Making Sense of Aluminum Extrusion Tempers

Aluminum Billets

When considering the use of extruded aluminum to solve a design problem, you should be familiar with aluminum alloys and tempers. Aluminum alloys are identified primarily by a series number— a four-digit code describing its metallurgical composition. For extruded aluminum, the most common series are 6000’s and 7000’s. The 6000 (Al-Mg-Si) series is the most… Read More »

Employee Spotlight: Mike Henderson, Director of Materials & Planning

Mike Henderson

Mike Henderson learned the aluminum extrusion business from the ground up. Having held a variety of positions during his 29 years with Vitex, he has a deep understanding of how all the various processes integrate to make a finished product. As our Director of Materials & Planning, Mike ensures we have the right amount of… Read More »

BIA Business Perspective: To NH Lawmakers — Tread Carefully On Energy Legislation

This session, the New Hampshire Legislature is pursuing policies that will — alarmingly — add to the cost of electricity and require subsidies from businesses, including Vitex, and residential ratepayers like you. These policies make it difficult for manufacturers, who drive the state’s economy like no other sector, to grow our companies here in New Hampshire.

Six Tips for Aluminum Extrusion Dimensioning and Tolerance

Aluminum Extrusion Dimensioning

Many products must be manufactured to precise standards. Questions like: How straight is straight enough? How flat is flat enough? How uniform must a wall thickness be to be acceptable? are not abstract. The specified, acceptable range of deviation from a given dimension is known as a tolerance. For many applications, in which an aluminum… Read More »

Improve Product Design by Understanding Accuracy, Precision and Tolerance

Precision Tolerances for Aluminum Extrusions

CAD software is just about every designer’s go to tool for product design. These programs enable simpler and more accurate design iterations, and comprehensive documentation for the manufacturer to make the actual part. They are also capable of drawing dimensions that are far more accurate and exacting than can be actually manufactured. This results in… Read More »