New Component Enquiry Showcases ABL’s One Stop Shop

A new client approached ABL with some initial machined extrusion designs for feasibility and costing. The designs for railway carriage interior components were reviewed by ABL and some design changes were recommended to create a more cost effective solution. This included reducing the originally extensive amount of machining along the profile, and instead bonding in brackets where necessary. The customer welcomed the proposed changes and the component assembly was signed off.

Ongoing development revealed many variants would be required to fit around all combinations of windows, luggage racks, lights and windows in both first and second class carriages.

ABL was able to co-ordinate all varieties of parts with minimal setups and included the buying in and assembly of fixings.

The finished component assembly included a mixture of non-visible functional parts, high surface finish quality and visible powder-coated parts.

The parts were produced, labelled, wrapped and boxed up and delivered to the customer on schedule.

ABL Aluminium Components One Stop Shop

Working with ABL’s one-stop-shop provides cost-saving opportunities including dealing with a single supply source, experienced design advice, lead time, purchased items, packing, quality, engineering assistance, logistics and delivery direct to customer.

ABL’s capabilities, which are all based under one roof, allow companies to benefit from single fabrication stops, shorter lead times, reduced supply chain, reduced shipping costs and a single point of quality control avoiding the scenario where different sub-contractors disagree about where any defects have been caused or where any parts have been lost.

ABL’s one stop shop ensures a consistent and reliable source that delivers high quality, on-time extruded components and assemblies.

Contact us today to learn more about how ABL Components can assist you with your next project.

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

http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/aluminium-extrusion-processing/one-stop-shop.htm

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

How Much Aluminium is there in Your Building?

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Extrusions in Architecture

Modern Buildings contain aluminium in some form or other, not just in their construction but also in the furniture, utensils and appliances. Most houses are built with brick but wander along your high street or city arcade and there you will find buildings clad in decorative aluminium and windows and doors made with aluminium extrusions or extruded aluminium profiles.

 Saving the Environment
In the past wood was commonly used in furniture for instance but the forest is the only source of wood. Nowadays the use of aluminium in furniture design is a sensible contribution towards the conservation of the existing forests.

 Weight Savings
Architects and designers seek materials that have a low impact on the environment but are also easy to manufacture, aesthetically pleasing and corrosion resistant. Modern shop and office door frames are made from aluminium extrusions with a considerable weight saving over wood. In single storey buildings that may not be a huge weight saving but imagine the weight saved when aluminium is used in skyscrapers.

Aluminium extrusion has the added advantage of a high strength to weight ratio, even higher than steel and its weight is only one third that of steel.

 Versatile Material
Aluminium is a technically versatile material allowing for a great variety of shapes and contours. For instance using aluminium extrusions for window and door frames allows the designer to provide interlocking sections with all the necessary in-built characteristics such as groves and screw retainers.

 Aluminium is all around
As you walk around your office, home or shop consider where aluminium extruded profiles have been used. There might be more than you thought.

 

How Aluminium has Transformed Offices

Modular Office Systems
Modular Office Systems

Have a look around your workplace and see how much aluminium you can find. It will be in furniture, partitions and fittings, as well as ceilings, floors, electronic goods and so the list goes on. It will have been used because it is stylish, adaptable and light whilst also durable and tough.

Aluminium is an obvious choice for designers of workplace furniture and fittings due to its unique properties. Its use in office applications has grown over many years thanks to its ductility, strength, durability, and lightness.

From the ingenious to the inspiring your office furniture has everything you’ll need to make your workspace work for you

Aesthetics

Aluminium will, of course, take a high polish giving an elegant and attractive chrome like effect. Also for better wear resistance or improved aesthetics aluminium can be anodised. Other process effects include embossed, brushed, mirrored or perforated.

Aluminium Extrusion Profiles

A particular feature of aluminium that makes it so popular is its ability to be extruded into complex profiles and sections. This is a huge benefit for designers as they can include interlocking and screw retention features without the need for other parts, joining methods and avoiding unnecessary assembly costs.

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.

Modular Office systems

A popular use of aluminium extrusions is modular office systems that provide meetings spaces, office partitions or cubicles. With an array of modular components, extruded aluminium is a favourite amongst designers and buyers alike who find the structural capacities and flexibility to be a compelling choice. The system comprises extruded vertical and horizontal units that can be interlocked in a multitude of ways and finished with glass, fabric, specially designed panels or other accessories such as white boards.

Modular office or building systems can be used to transform all types of spaces and feature an extensive selection of flexible framing systems, interchangeable wall panels, and accessories.

Creating an attractive area or building from extruded aluminium provides a light, airy, relaxing and comfortable environment for your business or organisation.