Archive for the ‘aluminum extrusion’ Category

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.


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.

ET 2012

January 14, 2011

The ET Foundation has announced the location and dates for the 2012 ET Expo. The event will run from May 15 to 18 of 2012 in Miami, Florida. Albarrie has been an exhibitor since 2000 at this event and with the new location, we look forward to attending this new venue at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Since this venue is a new hall, the challenge is to select the ideal booth location. There are around 100 locations to choose from.  Making the best selection is a key issue to the success of our participation. This expo attracts people from all over the world who have an interest in the aluminum extrusion industry.

As in real-estate, the adage is “location, location, location” and this is a critical choice to be made. Albarrie has made our selection early to ensure we are well positioned in a prime hall area.  Once our location is approved, we will be posting our booth number and we look forward to meeting with all our existing customers and potential new clients.

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

November 19, 2010

Endless High temperature conveyor belt can also be used to speed production and reduce cost by limiting scratches to finished profiles, again something quite difficult to do in the traditional machine, weld or press part fabrication.

Factoid Friday

November 12, 2010

The use of superior high temperature rollers reduces rework time, something which is extremely difficult to do with any other metal fabrication process.


Not Just Extrusion, You Know

November 5, 2010

If you have been following this blog, you already know that Albarrie makes some of the best extrusion handling products in the world. However, many of my customers are not aware that we are a very dynamic, multifaceted company with products in many vital industries. Our versatility is what allows us to progress and think beyond just one product line or market.

Filtration: With ever tightening environmental legislation Albarrie has been a leader in filter bag technology.  With the unique ability to manufacture our own fabric we are able to provide filter bags made out of advanced materials such as PPS, P84, Polyox, Aramid, Polyester, Acrylic, Polypropylene and Basalt volcanic rock fibres and combinations thereof.  We offer expert consultation as well as a unique bag cleaning service.

Geotextiles: Our heavy weight nonwoven geotextiles are used in application such as erosion control, drainage protection and separation and railroad stabilization.

Sorbweb: Like our filtration division, this product was developed to meet increasing environmental concerns. Sorbweb is a geocomposite that seals when it comes in contact with hydrocarbons while allowing water to pass through. This allows for the protection of areas surrounding oil filled devices like transformers and capacitors. Compared with the cost and environmental impact associated with oil spills, this is a very valuable product.

Process Control: You are probably familiar with our Defender Series of aluminum extrusion products, but did you know that we also offer machinable Kevlar composites, aluminized fiberglass, heat blankets and carpet manufacturing material? We can meet nearly any high or low temperature nonwoven need.  

                While you may know us from our roller covers, spacer bar sleeves, endless belts and resin treated padding, I hope you might think of us the next time you drive by an asphalt plant, transformer or a really nice embankment.  It’s due to our extensive fabric technology and knowhow that we make such great extrusion products.

Factoid Friday

November 5, 2010

Parts made with sand and permanent-mold casting often require extensive finishing before use. Aluminum extruding produces a wrought structure with relatively close dimensional control. Also, as parts get more complex, casting mold costs rise far more repidly than extrusion dies. Generally, extrusion dies are rather inexpensive. Further, extrusion dies can be finished with less lead time than forming dies and casting molds.


Factoid Friday

October 29, 2010

Extruding is almost always less expensive than fabricating shapes by welding. Sometimes the cost of a welding jig is significantly higher than an extrusion die for the same shape.


Factoid Friday

October 22, 2010

Compared with machining, extruding is one of the most economical ways to fabricate metal parts. Unlike machining, where the cost of producing each piece is an added cost, extrusion can reproduce a shape almost indefinitely with no added preparation costs.