29 05, 2018

Taber’s Growing Fabrication and Machining Capabilities

2018-05-22T17:17:19+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

For decades, the aluminum extrusion experts, Taber Extrusions, have served customers in a wide variety of industries. New technological advancements and emerging industries inspired Taber Extrusions to upgrade and increase their facilities and capabilities, allowing the company to meet the needs of a larger customer base.

The new fabrication facility at Taber’s Russellville, Arkansas location features CNC (computer numerical control) machining. The move to CNC machining allows more precision and control over machine operations resulting in improved product quality.

Taber has added several new pieces of equipment to the new facility including the Haas VF-7, the Emmegi Satellite XT, the HMC500, and the ZIESS CMM. The new facility also houses precision saws that increase cutting precision and decreases scrap material.  The B&O B-800 series and the Marvel Band Saw are featured.

With the new fabrication and machining capabilities, Taber Extrusions has the ability to meet the needs of customers in industries that require the most cutting-edge technology, such as electric vehicles for individual and mass transportation.

24 05, 2018

Aluminum Extruders Engaging New Generation of Frigate Builders and Defense Contractors

2018-05-24T18:09:11+00:00 May 24th, 2018|

The U.S. Navy is prepared to spend a generous amount in order to meet its ambitious specifications list as it prioritizes its FFG(X) program.  Recently, the U.S. Navy  announced they are willing to spend roughly $1B per ship, which should buy a very capable surface combatant. With this news, aluminum extrusion manufacturers are eager to provide extrusions for selected frigate designers/builders.

Read all about this and the requirements set by the Navy for the FFG(X) in this recent article by Tyler Rogoway of The Drive, which says “Defense contractors from around the globe are seeing this program as a rare opportunity to get a foothold in shipbuilding for the U.S. Navy, and multiple existing foreign designs could potentially be adapted for the Navy’s use. This is in addition to well-established domestic vendors that will be competing for the opportunity with their own designs as well. Supposedly about eight designs are being looked at by the Navy, all of which were submitted following the service’s initial RFP that was released last year.”

“This is an effort to get the design right up front,” Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, The Navy’s surface warfare director said in an interview with Defense News. “We’re looking to have a dialogue with industry to get the most capability for the best price…. we want to see what industry comes back with. From there we’ll lock it down and go into the detailed design and construction phase and we can get this thing out by 2020.”

Who are the companies that have been contracted by the Navy to compete for the frigate bid?

  • Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Detyens Shipyards Inc., North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Austal USA LLC, Mobile, Alabama
  • Lockheed Martin Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
  • Marinette Marine Corp., dba as Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisconsin
  • General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Nexagen Networks Inc., Marlboro, New Jersey
  • Adept Process Services Inc., National City, California

Aluminum extrusions have played a part in military and defense industries for a long time, and known for their contribution to the U.S. Navy’s the Littoral Combat Ships.  The LCS are agile and flexible surface combatants which operate close to shore, reconfigurable for various duties from special operations, maritime intercept, anti-submarine warfare, and reconnaissance. The Aluminum Extruders Council explains, “With design criteria stressing agility, it’s not surprising that extruded components, with their high strength and light weight, play an important role in the LCS program. Among other applications, truss sections, joined with friction stir welding, are used for decking, and T-sections, again joined via friction stir, are incorporated in the hull and superstructure.”

It will be exciting to see which ship will become the U.S. Navy’s next frigate, and what 2020 will bring.

About Taber Extrusions

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS in 1995 which houses a cast house, two additional presses, and a fabrication area that has been expanded multiple times. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, and has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce the launch expanded capabilities to include aluminum micro-extrusions.

If you have any questions please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of Taber’s Regional Sales Managers. Taber Extrusions is committed to continue their legacy by saving clients time and money with custom aluminum shapes extruded with precision and the full range of aluminum alloys.

15 05, 2018

Hard and Soft Alloys for Aerospace and Firearms

2018-05-22T17:21:02+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Inside Taber Extrusion’s new state-of-the-art casthouse, aluminum billets are cast and extruded into a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Taber offers the full range of aluminum alloys, including, hard, soft, marine, and armor grade, a unique capability in the industry.

Taber’s capabilities allow the company to serve several industries, including aerospace and firearms. The hard alloys that are created are ideal for these industries due to their high strength and corrosion resistance.

Taber serves both relatively small and large firearm manufacturers, establishing unique profiles for each customer. Customers have the option of requesting custom shapes with unique specifications or purchasing from  Taber’s existing inventory.

To highlight some of the company’s services: Taber offers custom extrusions to be used in the manufacturing of AR-15 variant rifles.  The aluminum alloys used for these shapes are the same as those used in military grade jets. Taber can provide both oversized extrusions as well as shapated that are as small as 1 millimeter for manufacturing firearms.

Taber’s resumé includes service to all the major aerospace manufacturers in the U.S. The extruded shapes provided by Taber are used for important components of aerospace vehicles, including the fuselage/pressure cabin, seat/cargo tracks, lower and upper horizontal stabilization, and upper and lower wing skin/spars/stringers.  Another unique service offered by Taber, that is applicable to the aerospace industry, is large press, hard alloy extrusions.

With unique capabilities and decades of experience, Taber is the go-to company for all of your extrusion needs.

Contact Taber today: (888)-985-0763.

30 04, 2018

Taber Extrusions Announces Micro-Extrusion Capabilities Via Lou-Rich Exact Manufacturing Purchase

2018-05-11T22:54:53+00:00 April 30th, 2018|

Taber Extrusions Announces Micro-Extrusions

Taber Extrusions of Russellville, Arkansas purchased the Exact Manufacturing division of Lou-Rich, Inc.  which will now expand Taber’s capabilities to include ultra-precision aluminum extrusions.

Aluminum ultra-precision extrusions are produced through a proprietary technique that delivers features, tolerances, and surface finishes previously believed to be impossible. This unique extrusion process continues to impress design engineers, offering an additional design alternative for the production of precision aluminum components. Industries most commonly using micro-extrusions include computer, electronics, aerospace, medical, industrial, and military.

“On behalf of Exact Manufacturing, I want to sincerely thank you for your business and patronage over the years, and wish you success in the future,” says Exact Manufacturing President Mike Larson, in a letter recently sent out to Exact Manufacturing’s current client base, asking them to direct all new purchase orders to Taber Extrusions, “The Exact Manufacturing division of Lou-Rich will continue fulfilling orders for Taber until a successful transfer of equipment and processes is assured.”

Taber is a highly regarded, full service provider of aluminum extrusions to many industries including aerospace, transportation, defense, power, etc.  They are also ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified.  As a leader in the extrusion business, Taber is highly suited to provide the quality and service demanded by Exact’s customers.  With this acquisition, both Taber’s and Exact’s customers can expect to see increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs and services provided by Taber.

About Taber Extrusions

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS., in 1995 which houses a cast house and two additional presses, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, and has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce the launch expanded capabilities to include aluminum ultra-precision extrusions.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions please visit taberextrusionc.com or contact one of Taber’s Regional Sales Managers.

29 03, 2018

Beyond the Aluminum Extrusion – Full Service Aluminum Extrusion Company

2018-05-11T23:05:26+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

Taber Extrusions has extrusions in the name, but it’s really a full-service aluminum extrusion company. Taber controls it all, from the casting of the billet, the extrusion process, fabrication and finally the logistics..

We have a commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing both products and service levels that are of the highest quality. This commitment is at the core of our operating philosophy.

For us, these unique capabilities are key. Our specialty is the manufacturing of complex and intricate extrusions which competitors consider difficult or even impossible. Our full range of extrusion presses, from 1800 and 3000 ton to our impressive large 8600 ton, give us unmatched flexibility and profile capabilities to meet our customer’s needs.

For example:  our 8600 ton press, one of the largest extrusion presses in the United States, has the capability to extrude both 16 and 20 inch round billets, and 10” x 28” rectangular billets with a maximum circle size of 31” and up to 140 lbs. per foot. With the ability to extrude large, intricate configurations, such as lightweight but strong one-piece extrusions, the customer can incorporate whole assemblies of small components into one extruded part.

As your full-service aluminum extrusion company partner, Taber will work alongside you to turn a concept into reality. Taber’s remarkable attention to the needs of the market position us to provide customized, versatile, high-quality extruded and fabricated products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

7 03, 2018

Fabricated Aluminum Bikes are Stronger, Faster, Lighter

2018-05-11T23:03:56+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Although aluminum is now the most prevalent material in biking these days, up until the 1980’s, most mountain bike frames were made of steel.

Slowly, the market demand for lighter, stronger, and rust-resistant bike frames coupled with advances in aluminum metallurgy led some manufacturers to make the switch. Soon, most steel-frame bikes had aluminum parts in the form of brakes, derailleurs, stems, lightweight wheels, handlebars, and seat posts.

It wasn’t long before most bike manufacturers switched entirely to aluminum!

Although both steel and carbon fiber have come a long way , aluminum bikes remain an enthusiast favorite.

In the modern era, advancements in alloying technologies are bringing aluminum bikes to new heights by amplifying their properties.

Weight:

Aluminum is the most widely available lightweight bike frame material. By comparison, steel bike frames have, on average, three times the weight of aluminum ones. Due to its naturally low weight, aluminum remains an ideal and affordable choice for racing and mountain bike frames.

Due to aluminum’s lower strength compared with steel, titanium, and carbon fiber, aluminum bike frame tubes often have thicker walls. Though this does not necessarily provide an advantage over other frame types, thicker-than-standard tubes can be used in aluminum bike frames without making them significantly heavier.

Carbon fiber, of course, has an edge on aluminum in terms of weight. But for a mountain biker, sometimes a little weight is a good thing.

Downhill racers often prefer aluminum over other materials. The additional weight and formability properties allow the rider to maintain the proper inertia to keep the bike steady and to maintain control at high speeds. Weighted aluminum frames make it easier to find the sweet spot.

Price:

Aluminum is a widely used material and is infinitely recyclable, so its price compared to other materials is very competitive.

Well-rounded, lightweight, and affordable, aluminum bike frames are the ideal choice for both beginner and expert-level mountain bikers.

Plus, aluminum is not prone to rust, unlike steel-framed bikes. This resistance makes aluminum a lasting and low-maintenance choice for mountain bikers and other riders who often expose their bikes to harsh elements.

Rigidity:

For trail and downhill riders, the somewhat flexible, forgiving nature of alloyed frames help provide comfort during extremely bumpy terrain or at high speeds.

Alloys Used in Mountain Bikes:

2xxx series: 2xxx series alloys are not usually used for frames. They are easily welded and heat-treatable, but are more suitable for use in components such as bars, seatposts and stems – parts that usually have less butting. Alloy types you will likely encounter are 2011, 2014 and 2024.

6xxx series: 6xxx series alloys are intermediate strength aluminum alloys. In general, they are weaker than either a 2xxx or 7xxx series alloy, but are more easily forged, machined, welded, and formed. You will find them usually in lower cost aluminum alloy frames. 6061, 6063 and 6082.

7xxx series: Most commonly found in the aerospace industry, 7xxx series aluminum alloys are an incredibly high strength alloy that exhibits great resistance to the outdoor elements. The most durable of all bike frames are made from this series’ alloys.

7 03, 2018

Applications of 6xxx Series Aluminum Alloys

2018-05-11T23:04:10+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

6xxx series aluminum alloysThe most predominant alloy used for aluminum extrusions is the 6xxx series.

6xxx series aluminum alloys are used across a wide variety of end use applications, including transportation applications with structural requirements to architectural projects with high surface finish requirements.

There is a 6xxx series alloy variant for most extruded profile end uses.

What is it about alloys from this series that make them so fitting for these types of projects? To understand series classification, you must first understand the science of an aluminum alloy.

An alloy is a mixture of metals. In the case of aluminum alloys, the mixture is typically 90-96% aluminum, with the remaining percentage filled by other elements, such as silicon. The beauty of alloys is that the interaction between aluminum and the added elements enhances the properties of aluminum (e.g., an alloy mixture may increase the strength of aluminum).

Alloy mixtures are classified into a series according to their unique characteristics. The qualifying criteria for the 6xxx series of aluminum alloys is the inclusion of magnesium and silicon in the mixture. Magnesium and silicon combine within the mix to form magnesium silicide.

The salient characteristics of 6xxx alloys are their extrudability, strength to withstand heat treatment, and exceptional corrosion resistance. The alloys in this series also have a great surface finish.

6xxx series aluminum alloys

6xxx series aluminum alloys are ideal for architectural projects like bridge construction and repair, and other projects that will be repeatedly exposed to the elements given their resistance to atmospheric corrosion.

The corrosion resistance and surface finish also make 6xxx alloys ideal for framing windows and doors.

6xxx series aluminum alloys

The 6xxx series is used widely for other applications, including consumer goods, piping and tubing, and electrical components.

For more information on these and the other aluminum alloys Taber Extrusions employ, contact us at info@taberextrusions.com or request a quote here: http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/.

 

Sources:

http://www.orangealuminum.com/index.php/news/-understanding-6000-series-aluminum-alloys

http://www.aluminum.org/resources/industry-standards/aluminum-alloys-101

https://www.clintonaluminum.com/aluminum-uses-in-construction/

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24 01, 2018

Taber Extrusions Partner National Material Company Paves the Way For AHSS

2018-02-06T19:57:54+00:00 January 24th, 2018|

National Material L.P. (NMLP), Taber Extrusions’ parent company, provides a variety of engineered metal products including aluminum extrusion and steel to the automotive, aerospace, construction, defense, electrical, and industrial markets. Taber’s partner National Material Company, has been steadily growing their facilities and capabilities for over 50 years.

National Material Company (NMC) leads the industry in flat rolled steel and specializes in exceptional supply-chain management. The company’s supply-chain management leadership helps customers enjoy the benefits of reduced costs and improved quality.

NMC is highly focused on enhancing their Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) capabilities and services. AHSS benefits many industries including rail transport, energy, infrastructure, shipbuilding, and aerospace.

 

 

National Material of Mexico recently expanded their Monterrey facility to include an AHSS Slitting Line. The new equipment can slit steel with tensile strength up to 1725 MPa. The Line, manufactured by Red Bud Industries, Inc., can handle material from 0.007″ thickness, with cut-to-length and leveling capabilities up to 72″ wide.

All NMLP companies are dedicated to continuous improvement in order to meet the changing needs of customers. Exceptional quality, customer service and partnerships are to be expected from all NMLP companies, including Taber Extrusions, NMC, and NMM.

Visit National Material Company: nationalmaterial.com

16 01, 2018

2018 Shot Show – Taber Debuts Customizable Extrusions for AR-15 Variant Rifles

2018-01-16T17:46:23+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

Las Vegas, Nevada – January 22rd – 23rd Taber Extrusions will be available for in-person Q&A regarding their customizable upper & lower oversized extrusions for AR-15 variant rifles, perfect for the progressive fabricator looking to accommodate multiple design features, amongst a wide scope of other offerings in the realm of aluminum extrusions relating to the firearm and archery industries.

The 40th Annual SHOT Show’s Supplier Showcase will be hosted in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel meeting rooms in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOT Show is geared up to open its doors to the thousands of attendees to many of the nation’s leading manufactures who will be showcasing their newest products and innovations. Attendance at the 2018 SHOT Show is restricted to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services only. Taber Extrusions will be located at booth S2135, providing information on their customizable aluminum extrusions for the manufacturing of AR-15 variant rifles, lightweight pistol frames, and compound bow riser sections for use in archery. Taber’s AR-15 shapes are made from the same material used in military grade jets and satellite apparatuses, namely aluminum alloys from 6xxx or 7xxx families.

Taber Extrusions a minority business enterprise, fully integrated with In-house casting, extrusion, and fabrication, IS0 9001, AS9100, and NADCAP certified, and offers alloys in 2xxx, 5xxx, 6xxx, and 7xxx series with extrusion sizes ranging from less than 1 lb./ft. up to 140 lbs./ft. Recently featured in Light Metal Age Magazine, Taber is a leading supplier of aluminum extrusions purposed for Military and Department of Defense, and offers a diverse range of products and services while simultaneously maintaining a high level of customer care and support.

Meet Taber at the 2018 Shot Show Supplier Showcase from January 22rd – 23rd from 9am-5pm in the Palazzo Ballroom, 5th floor Venetian Hotel Meeting rooms – booth S2135. The Venetian Hotel is located at 3355 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV. 8910. Connect at www.taberextrusions.com or call directly 888.985.5332.

19 12, 2017

Hard and Soft Alloys for Aerospace and Firearms

2017-12-19T18:21:55+00:00 December 19th, 2017|

hard and soft alloys for aerospace and firearms

Taber is able to offer both hard alloys as well as soft alloys for aerospace and firearms, which is fairly unique in the industry. One of the most exciting segments in the hard alloy group is firearms. We have discovered that many firearms manufacturers are small businesses. So, what we offer is stocking a custom shape for them, or producing a generic shape that they can machine individually into their own profile. We provide a solution not only to large businesses, but to any small business too!

We’re also able to offer distribution centers and larger manufacturers of firearms the exact near-net shape that they need.

Furthermore, in regards to the alloys for aerospace market, we supply all of the major manufacturers in the US. We do large press hard alloy extrusions, which is for a very limited supply market and provides additional value to our customers. We’re very unique in that aspect.

Aluminum alloys have long been a dominant material in the manufacture of aerospace vehicles, and due to the ever-evolving nature of aluminum alloys, they are likely to stay around for a long time.

Aluminum is used In:

  • Fuselage/pressure cabin
  • Seat/cargo tracks
  • Floor beams
  • Lower and upper horizontal stabilization
  • Upper wing skin/stringers and spars
  • Lower wing skin/spars/stringers

Taber offers the full range of aluminum alloys for all of our aluminum shapes, including hard, soft, marine, and armor grade alloys. Need specific material or alloy? We can offer custom chemistries to meet your unique needs. All of our alloys are processed at our billet casting facility in Gulfport, Mississippi.

In a five-billion pound industry, Taber is among the leading aluminum suppliers and is the most diverse in breadth of capability.

Learn more about Taber’s Available Aluminum Alloys here.

 

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