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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5 12, 2017

Taber’s Upgraded Aluminum Fabrication and Aluminum Machining Capabilities

2017-12-14T18:25:18+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Taber’s updated fabrication facility in Russellville, Arkansas is designed to handle fabrication and machining as always, but now boasts tremendous growth in manufacturing parts for cutting-edge technologies. This expansion includes  applications in electric transportation vehicles for individual and mass transit transportation. With the ongoing support of our parent company National Material L.P., we have the opportunity to expand into areas that were previously unreachable.

CNC machining is used extensively by aluminum extrusion companies to increase efficiency, reduce error, and move the solution toward a final product the customers desire.   Our mission is to fully understand the machining needs of our customers’ aluminum extrusion-based products. Taber’s remarkable attention to the needs of the market position the company to provide customized, versatile, high-quality, market-oriented products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

OUR MACHINES

Haas VF-7

The Haas VF-7 is our large-sized VMC that provides reliability and pinpoint accuracy. The VF-7 has a 40-taper cartridge spindle driven by a 30 hp vector Dual-Drive (Y-Delta) drive. The VF-7 produces either 75 ft-lb of torque at a low 1400 rpm, or 250 ft-lb at 450 rpm with the optional 2-speed gearbox — and will also run up to 8,100 rpm in 1.2 seconds for finishing aluminum.

Watch Haas VF-7 video

Emmegi Satellite XT

Our Emmegi Satellite XT allows for efficient workpiece aluminum machining advantages in pendulum mode including multiple set-ups. It’s a five-axis machining center and it allows us to machine, complete, a 10 ½ meter long part. It also has sawing capabilities where we can square cut and compound mitre cut parts to length. The work space of our long-bed machining center can be divided into two areas, granting us the ability to load and unload on one side while machining on the other side.

Watch Emmegi Satellite XT video

HMC500

The HMC500 comes fully loaded with features for fast cycle times. The HMC500 is constructed with a lightweight column featuring a rigid stepped X axis rail design. This column enables a rapid feed rate of 63 meters per minute, 2480 inches per minute, with acceleration of 1G.

Watch HMC500 video

ZIESS CMM

The Zeiss CMM uses highly accurate scanning technologies to capture a fully defined 3D measurement for any of our extruded and fabricated profiles.

Watch Ziess CMM video

Learn more about our aluminum fabrication machines and capabilities here:

http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-fabrication/

 

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29 11, 2017

Team Taber: The Culture of an Aluminum Extrusion Company

2018-01-11T23:50:31+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

In the industry, and wondering what it’s like to work for an aluminum extrusion company like Taber? We like to think that what sets us apart goes beyond just our expanded capabilities; It’s the tight-knit company culture we have cultivated along the way that has enabled us to become the benchmark competitor in the Aluminum Extrusion Industry. Over the years, we have been blessed to work with a team of good-natured, hard-working, and dedicated group of individuals.

Here’s what our VP of Sales and Marketing, Allan Bennett, has to say about the reception he’s received at Taber since joining two and a half years ago.

 

“The Taber culture is great… I’ve been here two and a half years and I feel very welcome. In fact, since all of our plants are in the South, an area I haven’t spent a lot of time in, I’ve come to realize that southern hospitality is a real thing. These are some good people to work with. Dedicated, hard-working, and they’re a lot of fun. I think the future of Taber is very bright. We have a lot of projects that we have been spending a lot of time trying to get to fruition, and it’s finally starting to happen. Taber has a very high ceiling – I think really, it’s an unlimited growth potential for us.”

As Taber continues to expand its scope and tap into the ever-developing aerospace and infrastructure industries, we couldn’t be happier to have a team like ours to back us up.

We encourage you to choose Taber Extrusions as your full-service partner. If you would like to learn more about our capabilities, or learn about Taber in general, give us a call at 888-985-5332.

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Interested in becoming a part of the Taber Team?  Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com.

15 11, 2017

Meet the New Taber Extrusions | Aluminum Extrusion Company

2017-11-15T18:10:42+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

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, 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.

Today, Taber Extrusions continues to expand upon its operations and capabilities to retain the cutting-edge service that the company is known for and the aluminum extrusion industry deserves.

NEW ALUMINUM CAST HOUSE

Our recent aluminum cast house renovations now allow us to create aluminum billets in 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” sizes, along with a 10” x 28” rectangular billet used only in-house on Taber’s 8600 ton press.  This gives Taber the capability to produce those ultra-wide extrusions.  We have unmatched access to the full range of aluminum alloys, without having to go through a middle man. Because Taber controls our billet casting, we have greater flexibility in our casting chemistry.
Learn more about our aluminum cast house renovations here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-cast-house/

EXPANDED ALUMINUM EXTRUSION CAPABILITIES

We also continue our production of a wide range of aluminum extrusion sizes and shapes. Our aluminum extrusion capabilities utilize both hard and soft aluminum alloys—the kind found in aerospace, marine and military applications. The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

Learn more about our updated extrusion capabilities here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-fabrication/

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.

Want to get in touch with Team Taber?  Contact information can be found in the link below:

http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

6 11, 2017

Taber’s Aluminum Distribution Services

2017-11-06T20:13:30+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

When searching for a reliable aluminum extrusion partner, not only must their  manufacturing capabilities be considered, but also their aluminum distribution capabilities.

Taber Extrusion is a leading manufacturer of aluminum shapes, aluminum billet, and other aluminum products.

Our commercial network, aligned with key aluminum distributors, allows us to reach customers, both domestic and international, that might be too small to take a mill minimum order. It also gives us the capabilities to reach industries that aren’t used to buying direct from a mill.

“The aluminum distribution market is very significant for Taber. In (our Gulfport location), it’s probably about half our business. Distribution allows us to reach customers that might be too small to take a mill minimum order from us. It also allows us to reach industries that are perhaps not used to buying direct from a mill.” – Allan Bennett, VP of Sales at Taber Extrusions

Taber offers a diverse selection of aluminum products. From both standard and non-standard aluminum shapes, to the production of aluminum billets from the full range of aluminum alloys, we are a full service supplier. We also have extensive CNC-machining and fabrication capabilities.

The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

Looking to work with Taber Extrusions? For more information or to request a quote, please call us today at (888) 984-3217 or e-mail us at info@taberextrusions.com.

31 10, 2017

Aluminum Extrusions for Infrastructure Projects

2018-01-12T01:26:39+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Taber Extrusions has been working very diligently to introduce more of our aluminum extrusion products into the infrastructure market.

Recent upgrades to our aluminum cast house and aluminum fabrication capabilities have put Taber in the perfect position to do just that.

One of the biggest advantages that we have is the capability to produce very big aluminum shapes, which means less work for the end user and ultimately, a less expensive product for everybody. Compared to projects that use steel, the use of aluminum is light weight and leads to higher load capacities, it has a high strength-to-weight ratio, can be recycled, and you don’t have to worry about rust!

Gradually, the country is starting to begin a national conversation about renovating our infrastructure. Traditionally, aluminum extrusions for infrastructure projects have been reserved for small projects like light posts, road signage, and guard rails. But developments in aluminum alloy technology, along with the large shape capability at Taber, we now have extrusions far more suited for large scale infrastructure projects like bridges, high-speed railways, and platforms such as helipads, ramps, flooring, and decking.

 

Aluminum Extrusions for Infrastructure

The high strength, weldability, and flexibility of aluminum, (particularly 6xxx series aluminum alloys, which Taber supplies in-house with the latest casting technology), can be relied on for infrastructure and architecture projects. As an added bonus its natural light weight makes delivery and installation a much easier, and often less expensive, process.

Aluminum shapes created for infrastructure also have the benefit of being low maintenance, due to high corrosion resistance and immunity to UV rays.

Potential applications include:

  • Power/electrical infrastructure
  • Bridges
  • Aerospace (Helipads, etc.)
  • High speed / magnetic railways
  • Public Transport
  • Cranes and other construction needs
  • Sports stadiums
  • Outdoor signage
  • LED lighting

In a global market that is only becoming more competitive, the United States will need to turn its eyes back on its infrastructure if it hopes to retain its place near the top of the food chain.
Full service suppliers for aluminum products like Taber Extrusions are here to help with your infrastructure or public works project. Contact us, and tell us your needs – and we can lay the groundwork together.

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