Archive for March, 2011

Albarrie Aeration Pads

March 29, 2011

Here at Albarrie we are constantly working with our customers developing products to help them cut costs and improve efficiency. One of our most recent developments has been in the area of mining material transportation. These “Fluffer Pads” as they are known in the industry, allow air to enter a rail car bucket from underneath, “fluffing” the material and allowing it to flow easily out of the bucket while keeping the fine particles from passing through. Previously, a woven material was used for the same application and our customers asked us to develop a product that would not fray or degrade over time. Taking advantage of our years of development experience and previous knowledge of “live bottom” applications that we have applied in silos, barges and ships, we developed a proprietary nonwoven product that would outperform the existing material. We were able to utilize our unique ability to manufacture felts that offer uniform and consistent airflow across the entire surface of the fabric. We also offer custom cutting and can add bolt holes and other features by request.

Albarrie is currently involved in many diverse markets such as mining, aluminum extrusion, composites, environmental containment and geotextiles to name a few. We are able to apply this knowledge gained from all of these industries to develop unique, innovative products. Can we save you money? Make your business run slightly smoother like we did for these rail car operators? Give us a call and find out.


Factoid Friday

March 25, 2011

Approximately 350,000 aluminum cans are made in a minute.  With more than 50% consumed by North Americans.

Factoid Friday

March 18, 2011

Aluminum has a very high melting point – 1,220F, to be exact.  Making it one of the highest melting points.  Tungsten being the highest melting points at well over 2700F.  This fact makes aluminum a perfect match for cooking, and aircraft components.

Factoid Friday

March 11, 2011

To demonstrate the strength of aluminum cans, four average six packs of beer in aluminum cans will support the weight of a 4,000-lb. passenger car.

Getting Ready for ET 2012

March 8, 2011



As you all probably know, ET ’12 is in Miami this year. So if you are anything like me, you are de-mothballing your white suit, buying a fresh selection of pastel colored t-shirts and playing rock, paper scissors with your coworkers to decide who is going to be Crockett and who will be Tubbs.

                We are working on the usual trade show preparations. Making sure that our displays look spiffy and that we have the best booth location possible are at the top of the list. The ET shows being so far apart relative to other industry trade shows insures that those in attendance will be bringing their “A’ game. I feel that this is certainly a benefit. With annual shows, it seems like there is more of a potential for stagnation and it becomes tempting to say, “ahhh, we’ll do it next year”. With four years to plan between ET’s you can expect a focused effort from all major industry players. You can bet that we will be following suit with new products and fresh ideas for your handling system. It is a real treat to have many of our customers in one room and we are looking to forward to hear about your experiences and thoughts.

Factoid Friday

March 4, 2011

The thickness of the side of an aluminum can is about the same as that of a human hair.  It is possible to produce cans 3 times thinner and still hold soft drink; it’s the stacking and handling issue that determines the cans thickness.