Quick & Affordable: How to Use Standard Aluminum Extrusions

standard-extrusionWe talk a lot about custom aluminum extrusion in this blog because Silver City Aluminum specializes in custom work and takes pride in the special care that we provide to each and every client that we serve. However, it is important to also talk about the top quality standard aluminum extrusions that we offer to our clients that can considerably reduce lead time and overhead cost. Our goal is to meet or exceed the expectations of every single client on every single order that we produce and that goes for standard extrusions as well.

What’s Different, What’s the Same?
Our standard aluminum extrusions offer the same advantages, such as the beneficial properties of aluminum like corrosion resistance, a high strength to weight ratio, increased efficiencies across numerous industries and much more. If you are looking for quick and affordable standard aluminum extrusions with all of the inherent benefits of aluminum products, look no further than Silver City Aluminum. Aluminum extrusion has become an essential part of manufacturing around the world, as more and more companies are looking for ways to make improvements in product design, providing faster results and more affordable methods.

Custom extrusion allows the client to design their own unique die or profile that will be used to create the desired shape. Standard aluminum extrusions are also created in the same way, using a steel die and pushing heated up aluminum billets through the profile to create a specific shape. Standard dies create specific shapes, such as bars, rods, tubes, angles and squares. Custom dies can be just about any shape imaginable, allowing designers to help increase corrosion resistance through design and take advantage of some of the other benefits of aluminum products.

How Are Standard Extrusions Used?
There are many different uses for standard aluminum extrusions. Much like custom designs, these parts, pieces and products can be used in many different industries, such as aerospace, transportation, automotive, marine, construction and architecture. They can be used in the industrial world to create custom built structures, workstations, handling systems and other machines. They can be used to create aluminum windows and doors, bars, railings, sign posts, awnings or fencing, and they benefit from all of the advantageous properties of aluminum. The shapes that are used for standard aluminum extrusions were chosen as “standards” because they are so versatile and can be used in so many ways.

Beyond what we might think about as standard, other benefits of aluminum products that are made through extrusion, is that they can be modular. What this means is that they can be made to be adjusted and used with multiple machines, applications and across many different industries in many different ways. The extrusion process helps to increase the strength properties of aluminum, making it even more durable and strong than it was in its original raw form. Just because standard aluminum extrusions are “standard” doesn’t mean that they can’t be made in a variety of different sizes, lengths and styles. Some of these secondary operations and finishing options help to enhance the natural corrosion resistance of aluminum, while others help to increase the function of the finished product.

Other Benefits of Choosing Standard Aluminum Extrusions
While custom extrusions are used by many companies due to their ability to be designed and formed in a specific and unique way for a very specific and unique purpose, standard aluminum extrusions also have their advantages. Because they are standard, the need to create a custom die or profile is not required, thereby saving the client from the very beginning in design and manufacturing costs. Aluminum itself is already a very cost-effective material, as it can be recycled over and over again without losing any of the beneficial properties of aluminum.

In addition, those properties that are most valuable to manufacturers include a high strength to weight ratio, the ability to create parts, pieces and products in a variety of shapes and sizes, electrical and thermal conductivity, as well as thermal adaptability, and of course, corrosion resistance. This resistance can be increased through the use of finishing options, such as anodizing, powder coating or professional painting. These applications can also be used to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the finished products.

Aluminum Extrusions at Silver City Aluminum
For more information on any of our custom or standard aluminum extrusions, contact Silver City Aluminum in Taunton, MA by calling 508-542-7200. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable team members can help you choose options that will help you to maximize all of the benefits of aluminum products for your project or production. In addition to corrosion resistance, the properties of aluminum are a huge advantage to many different industries for both commercial and consumer products.