17 07, 2017

Taber Extrusions is a Proud MBE Supplier of Aluminum Extrusions

2017-07-18T22:21:53+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

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“Supplier diversity isn’t just about maintaining a positive value proposition” says Allan Bennett, Taber Extrusions VP of Sales & Marketing. “As a MBE supplier of aluminum extrusions, we’ve found that successful strategic partnerships increase our range of products, services, and capabilities – not to mention strengthening Taber’s quality control and ability to be responsive to our customer’s changing needs and demographics going into the future.”

In the late ‘60’s the Civil Rights Movement sparked the beginnings of supplier diversity. In the early 70’s, federal legislation was passed to ensure that minority-owned businesses were not excluded from the opportunity to bid on government projects and large corporate projects which supplied the government with products and services.

To protect the integrity of the new U.S. supplier diversity legislation, The NMSDC (The National Minority Supplier Development Council) was formed during the early 1970’s as a 3rd party whose function was to certify businesses as Minority Business Enterprises to reduce incidents of misrepresentation. Since then, many other national organizations have come into being to address the needs of other affinity groups.

Ultimately, whether it’s being an MBE (insert link: http://www.mwbe.com) supplier for aluminum extrusions, steel, or transformer cores, the reality is this: to compete, there must be a willingness to evolve and grow in a way that reflects the population at large. In fact, research shows that companies that embrace diversity are more profitable (insert link: https://gbr.pepperdine.edu/2010/08/supplier-diversity-and-competitive-advantage-new-opportunities-in-emerging-domestic-markets/ ) than companies that don’t.

If you would like more information on Taber’s MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions status, or our commitment to creating diverse partnerships, please visit the MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions page of our website, or give us a call at 888-985-5332.

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Minority businesses must be at least 51% minority-owned operated and controlled. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly-owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council creates opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises to connect to the hundreds of corporate members who wish to build relationships with trusted minority-owned companies, like Taber.

 

27 06, 2017

Aluminum in Cars: The Automotive Industry Eyes Aluminum

2017-06-27T21:12:25+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

In the constant quest to reduce carbon emissions, increased fuel economy and lower manufacturing costs, automotive companies such as Toyota and Ford have begun the move towards utilizing a variety of lightweight-but-strong aluminum in cars to further their efforts. According to a report conducted by MarketsandResearch, the market for aluminum in car body application accounted for $47.91 billion- the third largest share in the automotive aluminum market. This growth is no doubt linked to the increased inclination of manufacturers to use rolled aluminum in their car bodies.

The continued demand for aluminum in cars to cut weight and improve fuel economy is launching the market, which is expected to reach $111.8 billion in 2016.

Some auto companies claim that aluminum is stronger than steel with more opportunity to resist body damage and still be weight friendly. So, why then is the word “aluminum” such a threat to some in the industry?

It’s really not. Demand is up 40% for lightweight, recyclable aluminum since 2009 and has supported industry job growth, but aluminum is a highly traded commodity where price is heavily influenced.

Advanced High Strength Steel, a signature of National Material Company, is still the choice for framing vehicles, but as public ideology changes about fuel-economy, and policy affects expansion and taxes, the race to develop and implement higher-grade metals into mainstream auto manufacturing as long as cars stay reliably the same cost to design and manufacture, and autos stay safe for consumers.

 

As more manufacturers turn to aluminum in cars, it could be motivation for U.S.-based companies to invest in better steel and aluminum technology, a win-win for consumers and job growth. Toyota is pushing the forefront in this arena, indicating that the future is aluminum.

Where does Taber Extrusions lie in all this? The company has been a leading supplier of high quality aluminum extrusions for around four decades, and is an industry leader that provides materials to industries including automotive, military, aerospace, and general distribution markets.  Taber offers some of the widest, heaviest, and complex shapes and aluminum extrusions that are shaping the future of aluminum and high strength steel.

As consumers, it will be interesting to watch what happens between technology, automotive manufacturing, and the price of our cars!

13 06, 2017

The Lightweight Revolution and Lightweight Aluminum

2017-06-15T17:57:38+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

“Sometimes in life, you will find that you must let things go simply because they are heavy.” Of course, we are talking about the metal, steel, and aluminum market. We’re editors for an aluminum extrusion company, after all – so our primary interest is focusing on lightweight aluminum and where lightweight aluminum alloys stand in regard to the lightweight revolution that has infiltrated virtually every industry involving buildings, infrastructure systems, technology and transportation over recent years.

Everything is becoming lighter. Planes, trains, automobiles, and even Apples. (We know which Apples.) The reason for “lightweighting” is obvious: lower costs, smaller carbon footprint, stronger, more robust and corrosion-resistant products, and the big one… better fuel economy.  So how does lightweight aluminum fit into the picture? What are the “aluminum alloys to be reckoned with?” Are we going to find these super strong lightweight aluminum alloys in everyday items like bridges or automobiles?

Nope. Unless you’re an astronaut. Aerospace is where you’ll find 2XXX and 7XXX alloys. Military applications are a distant second. And not even a speck in the rearview mirror? Auto.

For more interesting tidbits like this, lightweight aluminum extrusion news, and Taber culture, visit the blog section of our website – or if you are interested in contacting us directly please e-mail info@taberextrusions.com or call us at 888-985-4913.

2XXX and 7XXX are the name of the game when it comes to “strong and light.” 2XXX alloys are aluminum-copper. Adding lithium to the mix creates an even higher strength alloy – AA2195 is one example. You’ll find these in Boeing airplanes and SpaceX rockets… but not in automobiles… lithium is expensive. Which is why 7000 series alloys are being considered for the automotive sector, but may not be as lightweight as the lithium-containing 2000 series alloys. (A glimpse of perspective: The only mass-produced aluminum is beverage cans, and that is 3XXX for the body and 5XXX for the top/lid.) The challenge to be met regarding 7XXX for automotive use is formability. 7XXX series alloys really like to remain flat, and testing techniques such as high temperature forming are expensive and slow. A rough comparison: 1 day of auto production = 1 year of airplane production.

Currently the strongest lightweight aluminum alloys are going to be found in low volume applications only. “Warm forming” of 2XXX and 7XXX can be found in aerospace and not automotive because the slower manufacturing process combined with the extra expense of alloying and energy (heating the metal and/or the tooling) are relatively low in aircraft manufacturing.   This process has a significantly higher percentage of total costs when it comes to manufacturing an automobile.  So, friends, it’s going to be a while until we see 7XXX in cars, and due to its expense, 2XXX will likely remain an aluminum alloy that stays in the sky.

Aluminum alloyed with anything after it on the periodic table will be heavier than pure aluminum. Aluminum alloyed with anything before it will be lighter. The further before, the greater lightweighting. Which is why Al-Li (lithium) are the lightest aluminum alloys.

A very special thank you to Daniel J. Schaeffler, Ph.D., President and CEO of Engineering Quality Solutions, for lending your thoughts, opinions, and pun ideas to our blogs.

30 05, 2017

Taber Aluminum Extrusions: Behind The Brand

2017-05-30T16:35:18+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

What is Taber Extrusions? We’re an manufacturing company that specializes in aluminum extrusions. Our four decades of experience make Taber the perfect full service partner, and our wide range of full service machining and available aluminum alloys means we’re fit for any job.
What do we do? Simple. Aluminum extrusions and aluminum machining is the name of our game, and we do it well. We proudly serve the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Transportation
  • Marine
  • Sporting Goods
  • Government

With our large rectangular extruding container (the largest in North America), we’re capable of welding, bending, punching, painting and anondizing aluminum extrusions effortlessly.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s work together on your mission using our expertise. Call us at (800) 563-6853 or email us at info@taberextrusions.com.

15 05, 2017

Extruded Aluminum in High Demand, Expected to Grow, Says Market Reports

2017-05-15T20:00:19+00:00 May 15th, 2017|

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According to a recent compilation from Research and Markets supported by a variety of other reports, extruded aluminum are on the upswing, which is great news for the aluminum industry. The primary force behind the projected growth is the automotive sector – in which aluminum –extruded products are desirable in the manufacturing of light-weight, high-strength products.

“The global market for extruded aluminum is projected to grow from USD 34.48 billion in 2016 to reach USD 47.61 billion by 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 6.67%.” Says the recent report. In addition to the auto industry, “the market for aluminum-extruded products is also being driven by the growing demand in industries such as construction, aerospace & defense, and mass transport in both, developed and developing countries.”

However, the quickest growing segment of extruded aluminum products are the mill-finished products. Their high performance in extreme conditions makes mill-finished products favorable in machinery and equipment, construction, and automotive.

For more aluminum extrusion news, interesting stories, and Taber culture, visit the blog section of our website – or if you are interested in contacting us directly please e-mail info@taberextrusions.com or call us at 888-985-4913.

11 04, 2017

Aluminum Alloys Keep Aircraft in the Sky

2017-05-15T19:59:51+00:00 April 11th, 2017|

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In the modern era, aluminum alloys are the integral element that keeps the aerospace industry on the cutting edge. Metallurgists are constantly seeking and developing new aluminum alloys to increase the speed, strength, and safety of aircraft. Strong alloys are used to protect aircraft from the stresses of flight; light alloys are used for heat and cold resistance and insulation.

Aluminum is naturally strong, lightweight and very workable. These powerful natural properties are enhanced by combining it with elements such as zinc, copper, and silicon to create a variety of aluminum alloys; some strong, some more malleable for complex aluminum shapes. Modern aircraft parts are made primarily from these alloys, and not just the frame- everything from the engine to the nuts and bolts are made from aluminum due to its attractive cost to weight ratio. Below, you will find some of the most common aluminum alloys found in aircraft, and what they’re used for.

 

Alloy 2024

One of the most common of the aluminum alloys, 2024 is primarily alloyed with copper, which gives it incredible strength and high fatigue resistance. This makes it the ideal alloy when a high strength to weight ratio is needed, making it perfect for wings and fuselages which are the parts of the aircraft that undergo the most tension.

Alloy 6061

Containing magnesium and silicon, aluminum alloy 6061 is very corrosive resistant and is known for its great weldability. The premiere alloy in aluminum extrusion, 6061 is also used to create fuselages and wings- but is very rarely found in airliners. Mostly, it’s used in small, personal airplanes.

Alloy 6063

Aluminum alloy 6063 is very similar to alloy 6061. Because of this, it’s the most popular alloy for aluminum extrusion.

Alloy 7075

Because of its light weight and incredible strength that is comparable to most steels, alloy 7075 is used for the main frame of aircraft structures. No other aluminum alloys can match 7075 in fatigue resistance, and its reliability is constantly being worked upon to create faster, safer and cheaper airplanes, and its great anodization quality gives it a great finish. Due to this alloy’s high copper content, it is hard to weld.

 

Sources:

http://www.experimentalaircraft.info/articles/aircraft-aluminum.php

http://metalspecialist.continentalsteel.com/blog/aluminum-in-the-aerospace-industry

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/mepages/aluminfo.php

 

For more about Taber and what we can do for your business, get in touch by e-mailing us at  info@taberextrusions.com

29 03, 2017

Extruding Process 101: Learn About Extrusions With Our Latest Video

2017-03-29T17:34:16+00:00 March 29th, 2017|

Are you looking for a simple, efficient way to help customers understand the extruding process? Maybe you have a few employees who need a refresher? Well, your friends at Taber Extrusions have put together this fun animated video to explain, “What Is An Extrusion?”. We hope it can be a helpful resource for our colleagues and clients alike who want to describe the extruding process to others. You can watch by clicking the play button above, or by visiting our YouTube channel!

13 03, 2017

Fabricated Aluminum Could be the Key to Never Charging your Phone Again

2017-03-14T16:39:59+00:00 March 13th, 2017|

 

Nowadays, the humble phone charger is practically up there with food, water, and shelter when it comes to absolute necessities. Who among us hasn’t spent twenty minutes crawling around hotel room trying to find a rogue power cord, or driven to a 24-hour pharmacy in the middle of the night because you realize you forgot your charger when you packed for vacation? These energy issues could son become a thing of the past however, if the scientists at Disney Research get their way. Using fabricated aluminum, researchers have constructed a fully functional room that can charge all of your devices when you walk in the door. That’s right; totally wireless charging – no docks, no cords, no power stations. What makes it possible? Aluminum extrusions!

As detailed over at The Next Web, the researchers at Disney engineers constructed a custom copper pole to emit continuous energy in a constant radius around the room. The walls and surfaces of the room were constructed from aluminum extrusions in order to keep the energy inside the room and charging all devices. One big challenge the engineers faced was creating an environment which was safe for humans, and not just their devices. While fabricated aluminum was very efficient at blocking electromagnetic signals from escaping the charging room, it may have been a little too good at its task. Scientists ended up fine-tuning the amount of energy the pole emitted to ensure the safety of anyone who spent time there. Still, the project was ultimately successful as researchers found devices would charge in any location and any orientation inside the room.

Innovative ideas like these speak to the ideals of Taber Extrusions – that anything is possible with a little ingenuity and the right team. That’s why we are always excited to speak with new clients about what aluminum extrusions can do for their business. We serve a wide variety of industries and are always looking to expand into new territory, so drop us a line today! We look forward to hearing from you!

24 02, 2017

High Strength Aluminum & AHSS

2017-02-24T17:56:44+00:00 February 24th, 2017|

As our team began our research to deliver this blog post to you, we kept coming across the most engaging content from the same author as we researched “aluminum extrusions,” “high strength aluminum,” and other metallurgical-related topics. We pride ourselves at being great copywriters, but I found myself getting sucked in to articles like “Sheet Aluminum Alloys for Cans and Cars,” and “Achieving Successful Stamping of AHSS” pulling me in with descriptive content, humor, excellent infographics, and most importantly: highly technical concepts and information that was easy to comprehend. Let’s face it: Aluminum, steel, metallurgy, etc. aren’t the most seductive subjects to write about. Because of this, we decided to see if we couldn’t set up a call with this elusive material science whiz, and what do you know? He accepted our call.

Danny Schaeffler, Ph.D. is currently Founder and President of Engineering Quality Solutions, Inc., and Chief Content Officer at 4M Partners LLC. His resume and experience effortlessly exceed the character counts for each field in his LinkedIn profile. And the best part for us; Schaeffler is an independent third party, so he could discuss anything we asked without either party having concern over commercial or competitive aspects.

The discussion began, not speaking of aluminum extrusions and aluminum casting, but of sheet aluminum in respect to automotive applications. Most of us are aware of the evolving use of Advanced High-Strength Steels due to the new advancements of high-strength steel grades enabling the auto industry to keep costs down while still meeting requirements – especially when it comes to fuel efficiency and crash performance.

So, how do high strength aluminum alloys measure up against AHSS in automotive application?

Advanced aluminum alloys are the fastest growing material (second only to steel) in the design of new vehicles going to market. Drivealuminum.org puts it like this: “Low weight, crash absorbent, durable, corrosion resistant, easily formable and infinitely recyclable, aluminum helps save consumers money at the gas pump while delivering cars and trucks that are safer, greener and better performing. Cars and trucks down-weighted with advanced aluminum alloys are more fuel efficient with fewer life cycle carbon emissions as compared to heavier steel vehicles. Aluminum also is a proven force multiplier for powertrain, vehicle battery, aerodynamic and rolling resistance advances. Aluminum simply builds a better vehicle.”

How about a look at the very different approaches that GM and Ford used in regards to light-weighting vehicles through the use of high strength aluminum alloys over the past decade?

The aluminum truck: The Ford F150 cost approximately two billion dollars to create. Ford gutted their Dearborn and Kansas City plants to build new facilities from the ground up, and filled them with tooling, lasers, and robots designed to work with aluminum rather than steel. By doing this, Ford was able to make an extremely high quality body structure, and shed approximately 700 lbs. per vehicle, according to Ford officials. A very bold move which paid off.

GM, just as committed to reducing the weight of their vehicles, decided to go another route. Without scrapping plants and building new facilities from scratch, GM came up with a patented welding approach to allow for greater use of aluminum and steel on the same vehicle. In summary, they’ve married steel and aluminum through spot welding, reducing the need for rivets, and saving roughly several hundred pounds per vehicle.

The GM approach of being able to spot weld a higher melting point material to a lower melting point material allowed them (more or less) use their existing plants and equipment with a fraction of the capital expense of what Ford had to go through. Aluminum costs more, but you’ll use less of it. Advanced High Strength Steel costs more than high strength steel. But the price premium for AHSS is substantially less than the premium for aluminum. 2 very different approaches. Both effective.

It’s fascinating to keep in mind that most of the sheet aluminum and steel alloys used on today’s vehicles were not even manufactured 20 years ago. They weren’t even a glimmer in Mommy Car & Daddy truck’s headlights. Today we are talking about technologies that didn’t even exist until recently.

Final analysis? The automotive industry is one of the biggest drivers for optimized material selection. The need for globally available parts, and sheer volume and complexity of the automotive assembly process is an ideal litmus test. Lives and livelihoods depend on it. Welcome to the roads, high strength aluminum alloys, your steel counterparts invite you into the mix.

Schaeffler sums it up, “Automotive designers and engineers need to understand the characteristics of today’s materials in order to optimize the balance of cost, manufacturing and safety all while creating a car people want to buy.” Which hits the nail on the head of this riveting discussion!

For more of our super interesting blogs about the aluminum market, aluminum extrusions, and other industry-related topics, visit www.taberextrusions.com or get in touch by e-mailing us at info@taberextrusions.com

9 02, 2017

Meet the Man Who Built an Aluminum House in his Spare Time

2017-02-09T19:18:49+00:00 February 9th, 2017|

Many of us use aluminum every day to preserve our food, insulate our homes, and even travel to and from work. However, mid-century architect Ed Westall has us all beat; in the 1950s he built a beautiful family home entirely out of aluminum! The showpiece stands as a testament to the mid-century modern aesthetic as well as the triumph of human imagination – and the adaptability of aluminum alloys. Of course, we here at Taber are a bit biased in our opinions of aluminum, but we find Westall’s story to be as inspiring as it is illuminating (or shall we say, a-luminating!)

While working as an engineer in the 1940s and 50s, Ed Westall was searching for something more. Something to give his life purpose, and hopefully enrich the lives of others around him. It was post-war America; the economy was booming, and more and more families were looking to upgrade their homes and move out of the cities. Westall wanted to come up with an efficient and affordable way to provide as many homes as possible to as many families as possible. He came up with the idea of an aluminum house due to the availability of the material after the war. His prototype was decidedly Space Age, with many rounded corners and domes, all shining with reflective aluminum siding. His contemporaries marveled at the efficient use of space inside the home, even as they puzzled as to whether the innovative design would catch on.

Ultimately aluminum homes did not become the standard of the future as Westall had hoped, although the material has many applications in modern homes and homebuilding today. We can still take inspiration from his courage and desire to help families around the country. At Taber Extrusions, we are always looking for new ways to inspire our communities around us by creating custom shapes for almost any application. Call us today at (888) 984-1659 to see what aluminum could build for your future!

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