Archive for August, 2010

A Short List of Aluminum Extruded Products

August 20, 2010

As my employer manufactures the roll goods as well as the fabricated high temperature handling products for the aluminum extrusion industry, I thought it would be of interest to consider some of the various uses of aluminum extruded products.   Aluminum is a lightweight but strong metal which does not rust and is easily welded, finished or painted.

Stepping into the shower  I notice the frame for the glass doors is constructed of extruded aluminum.   Extruded aluminum frames for horizontal sliders, windows and doors are widely used in residential and commercial buildings.

Most of the fences and gates I see are wood or steel ones, but I have seen some made of aluminum. These would typically come painted from the factory.  I am also aware of extruders producing hurricane shutters for residential and commercial use in the South/Southwest.

Electronic extruded parts can be found in computers, printers, scanners, TV’s, radios and video equipment.

Another industry where aluminum extrusions are used is sports and recreation.  Extruded parts can be found as ski bindings, tennis racquets and frames for boat covers.

Aluminum extrusions are also widely found in the automotive, aerospace and recreational vehicle industries.

The above are only a few of the industries and products supplied by aluminum extruders.

– by Sue Johnson
Albarrie Head Office

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Driven or Passive Rollers | Aluminum Extrusion

August 10, 2010

Driven or Passive Rollers

In the Aluminum Extrusion Industry, a debate is arising on what type of roller system to be use on the run out table, either a driven or passive type. There is no definite answer because both systems have merit and all points should be taken into consideration before making such a decision.

1)    Press size and type, either indirect or direct?

2)    If a puller is used, and what type?

3)    Type of profiles being extruded?

4)    Interfacing between rollers and either transfer arms or transfer belts?

5)    FPM down run out table before and after extrusion is cut?

6)    Do you have a flying cutoff saw?

These points are some points to be considered, but the benefit of either PBO(Zylon®) or Kevlar® rollers will always be superior to graphite type to help improve surface quality and prevent marking on the extrusions as the run down the table.

– by N. Chappell
Albarrie Head Office

Body Language – Giving a face to PBO roller covers and Kevlar Padding

August 5, 2010

No slouching here!

Here at Albarrie we try use face to face interaction as much as we can. Often in the aluminum extrusion industry a product is not associated with a face. A PBO roller cover or Kevlar padding is a commodity; a part number. We try to associate a personality with that product because we really do care about our customers, our products and the extrusion industry. Here are some tips that I try to use to be most effective when interacting with people. Whether in a production meeting or trying to get out of a speeding ticket, body language is a very important part of how we are perceived by our peers and how effective we are conveying the message we want.
Many a time, body language speaks more than words. Of course, the body language must be appropriate for the situation. For example, smiling and nodding when someone is speaking about divorce, death or a catastrophic extrusion press problem is a no-no.

Here are some examples of positive body language;

  • Never be up tight or stiff while making movements.
  • Avoid body language that may be misunderstood or look unprofessional such as winking or kissy faces.
  • Consistent eye contact is a positive sign and must be used.
  • Avoid chewing gum, tapping pencils, nervous laughter or any sort of repetitive motion that will detract from your point and otherwise annoy people.
  • Each body part movement signifies something and helps in interpreting. Standing with hands on hips signifies aggressiveness, nodding signifies agreement and active listening, biting nails signifies nervousness.
  • Unlike emails, body language does not give time to think. Hence they must be used appropriately and practiced.

In a world dominated by social networking and emails, a lot of the interactions that normally transpired face to face are reduced to one line blurbs. I feel it is important to pay attention to how one is being perceived and the effectiveness of this face to face time to be maximized. Especially in a sales environment, you can more effectively keep your communication non monotonous and express emotions where words can be ineffective. Simple things such as standing upright, having a confident handshake and a genuine smile go a long way to instilling confidence in a customer, your boss or that Cop who hopefully won’t write you that ticket.

Source: Solution Selling Field Book by Keith M. Eades

– N. Rossi
Lewiston Maine Office