Use of Aluminum in Product Design in the Sustainable Era

Sustainability is increasingly prioritized by product designers. Making sustainable and environmentally conscious choices during the design process has multiple benefits including reductions in waste, energy use, and production costs. Designing with aluminum is an excellent choice for sustainability. The primary reason is because aluminum can be recycled indefinitely without losing any of its high quality… Read More »

Why Poor Aluminum Extrusion Handling Drives Up Your Product Cost

As a designer, if you’re working with aluminum extrusions you’re spending considerable time choosing the appropriate alloy, reviewing the profile and making sure the final product is as cost effective as possible. However, there are other areas of a manufacturer’s fulfillment process, outside a designer’s control, that can impact product quality and time-to-market, as well… Read More »

Choosing the Right Finish for Your Aluminum Extrusion Profile

Aluminum is a remarkable material. Its unique combination of properties makes it suitable for many different applications. When exposed to air aluminum instantly forms a natural, thin, and transparent oxide film on the metal’s surface. This film provides a corrosion resistant barrier. The film will instantly re-form whenever the metal is cut or abraded. For… Read More »

Why Design with Aluminum Extrusions

With its low price point and numerous benefits, aluminum has quickly gained favor among manufacturers across a number of industries.  Here are ten reasons why designers and manufacturers are increasing their use of aluminum. Strength. While aluminum alone is not as strong as steel, higher strengths can be obtained by adding manganese, silicon, copper, magnesium, or zinc… Read More »

Why Designers Are Using More Aluminum Than Ever

Aluminum is the metal of the future.  Not only is it environmentally-friendly, it’s lightweight, naturally corrosive resistant and, thanks to new heating, cooling and aging treatments, stronger than ever. The Aluminum Association and the Aluminum Extruders Council report that domestic use of aluminum extrusions has grown for the sixth consecutive year and now represents nearly… Read More »

Why Your Parts Inventory May be Costing You More Than You Think

Oftentimes, some of the most obvious ways for a company to save money aren’t so obvious. Inventory is one of those areas. Even among well-run businesses, quite often the actual costs of inventory are inaccurate, underestimated and incomplete. It can be pretty easy to overlook piles of boxes or parts tucked away in the back… Read More »

3 LED Lighting Design Challenges Solved Using Aluminum Extrusions

The use of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting is growing rapidly thanks to its many benefits: higher-quality light, greater energy efficiency, and lower maintenance costs. In fact, a recent report by Radiant Insights predicts the global LED lighting market to reach $63.1 billion by 2020. Yet for all the energy and maintenance saving advantages, conversion to… Read More »

Aluminum Extrusions & Downstream Manufacturing

It’s a simple idea. When you can manufacture a component from a custom aluminum extrusion, fewer process stages and, consequently, significantly lower throughput times are needed to make finished parts. Partnering with overseas firms for contract manufacturing of finished aluminum components has in recent years become an increasingly less viable option. Time is money. As… Read More »

Expanded Aluminum Component Manufacturing

Leveraging the manufacturing synergy of extrusion and fabrication As we listen to our current customers and new business prospects, we continue to follow through on expanding our downstream component manufacturing capabilities at Vitex Extrusion. In 2007, we initiated the transition our company’s mission from that of an aluminum extruder to an integrated extrusion and component manufacturing business. Extending our business… Read More »