Products specializes in a range of aluminum extrusion products and services. Talan Products is a quality conscious ISO 9001 certified vendor utilizing the latest in precision manufacturing technology. Whether you are an engineer needing a value product or a purchasing professional seeking a vendor, let us help you!
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Since 1948, Johnson Brothers has been a leader in the aluminum roll forming industry. Our tooling can form different shapes with multiple bends & double thicknesses making a stronger part. Choose your type of outside edge, including hemmed designs. Our manufacturing procedure can take your part from concept to achievement. Please contact us today with any questions.
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Since 1986, GSH Industries has offered on time delivery and competitive pricing. With over 40,000 square feet of manufacturing, we offer aluminum extrusion products and services. Our experience in the extrusion can provide you with industry leading capabilities. We are committed to providing the best in customer service. Call us today for more extrusion information.
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ISO 9001:2000 & 14000 certified, Northern States Metals is an aluminum extrusion company. We specialize in products & services like aluminum extruded shapes, extruded aluminum, aluminum channels, metal extrusions, aluminum profiles & aluminum extruded tubing. You can count on our expertise & quality control to get your part or product off to the right start. The more you need, the better we look!
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Extrude-A-Trim`s Aluminum Warehouse has thousands of aluminum extrusions in stock. Our extensive services include aluminum fabrication, finishing, extrusion powder coating & painting, customized extrusion punching, anodizing, & customized shipping with specialty protective packaging. Add speedy delivery & fantastic customer service, and you've found the warehouse for all your aluminum extrusions.
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Dajcor Aluminum is the leading Canadian supplier of extruded, fabricated/machined and anodized components and assemblies to the automotive, renewable energy, transportation, building trades, military, recreation, and consumer-product industries. Dajcor is an aluminum extrusion company, with complete value added in-house capabilities - your `One-Stop` extrusion supplier!
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New Shape Options for Aluminum Extrusions- The Functional Approach

Aluminum extrusion methods have remained the same for many decades. Common extrusion shapes provide structural support for many applications in the industrial world. However, in today's challenging world, technology is constantly changing. New demands are placed on extrusion technology every day.

Today, it is more important than ever to come up with the right shapes for extrusion manufacturing. The right shape will cost the least amount of money, will be simple to manufacture, and will fit the structural requirements of each application. In today's world, the best way to do this is through the functional approach.

The functional approach to extrusion design uses common sense to create the design. Rather than thinking about what shape the structure needs to be, the first thought is what the piece will need to do. After determining the use of the structure, the engineer should then consider what shapes provide that support, how the elements would relate to one another in a 3D environment, and then create the design. Thinking of the design process this way eliminates the limitations of current designs and prevents in-the-box thinking that can reduce the effectiveness of new designs.

Engineers that use the functional approach are better able to serve their customers in any industry. With the functional approach, it is possible to create new extrusion designs that not only meet the function of the job at hand, but can then be used in similar situations in other applications. This benefits the industry as a whole, as well as the customer.

Aluminum Extrusions

Aluminum extrusions are linear aluminum products highly valued in a wide spectrum of structural applications due to aluminum's high strength-to-weight ratio and the cost effectiveness of the metal extrusion process. Like other types of metal extrusions, extruded aluminum is either hot extruded or cold extruded through a die, shaping aluminum stock into various types of extruded aluminum shapes, such as angles and beams, aluminum channels, aluminum profiles or aluminum extruded tubing.

Extruded aluminum products like aluminum channels, shapes and profiles are both strong and lightweight, making them perfect for structural applications such as light poles, building and window frames, lighting fixtures, car bumpers, hardware joints, trim, and many other uses in construction, industrial and automotive industries. Shapes and channels can be extruded into complex, precision tolerance shapes to interlock with other aluminum channels or structures, or they may be extruded into heat sinks for cooling electronics, refrigerators and heat engines. Because aluminum is strong, rust and temperature resistant, easily fabricated and 100% recyclable, aluminum and aluminum alloy extrusions are often the first choice in building or structural materials.

The number of industries which use aluminum extrusions is both extensive and diverse since a wide number of shapes are achievable through the extrusion process. For example, extruded aluminum channels make great components for automotive and transportation construction, as it is light and corrosion resistant; aluminum channels and profiles are used in vehicles such as trains, SUVs, semi trucks and cars for parts and components including panels, window panes, runners and bumpers. In addition, machinery and industrial equipment such as scaffolding, process and mining equipment use extruded aluminum tubing, shapes and profiles as lightweight, durable equipment components, while many types of office and hospital furniture use aluminum tubing and channels in their construction. The building, architectural and construction industries use aluminum profiles extensively, whether it be practical application such as for structural and ceiling beams or for aesthetic applications such as decorative trim and window paneling. Capable of being extruded through complex dies into close-tolerance shapes, small extruded aluminum shapes are frequently fabricated into medical and electronics components such as heat-absorbing and dissipating heat sinks.

The process of extruding aluminum may use "hot extrusion", "warm extrusion" or "cold extrusion", each of which have their own benefits and drawbacks. In order for stock aluminum to be formed into tubing, channels, shapes or profiles, round aluminum stock called "billet", or "logs" are pressed by a ram through a die, which is a hollow profile that shapes the aluminum into a specific extruded shape as the billet is squeezed through. Direct extrusion holds the die stationary while the ram forces the aluminum alloy through the die opening, while indirect extrusion holds the die stationary as the hollow ram moves into the stationary billet from one end, forcing the metal to flow through the die. The temperature of both the billet and the die are crucial for uniform extrusions. In cold extruding, aluminum billet is pressed through the die at room temperature or near room temperature, yielding close-tolerance components with high strength and a good surface with minimal finishing required. Warm extruding, or forging, is done on billets brought to temperature ranges between 800 and 1800 degrees F, with ideal ranges being between 1,000 and 1,330 degrees; these temperatures remain below material recrystallization temperatures, enhancing billets' ductility while keeping the material solid. Warm extruded aluminum requires less ram force (and energy) and often requires no secondary heat treatment. Hot extrusions are performed on aluminum which has been fully plasticized by heat and is often performed in a vacuum to avoid oxidation. After a shape or channel has been extruded, it is straightened by a stretcher.

Although the process of extracting aluminum ore from the Earth's surface is relatively costly, aluminum has a far longer service life than most metals and may be fully recycled while retaining 100% of the material's original properties. In addition to the ability to be fully recycled, other green uses of aluminum extrusions include using aluminum extrusions in transportation often saves on carbon emissions, as aluminum is a far lighter metal than its alternatives, such as steel; aluminum combines stainless steel's beneficial properties of corrosion resistance and strength with 1/3 the weight. Aluminum is easily formed and machined and is an excellent conductor and reflector of heat, making it an ideal material for heat shielding applications such as heat sinks. As the recycling industry expands its capabilities to recycling a broader range of aluminum parts, large aluminum extruding and manufacturing companies are also beginning to invest in aluminum recycling. Recycling aluminum requires only 20% the amount of energy used by acquiring virgin materials; this energy savings is converted into a significant cost savings by aluminum extruders who use recycled aluminum materials.

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Aluminum Extrusion Types

  • Aluminum angles are standard extruded L-shaped parts composed of 2 legs that intersect and form a 90 degree angle. 
  • Aluminum beams are structural and support components of building construction.
  • Aluminum channels are smooth, linear and fairly narrow, and often provide a supportive frame for roll-formed products.
  • Aluminum extruded tubing is a hollow linear aluminum product that is typically cylindrical, however aluminum square tubing and aluminum rectangular tubing is also manufactured for specialty applications such as aluminum downspouts and building supplies.
  • Aluminum frames are components of modular framing systems that are constructed out of many different units.
  • Aluminum profiles are extruded stock shapes of aluminum
  • Aluminum shapes can be customized for almost any application. Standard shapes include angles, channels and tubing.
  • Aluminum trim is long, thin and narrow, and can be custom made to fit a specific purpose or space.
  • Architectural aluminum are used as decorative and structural components of building construction.
  • Extruded aluminum is molded with dies into specific shapes.
  • A heatsink is a metallic device that absorbs thermal energy, or heat, from another object through thermal compounds.
  • Metal extrusions are created using hot extrusion or cold forming, and commonly made of semi-soft metals, such as lead, tin, aluminum alloys, copper, titanium, etc., which are less expensive to extrude then high-strength alloys.
  • Structural aluminum is an extruded aluminum alloy that goes through post-forming treatments in order to become light weight, durable and corrosion resistant metal used in many different high-strength applications.
  • T-slotted aluminum extrusions can be used in building most anything but are commonly seen in enclosures, cabinets, shelving, machine guarding systems, industrial workstations, office partitions, computer server racks, trade show exhibits, material handling and robotics.

Aluminum Extrusion Terms

6000 Aluminum Series - An aluminum alloy that is very simple to maintain and remains stable under a wide variety of temperature and pressure conditions.
6061 Aluminum Series - The most commonly available, heat-treatable aluminum alloy that is easily cold-worked and formed in the annealed condition by stamping, bending, spinning and deep drawing. The 6061 aluminum series is typically used in the manufacturing of heavy-duty corrosive resistant structures, truck and marine components, railroad cars, furniture, tank fittings, general structural and high pressure applications, wire products and in pipelines.
6063 Aluminum Series - An aluminum alloy that may be heat treated for strengthening, has average machinability and good forming ability (both hot and cold) and is readily welded by all conventional methods. The 6063 aluminum series is typically used in the manufacturing of furniture, windows, stair rails and other architectural applications.
Aging - Also called "precipitation heat-treating," it is a process that naturally or artificially induces changes in aluminum alloy properties. Natural aging occurs at room temperature, while artificial aging occurs in an oven at higher, controlled temperatures, quickening the pace.
Alloy - A compound consisting of either multiple metals or a metal and a nonmetal blended together. An aluminum alloy consists of aluminum and at least one other element, but usually consists of a combination of elements such as zinc and silicon.
Alumina - A compound of aluminum oxide obtained from bauxite during the production of aluminum.
Aluminum Oxide - A hard mineral formed from the chemical reaction between oxygen and aluminum. The creation of aluminum oxide on the surface of a metal prevents future occurrences of oxidation.
Bauxite - The primary ore from which aluminum originates. Four pounds of bauxite produces one pound of aluminum.
Billet - In aluminum extrusion, a solid- or hollow-heated aluminum material forced under pressure through a die in an extrusion press to form an aluminum extrusion. Average billet lengths range from 26 to 72 inches.
Blister - A raised area (bubble) on the surface of an extruded product caused by gas expansion below the surface, which occurred during extrusion or thermal treatment.
Bright Dipping
- A chemical polishing process of aluminum that yields a mirror-shiny, highly reflective surface, typically with the use of a mixture of nitric acid and phosphoric acid. Bright dipping is commonly followed by the anodizing process in order to protect the surface and provide a choice of colors.
Caustic - An alkaline substance, usually consisting of sodium hydroxide, used in the removal of aluminum from an extrusion die.
Chatter - Uneven imperfections in an aluminum extrusion characterized by ridge and depressions, which produce a wavy appearance.
Cold Working - The process in which properties of an aluminum alloy, such as strength and hardening, are manipulated through the subjection of the alloy to low temperatures.
Cryogenic - A term referring to very low temperatures. Aluminum becomes stronger as the temperature decreases, making it an ideal material for cryogenic applications.
Die - The opening, formed to resemble the shape needed, in an extrusion press through which aluminum is pushed under pressure to form an extruded shape.
Die Lines - Lengthwise depressions or protuberances resulting from friction produced as the aluminum flows through the die bearing. 
Heat-treatable Alloy - An aluminum alloy that obtains added strength and hardening through cycles of heating and cooling.
Hot Tears - Lengthwise extrusion imperfections resulting from high speed and temperature.
Non-heat-treatable Alloy - An aluminum alloy that obtains added strength and hardness through cold working and aging, as opposed to cycles of heating and cooling.
Oxide - A compound created through the chemical reaction between oxygen and another element.
Stretch Straightening - Pulling or stretching of aluminum extruded parts past the yield strength of the extrusion in order to make them straighter.
Yield Strength - The maximum amount of stress that can be applied to an object, such as an aluminum extrusion, without changing the dimensions of the object. The increase of stress past the yield strength of the object results in its permanent deformation.