“I couldn’t be happier to assist Arkansas businesses reduce their power consumption by energy efficient measures. Every project that CLEAResult assists a customer with is a positive step in their energy reduction,” says Taylor Dumas, West Regional Account Manager at Entergy Arkansas Energy Solutions Program. “The Taber Extrusions project is one that greatly reduced power consumption, increases machine efficiency, and makes Taber Extrusions a ‘greener’ business by completing this project.”
CLEAResult is consulting company for Entergy Arkansas that implements the Energy Solutions Program for Entergy Arkansas which is their energy efficiency program. Mr. Dumas met with Taber and conducted an energy study which revealed opportunities for Taber to improve their compressed air system. Energy efficiency measures took place with products coming from James Reid at Arkansas Industrial Machinery, INC, or AIM for short. The project consisted of two (2) new compressors and one (1) new refrigeration cycling dryer. CLEAResult completed the energy efficiency process by comparing the baseline power usage to post install power usage, and this delta in baseline to post install power usage resulted in significant kWh and kW savings.
Dumas adds, “The honor is something that Entergy Arkansas enjoys doing for their customers who actively participate in their Energy Solutions Program to say ‘thank you’ for energy reduction, positive thinking, and effort on how they use their power.”
CLEAResult works with thousands of businesses from large industrial users, city-owned facilities, education and higher education businesses, to small businesses. They have programs designed for each type of business and ways to implement cost reduction by multiple methods of energy reduction. The Energy Solutions Program is available to all Entergy Arkansas customers, and Arkansas businesses can benefit like Taber Extrusions by creating a plan to reduce power consumption by energy efficient measures.
Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billets 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 casthouse and two additional presses, with a fabrication area that has been expanded multiple times. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce the launch of expanded capabilities to include microextrusions and 7” billet molds.
Increased billet capacity. Increased alloy range. Increased material reuse. Taber Extrusions’ aluminum casthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi is more productive, diverse, and sustainable than ever as they continue to raise the bar in aluminum manufacturing.
Combining advanced, specialized systems, experienced metallurgy and research engineering, Taber is capable of producing aluminum billets of superior quality for aerospace, marine, and other specialized industries. The recent addition of 7” molds is a welcome extension of the existing 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” diameter molds. The various diameters of extrusion billets will be available in 6063 and 6061 alloy chemistries as well as specialized chemistries upon request.
“Taber is excited to offer extrusion logs to our fellow extruders,” says Jason Weber, VP of Sales and Marketing at Taber. The Gulfport casthouse is uniquely situated with port access and easy access to industrial scrap. These input factors, coupled with recently upgraded casting equipment including a LARS® in-line degassing and purification system, deliver billet chemistries and consistencies which rival those of larger billet producers. The LARS® process removes dissolved hydrogen gas, nitrides, oxides, and alkali metals, eliminating impurities and gases in a controlled and environmentally conscious process. Taber’s dedication to using 75% commercial and extrusion manufacturing scrap further highlights their commitment to renewability.
Cast House Capabilities:
Fully automated and recipe-controlled DC casting for consistent billet quality
Latest degassing technology to assure internal metal integrity
New homogenization center for controlled cycles to meet both hard and soft alloy requirements
Billet diameters include: 7″, 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, 20”, and 10” x 28” rectangle
Complete alloy family casting capabilities include 5xxx and 6xxx alloys
On-site alloy certification, ultrasonic testing, and metallurgical lab testing
A recent article by Light Metal Age Magazine explains how the completion of Taber’s casthouse modernization increased its billet capacity by over 30%, expanded its range of high-quality aluminum alloys (hard, soft, marine, aerospace, and defense) and enabled the use of more diverse scrap material in its process, allowing for the production of billet with high recycled content.
Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billets 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 casthouse and two additional presses, with a fabrication area that has been expanded multiple times. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce the launch of expanded capabilities to include microextrusions and 7” billet molds.
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
Maintenance regimens of plants, equipment, and processes
Identification of hazards & hazard analysis
Facilitation of occupational health programs
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
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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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.
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.