8 02, 2019

Taber Aluminum Extrusion Company Awarded NMLP Safety Excellence Award

2019-02-08T21:16:55+00:00February 8th, 2019|

Plant safety is something all the NMLP companies take very seriously, and this past year, aluminum extrusion company Taber Extrusions took home National Material L.P.’s 2018 Safety Excellence Award for exceptional safety management at their Russellville, Arkansas facility.

Taber’s current safety management system was implemented by Taber President Eric Angermeier, who takes a very deliberate approach to plant safety by setting goals, planning, measuring performance, documenting controls, and focusing on continuous improvement. “I’ll be celebrating my 2-year anniversary in early 2019 and feel even more fortunate to have this opportunity to be a member of Team Taber. Our safest year in Taber history, we developed innovative new products that expanded the markets we serve as well as welcomed many new members to our outstanding team. I would like to thank our dedicated associated, loyal customers, and supplier/partners who helped make 2018 a successful year,”Recently featured in Light Metal Age Magazine for both their casthouse modernization & micro-extrusion capabilities, Taber is a classic example of rapid growth not inhibiting plant safety in the slightest, but serving as a strong motivator to continually raise the bar.

The primary elements of Taber’s safety management system include:

  • Perpetual assessment & evaluation of existing safety policies
  • Process & workflow analysis
  • Establishment of safety work procedures
  • Safety training & meetings
  • Safety inspections
  • Maintenance regimens of plants, equipment, and processes
  • Identification of hazards & hazard analysis
  • Facilitation of occupational health programs
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Documentation control & management reviews

A vendor of Taber’s recently visited their Russellville plant had this to say: “It’s evident that this is an aluminum extrusion company that goes above and beyond in every way. There’s a message that comes across when a business is known for their safety standards. It shows they are mindful of the details. It shows that attention to detail is part of their culture.”

Russellville Plant Manager Gavin Buttherworth, Taber President Eric Angermeier, Gulfport and Plant Manager Mike Keenan standing by the NMLP Safety Award Trophy

Russellville Plant Manager Gavin Buttherworth, Taber President Eric Angermeier, Gulfport and Plant Manager Mike Keenan standing by the NMLP Safety Award Trophy

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. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of their expanded capabilities to include micro-extrusions and 7” billet molds.

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10 01, 2019

Environmental Advantages of Aluminum Extrusions

2019-01-10T19:19:41+00:00January 10th, 2019|

Beautiful country side with grassy mountain vistas and artistically-styled green cityscape & airplane

Aluminum. It’s light. It’s strong. It’s highly recyclable. And it’s leading the charge in our planet-wide quest for a more renewable, sustainable future… and aluminum extrusions are definetly part of the conservation puzzle..

Strides in aluminum alloy technology have allowed aluminum products to lower energy and carbon emissions in countless applications. From the automotive and aerospace industry, to construction and marine, consumer products, and beyond, aluminum is no doubt the sustainable solution for the modern world.

The facts don’t lie. The energy required to create new aluminum has decreased by 26% in the last two and a half decades, and the entire industry’s global warming potential has decreased by 37% (source: aluminum.org). This is due in large part to robust aluminum recycling programs that manufacturers have adopted.

Let’s dig deeper into the different facets of aluminum that is making it the material of the future.

LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN

Implementing lightweight aluminum into manufacturing designs presents a great opportunity to increase the sustainable use of energy. Aluminum’s light weight contributes to increased fuel efficiency in transport vehicles, from consumer automobiles to military vehicles and airplanes. Aluminum’s 95% reflectivity property can be used in building materials to reduce heating costs within green buildings, and improves the efficiency of solar panels and solar cells.

We will go over the sustainability aluminum provides due to recycling further below, but it is important to note that the greatest environmental benefit comes from the day to day use of vehicles and buildings that are built with aluminum.

For buildings, the use of aluminum in extrusion-based building components (such as windows, sunshades, facades, etc.) can massively decrease the operating costs and energy usage over the lifetime of a building.

Aluminum extrusions’ combination of low weight and high strength provides immense benefits to pretty much anything with a motor and wheels. In using this material, you are reducing the mass that must be moved by the transportation system. Mass reductions in this way can lead to further downsizing elsewhere in the design, which results in reduced carbon emissions and energy consumption.

Each pound of aluminum used in place of high-strength steel provides the following benefits:

  • saves the equivalent of 3.1 gallons of crude oil over the life of the vehicle (source: org)
  • saves CO2 from day one, using recycled aluminum (source: org)

RECYCLING

The sustainability benefits that come from recycling aluminum are unmatched. As with any recyclable material, recycling aluminum conserves energy and our natural resources, as well as reduces water and air pollution.

Aluminum is INFINITELY recyclable. That means that it can be recycled over and over with virtually no limit.

Since 1884, billions of metric tons of aluminum have been produced, and today, roughly 74% of that amount is still in use today.

Yes, aluminum is truly unparalleled when it comes to recycling.. In fact, all aspects of products made from aluminum can be reused. That means that a simple act like tossing your aluminum cans into the recycling bin, instead of the general trash, can conserve 95% of the energy that it takes to create a new aluminum can.

For every 1 ton of aluminum recycled, the planet is spared 9 tons of CO2 emissions.

Members of the Aluminum Extrusion Council are deeply involved in scrap collection and secondary smelting programs. (source: AEC.org).

CONCLUSION

Although modern technology is making the world much smaller, it’s also introducing a lot of design challenges as we work towards creating a better, more sustainable future. Taber Extrusions is proud to be a prominent member of the aluminum extrusion industry, as it gives us the opportunity to assist manufacturers in reducing their carbon footprint in their designs, and work towards a better tomorrow.

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21 12, 2018

50 Aluminum Gift Ideas For This Holiday Season

2018-12-21T19:41:43+00:00December 21st, 2018|

As an aluminum extrusion company, we hold aluminum close to our hearts, so we thought we’d pass along some fun ideas so you can give the gift of aluminum this Christmas! Aluminum is pliable, plentiful, strong, lightweight, easy to combine with other materials, heat resistant, non-corrosive, a great conductor of electricity, and 100% recyclable. What’s not to love?

1. Golf clubs – Aluminum shafts mean faster swing, increasing distance with each shot.
2. Watch – Did you know they even have aircraft-grade aluminum watches?
3. Dutch oven – Lightweight, rust-proof, & easy to clean.
4. Money clip – Get it hand-stamped or engraved.
5. Fountain pen – Sleek, durable, classic.
6. Tie clip – Simple, fashionable, timeless.
7. Aluminum tumblers – Brighten up the BBQ or picnic with colorful retro tumbler cup set.
8. BBQ Set – Aluminum BBQ grill, or grill accessories… for the perfect outdoor meal.
9. Wind chimes – Add harmony to the home or garden with the gentle lullaby of chimes.
10. Waffle iron – How ‘bout a cast aluminum stovetop waffle maker?
11. Kaleidoscope – A unique gift for a very special someone who brings color to your life.
12. Bicycle – For the child, the athlete, or the leisure-seeker.
13. Ladder – Foldable step-stool for the kitchen or a ladder for indoor/outdoor tasks.
14. Mailbox – Secure, weather resistant, heavy-duty aluminum for curbside appeal.
15. Ski poles – Sturdy aluminum poles make the most sense.
16. Refrigerator – Kitchen trends come and go, but aluminum appliances are steadfast.
17. Salt & pepper shakers – Go vintage or go modern, everyone uses salt & pepper shakers.
18. Toaster – Toaster or toaster oven, forever a useful gift.
19. Bottle stopper – Stylish, sophisticated, practical, and you can personalize them.
20. Knife Set/Swiss army knife – Carving sets, cutlery, utility knives…
21. Fishing boat – Aluminum is the ideal solution for boaters seeking inexpensive versatility.
22. Office chair – Enhance comfort & style at work or in the home office with a new chair.
23. Espresso maker – Everyone knows life is better with coffee drinks.
24. Cufflinks – Add a touch of class and a splash of color with polished aluminum cufflinks.
25. Coasters – Handcrafted or engraved, the table is protected and the drinks are stylish.

Christmas postcard showing various aluminum products such as a computer, bicycle, and toaster. Reads: the gift of aluminum.

26. Speakers/Bluetooth speakers – Turn up the soundtrack and get celebrating.
27. Martini shakers – Sharpen bartending skills and cocktail endeavors.
28. DVDs & CDs – We all have an album or a movie that we need to hold in our hands.
29. Jewelry tree – A perfect way to display necklaces, bobbles and bangles.
30. Baseball bat – Or softball bat, to hit the fast pitches and curve balls.
31. Serving utensils – Serve in style & get savory dishes from pan to plate.
32. Computer – Did you know computers contain aluminum micro-extrusions?
33. Patio furniture – Outfit an outdoor living space with durable cast aluminum furniture.
34. Window frame – New windows? Another item made with aluminum extrusions.
35. Flag pole – To honor, remember, or show holiday spirit far and wide.
36. Hairspray (Aerosol containers) – Put together a gift basket of “beauty goodies.”
37. Camping equipment – Make it easy to spend the weekend outdoors. Prepare ahead.
38. 6-pack ‘o beer – Or someone’s favorite soda pop.
39. Pots & pans – Cook like a pro with anodized aluminum pots & pans.
40. Car rims – Nothing says “I love you” like a set of rims.
41. Umbrella – A simple and thoughtful gift that comes in every imaginable design & color.
42. Aluminum sculpture – How about the perfect artistic sculpture for your loved one?
43. Bangle bracelets – All the rage right now, the more the merrier.
44. Customizable license plates – Oh, how clever you can be. This gift goes everywhere.
45. Keychain – Stocking stuffer, office gift, or customize something special.
46. Aluminum water bottle – Keep it cold, keep it hot.
47. Bottle opener/Corkscrew – A thoughtful gift for your favorite wine lover & host.
48. Beverage tub/Wine chiller – Keep your drinks cool at your next BBQ or event.
49. Picture frame – Put a past memory in the frame or take a new pic!
50. Luggage – More air miles than ground miles? A durable aluminum suitcase is a must.

… and don’t forget to wrap your gift in aluminum foil, topping it off with a great big, pretty bow! (If you really want to go all out, that is.) Aluminum symbolizes the ability to weather life’s ups and downs, and the holidays are a time to recognize how far we’ve come and share future hope with friends and family. May your holiday be filled with joy, laughter, peace… and aluminum.

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8 12, 2018

How Metal Technology Drives the Shipbuilding Industry

2018-12-30T22:34:24+00:00December 8th, 2018|

USS Freedom, a littoral combat ship which utilizes aluminum construction of the deck and superstructure. One of the competing designs for the FFG(X) program.

The shipbuilding industry has always been relevant, evolving from days of wooden vessels to the metal age, including the use of aluminum alloys. Vessels used both above and below the water’s surface have been vital for construction, trade, exploration, and military endeavors since humanity first grasped the concept of buoyancy.

Despite the long history of naval development, the biggest strides in naval technology have taken place within the last 200 years. Specifically, naval technology as we know it, took a huge leap in 1862 when two ironclad warships traded blows for the first time during the American Civil War. The outcome of the battle may have been ambiguous (neither vessel was sunk, yet both sides claimed victory), but the effect on naval technology was crystal clear.

Several Union wood-hulled vessels had been sunk by the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, which escaped the battle in pristine condition. It was not until the intervention of the Union ironclad USS Monitor that the attack on the Union fleet was stopped. Ironclad warships had increased survivability compared to their wooden hulled predecessors, and so the war on the seas would, from then on, be governed by whoever had the best materials and the construction techniques to properly apply them.

This trend continued with increasingly strong steel alloys being used to create armor of incredible durability. This brings us to the modern day, where the battlefield is evolving quicker than ever. There will always be a place in the Navy for destroyers and cruisers, but the need has arisen for a new breed of warship with increased speed, agility, and stealth. Fortunately, there is a material to match this need.

Just as the development of iron and steel allowed vessels to be made tougher than before, now aluminum alloys and fabrication processes will allow the development of the new class of vessels centered around evading the enemy’s strikes before retaliating.

At one-third the density of steel, aluminum allows vessels to be made lighter and therefore faster. The corrosion resistance and strength of new alloys, specifically the 5xxx series of aluminum alloys, make it an ideal choice for the construction of sea-going vessels. In addition, the development of new metal forming processes such as CNC machining, extrusion, and new welding processes (friction stir welding chief among them) have made aluminum one of the most versatile materials, able to be formed to shapes impossible for other materials. Already in use with the littoral combat ships, aluminum construction of the decks, superstructure, and even hull sections are key to making the vessels lighter, faster, and more maneuverable. In fact, these vessels are capable of speeds of more than 45 knots (51 mph), an impressive speed for vessels which weigh 3500 tons.

Now, the Navy is considering designs for the FFG(X) program, developing a new fast warship to complement their current fleet. The vessel must be able to support carrier groups at speeds in excess of 30 knots (34 mph), hunt submarines, add an additional layer of security to carrier groups and convoys through networked sensors, engage enemy surface ships at both long ranges and short ranges, and operate with the fleet or independently depending on the situation. Speed and flexibility will be necessary to accomplish this mixture of hunter and guardian in a single vessel. No matter what design is selected, it will rely on aluminum construction and fabrication techniques to obtain the performance necessary to neutralize whatever situation it faces.

Military-influenced design backdrop with navy and gold accents with the words “from sea to space” in the forefront, along with the Taber Extrusions company gold triangle logo on top.

MORE ON TABER EXTRUSIONS – FROM SEA TO SPACE

Taber Extrusions LLC, a pioneering manufacturer of complex aluminum extrusions, has earned the distinction as the only U.S. domestic aluminum extruder using a rectangular container and billet configuration to produce wide aluminum extrusions with superior tolerances for military and marine applications.

This distinction has garnered Taber Extrusions the position as the preferred supplier for custom defense-related applications using ultra-wide multi-void hollow extrusions in thicknesses from .75 up to 3.4 inches and widths up to 29 inches. Our customers include the U.S. military as well as various government prime defense contractors.

Our ultra-wide aluminum extrusions typically result in a considerable reduction in fabrication cost of the end product, plus we process materials domestically to ensure adherence to the “Buy American” requirements for U.S. military applications. In many cases, multiple-part assemblies can be replaced by a one-piece extrusion that is mechanically superior. Wide multi-void extrusions are ideal for platforms and structure constructions that need to be lightweight yet strong.

Taber is the largest supplier of 5xxx series extrusions in the USA. Our extrusions can be used in a wide variety of applications from armor-grade paneling to oil rig crew boats and equipment. Taber’s 5xxx high corrosion resistant and weldable extrusions can also be found on US Naval vessels in flight decking, superstructure supports and hull stiffeners.

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16 11, 2018

Billets! Billets! Billets! – Taber’s In-House Aluminum Casting Solutions

2019-01-10T19:28:58+00:00November 16th, 2018|

Taber’s casthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi, with an overlay image of different sized aluminum billets

Billets, billets, billets!

In response to the growing need in the domestic market for aluminum billet products, Taber Extrusions, LLC is announcing the planned addition of 7” billet molds to our existing extrusion billet casting facility in Gulfport, MS.

Our recently upgraded, state-of-the-art billet casting facility, unveiled late last year (as announced in our article with Light Metal Age), allows Taber to manufacture aluminum billets for defense, marine and other specialized industries. By combining our advanced, specialized systems with experienced metallurgists and engineers, Taber is proud of our ability to produce an aluminum billet of superior quality.

The new addition of the 7” billet molds to our collection complements the existing 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” diameter molds. Aluminum billets will be available in 6063 and 6061 alloy chemistries as well as specialized chemistries upon request.

“Taber is excited to now offer 7” extrusion logs to our fellow extruders, in addition to our previous offerings,” says Jason Weber – VP Sales and Marketing at Taber.

Our casthouse is uniquely situated in Gulfport, MS with port access as well as easy access to industrial scrap. These input factors coupled with the recently refurbished casting equipment with the LARS® in-line degassing and purification system supplies billet chemistries and consistencies which rival those of larger billet producers.

ABOUT TABER

Since 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC has pioneered the extrusion of large, heavy, and wide complex shapes to differentiate itself in the aluminum extrusion industry. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service, and quality—all of which serve to make Taber Extrusions the premiere aluminum extrusion company. All of our extrusions have been, and will continue to be engineered, manufactured, and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.

After all this time, why do our customers continue to return to Taber? It’s because we’re dedicated to innovation. We’re dedicated to finding intricate solutions for even the most complex extrusion request. While other aluminum extrusion companies continue to focus on standard products and techniques, Taber’s work ethic and attention to the needs of the market allow Taber to create customized, versatile, high quality, and market-oriented products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

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8 11, 2018

A Brief History of Aluminum Extrusions and How They Will Shape the Future

2018-11-08T21:23:09+00:00November 8th, 2018|

Just look around you,aluminum extrusions are used in almost every facet of your daily life. From cars to office building structures, to the rail of a staircase, extruded aluminum is all around us. But what is the history of aluminum extrusions? How did this extrusion process start? How has it changed over time and how will it shape the future? Read on to find out.

Origins of extrusion process

Joseph Bramah, the father of aluminum extrusions. Image source

In 1797, Joseph Bramah patented the extrusion process which was first created for manufacturing lead pipes. His process involved preheating metal and manually forcing it through a die with a hand-driven plunger. This manually-powered process, known as ‘squirting’ at the time, was the standard until the invention of the first hydraulic press by Thomas Burr. By the late 19th century, the extrusion process was also used with brass and copper alloys; aluminum would come into the picture in the 20th century.

Aluminum and the extrusion process

First found in 1807, aluminum was not refined successfully until 1825. In the beginning, it was considered a precious metal and even more valuable than gold. At the end of the 19th century, the smelting process was invented by Charles Martin Hall and Paul Héroult which allowed for commercial production to develop.

Not until 1894 would aluminum be used for extrusion when Alexander Dick developed the hot extrusion process. The process allowed non-ferrous alloys to be extruded and the first aluminum extrusion press was in production by 1904. Immediately, the applications for aluminum in automotive and construction arose. Especially during the two world wars, the demand for extruded aluminum was high. After World War II, the process expanded into the growing residential housing market.

Since then, extruded aluminum has continued to grow in applications and is a part of almost every aspect of life. From subway cars to our own personal cars, construction to medical devices, the material has revolutionized the way we live.

How will aluminum shape the future?

Aluminum extrusion has continued to break new ground. The extrusion process has seen improvements in materials, and through the use of modern testing, expanding and implementing means they can shape the future. With the introduction of the computer, aluminum extrusions can be more precise and accurate, making safer and longer lasting products.

The U.S. aluminum industry is the largest in the world, producing 22 billion pounds of metal annually. Aluminum is resistant to corrosion, strong, lightweight, and recyclable which means it is ideal as the planet moves towards a ‘greener’ future. In order to compete with a globally competitive aluminum market, U.S. producers are seeking ways to reduce waste, lower costs, and enhance overall products.

Taber Extrusions wants to lead the way in extrusion development and be a part of its growth in the future. Taber offers a large variety of products and processes and does everything in its power to stay ahead of the curve, using the latest technology to create the best possible products. ‘Good products at low costs’ is what Taber tries to provide to its customers and they work hard every day to supply this with the best possible service.

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17 10, 2018

Aluminum Extrusions Provide Healthcare Solutions

2018-10-17T18:35:39+00:00October 17th, 2018|

Aluminum extrusions have countless benefits, almost all of which can benefit the medical and healthcare industry. Aluminum extrusions for the healthcare industry allow for flexible designs that can help meet very specific needs.

All patients are unique, so the machines, devices, and tools needed for the healthcare industry also vary dramatically. Aluminum extrusions make highly specialized parts that are designed to fit these very specific needs. From oversized aluminum extrusions to micro extrusions, we will review why aluminum is an ideal choice for medical products.

Why choose aluminum extrusions for the healthcare industry?

In 2016, health spending per person in the U.S. was $10,348 and made up 18% of the GDP. By lowering the cost of healthcare equipment and devices,  creating savings for both providers and patients. Some benefits of using aluminum extrusions are as follows:

  • Aluminum is non-magnetic, non-sparking and inert
  • Durable – Post extrusion processes help make medical devices resistant to the environment, chemicals, and abrasiveness, allowing for products that have long-lasting strength and reliability.
  • Flexible design – With modern technology, medical devices are often electronic and computer- This means that these machines need very specialized, small parts. Aluminum extrusions allow for highly specific designs to meet these needs.
  • Lower costs – As mentioned before, aluminum extrusions can achieve desired performance at a fraction of the cost because of lower material costs. As technology improves and becomes more affordable, so do the devices that are used in tandem with them (i.e. fibre optic cables, sensors, stints, etc.)
  • Alumimum extrusions are key components in patient handling systems as well as patient care systems example https://www.hill-rom.com/usa/Products/Category/Patient-Handling/ these systems create a safer, better patient experience while decreasing the load requirements on the caregiver.

Case Example:

Leading Company’s Modern IGRT/IRMT Solution

Modern IGRT/IRMT MRI Machine

Previously, 64 mechanical ‘leaves’ in the machine were coupled with pneumatic actuators, opening and closing to deliver a prescribed radiation dosage. Occasionally, these couplings would break and cause the machine to shut down. The objective was to redesign these couplings to improve the system’s up-time while reducing part costs and manufacturing complexity. This is where aluminum extrusions came in.

Rather than using EDM steel coupling, they were replaced with aluminum extrusions (6063 alloys that were hard coat anodized). They tweaked the parts’ design for improved strength and durability and, as a result, there were no failures throughout a 10 million cycle test regimen. Overall, this ‘snap fit’ assembly cut labor by 30 to 60 minutes per assembly and cut component manufacturing costs by nearly 90%.

How Taber can provide you healthcare solutions?

Taber Extrusions wants to lead the way in supporting medical component manufacturers with their aluminum extrusion needs. Taber offers a

Take our work in microextrusions for medical devices for example. We have helped companies that create life-saving devices and want to continue to expand our collaborations in this industry. ‘Good products at low costs’ is what Taber tries to provide to its customers and the healthcare industry is the perfect place to do that.

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 new state of the art 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.

Taber Extrusions recently expand their capabilities to include ultra-precision aluminum extrusions®. To learn more about how we can be of service visit: http://taberextrusions.com/   For inquiries or quotes visit: http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

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3 10, 2018

Achieving a Shiny Finish: How Aluminum Accepts a Variety of Finishes

2018-10-03T16:19:48+00:00October 3rd, 2018|

The applications for aluminum alloys are varied, but for many projects, such as with infrastructure or medical products, the appearance of the final product counts. This means that having a variety of aluminum surface finishes creates more possibilities for what an aluminum extrusion can do. We will review what surface treatments provide and the different types of finishes available in the industry.

What advantages do aluminum surface treatments provide?  

Often just seen as a means of corrosion protection, these treatments can drastically impact a variety of conditions and properties. Such changes include:

  • Altering surface hardness and abrasion resistance
  • Appearance
  • Coating adhesion like paints, varnish, and bonding adhesives
  • Providing protection from corrosion and durability

What types of aluminum surface finishes are there?

No matter the application, aluminum and its alloys provide the advantage of having a naturally hard and inert surface oxide layer. This layer is formed in aerated water and air and then re-forms when the metal is cut. Subsequently, the oxide film allows aluminum and its alloys to have minimal corrosion.

The surface finishes for aluminum fall into three main groups: anodizing, powder paint and liquid paint. Though not as common, there are other surface finishes which include mechanical finishes, pretreatment, and sublimation.

The Big Three: Anodizing, powder coating, and wet coating

  • Anodizing – Adding further protection beyond the natural oxide film, this electrochemical process provides durability to the aluminum. Anodized aluminum can accept vibrant colors and any aluminum alloy can be anodized. 
  • Powder Paint– This process leaves behind a film that meets intense performance criteria. For example, there are many environmental regulations that prevent the use of VOCs which powder coating does not contain. It is applied as a solid, and when going through and over, the solid particles fuse to form the film.

Liquid Paint – Varying in color, this film provides uniform thickness. Unlike powder coating, they do contain VOCs but they are driven off during the baking process. When these VOCs are removed, the volume solids form a film on the extrusion.

aluminum tree with wood on one side of the background and rows of steel on the other side

Other aluminum surface finishes:

  • Mechanical finishes – Aluminum and aluminum alloys can be buffed, polished, blasted, sanded, or grinded. This is typically done in order to improve the surface quality of the extrusion in order to prepare it for further cosmetic finishes.
  • Pretreatment – This surface finish is done by either etching or cleaning the profile with alkaline or acidic materials. Following the cleaning, a pretreatment coating is applied which enhances paint or powder adhesion, thus providing stronger resistance against corrosion.
  • Sublimation – This technique is rarely implemented but is becoming more common over time. Sublimation makes an aluminum alloy look like wood of all things! First, a base coat of powder is applied and then the extrusions go through sublimation. Then technicians place a thin film with a pattern on it around the profile. With the sublimation process, the wood pattern is directly transferred onto the extrusion.

Taber Extrusions knows what it takes to produce the top-quality extrusions with the best possible finishes. We offer a variety of surface finishes and work closely with our customers to achieve products that are not only reliable and functional but good looking.

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28 08, 2018

Microextrusions for Consumer Electronics

2018-08-28T19:36:35+00:00August 28th, 2018|

Are you familiar with Moore’s Law?

It’s an observation made by Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel. It posits that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles every two years. Put simply, this means that computer hardware, as it becomes more complex, also becomes smaller.

You’ve seen it firsthand. Compare the bulky first smartphone you purchased back in 2007 to the shiny new smartphone you have in your pocket right now. It’s thinner, bigger, and packs WAY more energy-per-gram than it did a decade ago.

As tech companies are in a constant race to make things micro-sized, industrial OEMS must seek out new technologies to keep up.

Enter microextrusions – a recent process that delivers features, tolerances, and surface finishes previously believed to be impossible. Advancement in microextrusion allows design engineers the freedom to utilize component designs in microextrusion which enhance functionality and performance beyond normal extruded parts.

Below, we outline some different aspects of consumer electronics that rely on precision aluminum extrusions in their designs.

CPU HEAT SINKS

The CPU (central processing unit) is akin to the brain of the computer – it performs the arithmetic, logic, and I/O operations based on the instructions from other computer components. This heavy workload leaves CPUs prone to overheating, and as such, require a heat sink to disperse heat and keep the component cool.

Advancements in microextrusion technology allow for heat sink designs to disperse heat even more effectively. Keeping your CPU at a good operating temperature is essential for long-term performance!

MOTHERBOARDS

Microextrusions are used in motherboards to create housing for ethernet and USB ports, as well as housing for DVI, HDMI, and sound input and output ports.

Microextrusions are also used for the crucial CPU socket, which often uses a latch to securely house the CPU and attach it to the motherboard.

GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNITS

Graphics cards, such as NVIDIA’s recent Titan V, are often housed in an aluminum shell to keep the internals of the GPU safe and secure (and it looks absolutely stunning to boot!).

HARD DRIVE BAYS

Most modern hard drives come with mounting brackets, and are housed in a computer case by sliding them through an extruded aluminum hard drive bay. This keeps them secure during operation – hard drives are very susceptible to damage from physical shock, so keeping them secure is important!

LED PROFILE BAYS

LED lights are often housed in microextruded profile bays – the extremely fine materials and plastics used to create it allow the LED lights to shine through while also keeping them protected from the environments.

EXTRUDED ENCLOSURES

Since consumer electronics often make use of sensitive magnets, aluminum is perfectly suited to house those components. This is because aluminum does not spark, melt, or rust, and can be customized to fit the need of any product.

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 new state of the art 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.

Taber Extrusions has recently enhanced its portfolio of services with the addition of ultra-precision aluminum extrusions®. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its full line up offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services and raw material supply to the North American market.

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