A mainstay of today’s metal fabrication industry, computer numerical control, or CNC technology, goes back to the 1940s when the first machines emerged. Early CNC machines used punched tape, which was then commonly used in telecommunications and data storage, to direct the machines’ actions. Today, CNC machines have multiple built-in tools, including drills, taps, and… Read More »
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 »
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 »
Extruded aluminum allows manufacturers to produce complex profiles with fewer parts and can save companies production and overall product lifecycle costs.
Whether you’re new to aluminum extrusions or a seasoned extrusion designer, it’s important to understand how an extrusion die is designed to create different profile shapes and why those differences impact the die manufacturing cost.
If you are working with aluminum extrusion profiles, here are four things to always include in your CAD file when sending to a manufacturer that will save you time and money.
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.
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 »