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 »

Understanding Aluminum Extrusion Tolerances

OEM engineers want precision in meeting the exact specifications of the aluminum components that go into their products. There is an expectation that everything from the extruded profile through the machining, fabricating and finishing will fully meet the requirements for the intended function. However, a level of variance in dimensional or physical property control is… Read More »

Protecting Vital Components with Aluminum Extrusions

Pound for pound, aluminum is one of the strongest, most durable materials available. It is ideal for making shields and housings for machinery components, construction fittings and all kinds of electronics. Aluminum can be extruded easily so virtually any kind of hollowed housing can be pressed and fabricated from it. For industrial applications, aluminum extrusions… Read More »

Aluminum is the New Metal in Automotive Design

The move to switch from steel to aluminum in automobile skeleton and body construction is on – big time!  Aluminum has been around for a long time, yet it has been described as “a new material” in car & truck manufacturing. Naturally, a debate rages between aluminum and steel makers as to which metal will… Read More »