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.

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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.

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