Even Better Logistic Services From ABL

ABL is pleased to announce further developments within its Architectural division, offering an enhanced service to its customer base by joining forces with WMH Group to provide a faster delivery service into the UK. WMH is an international stockholder specialising in non-standard aluminium alloys and products. As part of a three way agreement between ABL, WMH and the raw material provider, Constellium, additional supply benefits are now available to UK and Eire customers via ABL Architectural.

Rather than calling off material from Constellium on longer lead times, WMHs central warehouse facilities in Essen Germany, are located close to the Dutch border and this will shorten delivery times to the UK. As ABL Business Development Manager, Martin Eyles, explains “Having WMH in the supply chains brings two key benefits; faster delivery times and smaller order values which we know will assist our customers in the UK and Eire”. The new agreement will allow WMH to hold larger quantities of more architectural profiles. “Now that we have a central source for European stock, there will be greater visibility of available and incoming stock, a larger range of planks held in stock and shorter journeys to UK and Irish customers”, Martin added.

He concluded, “we have had to decline smaller enquiries in the past since it was not cost effective to setup a new mill production run. We now have access to the UK-branch of WMH for fast responses to our prospective customers. This means that ABL will be able to concentrate on a more efficient marketing and sales focus to promote the architectural products whilst backing this up with an enhanced supply chain offering”

Aluminium and Aluminium Extrusions in Medical Applications

Designers and manufacturers of medical instruments, equipment and devices today look for materials that are non-toxic, light but strong, inexpensive and able to accept many types of finish.

An obvious choice for designers of medical equipment is aluminium with its unique properties, making it a natural partner for the medical industry. Its use has grown over many years thanks to its ductility, strength, durability, and lightness. When used for medical applications, aluminium offers the designer the optimum design flexibility.

Walking Frameswalking-frame

A popular use of aluminium extrusions in a medical application is walking frames both wheeled and non-wheeled. Manufactured from high tensile extruded aluminium, these walking frames are both lightweight and strong. They are often height adjustable and can be polished or painted and optionally folded for storage and transportation. Extruded aluminium is a favourite amongst designers who find the structural capacities and flexibility to be a compelling choice.

 Aluminium Mobile Hoists

disabled hoistAluminium properties make it the ideal choice for mobile hoist manufacturers. Aluminium hoists are versatile, manoeuvrable and light whilst providing the strength and durability required for this type of product. The weight saving over steel is a huge benefit when hoisting and moving people around and there is no loss of strength. Some of the sections can be extruded, formed and incorporate assembly aids resulting in reduced cost of assembly.

When not in use the hoist can be folded and stored by one person.

Environmental and Cost Advantage

In the production, manufacturing and processing of aluminium, all production scrap can be recovered and recycled without degradation. So, with its low-cost recyclability, high rate of scrap recovery and the relative abundance of its ore, designers recognise that aluminium is a highly economical and environmentally sustainable material.

ABL Components One Stop Shop

Whether it is supplying complete assemblies, systems, framing, panels or a whole range of medical solution components, ABL has experience in offering solutions with high quality aluminium extrusions in a range of profiles.

Their experience, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the medical applications market.

Tel: +(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Aluminium in Domestic Applications

Designers in the domestic appliance industry are under pressure from demands for lower weight, corrosion resistant materials and manufacturing components in large quantities to high quality.aluminium-domestic-appliances

An obvious choice for designers of domestic appliances, cookware and utensils is aluminium with its unique properties, making it a natural choice for the domestic sector. Its use in domestic applications has grown over many years thanks to its ductility, strength, durability, and lightness. When used for domestic applications, aluminium offers the design engineer the optimum design flexibility.

Benefits          

Aluminium can be pressed, formed or fabricated from extrusions thus providing designers with a system that is both light and attractive whilst enabling manufacturers the flexibility of producing a range of extruded profiles and sections. In an industry associated with constant innovation and revamping, the versatility of aluminium extrusions not only provides efficient manufacturing, but also offers a solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

The aluminium extrusion process offers benefits other than weight savings. Features can be incorporated so that they enhance the structural strength of the assembly and multi-functional parts can be extruded that incorporate additional features to aid assembly.

Environmental and Cost Advantage

In the production, manufacturing and processing of aluminium, all production scrap can be recovered and recycled without degradation. So, with its low-cost recyclability, high rate of scrap recovery and the relative abundance of its ore, designers recognise that aluminium is a highly economical and environmentally sustainable material.

ABL Components

Aluminium extrusion manufacturers such as ABL Components Ltd are continually reviewing their processes and products to offer improved domestic appliance engineering solutions.

Subsequently operations such as drilling, milling, welding, anodising or powder coating are performed to complete the component production.

Their experience in this sector aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the domestic appliance market.

They have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirements for aluminium extrusions and components in this sector.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the automotive market.

Tel:+(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Aluminium Extrusions in Vehicle Applications

Engineers in the automotive industry are under pressure from demands for lower weight, corrosion resistant materials and manufacturing components in large quantities to high quality.

Aluminium extrusion manufacturers such as ABL Components Ltd are continually reviewing their processes and products to offer improved automotive engineering solutions.

Components in increasingly demanding applications require manufacturers to use extruded aluminium sections in complex design solutions to give components the desired structural functionality.

Benefitsautomotive-extrusions

By using aluminium, vehicle manufacturers can achieve considerable weight savings.

Environmental benefits are also gained by the use of recycled aluminium in vehicle production and less fuel is used to manufacture and deliver the lighter weight vehicles.

The aluminium extrusion process offers benefits other than weight savings. Features can be incorporated so that they enhance the structural strength of the assembly. Multi-functional parts can be extruded that incorporate additional features such as wiring channels or other features for attaching body panels.

New Stretch Forming Machine

ABL has recently invested in a new forming process; stretch-forming which enables the transformation of extruded lengths into accurately formed, interconnecting components.

stretch-forming-machine

Subsequently operations such as drilling, milling, welding, anodising or powder coating are performed to complete the component production.

Their experience in this sector aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the automotive market.

They have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirements for aluminium extrusions in this sector.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the automotive market.

Tel: +(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit their website at:

http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Aluminium Extrusions in Racking Applications

Aluminium extrusion racking and racks are all around us. There are the obvious applications such as car roof racks and shop display racks but this material makes it an ideal choice for rack designers in a range of industries such as aerospace, sports equipment, electronic equipment and construction equipment.

Racks made from aluminium extrusions – it’s an obvious choice, due not just to the ease of manufacture but also to the native qualities of aluminium. It is also 100% recyclable.

The racks and racking must exhibit the following qualities:aluminium-racking

  • high strength
  • safe
  • durable
  • light weight
  • easy of manufacture
  • high corrosion resistance
  • low cost of maintenance

In an industry associated with constant innovation and revamping, the versatility of aluminium extrusions not only improves the efficiency in manufacturing and installing various components, but also offers a solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Delivery and packaging of racks

Aluminium extrusions provide a practical solution for racks as they can be shipped in a small package and assembled on site. The small packages allow for greater carrying capacity on the delivery vehicles due to their weight and size with fuel savings gained during transportation. In use on a range of vehicles further fuel savings are gained due the light weight of aluminium.

Design and Manufacture

Using extruded aluminium to manufacture racks allows for elegant, low maintenance designs with green credentials and increased design innovation possibilities.

The extrusion process allows for an array of cross sections and curves that can be incorporated into the rack design and production process.

Surface Treatment

Aluminium extrusion racking finishing can include anodising, painting or powder coating to provide colour variations and extra weather protection.

Why use extruded aluminium instead of other materials?

  • Aluminium is lighter making it easier to assemble and maintain the racking
  • Aluminium and its associated fixings are safer by design
  • Extruded aluminium has a low cost of manufacture compared to other materials
  • It can be anodised or powder coated maintaining its appearance and won’t rust or rot

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the racking sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution that includes saw cutting, cnc machining, anodising, painting, stockholding of not only the extrusions but also all other parts of the racking BOM, packing and delivery to site. Thus they provide a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the racks and racking market.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the racking market.

Tel: +.44 (0)121 789 8686 or visit their website at
http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Aluminium in Architectural Applications for 21st Century

Today’s Architects and Civil Engineering Designers demand materials that are light, strong and corrosion resistant. They have vision, creativity and seek the materials to meet the ever exacting structural, thermal, aesthetic and acoustic challenges of the 21st century.

An obvious choice for architecture is aluminium with its unique prarchitectural-aluminiumoperties, making it a natural partner for the building industry. Its use in building applications has grown over many years thanks to its strength, durability, corrosion resistance and lightness. When used for construction applications, aluminium offers the design engineer and architects the optimum design flexibility.

Recycled and Reutilised

Aluminium has become an essential product for the building industry also because of its ability to be recycled and reutilised. In the construction sector over 85% of aluminium is recovered – (95% of the aluminium in the old Wembley Stadium has been recycled). Without any deterioration in quality, the same or other equally high quality products can be made from recycled aluminium.

Using Aluminium in Construction, Building and Building Components

Aluminium extruded products are commonly used for windows, doors and conservatories and other glazed structures ranging from shop fronts to roofing, staircases, heating and air-conditioning systems, barriers, façade engineering, gates, interior design, kitchens, lighting, modular office pods and solar panels.

Aluminium extrusion is leading the way into the future of the construction industry with characteristics and properties as a building component that has led to revolutionary and innovative changes in building techniques and architectural and engineering projects.

The extrusion process, for example, allows an almost infinite range of hollow and solid profiles to be fabricated, combining a variety of design features to suit the end-use application. It doesn’t end there as the ability to Incorporate design profile features into extruded aluminium sections and components allows the designer to achieve complex shapes and fabricated components with a minimum of processing.

When combined with ABL’s ability to machine, weld, fabricate, anodise and finish the result is a product that can be part, near or completely finished to a customer’s specification.

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the architectural and building sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution provides a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the architectural market.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the architectural market.

Tel:+(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit their website at http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Aluminium Extrusions in Lighting Applications

We drive past them every day with never a thought of their manufacture. They help to keep our roads safe at night and are way out of reach. Street lamps are a worldwide feature located on all important roads and are often manufactured from aluminium extrusions.

Street lamps made from aluminium extrusions – it’s an obvious choice, due not just to the ease of manufacture but also to the native qualities of aluminium.

The street lamp columns must exhibit the following qualities:

  • high quality
  • safety
  • durable
  • light weight
  • high corrosion resistance
  • low cost of maintenance
  • Conform to BS EN40

In an industry associated with constant innovation and revamping, the versatility of aluminium extrusions not only improves the efficiency in manufacturing and installing various components, but offers a solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Street Lighting can be made from steel or aluminium. However extruded aluminium allows for elegant, low maintenance columns with green credentials and increased design innovation possibilities.

Aluminium lighting columns are manufactured using a very different process to that of steel columns. The extrusion process allows for an array of cross sections and curves and that can be incorporated into the column design and production process.

Aluminium column finishing can include anodising, painting or powder coating to provide colour variations and extra weather protection.

Surface Treatment

As road safety requirements are continually refined it is necessary not only to meet but exceed those requirements. Extruded aluminium columns and fittings offer a light weight, durable, corrosion resistant solution that meets those safety requirements.

Why use extruded aluminium instead of other materials?

  • Aluminium is lighter making it easier to maintain the lighting unit
  • Aluminium and its associated fixings are safer by design
  • Extruded aluminium has a low cost of manufacture compared to other materials
  • It can be anodised or powder coated maintaining its appearance and won’t rust or rot

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the lighting sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution that includes saw cutting, cnc machining, anodising, painting, stockholding of not only the extrusions but also all other parts of the lighting BOM , final assembly and electrical testing , packing and delivery to site. Thus they provide a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the lighting market.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the lighting market.

Tel: +.44 (0)121 789 8686 or visit their website at http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Aluminium Extrusions in Sports Equipment

At the highest professional level, sports are a highly competitive occupation with high prize money depending upon fractions of a second or tenths of a centimetre. However, even the dedicated amateur is willing to invest a great deal of money to improve his or her performance. Thus, just as in other fields, the use of special aluminium alloys in sports can be justified if it leads to enhanced performance.

Sports equipment designers are constantly reviewing the materials they specify and use to ensure the equipment enables the competitor to achieve their best performance in their chosen sport

The sports equipment must exhibit the following qualities

  • high quality
  • safety
  • durable
  • light weight
  • high corrosion resistance
  • low cost of maintenance

In an industry associated with constant innovation and revamping, the versatility of aluminium extrusions not only improves the efficiency in installing various components, but offers a solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Football goalposts can be made from wood, uPVC or aluminium. As safety requirements by international football associations are continually refined it is necessary not only to meet but exceed those requirements. Extruded aluminium posts and fittings offer a light weight, durable, corrosion resistant solution that meets those safety requirements.

It is now possible to obtain hurdles made of a lightweight, tubular frame, aluminium construction that are balanced to return to the upright position when knocked over and have a padded top bar for safety.

Racing bike frames are often made from incredibly strong, light aluminium alloy that can be manipulated into almost any shape and is great for transferring power from the pedals to the wheel. Aluminium has high corrosion resistance and now a good aluminium road bike is a joy to ride.

Why use extruded aluminium instead of other materials?

  • Aluminium is lighter and thus more portable especially where the same field is used for other sports
  • Aluminium and its associated fixings are safer by design
  • Aluminium has a low cost of maintenance compared to other materials
  • It can be powder coated maintaining its glossy appearance and won’t rust or rot

Surface Treatment

Aluminium sports equipment is usually finished with surface treatment such as powder coating or anodising. Goal posts are often powder coated but cycle wheels may well be anodised to increase their surface hardness and thus durability.

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the sports equipment sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution provides a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the sports equipment market.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the shop fittings market.

Tel:+(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit their website at
http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

The Use of Aluminium Extrusions in Shop Fittings

Why Specify Aluminium Extrusions for Shop Fittings?

 Shop layout designers and shop fitting companies are constantly reviewing the materials they specify and use to ensure sales are maximised for their clients. The shop’s overall appearance and its relationship to sales success is a key feature in 21st century shopping. The design has to be effective, appealing and functional and shop fittings play an important role. They assist in displaying goods in a way that helps to increase customer appeal and hence sales.

The shop fittings must be high quality, durable and manoeuvrable whilst offering flexible display systems that can be adapted to suit various new and changing proaluminium shop fittingsduct lines.

Aluminium extrusions provide designers and fitters with a system that is both light and attractive whilst enabling manufacturers the flexibility of producing a range of extruded profiles and sections.

 In an industry associated with constant innovation and revamping, the versatility of aluminium extrusions not only improves the efficiency in installing various components, but offers a solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

 Slat walling is a popular system that takes a variety of extruded aluminium inserts providing the base for prong and loop hooks, D rails, sloping arms, straight arms, shelf brackets, or other supports. The inserts can be anodised, powder coated or polished to suit the shop design.

 aluminium shop fittingsAluminium extrusions are used to provide many functional aspects of shop fitting but they are also used for aesthetic displays. The aluminium can be extruded into a profile that will not require additional parts and therefore cuts down on cost and manufacture time. Post extrusion machining can provide holes, slots, raised or indented shapes. Also surface treatment can enhance the aluminium extrusion with anodising, powder coating or polishing. Of course the extrusion can be combined with other components to provide illumination, mobile displays or a variety of depth and height to further enhance the display.

Combining the aluminium extrusion with LED lighting and extruded heatsink capability can provide some dramatic effects in the appropriate shop setting.

Extrusions in Shop Flooring
Extruded aluminium is not just for shop displays but also for various shop flooring duties. Stairs, walkways, platforms and trimming edges all with designed in fixing slots are available or if desired they can be machined to suit your requirements. They can be supplied in a large range of sizes and load bearing profiles which can be purchased in standard lengths or bespoke cut-to-size lengths.

The growth of aluminium in shop fittings is to be expected given the advantages listed below:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly (100% recyclable)
  • Easily worked
  • Can be extruded into a range of sections and profiles
  • Non toxic
  • Non combustible
  • Aesthetically pleasing (improved by anodising, powder coating or polishing)
  • Corrosion free

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the shop fittings sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution provides a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

 Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the shop fittings market.

 Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the shop fittings market.

Tel:+(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit their website at:
http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Why Specify Architectural Aluminium Flooring for Decking, Stairs, Walkways and Balconies?

The growth of aluminium flooring systems in hospitals, shopping centres, sports arenas,

Architectural Aluminium

Architectural aluminium in walkways, stairs and overhangs

food processing plants, petrochemical plants, theatrical studios, and power generation plant is to be expected given the advantages listed below.

The advantages of aluminium extrusion in the use of architectural applications include:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly (100% recyclable)
  • Aesthetically pleasing (improved by anodising)
  • Easily worked
  • Maintenance free
  • Non toxic
  • Non combustible
  • Corrosion free

The aluminium flooring can be supplied ready to install and is suitable for a wide range of applications notably for stairs, bridge decking, walkways and balconies. There is a large range of sizes and load bearing profiles available in standard lengths or bespoke cut-to-size lengths. Non-Slip ridges or drainage holes are machined into the aluminium flooring meaning the decking adheres to tight safety regulations. This also ensures effective drainage reducing surface water, which, in turn, aids longevity. Architectural aluminium flooring combines the functional possibilities of extrusion technology with the outstanding material properties of anodised aluminium. These qualities ensure that the product offers an attractive and modern aesthetic whilst strongly adhering to UK health and safety regulations.

Architectural Aluminium Walkway

Architectural Aluminium Walkway

Architects and Civil Engineering Designers are naturally specifying materials that are light, strong and corrosion resistant which by default includes aluminium that is approximately two thirds lighter than steel and offers longer life than wood. The materials have to meet the ever exacting environmental, manufacturing, aesthetic and reduced maintenance challenges of the 21st century. Aluminium flooring saves money over time due to its longevity and the non-diminishing cash value of scrap aluminium. Aluminium can be extruded into sections that require the minimum of processing to finish and result in modular systems that are easy to assemble.

Aluminium Decking

Aluminium extrusion decking or planking is an option for both commercial builders and home owners that is naturally waterproof. It will not warp, splinter, crack, rot or swell like timber or composite decks and is designed for easy installation.

Aluminium decking is a low maintenance option that can be cleaned with soap and water without the need for constant upkeep of paint, stain or oil. The slip resistant, durable decking surface is designed for safety and security with a raised punched, ribbed or serrated surface texture that is long lasting. Smooth and designer surfaces are also available.

Visit our Aluminium Flooring and Decking website: http://www.aluminiumdecking.co.uk.