Advantages of using Aluminium Extrusions

Today’s Engineering Designers demand materials that are light, strong and corrosion resistant. They have vision, creativity and seek the materials to meet the ever exacting structural, thermal, aesthetic and acoustic challenges of the 21st century. An obvious choice for engineering designers is aluminium with its unique properties, making it a natural partner for many applications. Its use, in its extruded form, in a wide range of applications has grown over many years thanks to its strength, durability, corrosion resistance and lightness. Extruded aluminium offers the design engineer the optimum design flexibility.

Aluminium extrusion is the technique used to transform aluminium alloy, pushed through, what can be intricate and complex dies, into definitive, cross-sectional profiles for a wide range of applications. The extrusion process makes the most of aluminium’s unique combination of physical characteristics, specifically malleability and ductility. Its ductility allows it to be easily extruded while its malleability allows it to be pressed and formed into complex shapes even after extrusion. Also at one third the density and stiffness of steel the resulting products offer exceptional strength and stability making it a popular choice for many designers.

Advantages of Aluminium Extrusions

Advantages of using Aluminium for Extrusion

Aluminium’s malleable qualities allow for flexible options in design and cost effective production. This malleability does not result in any strength or durability sacrifices of the end product but provides workability and substantial strength in relation to its weight. Aluminium is most often blended with other metals to form alloys that are ductile yet retain the advantages of the alloyed metals. Aluminium may, however, be used in its pure form for certain extrusion applications. These alloys and their unique blend of qualities provide the basis for a multitude of products that can be created through aluminium extrusion.

Aluminium Extrusions can be found in a diverse range of applications

  • High conductivity of heat and electricity - Air conditioning, radiators, heatsinks, electronics.
  • Low weight to high strength ratio - Aeronautical, marine, railway stock, automotive.
  • Corrosion resistance - Mining, architectural, marine, military, cables and wires.

Aluminium extrusion is often the most viable solution that meets the specific manufacturing needs of design flexibility, cost savings, and product performance.

ABL can help you choose the appropriate alloy and design the optimum extrusion profile for your project and budgetary requirements.

Benefits of using Aluminium Extrusions

The aluminium extrusion process offers benefits other than weight savings. Components can be designed to incorporate extra features that provide fixings, channels, and interlocking systems that preclude the need for additional parts. These features can even be incorporated so that they enhance the structural strength of the assembly.

The use of aluminium extrusions in combination with novel fabrication techniques can be a low-cost tooling solution. Due to the low cost of extrusion dies prototype costs can be significantly reduced during design, and the manufacturing technology is easily transferred into full production. Design optimisation through manufacturing improvements can ultimately provide the best solution for a particular application.

Aluminium - the Environmentally Friendly Metal

Aluminium is completely recyclable and unlike many other recycled materials, recycled aluminium retains all the properties of the original metal. To recycle scrap aluminium takes only 5% of the energy that was required to produce the original metal. This adds to the scrap value and thus makes it more beneficial to recover scrap.

With its low-cost recyclability, high rate of scrap recovery and the relative abundance of its ore, aluminium is a highly economically and environmentally sustainable material.

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of ABL Components Ltd to recognise and measure the potential environmental impact of our business. Further to this, we manage our activities to control and reduce environmental impact whilst continuing to meet the commercial requirements of our customers.

ABL is pro-active in offering re-usable packaging solutions to provide environmental benefits and cost down opportunities.