One of the great presidents of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” I cannot describe how this quote perfectly captures the essence of diplomacy and military readiness. This quote highlights the importance of strength and resolve in achieving one’s goals. For this reason, Taber is proud to support our nation through aluminum extrusions in military and defense.
In today’s world, military strength and readiness play a critical role in maintaining peace and security. Exploring the latest technologies and materials that can give our armed forces an edge is essential. One industry that has become increasingly important in the defense and military sectors is the Aluminum extrusion industry.
Aluminum extrusions are widely used in various defense and military applications. This includies aerospace and aircraft construction, armored vehicles, and weapons systems. Aluminum is a lightweight yet solid material that offers several advantages over other metals. Resistance to corrosion, excellent strength-to-weight ratio, and the ability to be shaped easily into complex geometries are just a few examples.
Nations worldwide continue to invest in their defense and military capabilities. As a result, Aluminum extrusion has emerged as a critical technology in pursuing high-level defense capabilities and superiority.
Keeping Peace Through Aluminum Extrusion in Military & Defense
The defense and military sectors play a vital role in maintaining national security and stability. Various branches such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps are a part of those sectors. Aluminum extrusion, a process of shaping aluminum into desired profiles and shapes, is vital in supporting these branches.
Through the years, critical innovations through research and development allowed endless applications widely used today. To name a few of those benefits and applications brought about by the aluminum extrusion process:
Lightweight and Durable
Using aluminum extrusions has created lightweight yet solid structures for military vehicles and aircraft. Reducing the weight makes them more fuel-efficient and easier to transport. It also provides a lightweight alternative to traditional armor and vehicle components without sacrificing strength or durability.
Aluminum extrusion technology creates complex shapes and profiles that cannot be achieved with other manufacturing processes. This flexibility in design enables engineers to create parts optimized for specific military applications and perform better than alternative materials.
Improved Thermal Management
Aluminum extrusions can create heat sinks, which help dissipate heat from sensitive electronic components in military equipment. This is especially important in military applications where electronic equipment must function under extreme conditions.
Aluminum is naturally corrosion-resistant, making it ideal for applications where extreme conditions make a material vulnerable to weathering. The extrusion process creates a protective oxide layer on the aluminum’s surface, enhancing its corrosion resistance. This is especially important in marine and naval applications where equipment is exposed to saltwater and other harsh conditions, such as in space.
Cost-efficiency and Sustainability
Aluminum is a fully recyclable material compared to other metals — it requires less energy to extract and manufacture, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, aluminum extrusion is an efficient process that minimizes material waste and energy consumption, reducing overall environmental impact. Its sustainability and eco-friendliness make it a desirable choice for manufacturers looking to reduce costs and minimize carbon footprint.
As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we at Taber understand the significance of robust defense and military capability, as highlighted by President Roosevelt’s famous quote. We recognize that diplomacy and military readiness are crucial factors in ensuring peace.
While Taber Extrusions serves various industries, we’ve maintained a solid foundational market in the military and defense sectors. This dates back to the mid-60s when our Russellville, Arkansas facility was built to manufacture AM2 Landing mats for the US military that are widely used worldwide as landing strips on which all military aircraft land.
Today, Taber products are used in every military branch and even the US Coast Guard, supporting military efforts worldwide — including shipbuilding, infrastructure, tanks, mobile armor equipment, and more.
Our Appreciation Through Aluminum Extrusions in Military & Defense
As a long-time domestic provider of high-quality aluminum extrusion products and services to our military and defense departments, Taber’s support for our nation does not stop there. We also recognize our veterans and their valuable skills and experience, including leadership, teamwork, and strong work ethic.
Over the years, we’ve been actively seeking out and hiring military veterans to support their journey after the heroic service they gave our nation. One of our core is to provide equal opportunities to hardworking, passionate individuals from various backgrounds.
To our heroes and their families, who willingly sacrificed and continue to serve our country for the greater good, we offer our utmost respect and gratitude for your service.
More About Taber Extrusions
Taber Extrusions, located in Russellville, AR., and Gulfport, MS., is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to various industries, including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management.
ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs, and services.
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 and two additional presses, micro-extrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times. We continue to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes. We have diversified our markets beyond the military since our inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others.
Our company supplies cast and extruded products in various soft and hard alloys for these markets.
Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities and a complete offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market.