Value Added Services

It starts with a dream. A dream to fly higher, to go faster, to build stronger. At Taber, we want to make your dreams become reality.

First, we define the dream. Our broad capabilities allow for incredible detail and a wide array of options, and we offer design assistance to define the right custom shape. After selecting one of our many available alloys, the dream comes to life through our award-winning extrusion process. But we don’t stop there. Our in-house fabrication and value added services complete the process with available machining, welding, finishing, and testing. And our custom supply chain solutions allow us to design the processing and delivery that’s right for you.

At Taber, we’re proud to be set apart as more than just an extruder. We’re your full-service partner. If you can dream it, we can shape it.


MIG & TIG Welding*

Metal Inert Gas welding (MIG) welds metal together using a consumable wire that is connected to an electrode current. The wire and inert gas pass through the welding gun simultaneously, and the gas protects the electrodes from any contaminants. MIG welding is generally faster, simpler, and less costly.

Tungsten Inert Gas welding (TIG) involves non consumable tungsten along with inert gas. In order to prevent melting issues, the tungsten electrode provides electricity but not the filler for the welding process. TIG welding is cleaner, offers greater precision, is good for thin materials, and is autogenous – requiring no filler material.

Depending on your project, Taber may be able to process your MIG and TIG welding in-house.

Laser Welding*

Laser Welding / Laser Beam Welding (LBW) is a pioneering
technique used in welding technology to join multiple pieces of metal through the use of a laser. The laser welding beam provides a concentrated heat source, allowing for narrow, deep welds and high welding rates.
Laser welding of aluminum and aluminum alloys ia a process is frequently used in high volume applications, such as in the automotive industry.

As laser welding technology advances, so does its capabilities. Welding materials of differing thickness swiftly, efficiently, and with sequently small heat affected zones is increasingly appealing when dealing with high volume projects.

Friction Stir Welding*

Friction-stir welding (FSW) is a welding process that joins two solid states without melting using a third body tool welding two facing surfaces. First, friction is caused between the tool and the material, creating heat that produces a very malleable area near the FSW tool.

The two metal surfaces are then mechanically intermixed at the location of the joint, and the softened metal area is joined together by mechanical pressure applied by the tool. FSW is a common choice for non-heat treatable alloys and provides extremely durable weld strength without needing a heat treatment. Common FSW applications include aerospace, shipbuilding, automotive, fabrication, and railway industries.

Supply Chain Solutions

At Taber, we’ve become a leader in innovative supply chain solutions. We work with you to find the aluminum pricing, manufacturing, and delivery that’s best for your business and your budget. In order to better serve our customers, we’ve implemented several supply chain services including delivery option plans, consignment and stocking programs, and inventory management services.

Finishing Services


Direct bending of extruded aluminum profiles during extrusion has many advantages when compared to traditional cold bending. The warm bending process circumvents productivity and quality losses that can occur with conventional bending technique.

Because the workpiece is still heated during the bending process, “spring-back” can be avoided. Smaller bending ambit can be achieved in a single step. An added benefit: extrusion and the bending are able to be combined in one single manufacturing process.


Aluminum punching is one of the most efficient methods in terms of secondary processing for aluminum extrusions. Multiple notches or holes can be punched in just one stroke of the punching press.

In the past, technical obstacles limited the use of punching for aluminum extrusions, and CNC machining became the primary method for extrusion finishing. Today, innovations in technology have increased the efficiency of punching and it is now a popular option for extrusion processing.


Selecting a paint finish for aluminum extrusions depends on how the product will be used, and what function the paint finish will serve.

Most often, aluminum extrusion paint finishes are a combination of protective and aesthetic functions. Benefits of wet paint finishes compared to other finishes – such as powder coating and anodizing – include a wider range of colors, protective qualities, better revealing of bright metallics, and better polish and shine when compared to powder coatings.


Aluminum alloys are anodized in order to increase corrosion resistance and to concede coloring, improved lubrication, and/or better adhesion.

Anodized finishes have helped make aluminum one of the most valued and widely used materials today in the production of thousands of consumer, commercial and industrial products. Besides revolutionizing the construction of everything from skyscrappers to computer hardware, it is also considered eco-safe; producing few to no effects on the environment.

*Service may be processed through a separate specialty vendor.