Capalex Aluminium Extrusions
Aluminium Extrusions
Capalex Aluminium Extrusions

Advantages of Aluminium

Components made from aluminium extrusions are some of the commonest parts used in the manufacturing industry and can be seen in many day to day applications, from cars to aircraft and office equipment to lighting to name a few. The lightweight, durable and flexible design properties of aluminium extrusions give them a vast range of structural and finishing uses, whether in their naturally bright-unfinished form, powder coated, electroplated or anodised.

Aluminium extrusions can be produced in a vast range of shapes and sizes to suit the requirements of your particular product. A variety of alloys, heat treatment options and tempers are available to meet different functional product specifications. Innovative design will minimize machining and assembly times. Features like screw ports, to allow on-site assembly, or fitting of end plates are so easy to build into an extrusion.

 

Once extruded, a component can be cut, machined, punched or formed prior to the final surface finishing as required.

Aluminium has many advantages over other materials; besides its high strength to weight properties, it does not corrode in the same way as steel and can be recycled in a more efficient manner that is less detrimental to the environment.

When a product that has traditionally been made from steel or plastic is compared over its entire product life cycle also taking into account reduced machining and assembly times, aluminium extrusions will often prove to be the most cost effective and environmentally friendly solution.

Aluminium is the most widely used metal after steel.

 

Examples of the advantages to using Aluminium: -

Light metal

Aluminium is extremely light weight about 1/3 of that of copper or steel.  Excellent for use in the transportation industry, due to its lightweight, this may help reduce costs.

Excellent Strength

Aluminium has excellent strength to weight ratio making it ideal for use in situations where high strength and low weight are required.

Conducts Heat / Electricity

Aluminium is an excellent electric conductor and is the most popular material for use in power transmission cables.  Aluminium is also a good heat conductor and is often used for automobile engine parts and industrial heat exchangers.

Reflects light

Aluminium is highly reflective of light, making it an ideal material for applications such as light fittings - especially if polished and anodised.

Corrosion resistance

Aluminium corrosion resistance makes it a good choice of material for use in the construction and buildings industry.  It is the natural oxide coating on aluminium that gives its corrosive resistance.  Anodising or powder coating can further protect the aluminium, which also provides a decorative finish.

Precision machined finishedn aluminium component, in this instance a conservatoy hinge extruded, machined, screw threads, polished and finally anodosed
Precision machining aluminium part. An end plate for an electronic box, machined, polished and finally anodised