16 01, 2024

A Year in Review: Best Aluminum Extrusion Blogs by Taber Extrusions

2024-01-16T21:14:33+00:00January 16th, 2024|

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Taber Extrusions goes beyond being a premiere aluminum extruder; but serves as a comprehensive resource, offering valuable insights and practical solutions to common industry challenges through providing the best aluminum extrusion blogs possible. Covering everything from news and trends to tips for enhancing extrusion capabilities, Taber ensures that you stay well-informed.

Here’s some of our favorite aluminum extrusion blogs of 2023:

1. Large Aluminum Extrusion Design

Are you ready to go BIG? This blog talks about how Taber elevates aluminum extrusion capabilities to new heights. With an exclusive rectangular container, they lead the industry in producing some of the widest and most complex multi-void hollows. Their large press capability, exemplified by the 8600-ton press, ensures the transformation of big dreams into reality. Explore the advantages of partnering with Taber, from reduced assembly time to streamlined design possibilities. Go BIG with Taber— where innovation meets excellence.

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2. Which Aluminum Alloys are Best for Welding?

Welding joins two or more metal pieces, creating a permanent and robust bond. Various welding techniques, including GTAW, GMAW, FSW, and laser welding, can be used for welding aluminum metals. However, welding aluminum can be challenging because of the oxide layer on its surface and its high thermal conductivity. The aluminum must be appropriately cleaned and decreased beforehand for a successful welding. Furthermore, you should use the appropriate welding technique and filler material.

If you’re curious about welding aluminum and want to know more about the different techniques and materials, you should check out this helpful blog post. It’s written in an easy-to-understand manner that’s perfect for anyone who interested in learning about welding, aluminum alloys, and metals joining.

3. Aluminum Extrusions for Military & Defense

Aluminum extrusions offer a lightweight yet sturdy framework, enabling easy customization into diverse shapes. In this blog by Taber, the focus is on the extensive application of aluminum extrusion in the aerospace industry, where it plays a pivotal role in reducing the weight of aircraft, enhancing fuel efficiency, and ensuring structural strength. Armored vehicles similarly leverage aluminum extrusions to fashion lightweight armor capable of withstanding gunfire, explosions, and fire.

: A collage of five applications of aluminum extrusions in the military and defense sector.

This article also underscores Taber’s steadfast commitment and continuous supply of aluminum extrusions to the military and defense sectors.

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Read the full blog here.

4. BABA-Certified: Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer Sourced in the USA

The Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act is a set of rules that requires the government to buy things made in the USA for government-funded projects. Taber Extrusions is a company that proudly manufactures aluminum parts to supply America’s military and defense sectors – committed to sourcing all parts in the USA responsibly and with top quality in mind. Aluminum is a versatile metal that offers benefits such as resistance to rust, good strength-to-weight ratio, and malleability for shaping. Taber offers many kinds of traditional aluminum extrusions and related processes, such as aluminum casting, fabrication, friction stir welding, and precision extruding.

5. Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons

This blog post centers on the revolutionary impact of aluminum extrusions in modern construction, emphasizing Taber’s ability to intricately shape structures with precision. It underscores how aluminum outperforms alternative materials like wood, plastic, steel, and other metals. The article further highlights the diverse variations in aluminum materials, showcasing aluminum is a wise choice across various applications in the extrusion process.

If you’d like to explore more of Taber Extrusion’s aluminum extrusion blogs, visit taberextrusions.com and follow them on social media so you can receive new blog alerts!

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More about Taber Extrusions

Taber specializes in creating aluminum products in unique shapes and sizes to various industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods.

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions has expanded its markets beyond the military and has become a leader in the industry. Working with various tools and capabilities to create custom solutions for their customers, Taber features micro-extrusions in precise shapes and sizes, friction stir welding services, and offers a wide array of aluminum alloy options. Taber also has a CNC machining line that allows them to create custom aluminum components serving a diverse range of industries. Taber offers value-added machining services and can provide raw materials to customers throughout North America.

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber team? Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com. You can also visit taberextrusions.com or call Taber Extrusions directly at: 1-888-984-3795.

29 12, 2023

Friction Stir Welding Services Spotlight: End Applications

2023-12-29T22:02:52+00:00December 29th, 2023|

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Friction stir welding is a solid-state process where a non-consumable tool generates heat through friction, softening the workpiece near the tool. The softened metal is mixed and forged under mechanical pressure, creating a steel-strong bond. It’s akin to a sculptor shaping and uniting metal like clay or dough.

FSW was invented in 1991 by The Welding Institute (TWI) in the United Kingdom, and it has since become one of the most versatile and widely used welding processes in the world. This blog delves into the realm of FSW, covering the process, its advantages over traditional methods, and its applications across industries.

Unlocking the Hidden Benefits of FSW — Your Ultimate Guide!

 

An infographic about the advantages of FSW and which industries benefit most from friction stir welding.

 

FSW has revolutionized the welding process and changed the way we join metals. It is a versatile and efficient process that offers several advantages over traditional welding processes.

  • High weld quality: FSW is a solid-state welding process that produces robust, flexible, tough welds without melting the metal and eliminating defects.
  • Low distortion: This localized welding technique minimizes distortion in welded components by concentrating heat near the weld area.
  • Wide range of materials: FSW can weld various materials like aluminum, magnesium, copper, and steel alloys

In addition to these advantages, FSW is a reliable and repeatable welding process. This makes it ideal for high-volume production applications.

 

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FSW Services Have Revolutionized Joining Metals (particularly in U.S. aluminum extrusions)

The industries that use the most FSW are:

Aerospace

Due to the need for aircraft fuselages to act as engine components, the aerospace sector has embraced FSW services for their lightweight, high-strength characteristics and their ability to maintain optimum structural integrity after being welded.

Automotive and rail

FSW finds its application in producing aluminum-intensive cars, where robust and reliable joints are paramount. By utilizing FSW technology, automotive manufacturers can reduce weight while maintaining structural integrity, improving performance and safety.

Marine

The marine industry widely employs FSW for welding aluminum structures that need high strength and corrosion resistance. It produces high-quality welds and is more environmentally friendly than other welding processes. Its use in the maritime industry has led to significant cost savings, improved efficiency, and better-quality welds.

Electronics

The electronics industry uses FSW to produce heat sinks and join dissimilar metals, such as copper and aluminum. It offers improved thermal performance, reduced weight, and reliable and repeatable welds, making it an attractive option for electronic device manufacturers.

General fabrication

FSW provides a solid-state welding process that results in high-quality, defect-free welds. It is also ideal for welding various materials, such as aluminum, magnesium, copper, and steel alloys, and has less distortion and fumes than traditional welding processes.

Various other sectors, such as energy, construction, and medical devices, also utilize FSW in addition to these industries. The FSW process is a great partner for demanding applications because it creates seamless and defect-free welds in large aluminum extrusions.

Taber Extrusions Expands Capabilities with Friction Stir Welding

 

Watch the “Taber: Advanced Friction Stir Welding Capabilities” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw5sxgHSn7I

 

 

If your company is in need of friction stir-welding services, consider the leading American aluminum extrusion company—Taber Extrusions.

Taber’s FSW capabilities allow them to create panel assemblies that are very large (up to 200 inches wide by 65 feet long). They can also make double-walled hollow extrusions up to 6.5 inches tall, 32 inches wide, and 65 feet long. The FSW production cell carries out all of this through a unique production process, which also trims the profiles of the panels before joining them.

Taber’s in-house FSW capabilities provide its customers with a more comprehensive suite of services, meeting the ever-increasing demand for FSW across various industries.

More About Taber Extrusions: 

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 a facility in Gulfport, MS., in 1995, which houses a state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, micro-extrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times – with the most recent being the addition of the new larger machining center.

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 Extrusions 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.

Taber Extrusions is here to make your dreams a reality. Taber’s team of experts will guide you through the entire process, from selecting the perfect custom shape to choosing the suitable alloy. And their award-winning extrusion process will bring your project to life.

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27 10, 2023

U.S. Aluminum Extruder Study: Aluminum Extrusions in Energy

2023-10-27T16:56:53+00:00October 27th, 2023|

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In our past articles, we’ve delved into the many benefits of aluminum and its role in shaping and building everything around us. This generous element with its many properties has proven time and again how it became the go-to material for designers and engineers across all sectors.

Today, we’ll be looking into how aluminum — particularly the aluminum extrusion industry — plays a role in a sector that is rapidly growing and changing how we harness the power of nature around us — energy.

The dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these sectors is pivotal to our world today. It is only fitting that we at Taber, a U.S. aluminum extruder company and among the industry leaders in sustainable aluminum products, showcase how we can make the most of this relationship to effectively harness renewable energy that is readily available to us.

As Elon Musk put it, “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun; you don’t have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day.”

 

Aluminum Extrusion Industry + Energy Sector = Sustainable Limitless Energy

The aluminum extrusion industry presents a myriad of offerings to the energy sector, positioning itself as a cornerstone of sustainable innovation. Leveraging the unique properties of aluminum, the extrusion process enhances the metal and makes it possible to create profiles that can be used for a variety of components. These components are essential for optimizing efficiency in various applications such as wind turbines, solar panels, and transmission systems to name a few.

What does aluminum extrusion offer compared to other metals?

  • Versatility in shape and design ✅
  • Durability and resistance to corrosion ✅
  • High thermal conductivity ✅
  • Reflective surface ✅
  • High strength-to-weight ratio ✅
  • Cost efficiency and decreased maintenance ✅
  • Unlimited recyclability ✅

 

Solar Energy 

The most common and widely used form of solar energy today is photovoltaic solar panels or PV systems that harness radiant light from the sun and convert it to electricity. They are utilized for both small and large-scale applications providing electricity that power small electronic devices to large sun farms that can provide power to entire cities.

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Aluminum extruded components are widely used in PV systems because of their rich properties. In a 2020 study by the World Bank, PV systems use 85% aluminum for their systems. Taber Extrusions offers a wide range of profiles and extrusion capabilities for your solar energy components:

Solar panel frames

The lightweight nature of aluminum ensures that the frames do not add unnecessary weight to the PV system. Additionally, the resistance to corrosion properties of aluminum enables the frames to withstand exposure to various weather conditions.

Mounting systems (racking and trackers)

Mounting systems, which secure solar panels to rooftops, ground installations, or other structures, use aluminum extrusions. One reason they are used is because of strong and adaptable frameworks that can be customized to fit different installation scenarios.

Heat sinks and dissipators

Solar panels can generate heat during operation, which can impact their efficiency. Aluminum’s high thermal conductivity makes it an excellent choice for creating heat sinks and dissipators, that help regulate the temperature of the solar panels and maintain their optimal performance.

Enclosures and junction boxes

Extruded aluminum is used to create enclosures and junction boxes that house electrical components within the PV system. They protect electrical and mechanical components from environmental factors and allow efficient heat dissipation.

Wind Energy

Wind turbines or mills predominantly use other materials such as steel, copper, plastic, and wood. According to the USGS, wind energy uses about 2% aluminum in its production. However, in recent years, aluminum is catching on because of the properties that make it easy to work with and its proven economic benefits.

It outperforms all other metals in terms of corrosion resistance, making it exceptionally well-suited for maritime environments. It is particularly advantageous for offshore wind turbines, where the onslaught of waves, humidity, salty sea air, and storms can accelerate corrosion.

According to an article by alcirclebiz.com, while copper typically reigns supreme as the wiring material of choice, experts in the field of wind turbines are now exploring an alternative: aluminum. Aluminum wiring cost less compared to copper helping reduce project costs. It also weighs approximately 70% less than copper, rendering electrical cables crafted from aluminum not only lightweight but also easier to install.

Hydropower Energy

A hydropower plant generates energy using the motion of water. The water is directed through a pipe, known as a penstock, where it exerts pressure on turbine blades. In turn, these blades are set into motion, causing the turbine to rotate and drive a generator, ultimately producing electricity. Because water causes corrosion to some metals, aluminum alloys are used to reduce cost and corrosion in components.

Here’s how aluminum and aluminum extrusion can be utilized in hydropower energy:

  • Penstock structures
  • Gates and valves
  • Turbine components
  • Intake structures
  • Cooling and ventilation systems
  • Control panels and electrical enclosures
  • Support structures for hydro facilities

Green Buildings and Infrastructure

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In the construction industry, the lightweight yet strong, malleable, and recyclable nature of extruded aluminum aligns perfectly with the principles of eco-friendly design. Consequently, green buildings and structures are highly incentivized by governments around the world and have been gaining popularity in recent years.

Here’s how aluminum extrusion brings elegance and sustainability to modern architecture:

  • Energy-efficient windows and doors
  • Solar panel mounting systems
  • Facade and curtain wall systems
  • Structural components
  • HVAC systems and ductwork
  • Interior design elements
  • Efficient lighting systems
  • Water management and rainwater harvesting
  • Accessible ramps and railings

Beyond their environmental benefits, alternative energy sources also present significant economic opportunities. As nations transition to cleaner energy, they unlock new avenues for job creation, technological innovation, and sustainable economic growth. Alternative energy sources reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, enhancing energy security and minimizing vulnerability to price fluctuations and geopolitical tensions.

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U.S. Aluminum Extrusions Industry Working Together on Sustainability

The U.S. aluminum extrusion industry, and leading extruders like Taber Extrusions, are dedicated to pushing boundaries in terms of innovation. They are setting the stage for responsible energy solutions. Their commitment to sustainability isn’t just inspiring; it’s groundbreaking.

It’s about building and designing a world where energy efficiency and environmental responsibility meet advanced research and technology. This partnership isn’t just about structures; it’s about reshaping our future.

The path to sustainability is paved with aluminum extrusion, with Taber Extrusions leading the way.

More About Taber Extrusions

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, has micro-extrusion capabilities, and a fabrication area that 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 has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never seen in North America.

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22 09, 2023

Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons

2023-09-22T01:09:46+00:00September 22nd, 2023|

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Aluminum extrusions offer many advantages when material comparisons are considered. Aluminum extrusions have revolutionized the way our world is built today, offering the ability to create complex shapes with precision and outperforming alternative materials such as wood, plastic, steel, and other metals. Construction, transportation, military, aerospace, and consumer goods are just a few of the applications for which engineers and designers now turn to aluminum extrusions as the standard.

 

When designing aluminum extrusions, you must take into consideration aluminum alloys and the specific application requirements, including load-bearing capacity, structural integrity, and functionality. Selecting the right alloy and surface treatment becomes vital — considering the intended environment, such as temperature variations and exposure to corrosive elements. Designers must also optimize shape and geometry — minimizing material waste and ensuring easy fabrication or assembly after the extrusion process.

 

Addressing these factors early on unlocks the full potential of aluminum extrusions, creating visually appealing, highly functional, cost-effective sustainable products. As Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works!”

 

Tooling Cost and Lead Time

A gradient blue bar graph showing the typical tooling lead time of different materials with aluminum extrusions (2) in comparison to vinyl extrusion (4), stampings (7), powder metal (10), roll form (12), castings (17), and injection molding (17). The left axis of the graph shows the number of weeks in increments of 2 weeks starting from 0 at the bottom all the way to 20 at the top. Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

Tooling costs and lead times are critical factors in the aluminum extrusion process and other manufacturing methods. Tooling refers to the creation of molds, dies, and other specialized equipment required for a manufacturing process, while lead time refers to the time required for tooling preparation, production setup, and the completion of a production run. Properly considering these factors is crucial for achieving efficient production, controlling costs, and meeting project timelines.

 

Aluminum alloys offer distinct advantages here, simplifying the fabrication of tooling components due to their unique properties: easier machinability, lower melting point, reduced wear on tools, superior thermal conductivity, lighter weight, corrosion resistance, abundant availability, and overall efficiency in manufacturing processes. Steel, on the other hand, demands more complex and time-consuming tooling processes due to its melting point and more intricate machining requirements.

A chart of the typical tooling cost of different materials used in extrusion with the aluminum extrusion process leading at around $500-$5000; stampings at $5000 and up; roll forming at $30,000 and up; die casting and injection molding both at $25,000 and up; vinyl extrusion at $1500 and up. Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

 

Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

Extrusion: A Brief Comparison Between Materials

 

Extrusions revolutionized manufacturing, enabling precise, complex shape creation, heightened efficiency, and versatility across materials like plastics, wood, and metals such as aluminum, steel, and copper. With a wide range of materials available, form and function must go hand in hand, and a great designer, engineer, or builder understands the value of knowing and choosing the right tools and materials for a successful build. Here are brief material comparisons.

 

Among these materials, aluminum, and aluminum alloys offer several advantages over alternative materials. Its properties provide a compelling combination of strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, formability, electrical and thermal conductivity, sustainability, and energy efficiency. When compared to roll-formed steel, aluminum extrusion provides similar strength with significantly reduced weight, making it a preferred choice for applications that require structural integrity while prioritizing weight reduction.

 

Copper extrusions, although strong —are much denser than aluminum, resulting in lower strength-to-weight ratios. Molded plastic materials, while lightweight, generally have lower strength and thermal conductivity compared to aluminum.

 

Although it is a natural and versatile material, wood is not as strong or lightweight as aluminum. Vinyl extrusions, on the other hand, are resistant to corrosion —but lack the strength and thermal conductivity of aluminum.

 

With the necessity of sustainable products, aluminum is the perfect choice. Known as the “Green Metal,” aluminum is one of the most environmentally friendly metals and can be recycled infinitely.

 

Overall, aluminum extrusion offers a more compelling set of properties that make it the preferred choice for various applications when compared to alternative materials utilized in the extrusion process.

AEC logo with the words, “Aluminum Extruders Council” next to it separated with a line.

 

Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

To dive more into the comparison of materials in the extrusion process and see how aluminum extrusion is clearly the best option for your build, you can also check out the American Extrusion Council (AEC) website.

 

Taber Extrusions is proud to work with the American Extrusion Council (AEC) in providing information about aluminum extrusion and its flourishing industry.

 

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 have 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.

 

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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31 08, 2023

Which Aluminum Alloys are Best for Welding?

2023-08-31T20:18:45+00:00August 31st, 2023|

Taber gold inverted triangle logo is below the blog’s title in bold white face font with square aluminum hollow tubes stacked on top of each other in the background.

When it comes to welding, aluminum might not be the first material that comes to mind. However, this versatile metal can be welded with the right approach. Due to its lower melting point and higher thermal conductivity, welding aluminum requires a different technique than welding steel. If you’re planning a welding project with aluminum, choosing the right material is crucial for achieving successful results. So, how do you choose the best aluminum alloy for welding? Look no further, Taber Extrusions, has you covered!

To get a better understanding of which aluminum alloys are best for welding, let’s first define objectives and whether it’s necessary that the material is alloyed for the welding process.

 

Aluminum vs. Aluminum Alloy

 Both pure aluminum and aluminum alloys can be welded using a variety of welding techniques such as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. However, it is important to note that welding pure aluminum can be more challenging than welding aluminum alloys due to its lower melting point, and higher thermal conductivity — which can lead to warping, distortion, and burn-through during the welding process.

Unlike pure aluminum, aluminum alloys are materials made by combining aluminum with one or more other elements to improve its mechanical, physical, and chemical properties. Some common alloying elements include copper, magnesium, silicon, zinc, and manganese. Aluminum itself has good properties such as high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and conductivity — but by alloying it with other elements — its properties can be further enhanced or customized to suit specific applications.

 

Weldability of Aluminum Alloys

Aluminum alloys are generally considered to be weldable, but the weldability can vary depending on the specific alloy and its composition. Some aluminum alloys are easier to weld than others due to their specific properties.

Here are some general factors that affect the weldability of aluminum alloys:

Alloy composition

  • Different alloying elements can significantly impact the weldability of aluminum alloys. For example, alloys with high levels of magnesium or zinc can be more difficult to weld due to their tendency to form brittle intermetallic phases during welding.

Thickness

  • The thickness of the material being welded can affect the heat input required to produce a successful weld. Thicker materials require more heat input, which can make it more challenging to maintain a consistent welding temperature and can increase the risk of distortion and cracking.

Surface preparation

  • Proper surface preparation is critical for achieving a successful weld. Aluminum alloys should be cleaned and degreased before welding to remove any contaminants that could lead to porosity or other defects in the weld.

Welding technique

  • Welding technique can also impact the weldability of aluminum alloys. Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding is generally considered the most suitable method for welding aluminum, but metal inert gas (MIG) welding can also be used.
Infographic showing the different types of aluminum alloys classified as numbered series with similar properties.

How Aluminum is Joined Through the Welding Process

There are several ways of joining aluminum, depending on the specific application and requirements of the joint. Some common methods of joining aluminum are adhesive bonding, mechanical fastening, and welding.

Adhesive bonding

  • This process involves using a specialized adhesive to join two or more pieces of metal together. Adhesive bonding can provide a strong and durable joint, but it requires careful surface preparation and may not be suitable for high-stress applications.

 Mechanical fastening

  • Mechanical fasteners such as bolts, screws, and rivets are used to hold two or more pieces of material together. Mechanical fastening is a simple and cost-effective way of joining aluminum, but it may not be suitable for applications that require airtight or watertight joints.

Welding

  • Welding is the process of melting and fusing two or more pieces of metal together to form a permanent joint. There are several welding processes used for aluminum alloys, including GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FSW (friction-stir welding), and laser welding.
On the left is a person welding metal material and on the right is a robotic arm welding aluminum.

Welding Methods

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)

    is a popular welding method for aluminum alloys. This method uses a tungsten electrode to create an arc that melts the base metal, and a filler metal is added to create the joint. GTAW offers excellent control over the heat input, making it suitable for welding thin aluminum sections.

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)

    is another popular welding method for aluminum alloys. This method uses a consumable wire electrode that is fed through a welding gun. The wire melts to form the weld, and shielding gas is used to protect the weld from contamination. GMAW is a faster welding method than GTAW, but it may not provide the same level of control over the heat input.

Taber Extrusions friction stir welding line in Russellvile, Arkansas and the words, “FRICTION STIR WELDING: WE’RE READY FOR BUSINESS” and Taber’s official inverted gold triangle logo.

 

  • Friction-Stir Welding (FSW)

    is a solid-state welding method that uses a rotating tool to generate friction and heat, which softens the base material and allows for the creation of a weld. FSW can create strong, defect-free welds in aluminum alloys with minimal distortion.

  • Laser Welding

    is a high-precision welding method that uses a focused laser beam to melt the base material and create a weld. Laser welding can be used for welding thin aluminum sections with excellent precision, but it may not be suitable for thicker sections.

In conclusion, selecting the best aluminum and/or aluminum alloy for welding requires careful consideration of its properties and intended application. Today, aluminum alloys are widely used in a variety of industries and applications, including aerospace, automotive, construction, packaging, and consumer goods. They are often preferred over other materials because of their lightweight, durability, and versatility.

Leading aluminum extrusion manufacturer, Taber, offers expert capabilities – including advanced friction stir welding services – and employs a wide range of materials to help turn your vision into reality. Proud to be BABA Certified Compliant, Taber’s team of professionals will guide customers on the most fitting materials and manufacturing techniques for your builds and projects.

About Taber Extrusions

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Taber Extrusions is a leading US-based aluminum extrusion manufacturer, is based out of Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS. The company caters to various industries such as aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management, providing an extensive range of aluminum extrusions. Their ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certifications testify to their commitment to providing superior quality products and services to their existing and prospective customers.

Since their inception in 1973, Taber has worked to earn a reputation for working closely with customers to problem-solve through innovation and collaboration. Taber has established notoriety for the highest levels of quality and responsiveness over four decades, and proudly holds the title of broadest capabilities in the aluminum extrusion industry.

If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or call Taber Extrusions directly at: 1-888-984-3795.

 

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

26 07, 2023

Aluminum Extrusions for Military & Defense

2023-07-26T00:20:21+00:00July 26th, 2023|

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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.

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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.

Design Flexibility

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.

Reduced Maintenance

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.

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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.

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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.

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

15 06, 2023

BABA-Certified: Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer Sourced in the USA

2023-06-28T20:38:06+00:00June 15th, 2023|

An American flag is tastefully laid down on a white background at the far right — with a bold red stamp in the lower center saying “approved,” on the upper left corner is the Taber Extrusions’ company logo, and just below it is the title of the article, “BABA Certified: Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer Sourced in the USA” written in a black bold font.

A Look at the “Build America, Buy America” Approach

The Build America, Buy America policy, also know as BABA-certified, is a framework that encourages the use of domestically produced goods and services in federal procurement and construction projects throughout the U.S. It has been in place for many decades, with various iterations and implementations over time, and has been applied to different types of federal projects, including defense procurement and infrastructure spending, since the early 20th century. All of this lead to and supported the aluminum extrusions manufacturer sourced in the USA.

Under the Build America, Buy America Act, federal agencies are required to prioritize the purchase of American-made products and materials for federally funded projects such as the construction of highways, bridges, and other infrastructure, purchase of military equipment and supplies, and procurement of goods and services for federal agencies as a way to support American businesses and workers, promote economic growth, and ensure that federal tax dollars are used to support the domestic economy.

As one of the leading American manufacturers of aluminum products and one of (if not the top) aluminum extrusion companies sourced by other industries in the U.S., Taber Extrusions has been instrumental in the building of American infrastructure throughout the years. With its commitment to the principles of the Recovery Act, Build America, Buy America (BABA), and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance, Taber has played a vital role in ensuring that American infrastructure projects are built with domestically sourced and responsibly produced materials, while also contributing to the country’s economy and national security.

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Recovery Act and American Infrastructure

The Recovery Act, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was a federal law designed to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

One of the key provisions of the Act was the investment of around $80 billion in clean energy and infrastructure projects, which included funding for energy-efficient building upgrades, renewable energy projects, and transportation infrastructure. These investments created opportunities for aluminum extrusion manufacturer to supply lightweight, durable, and energy-efficient components for a variety of applications, such as solar panel frames, wind turbine components, and lightweight vehicle parts.

The rise in demand for aluminum extrusion products used in building construction, transportation, and other applications, helped create jobs, and stimulate economic growth in the aluminum extrusion industry and related sectors across the United States.

Taber’s various capabilities and world-class customer service were instrumental in a wide range of these infrastructure projects, including bridges, road signs, window and door frames, and more (see below).

Examples Where BABA-certified can be found

Bridge Decking

Aluminum extrusions are used in the construction of bridge decking, providing a lightweight and durable alternative to traditional materials. Aluminum bridge decking is resistant to corrosion and requires less maintenance than other materials, making it a cost-effective choice for bridge construction.

Road Signs

An essential part of the American transportation system, road signs provide important information to drivers and help to ensure safety on the roads. Aluminum extrusions have been used in the production of road signs, providing a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to weather and wear.

Window & Door Frames

Aluminum extrusions have been used in the production of window and door frames, providing a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to corrosion and requires less maintenance than other materials. Aluminum frames also offer excellent thermal performance, helping to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

Automotive Industry

Aluminum is an increasingly popular material in the automotive industry, as it offers weight savings and improved fuel efficiency. Aluminum extrusions have been used in various automotive applications, including chassis components, body panels, and heat exchangers.

Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry demands high-performance materials that can withstand extreme conditions and provide exceptional strength and durability. Aluminum extrusions have been used in various aerospace applications, including wing and fuselage components, fuel tanks, and landing gear.

U.S. Military

The U.S. military relies on high-quality materials to ensure the safety and effectiveness of its operations. Aluminum extrusions have been used in various military applications, including aircraft and vehicle components, weapons systems, and communications equipment.

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Taber Extrusions has built a reputation for excellence by providing superior products and services to a diverse range of industries. The company’s commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation has helped it become a leading provider of extruded aluminum products.

We fully embraced the “Build America, Buy America” approach and made it a cornerstone of our business practices. We source all our materials from within the United States and we’ve successfully built a reputation for providing high-quality, domestically sourced aluminum products.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and backed by years of extensive research, we’ve created our own aluminum cast house — confident and ready to supply the rest of the U.S. aluminum manufacturing industry with ITAR and BABA-compliant aluminum billets, even during times of uncertainty brought about by the ever-changing economic and geopolitical landscape.

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More About Taber Extrusions

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, 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 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 has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America. All of this to say, Taber has become the american extrusion manufacturer sourced in the USA.

Follow Aluminum Extrusion Experts Taber Extrusions

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

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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.

Become a customer today! Visit us or request a quote: https://taberextrusions.com or call us at (888) 985-5319.

23 05, 2023

Aluminum Extrusion Manufacturer Spotlight: Building Green with Aluminum

2023-05-23T22:23:31+00:00May 23rd, 2023|

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Here is an aluminum extrusion manufacturer spotlight on building green with aluminum. Aluminum plays a key role in our goal of shaping the world in an efficient and more sustainable way. It can be recycled infinitely without losing its properties, which is highly economically and ecologically beneficial.

According to the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), 75% of the 1.5 billion tons of aluminum ever produced is still in use today.  This reduces the energy needed in production and the industry’s carbon footprint. Recycling consumes up to 95% less energy than producing primary aluminum,. Consequently, this eliminates emissions including greenhouse gases.

Why Build with Aluminum?

In addition to the environmental advantages of using aluminum in building green, its intrinsic properties make this metal suitable for a wide range of applications across multiple industries. It is strong yet lightweight, malleable, and corrosion-resistant.

Aluminum’s rise to fame in architecture and engineering came about when the Empire State Building was constructed in the early 1930s. Before this, using the material was uncommon due to concerns about the cost. However, innovations made in manufacturing and production opened new possibilities for aluminum to be used in architecture and engineering. Considered to be one of the first icons of sustainability in building green, the Empire State Building elegantly established how aluminum can be used in major structures. Whatsmore, it showcased its unique properties and capabilities made possible by advances in production such as extrusion.

During its construction, 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel were used. In fact, the infamous relief of the skyscraper which can be seen at the west end of the lobby, and the celestial ceiling mural located upon entering the Fifth Avenue entrance are made of aluminum leaf and 23-karat gold.

Other Industries that can Build Green Using Aluminum

Another sector that is geared towards building green is the automotive industry. In a 2020 study conducted by DuckerFrontier for The Aluminum Association, car manufacturers are now shifting to incorporate 514 pounds of aluminum into the average vehicle by 2026.

The demand for aluminum in the automotive industry is on a rising trajectory due to the lightweighting solutions it provides to automakers. Lightweighting is key in developing high-precision vehicles using multi-material components. It makes production more economical, and environmentally friendly in addition to enhancing the energy efficiency, handling, and overall performance of ICEs (internal combustion engines), and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) of today.

“The aluminum industry is keeping its foot on the pedal, developing solutions aimed squarely at addressing automakers’ most pressing needs to offset mass given added content and weight from new features, additional safety needs, and the move to electrification. Aluminum will record relentless year-over-year growth through 2030,” said Abey Abraham, managing director, of DuckerFrontier.

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Aluminum Recycling Today

The energy saved to produce aluminum through recycling is up to 95%. This is why recycling is vital to the aluminum manufacturing industry. The recovery and reuse of scrap aluminum in the production process are proven to be the most economical and sustainable way for manufacturers to meet the rising demand across the globe.

Primary aluminum production is costly, making it among the most expensive metals to produce. However, because of its near-infinite recyclability, it is among the top material in terms of ecological solutions that the modern world is moving towards. Today, companies are allocating more to research and development to innovate the manufacturing and production process of aluminum.

Here are some key insights from a research report published by the  Spherical Insights & Consulting firm:

  • The aluminum scrap recycling market is growing at a CAGR of 8.16% from 2021 to 2030.
  • The global aluminum scrap recycling market is expected to reach USD 25.12 billion by 2030.
  • North America is expected to grow the fastest during this forecast period.

In recent years, the industry has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by increasing its capability to collect and recycle aluminum and lessen emissions caused by primary aluminum production by half.

Taber Extrusions is among the North American aluminum companies dedicated to ecologically shaping our world for the better. Our mission is to provide a wide range of products and services that meet global standards. Our aim is to help build your vision in a sustainable and eco-friendly way through collaboration and mutual awareness.

More about a Company that Supports Building Green

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, 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 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 has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

Follow Taber Extrusions

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8843183/

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.

Become a customer today! Visit us or request a quote: https://taberextrusions.com or call us at (888) 985-5319.

1 04, 2023

Your Partner for Responsibly-Sourced American Aluminum Billets

2023-04-04T18:49:20+00:00April 1st, 2023|

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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.

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“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|

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“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.

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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/

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