15 03, 2023

Your Partner for Responsibly-Sourced American Aluminum Billets

2023-03-16T18:23:20+00:00March 15th, 2023|

presentation consisting of three black cubes and three images of inside Taber Extrusion’s Gulfport aluminum cast house with a blue gradient overlay. Taber’s oficial logo appears in the upper left, and the middle black box features the words, “OUR CASTHOUSE IS YOUR CASTHOUSE,” and www.taberextrusions.com web address in the lower left corner.

One company that has emerged as a leader in responsibly-sourced American aluminum billets as well as the aluminum industry is aluminum extrusion manufacturer Taber Extrusions. The American aluminum manufacturing and processing industry has faced several challenges in recent years due to tariffs, ITAR compliance regulations and most recently Build America, Buy America (BABA). Companies have been forced to navigate a complex landscape to ensure they can acquire the necessary raw materials to keep their operations running smoothly.

With their own aluminum cast house, Taber is able to provide responsibly sourced, ITAR and BABA compliant aluminum logs.  This has allowed them to supply the rest of the US aluminum manufacturing industry with aluminum billets/logs. Taber has the capacity to do this even during times of uncertainty and the ever-changing geopolitical landscape.

: Aluminum billets being casted at Taber Extrusion’s Gulfport cast house.

Responsibly Sourced American Aluminum Billets or Logs

Taber Extrusions is committed to producing aluminum billets/logs in a responsible and sustainable manner. Taber sources their aluminum from reputable and trustworthy suppliers. Furthermore, Taber Extrusions takes additional steps to ensure their primary alloying components are responsibly sourced by using recycled aluminum in their manufacturing process. By doing so, they reduce their carbon footprint and conserve natural resources.

When it comes to buying aluminum billets/logs, there are several benefits to choosing a company like Taber Extrusions. Here are just a few:

Regulatory Compliance

As previously mentioned, the American aluminum manufacturing industry has faced several challenges in recent years due to tariffs, geopolitical issues, supply chain and logistical challenges.

ITAR and BABA compliance regulations can be difficult for companies to navigate. However, by choosing a vetted aluminum supplier, companies can rest assured that they are receiving compliant aluminum billets/logs. This reduces the risk of non-compliance penalties and helps ensure a company’s operations remain in good standing.

Pristine freshly cast aluminum logs sitting on pallets at Taber’s Gulfport cast house.

In conclusion, buying responsibly sourced aluminum billets/logs from industry leaders like Taber Extrusions is a smart choice for companies in the American aluminum manufacturing industry. By doing so, they can avoid the challenges posed by tariffs and ITAR compliance regulations, while also receiving a high-quality, reliable product that will help their operations run smoothly.

Where Does Your Ingot Come From for Your Aluminum Billet?

“Our supply chain does not include material from un-approved counties. Most customers find this knowledge helpful, along with the fact that Taber has 50-years-worth of experience. Not just aluminum extrusions, but aluminum technology and innovation. Our Gulfport cast house was modernized a few years back, and we make it our business to lead the way when it comes to giving our customers and partners the best America has to offer.” Jason Weber, VP of Sales & Marketing, Taber Extrusions

History of Taber Extrusions and Their Gulfport, Mississippi Aluminum Cast House

Established in 1973, Taber has since become one of the leading aluminum extrusions companies in the U.S. by combining cutting-edge technology, innovation, and unmatched customer service within various industries around the globe. We are pioneers in the extrusion of large, heavy, and wide complex shapes that set us apart in the aluminum extrusion industry.

Expansion started in 1995 when Taber acquired the Gulfport, Mississippi facility, giving easy access to its ports and industrial scraps. In time, Taber also added two additional presses and a cast house which increased our capabilities to cast, extrude, and fabricate products in-house.

By 2017, Taber continued to expand, adding 7” billet molds to their existing 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” diameter molds. The state-of-the-art upgrade in Gulfport, MS increased billet capacity by over 30% and allows Taber to manufacture American aluminum billets for defense, marine, and other specialized industries.

Taber’s bright aluminum casthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi. Angle on freshly cast aluminum billets. Sun shines through an open warehouse door.

Aluminum Billet Processing services include:

  • Billet casting – Gulfport, MS facility
  • Solution heat treatment
  • Stretcher/De-twister – 750-ton capacity
  • Cut-to-length
  • Custom packaging
  • Fabrication
  • Statistical process control
  • Quality assurance – defense contractor-approved
  • Artificial aging ovens

Aluminum Billet Engineering services include:

  • SolidWorks (CAD Design)
  • Extrusion design assistance
  • Tolerances in ASTM, AA, ANSI, DIN, or EN standards
  • CAD software (Auto CAD)
  • Ultrasonic testing: portable immersion (115 ft tank)
  • Analysis and testing capabilities: Chemistry, mechanical property testing, electrical conductivity testing, macroanalysis, microanalysis, Rockwell hardness test, Brinell hardness test, Webster hardness test, exfoliation corrosion test

Taber Extrusions has successfully taken business beyond the extrusion process, and allowed themselves to become a reputable full-service aluminum extrusion company capable of manufacturing complex and intricate extrusions that some companies may find impossible.

Charles Stout, President of Taber Extrusions wears a blue and while golf shirt, tan khaki pants and a black belt with his arms folded neatly across his front as he kindly smiles for the camera.

“The future is determined by our collective vision, efforts, and results.”

Charles Stout, President, Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions located in Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS, is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to a wide variety of industries including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management. ISO 9001- and AS 9100-certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect to see increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs, and services.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of our Regional Sales Representatives.

Follow Taber Extrusions:

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/@TaberExtrusions

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber Team?

Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com.

22 02, 2023

Large Aluminum Extrusion Design

2023-02-27T00:40:04+00:00February 22nd, 2023|

Graphic with three photos in sepia tint, with the title of the blog written in white font. The upper left photograph is of a circular building with multiple window frames. The upper right photo is a machine in Taber’s facility. Third photo at the bottom is the interior of the Taber factory.

“Dream big dreams; only big dreams have the power to move men’s souls.”

― Marcus Aurelius

If you think about it, innovation is ingrained in man’s DNA. As humans, we always want to better ourselves and the things that we utilize to improve our way of life. And why stop there? Why not be bigger?

Here at Taber, we continue to raise the bar and enhance our capabilities to help you realize your vision – in all shapes, forms, or sizes. And with that, we pride ourselves in having the only rectangular container in North America. A feat that sets us apart in the aluminum extrusion industry in terms of capabilities. We’ve uniquely positioned our company to have the ability to extrude wide shapes – which is much more comprehensive than the capability of traditional round containers. Our exclusive rectangular container allows us to supply our customers with some of the industry’s widest, most complex multi-void hollows.

Like the great Marcus Aurelius once said, “Dream big dreams; only big dreams have the power to move men’s souls.”  And our large press capability will surely take your vision to reality.

Why Go BIG?

The larger the press, the bigger the extrusion. Assembly techniques can be reduced by eliminating the need to weld in using the largest available extrusions and/or mechanical joints, lowering the cost and time spent in construction.

Mechanical factors such as holes, threads, grooves, and placement of flaw-free welds affect the properties and fatigue-strength of the material. With large aluminum extrusion capability, fusion welds can be arranged in non-critical areas, or broaden the section nearest to a weld to compensate for any losses caused by the welding process.

In structures with complex parts, the use of large-scale extrusions streamlines the design, eliminating strain and possible drawbacks to the structure.

In a rectangular container, there is uniform metal flow in width and thickness of wider bars and profiles and the following is achieved, in contrast to a round container of similar geometry:

Typical flatness can be controlled to within normal AA specifications, multi-void hollow profiles of up to 29” width and solid profiles up to 31” wide. However, at times, profile designers demand flatness profiles outside of AA specifications. In these cases, Taber operates a compliment of secondary roll correction machines that are able to bring the profile into the desired tolerance range. Overall, it is best to consult with Taber early in the design process and we can work with you to design the best profile to meet your specifications and allow the most efficient production.

Graphic with 3 black and white photos with a poem about aluminum in white font printed on the photos. The one on the left is a photo of a high-rise building, the one the top right is a photo of a plane, and the one on the bottom right is a photo of a ship.

The advantages of working with aluminum extrusions in a variety of sizes are endless.

  • High recycling value
  • Reduced cost in tooling/machining
  • Reduced assembly time
  • High strength-weight ratio
  • Long lifespan with minimum maintenance
  • Aesthetically pleasing finishing options
  • Streamlined design possibilities
  • Wide range of large-scale applications
    • Aircraft landing mats
    • Heliport decking
    • Bridge decking
    • Air droppable pallets
    • Shoring planks
    • Loading platforms
    • Airport structures
    • 28” wide rectangular container
    • Superstructure components
    • Military vehicles
    • Shipping containers
    • Rail cars
    • Truck trailers
    • Buses
    • Beverage trucks
    • Light rail systems
    • Delivery vehicles

Are You Ready to Go BIG?

To make your design more efficient, it’s imperative to have a deep understanding of the full scope from alloy properties to material and tooling costs, appropriate tolerancing, and the latest in manufacturing innovation. Taber Extrusion’s talented engineering team is available to assist your design engineers with the details:

  • Wall/material thickness
  • Uniform wall thickness
  • Wall/material variance
  • Radius vs square corners
  • Solid profiles if possible
  • Fewer cavities in hollow profiles
  • Profiles with deep channels and ratios
  • Heat sinks
  • Decorative surfaces run-out surface

We are proud to be set apart as more than just an extruder. Taber Extrusions is a full-service partner, and we have an unwavering commitment to consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing both products and services of the highest quality. This commitment is at the core of our value-added philosophy.

For us, unique, customized capabilities are key. Taber’s specialty is manufacturing complex and intricate extrusions that competitors consider difficult or even impossible. Our full range of extrusion presses, from 1800 and 3000 tons to our impressive large 8600 tons, gives us unmatched flexibility and profile capabilities.

Graph showing the three kinds of extrusion presses that Taber Extrusion has. Specifications are for an 8600-ton, 3000-ton, and an 1800-ton press. The Taber logo is placed at the lower right corner of the image.

One of the largest extrusion presses in the United States—our 8600-ton press—can extrude both 16- and 20-inch round billets, and 10” x 28” rectangular billets with a maximum circle size of 31” and up to 140 lbs. per foot. With the ability to extrude large, intricate configurations, such as lightweight but strong one-piece extrusions, the customer can incorporate whole assemblies of small components into one extruded part.

We’ve established notoriety for the highest levels of quality and responsiveness over four decades, and proudly hold the title of broadest capabilities in the aluminum extrusion industry.

About Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions is located in Russellville, AR, and Gulfport, MS, and 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 to see increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs, and services.

To learn more about how we can be of service visit: https://taberextrusions.com/

For inquiries or quotes visit: https://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

Follow Taber Extrusions

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber Team? Submit your resume to

careers@taberextrusions.com.

3 01, 2023

Endless Possibilities: U.S. Aluminum Extrusion Manufacturer, Taber Extrusions

2023-03-07T02:03:08+00:00January 3rd, 2023|

A bluescale graphic with blue, gold, & White laser light effects and bright confetti-like dots in upper left and lower right corners with the words, “New Year, Endless Possibilities” in the center and the Taber inverted gold triangle logo underneath, and finally, Taber’s website address – www.taberextrusions.com at the bottom.

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

John Muir, Scottish-American author, environmental philosopher

Taber Extrusions, aluminum extrusion manufacturer, proves there are no boundaries when it comes to aluminum extrusion design and engineering. After almost five decades of operation, we continue to take pride in the ability to bring your imagination into reality.

The History of Taber Extrusions, aluminum extrusion manufacturer

Established in 1973, Taber has since become one of the leading aluminum extrusion manufacturers in the U.S. by combining cutting-edge technology, innovation, and unmatched customer service within various industries around the globe. We are pioneers in the extrusion of large, heavy, and wide complex shapes that set us apart in the aluminum extrusion industry.

Expansion started in 1995 when Taber acquired the Gulfport, Mississippi facility, giving easy access to its ports and industrial scraps. In time, Taber also added two additional presses and a cast house which increased our capabilities to cast, extrude, and fabricate products in-house (we oversee everything). Fabrication capabilities were added to the Russellville facility in 2014, which already houses the company’s large 8,600 MT press with three container sizes (a container for the extrusion of rectangular billet, as well as two round containers, a 16-inch, and a 20-inch). The fabrication area has been expanded several times since it was constructed, with the addition of B&O B-800 series, Marvel band saws for precision cutting, horizontal and vertical machining centers, and a Zeiss coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for quality control.

By 2017, Taber continued to expand, adding 7” billet molds to our existing 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” diameter molds. The state-of-the-art upgrade in Gulfport, MS increased billet capacity by over 30% and allows Taber to manufacture aluminum billets for defense, marine, and other specialized industries.

Four photo collage showing the massive facilities and equipment used by Taber Extrusions in producing aluminum extrusion products.

Precision Micro-Extrusion

In 2018, Taber added precision micro-extrusion to their services which allows designers and engineers the freedom to create aluminum profiles that are un-extrudable through conventional presses. A great addition to their arsenal of capabilities, the micro-extrusion presses are built to allow the production of extrusions with wall thicknesses of 0.020 inches and tolerance capabilities of +/- 0.001 inches (depending on shape design).

Three side-by-side photos illustrating how tiny micro-extrusions actually are. (Trust us, they’re itty-bitty. And Taber Extrusions can make them like the experts they are.)

Friction Stir Welding

In April 2019, Taber Extrusions continued to answer the call to the rising demand for domestic aluminum products by breaking ground with an expanded Russellville facility to house a new friction stir welding operation. Traditional welding techniques can’t easily fuse metals such as aluminum, copper, and other metal alloys. With FSW (friction stir welding), they are joined by the solid-state joining technique in which a coalescence results from applying pressure alone or with a combination of heat and pressure.

Friction stir welding produces high-quality welds with minimal distortion and can easily be automated allowing it to be used widely in the aerospace, rail, automotive, shipbuilding, transportation, and marine industries.

Taber’s willingness to invest and deliver the widest scope of services across the aluminum extrusion industry will continue going forward according to Jason Weber, Taber V.P. of Sales and Marketing.

Haas VF-12 CNC Machine

The fairly recent addition of the Haas VF-12 CNC machine in 2021 raised the bar in their commitment to providing world-class products and services to clients and sets a strong example of how Taber continues to shape the future of the aluminum extrusion industry.

Long aluminum extrusions can be precisely made within the machine, cutting down on processing times and costs. With the internal automatic tool change capacity (30+1), the VF-12 fits the bill for Taber’s focus with the Russellville facility providing some of the largest profiles in North America.

A Taber operator using the cutting edge Taber machine called Haas VF-12 CNC machine inside the Taber facility.

What does North America’s leading vertically integrated aluminum extruder have in store for the future? For years, Taber’s direction has been aligned with one of their primary customers – the defense industry, where they’ve pioneered the highest level of quality & satisfaction in terms of providing products, offerings, and services. Taber Extrusions plans to go further and cover more ground – literally.

2023 will be a big year for all Taber facilities. In addition to the aforementioned capability expansions, Taber is also planning many capital upgrades to the line-up of existing equipment.

Today, industries and world economies are shifting to green and sustainable ways of doing business and Taber aspires to fill a leading role in providing efficient solutions to these entities. From creating aluminum extrusions which will eventually become lightweight trailers to manufacturing components for transportation infrastructure, Taber’s goal is to apply their expertise and showcase their capabilities to improve the transportation industry.

At Taber, if you can dream it, we can shape it.

Processing services include:

  • Billet casting – Gulfport, MS facility
  • Solution heat treatment
  • Stretcher/De-twister – 750-ton capacity
  • Cut-to-length
  • Custom packaging
  • Fabrication
  • Statistical process control
  • Quality assurance – defense contractor-approved
  • Artificial aging ovens

Engineering services include:

  • SolidWorks (CAD Design)
  • Extrusion design assistance
  • Tolerances in ASTM, AA, ANSI, DIN, or EN standards
  • CAD software (Auto CAD)
  • Ultrasonic testing: portable immersion (115 ft tank)
  • Analysis and testing capabilities: Chemistry, mechanical property testing, electrical conductivity testing, macroanalysis, microanalysis, Rockwell hardness test, Brinell hardness test, Webster hardness test, exfoliation corrosion test

Taber Extrusions has successfully taken business beyond the extrusion process, and allowed themselves to become a reputable full-service aluminum extrusion company capable of manufacturing complex and intricate extrusions that some companies may find impossible.

“Change The World” Kind of Crazy

As creative marketing icon Rob Siltanen once said, “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

 

5 photos of Taber employees enjoying company activities. On the upper right corner are 4 employees standing in a row. On the bottom right corner, is a NMLP trophy for excellence in safety, made of a metallic hardhat above a shiny, black engraved box. The 3 pictures on the left are of employees inside a big hall celebrating Halloween. The Taber logo and words “October Picnic” are in a white circle on top of pictures.

Taber has never run out of “crazy-enough-to-change-the-world” attitude when it comes to retaining employees and keeping valued clients – as they are much more than a leading aluminum extrusion manufacturer. Empowered by employee’s hearts and ambitions, Taber Extrusions strives to maintain a healthy relationship with each team member, as this is key to a successful career for both them and for the company.

Charles Stout, President of Taber Extrusions wears a blue and while golf shirt, tan khaki pants and a black belt with his arms folded neatly across his front as he kindly smiles for the camera.

“The future is determined by our collective vision, efforts, and results.  Where we go and how we perform is all about what we do as a team and has very little to do with what is going on around us.”Charles Stout, President, Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions, U.S. aluminum extrusion manufacturer: Summary

Taber Extrusions is a U.S. aluminum extrusion manufacturer located in Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS. A highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to a wide variety of industries including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management, Taber offers endless possibilities. ISO 9001- and AS 9100-certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect to see 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. This aluminum extrusion manufacturer is able 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.

Extruding billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, Taber has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, this aluminum extrusion manufacturer supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys.

Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities, and a full offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of our Regional Sales Representatives.

Follow Taber Extrusions:

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

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

19 12, 2022

Fun Ways to Gift Aluminum This Holiday Season

2022-12-19T20:53:45+00:00December 19th, 2022|

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What are the fun ways to gift aluminum this holiday season?  When we hear the word “aluminum,” the first things that come to mind are those busy construction sites, a stretch of beautifully designed and elegant windows in city buildings, that stylish sports car you saw on the road one time, or the thin metallic wrapping on your favorite sandwich (or that cold six-pack waiting for you to get home). Aluminum is everywhere and it has shaped our world in many ways.

And as you may have already known by reading our past articles about aluminum here at Taber, the applications are only limited by our imagination. We know that it is pliable – lightweight yet strong, rich in properties, and highly recyclable. Wouldn’t it be awesome to gift your loved ones something made in aluminum this holiday?

I bet you didn’t see that coming from us here at Taber – but as the holidays draw closer, we want to help you explore these gift ideas, so you don’t have to wait for that traditional 10th-anniversary aluminum gift.

Smart Watches/Wearable Technology

Most smartwatches in the market today use aluminum and even aircraft-grade aluminum

casing for their wearable devices making them elegant and durable. Help motivate your loved ones on their fitness journey with style.

A collage of two photos. The one on the left has a stack of 3 laptops laid on top of one another. The photo on the right is a square smartwatch with an aluminum casing showing the time and a black wristband.

Laptops

Yes, the first thing to consider when purchasing a laptop is its specifications or what is under the hood. But laptop chassis or casings made with aluminum are more durable than plastic making it safe for the internal components inside.

Aluminum Cookware

Cookware made from aluminum is widely used in the restaurant business because of its durability and it distributes heat well making them cost-effective.

A collage of three photos. On the upper left corner is a row of colorful metal water bottles on a shelf. At the bottom left corner is two hands reaching to grab two water bottles colored black and white on their sides on a white sheet. And the photo on the right shows aluminum pans in a row hanging on hooks on a wall of a kitchen.

Water Bottle Tumblers

These are great vessels for your hot and cold drinks because their ability to retain temperature makes cold drinks stay cold longer and hot drinks stay warm.

Luggage Bags

Light yet durable, this is the reason why most luggage bags are manufactured using aluminum. They can be resistant to liquid, are professional-looking (but stylish at the same time) and are easy to secure.

Aluminum Photo Print

They are light and easy to hang, making them appropriate for large-scale designs suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Jewelry

When aluminum is anodized, it allows the absorption of dyes and paints into the material making stunning and unique effects.

A collage of three photos. On the left is a guitar laid down with a focus on the bridge and strings. On the upper right is a portrait of a person, both hands holding the jewelry on their head and wearing a large aluminum bracelet on one arm. The third photo in the lower right corner is a portrait of a person on the dark background with headphones. The image is created with lines of vibrant neon colors signifying music and art.

Aluminum Guitars

According to Hoxey Guitars, an aluminum guitar exhibits a very full-frequency tone with a piano-esque low end, a detailed midrange, and a complex treble brilliance that lends it a chorus-like three-dimensionality.

A Romantic Sound Wave

A company like Soundwave Art makes aluminum soundwave art by sandwiching a black, solid plastic core between two aluminum sheets. Your Soundwave is printed and attached to the aluminum.

Kitchen Appliances

While stainless steel might be more durable than aluminum, it’s also heavier in exchange, and aluminum is a much more lightweight material to work with and handle. You can learn more by visiting this link.

A beautiful modern kitchen with a metallic fridge, gas range, and microwave oven. There are metallic lamps on the ceiling and a circular-shaped insert photo of a close-up of a gas range’s controls and knobs.

These are only some of the general ideas that make ideal gifts made from aluminum that you can consider this holiday season. Isn’t it surprising to know that aluminum can be a unique, elegant, and thoughtful way of showing your loved ones how you took the time to give them something to enjoy this year?

You can also check out our 50 Aluminum Gift Ideas to see specific gift items for your reference.

While you’re at it, do take time to visit our website to learn more about Taber and our capabilities. Taber Extrusions wants to lead the way in extrusion development and be a part of its growth in the future.

More About Leading Aluminum Extruder Taber Extrusions

Taber offers a large variety of products and processes and does everything in its power to stay ahead of the curve, using the latest technology to create the best possible products. “Good products at low costs” is what Taber tries to provide to its customers and they work hard every day to supply this with the best possible service.

To learn more about how we can be of service visit: https://taberextrusions.com/

For inquiries or quotes visit: https://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

Follow Taber Extrusions

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

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

3 11, 2022

Aluminum Extrusions Key Design Considerations

2023-03-07T01:48:18+00:00November 3rd, 2022|

Collage of 3 photos with the words, “Key Design Considerations/taberextrusions.com” Two photos show an array of finished aluminum extrusion profile samples hung on a grey wall. Lower right corner is the gold inverted triangle logo of Taber Extrusions.

Aluminum is becoming more and more popular in the building and manufacturing industries because of its rich and useful properties, giving rise to aluminum extrusions’ key design considerations. When aluminum extrusion was discovered, it allowed the material to be transformed into almost any shape, size, and form imaginable making engineers and design professionals achieve both form and function.

Although aluminum extrusion presents flexibility in terms of design, we also know that there can be limitations as with all manufacturing processes. However, understanding these design challenges can improve the functionality of your design and help reduce production costs and time.

Our goal here is to determine the best design for your project and with aluminum extrusion, it is equally important to understand the function of your profile as well as its appearance. That being said, we’d like to share with you key things to consider when designing your next aluminum extrusion profile with us.

A couple aluminum extrusions key design considerations to start with:

WALL THICKNESS

Wall thickness can be cost-efficient depending on the requirements of your project. Having a uniform wall thickness and minimal aluminum thickness on your profile is efficient both in cost and production time.

Removing uneven wall thickness during your design process is beneficial as it eliminates problems during the extrusion and cooling process. It ensures that the end product is clear of uneven finishes, cosmetic issues, and is structurally sound. It also eliminates high production costs due to potential difficulties during production.

Some of the factors that influence wall thickness are:

  • The choice of the alloy
  • The shape of the profile
  • Extrusion press power and speed
  • The desired surface treatment
  • Desired tolerances

TOLERANCES

Profile tolerance is a key consideration and is critical to the design profile. It is applied to the physical dimensions of a part during manufacturing. Depending on its intended application, there are standard tolerances that are published and are important to consider. Among them are wall thickness, dimension size, location, profile type (solid or hollow), alloy used, cross section, and the parts application. To learn more, you may reach us here.

Various samples of aluminum extrusions from Taber Extrusions on an off-white background. A gold inverted triangle Taber logo is at the lower right corner in a brown triangle graphic.

A few more aluminum extrusions key design considerations:

SHAPE

In line with wall thickness, simple shapes are also efficient in terms of cost and production time. Yes, aluminum extrusion can produce a range of shapes and designs to meet the aesthetic and structural requirements of a designer; but razor-sharp corners and the extrusion process don’t go well together as they tend to bend and become uneven. Also, complicated shapes in turn will need to have complicated dies resulting in higher tooling costs.

There are three general classifications of extruded shapes: solid, semi-hollow, and hollow.

Solid shapes have a cross-section that does not have any voids. They are cheaper to make because they are less complex. Semi-hollow profiles are defined by the tongue ratio (width of the gap vs. its depth). A larger ratio is classified as semi-hollow while a smaller ratio is considered as solid. Hollow profiles contain a void or maybe even multiple voids on a single profile.

SURFACE FINISHES

When exposed to the elements in our atmosphere, different materials can be vulnerable, and aluminum is no exception. Aluminum naturally forms a thin oxide layer on its surface and serves as protection against the elements.

However, aluminum extrusions can be finished with a variety of paint, anodize, or mechanical treatments when additional surface protection or an enhanced appearance is desired. One factor to be considered about finishing is the in-use environment that your profile needs. There are, however, other reasons for treating aluminum surfaces such as color, hardness, better resistance to wear and corrosion, reflectivity, electrical insulation, and enhancements to the surface structure.

It is important to remember that the dimensions that were added to a finished profile are often overlooked. Although these changes can be minor, there can be critical impacts caused by these changes that may be troublesome to your projects. You can reach us here to know more about the finishing options and considerations for your profile.

ALLOY SELECTION

A wide selection of alloys and tempers are available depending on your profile’s needs and use. Aluminum is alloyed with other materials to enhance strength and/or attributes to cater to most applications. Therefore, you initially need to determine the function of your profile to determine the best alloy to use for your profile.

In addition to alloy selection, temper — the hardness and strength imparted to the metal by mechanical or thermal treatment — determines the ultimate physical performance of an aluminum extrusion.

To know more about this, click here so we can guide you on the best alloys to use for your profile.

So, what’s next? Find the right company that specializes in aluminum extrusions, billet casting, fabrication, microextrusions, friction stir welding, and design assistance.

Who can help with aluminum extrusions key design considerations:

Taber Extrusions is a full-service partner, and we have an unwavering commitment to consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing both products and services of the highest quality. This commitment is at the core of our value-added philosophy.

For us, unique, customized capabilities are key. Taber Extrusions’ specialty is the manufacturing of complex and intricate extrusions that competitors consider difficult or even impossible. Our full range of extrusion presses, from 1800 and 3000 tons to our impressive large 8600 tons, give us unmatched flexibility and profile capabilities.

For example, one of the largest extrusion presses in the United States, our 8600-ton press, has the capability to extrude both 16 and 20-inch round billets, and 10” x 28” rectangular billets with a maximum circle size of 31” and up to 140 lbs. per foot. With the ability to extrude large, intricate configurations, such as lightweight but strong one-piece extrusions, the customer can incorporate whole assemblies of small components into one extruded part.

Our value-added philosophy, along with our custom capabilities and top-tier customer service, is why Taber Extrusions has been a leader in the extrusion industry for over four decades.

More About Taber Extrusions – Company History

Taber Extrusions, located in Russellville, AR, and Gulfport, MS, is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to a wide variety of industries including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management. ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect to see 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.

Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes and has diversified its markets beyond the military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys.

Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities, and a full offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of our Regional Sales Representatives.

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3 10, 2022

The Benefits of Aluminum Extrusions as a Solution to Product Design Challenges

2023-03-07T02:09:39+00:00October 3rd, 2022|

Triptych with left image displays 5 samples of Taber’s aluminum extrusion products in varied shapes. Middle image shows a curved exterior of a building with beautifully designed rectangularly framed windows. The last photo on the right is a sepia-toned picture of another building showing staggered rectangularly framed windows.

The benefits of aluminum extrusions as a solution to product design challenges are numerous. Aluminum is an abundant mineral found in the Earth’s crust. It is highly conductive, has low density, has excellent resistance to corrosion, is malleable, and most importantly — it is recyclable! Combined with the process of extrusion, it is the most cost-effective, functional, and efficient way of achieving form and function in design and engineering.

From humble beginnings in 1894, Alexander Dick developed the hot extrusion process allowing non-ferrous alloys to be extruded. The applications for aluminum in architecture, engineering, electronics, transportation, and other industries has grown exponentially since then.

According to Technavio, the aluminum extrusion market share is expected to increase by 8.87 million tons from 2020 to 2025, and the market’s growth momentum will accelerate at a CAGR of 5.02%.

Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

A black and white oval-framed portrait of the great American architect and designer, Frank Lloyd Wright. In line with the portrait, written in bold white font on a blue background is a quote from the late architect, “Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

The Benefits of Aluminum Extrusions on Form and Function

What is form and function? It is a principle of design associated with late 19th– and early 20th-century architecture and industrial design in general, which states that the shape of a building or object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose.

This is only a part of how the benefits of aluminum extrusion helps designers, engineers, and industries in building and shaping our world. It is basically all around us, from a simple child’s toy to a medical device that saves lives. From vehicles and infrastructure that transport us by land, sea, and air — to the satellites that connect us seamlessly through technology. This process has changed how we live, thrive, and build our future.

Collage showing the different industries that use aluminum extrusion. The upper left photo shows a beautiful view above the city traffic and skyscrapers with lights on at night. Below that is a photo showing a huge cargo ship leaving the docks with a view of the sunset. Beside it, on the right is a high-speed train with a red roof and aluminum body passing through a modern underground terminal. Lastly, in the upper right corner, is a photo of a satellite orbiting near Earth in space.

Through the years, aluminum extrusion has evolved and grown alongside advancements in technology. These breakthroughs helped the industry improve raw materials with the aid of modern testing and surveying. As the world goes digital, everything is done using a computer and/or smart technology, which means materials that have undergone the process are precise, accurate, and spot on!

Pentaptych image showing the modern ways of how aluminum extrusion is created and used. First left image shows an engineering surveyor working with surveying equipment. Next is a close-up of a circuit board used in modern electronics. Third is a scientist looking through a telescope wearing a white lab gown and mask. Fourth image is a green metal press in a factory demonstrating how materials are processed in a production line. Last photo shows a desktop computer from above with a hand at a keyboard showcasing how aluminum extrusion is designed.

More Benefits of Aluminum Extrusions as a Design Solution

There are many benefits of Aluminum extrusions in terms of strength, resilience, corrosion resistance, and weight. The material itself is lightweight at about 1/3 that of iron, steel, copper, or brass which makes the material ideal for shipping and logistics. The process enhances the strength-to-weight ratio of the material and is applicable to a variety of industries where weight is a consideration in terms of design and capabilities.

One advantage is that it can develop its own inert aluminum oxide film that blocks further oxidation. While other materials get brittle when temperatures are reduced, aluminum gains strength, making it a preferred choice for low-temperature applications. It diffuses heat which allows designers to optimize heat dissipation in electrical housings and other components.

And what about safety? Aluminum is non-sparking making it suitable when combustible materials are present. Aluminum can be substituted for copper in electrical conductors, can help reduce the cost and weight of electrical connectors. As well, It does not burn and does not produce toxic fumes.

Aluminum is widely used in all industries around the world. Combined with the process of extrusion, it will surely be beneficial in terms of alternative materials and processes that will give way to innovation and continue to enrich our lives.

Collage showing the advantages of aluminum extrusion. First photo shows a sheet of metal material covered in rust and deteriorating. Beside it is a photo of a bicycle parked on a sidewalk covered with thick white snow. Above it is a photo of a small scale with blocks of sugar weighing in at ¼ grams. Lastly, a hanging metal chain with links symbolizing strength.

So, you know the benefits of aluminum extrusions, what’s next? Find the right company that specializes in aluminum extrusions, billet casting, fabrication, microextrusions, friction stir welding, and design assistance.

A Partner That Understands the Benefits of Aluminum Extrusion as a Design Solution

Taber is a full-service partner, and we have an unwavering commitment to consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing both products and service of the highest quality. This commitment is at the core of our value-added philosophy.

For us, the unique, customized capabilities are key. Taber Extrusions’ specialty is the manufacturing of complex and intricate extrusions which competitors consider difficult or even impossible. Our full range of extrusion presses, from 1800 and 3000 ton to our impressive large 8600 ton, give us unmatched flexibility and profile capabilities.

Take for example, one of the largest extrusion presses in the United States, our 8600-ton press, has the capability to extrude both 16- and 20-inch round billets, and 10” x 28” rectangular billets with a maximum circle size of 31” and up to 100 pounds per foot. With the ability to extrude large, intricate configurations, such as lightweight but strong one-piece extrusions, the customer can incorporate whole assemblies of small components into one extruded part.

Our value-added philosophy, along with our custom capabilities and top-tier customer service, is why Taber has been a leader in the extrusion industry for over four decades.

More About Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions, located in Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS, is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to a wide variety of industries including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management. ISO-9001 and AS-9100 certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect to see increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs, and services.

Founded in 1973, Taber 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, microextrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes and has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys.

Today, Taber is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities, and full offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of our Regional Sales Representatives.

Follow Taber Extrusions:

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/taberextrusions/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

3 07, 2022

Abundance, Aluminum, and America’s Great Destiny: History of Aluminum for Military Use

2023-03-07T00:35:14+00:00July 3rd, 2022|

The Washington Monument, a tall white pyramid capped with an aluminum cone, stands tall on a green lawn, surrounded by flags, and in front of a clear, blue, sky.

From the mountains, to the prairies, God has blessed America with every natural resource. Coal, copper, timber, nickel, phosphate, and an endless list of abundant supplies were given to the most industrious people to ever set before themselves the experiment of freedom and liberty. These American people, when building the Washington Monument, chose a 6-pound aluminum pyramid to cap their achievements. Aluminum, once prized more than gold, had found its way into a place of high honor. Has aluminum, out of all our natural metals, lived up to such a high honor? The historical answer is yes.

Aluminum’s Economic Contribution

Aluminum has been important part of America’s economic engines specifically through the production of aluminum ore. At its height in 1981, the US produced 30% of the world’s primary aluminum. As the industry has become more aware of its environmental responsibilities, much of the US’s production has shifted to secondary production from scrap metal.

Nevertheless, having national deposits has proven a great advantage for American progress, and at times necessary for national security.

A birds-eye-view shot of a mine where tuck is being loaded with silver extraction fed by a belt.

History of Aluminum for Military Use

As a strong, lightweight metal, aluminum was destined to be the most functional alloy for military use. The French, early in the history of aluminum, looked into using it for armor, yet the prohibitive costs kept them from using it in their army. However, it was only a matter of time. With the advent of mass-produced aluminum, warfare changed forever. Let us take a look at the history of aluminum for military use.

The Word Wars and the history of aluminum for military use

During both World Wars, aluminum production in the United States experienced a boom. In World War I, the United States aviation industry relied heavily on this metal. Thousands of planes were manufactured in the United States using aluminum.

A WWII plane for military use made of aluminum with two propellers and u-shaped back wing.

In World War II, new innovations allowed for even more applications for aluminum, even being used to blind the enemy’s newly invented radar. Aluminum powder could also be used to create explosives, in addition to its more standard uses. This war also proved the importance of having national sources. The supply of aluminum from South America was put in jeopardy by German U-boats roaming international waters. Today, the history of aluminum for military use continues to be written.

Aluminum in the Modern Military

Today’s military takes advantage of aluminum to strengthen the core of its equipment. Because aluminum is lighter than steel, it can make ships, planes, and vehicles more efficient and faster. For the same reasons, missiles also are made from this metal. Furthermore, aluminum is strong enough to be used as armor and has saved countless lives as plates fortifying armored vehicles against explosives. Of course, aluminum continues to be used in variety of weapons such as M-15, M-72 and M-79.

Modern day American soldiers carrying rifles run through thick sand, while beyond a large group of soldiers stand in a tight group.

Aluminum: A continuing American success story

Today, the best aluminum and aluminum alloys continue to be manufactured in the United States. US aluminum extrusions are more versatile and precise than ever. Taber has just the right aluminum extruder for all aluminum extrusions and micro-extrusions in high selection of aluminum profiles. Proud to be an American aluminum extrusion company, Taber Extrusion is a leading fabricator of aluminum shapes, aluminum billet, and other aluminum products. Taber’s 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 Taber the capabilities to reach industries that aren’t used to buying direct from a mill. We serve the military, government, shipbuilding and many other industries.

Come check out your best aluminum extrusion partner today!

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6 11, 2017

Taber’s Aluminum Distribution Services

2017-11-06T20:13:30+00:00November 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.

11 04, 2017

Aluminum Alloys Keep Aircraft in the Sky

2017-07-26T17:49:21+00:00April 11th, 2017|

aluminum alloys

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

9 02, 2017

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

2017-02-09T19:18:49+00:00February 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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