Archive for December, 2010

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December 31, 2010

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December 24, 2010

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Forward-thinking Designers Look to Extruded Aluminum for Sustainability

December 17, 2010

Reading issues of “Light Metal Age” and the “AEC Buyers’ Guide”, I have noticed several articles featuring innovative as well as sustainable designs.  Designs sponsored by Hydro Aluminum North America have received cash as well  as scholarship awards in the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.

As aluminum can be recycled indefinitely and is durable, strong, light weight and corrosion resistant, it provides an ideal design metal for sustainable, innovative products. 

One design which I found attractive was a light weight sport trailer/camper manufactured from extruded aluminum weighing approximately 700 lbs. that can betowed behind almost any vehicle.  After you tow your gear in the trailer (ATV, canoe, motorcycle, or other) and unload at your favorite recreational site, a 2-person tent can be assembled on the frame of the trailer.1

Some additional sustainable designs included the extensive use of solar panels for industrial and commercial use, an electric street motorcycle with an aluminum frame, a hydrokinetic electrical generating device with a free-flow turbine lowering the need for starting motors and a 100% recyclable laptop computer.

We at Albarrie are proud to provide the aluminum extrusion industry with high temperature handling felts to improve the surface finish of the extruded profiles which are found in new, innovative products as well as ones commonly in use such as window and door frames.

 1 Designers Focus on Sustainability: Highlights from the 2008 Aluminum Extrusion Design

Competition”, AEC Buyers’ Guide 2008-2009:  34-35.

Factoid Friday

December 17, 2010

The temperature of an extrusion leaving the die is well over 900 F or 482 C, which can produce in certain series of profiles the consistency

of warm pasta.  While this creates the form of the profile, it can produce scratches even from the smoothest graphite rollers.

Factoid Friday

December 10, 2010

The use of high aluminum extruded parts was experimented in automotive engineering as easily as the 1930’s, but the first true operational use was aircraft

due to weight concerns.  In fact, the most famous early aircraft to us Aluminum extruded components was Charles Lindbergh’s May 20-21, 1927, on the first

non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.

Factoid Friday

December 3, 2010

According to the US Mining Council, the per capita use of mined minerals and aggregates annually is 48,000 lbs.  This of course includes sand and gravel for road

and construction.  Did you know that nearly 12% of 5760 lbs of aluminum based minerals are mined for every person in America

for making the countless products made of aluminum?