How Much Do You Know About Aluminum Profiles For Industrial Assembly Lines?

How much do you know about assembly line aluminum profiles?

Assembly line aluminum profiles are so-called T-slot aluminum extrusion profiles, which refer to aluminum alloy profiles used in the automatic machinery industry and production lines.

Primarily use 6063-T5 material for the profiles, and we mostly apply anodizing and frosted carbon coating as surface treatments.

Utilize this material for its anti-corrosion and wear resistance, aesthetic appeal, and durability, applying it broadly across various production industries.

We often fabricate various assembly line brackets, equipment aluminum profile racks, safety guardrail columns, and large equipment frame structures using it.

What are the advantages of aluminum T-slot profiles? Let’s learn about it together.

aluminum profiles in industrial assembly lines

The advantages of aluminum T-slot profiles are as follows:

 

  • Good plasticity and simple processing method

We create assembly line aluminum profiles through extrusion, customizing them to meet the distinct needs of different sections.

Compared with traditional steel profiles, aluminum extrusions. are simple to process, requiring only simple design, cutting, punching, tapping, and fitting installation.

No welding is necessary, and processes such as cutting, sandblasting, and painting are also eliminated.

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble

The T-slot design allows for quick assembly and disassembly, making installing and adjusting various accessories easy.

We connect the accessories in various flexible ways, which facilitates the expansion and upgrading of later products.

Traditional materials require welding, which is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and expensive. The welding connection points are not easy to repair later and are not convenient for later product upgrades.

  • Aluminum profiles with complete specifications and various surface treatment methods

The aluminum profile is a kind of aluminum alloy extrusion profile. There are hundreds of conventional specifications and models in the industry. We also design and process it according to user requirements, offer various surface treatments to satisfy diverse user needs, and ensure its broad applicability.

  • Beautiful and durable, long service life

The surface of the profile is smooth and flat, and there are a variety of colors to choose from, which is beautiful and elegant overall. We treat the profile’s surface and apply an oxide film to protect it from oxidation corrosion.

Aluminum T-slot structural framing is corrosion-resistant and wear-resistant, not easy to rust and discolor, and has a long service life.

  • Small error, high precision, suitable for high-precision equipment

Aluminum profile accessories on assembly lines avoid welding and demand high precision to prevent deformation.

Profile processing adheres to industry dimensions and strict tolerances, ideal for precision equipment.

  • Energy saving and environmental protection

Aluminum is a recyclable material that can be recycled and reused many times to reduce corporate costs.

No need to paint, no pollution, connected by accessories, there is no welding, easy to disassemble.

We recycle and reuse the material, conserving time and effort. As it can be disassembled at any time, we reduce labor and investment costs for the company.

Generally, we deeply appreciate aluminum alloy T-slot profiles for their high connection strength, good load-bearing capacity, convenient disassembly and transportation, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness.

What are the common processing methods for assembly line aluminum profiles?

We use industrial aluminum T-slot profiles on workshop production lines, and they are extensively applied in various industries, including electronics and food, for production, assembly, and testing.

We extrude assembly line aluminum extrusion profiles from original aluminum ingots, ensuring they possess good load-bearing capacity and high connection strength. These profiles can be CNC-processed and customized for automated production lines.

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So what are the commonly used processing methods?

Cutting: Cut the aluminum profile of the assembly line according to the required size and angle. Pay attention to precision control during the cutting process to ensure that the cross-section is smooth and burr-free.

Drilling: Drilling is usually used for the installation of accessories. It can be a through-the-hole, a countersunk hole, a blind hole, or a mounting hole. Different holes have different functions. The position accuracy and depth of the hole need to be strictly to the requirements of the design drawings.

Tapping: Including end tapping and drilling tapping. We must apply suitable lubricants to prolong the tap’s life and precisely control the depth. Typically, perform tapping in the middle hole of the profile’s end face.

Finishing: Including hole milling, slot milling, face milling, end milling, bending, etc. These processing processes require professional CNC equipment for precision processing.

Assembly: The manufacturer or the customer can complete the assembly. For large projects or distant locations, we typically recommend on-site installation. At the same time, the manufacturer provides installation guidance and on-site installation services. We require professional tools like Allen wrenches and rubber hammers for assembly to minimize damage to parts.

What are the applications of industrial aluminum profiles in industrial assembly lines?

Looking around, wherever there is industrial production, you will see industrial extruded profiles.

For example, automobile assembly workshops, robots, automation equipment, food production workshops, chemical raw material production lines, medical machinery, etc.

We refer to the assembly line as an assembly line, and its frame is constructed from an industrial aluminum profile.

The most commonly used are belt lines, chain plate lines, and roller assembly lines. It is a combination of man and machine. In industrial production, we transport it according to the specified itinerary and can also accomplish a variety of different tasks simultaneously.

The conveying volume is quite large, and the efficiency is much higher than manual production, so assembly line equipment is an indispensable part of industrial production.

The most common is the assembly line equipment of the electronics factory, which is generally a belt assembly line.

Install the belt line on the industrial aluminum profile frame to support the small and delicate products of the electronics factory.

We also equip some facilities with profile-wrapping machines to prevent aluminum profiles from scratches, contamination, oxidation, or other damage.

Manufacture some workbenches with anti-static capabilities using industrial extruded profiles to ensure production safety.

The corresponding material turnover vehicle should be equipped next to the assembly line. Each assembly line produces different things and the materials placed are also different.

Placing the materials on the aluminum profile turnover vehicle in advance is an essential step to improve production efficiency.

We cannot stack the produced products on site; they must be placed separately in designated areas. Since many semi-finished products require temporary placement before proceeding to the next process, we need industrial aluminum profile shelves to accommodate them.

Industrial aluminum profile shelves have a certain load-bearing capacity according to different needs.

We outfit aluminum profiles with the appropriate bolts, nuts, corner pieces, and other accessories, and subsequently attach casters to them, which allows for their forward and backward movement. We find the assembly process to be very simple and convenient.
Place the products produced on the assembly line onto the aluminum profile shelves, allowing them to proceed to the next production stage.

In an automobile factory, we must complete many parts through the assembly line during production.

Because the output of automobiles is large and the efficiency of manual production is low, the assembly line is indispensable.

Use robots in both welding and assembly workshops. We protect the exterior of the welding robot with a protective cover fabricated from industrial extruded profiles.

There must be an industrial aluminum profile safety fence around the assembly robot. This fence is generally composed of mesh and is also used to divide the safety area.

In the assembly workshop, assembly lines are also used to assemble parts and shells. We also utilize hoists to save space. There will also be industrial aluminum profile safety fences around the hoists to prevent shells or parts from scattering and injuring people during work. We use the assembly lines more frequently in food production workshops. Generally, there are belt assembly lines and roller assembly lines equipped with aluminum profile shelves.

Transfer the produced products to the next stage, ensuring food hygiene and enhancing production efficiency.

The requirements of the chemical raw material production line for the aluminum profile are relatively high. They must have a certain load-bearing capacity, corrosion resistance, and high-temperature resistance.

Generally, we use rollers and chain plate lines; the material carts we utilize must also possess a certain load-bearing capacity.

Chemical raw materials are generally heavy and corrosive, so we use industrial extruded profiles to meet these needs and ensure workers’ safety.

It is the number one contributor to ensuring personal safety, reducing corporate costs, and improving work efficiency.

aluminum profiles in industrial assembly lines

About Extruded Aluminum Profiles

We manufacture an aluminum profile as a long strip of material with a specific cross-sectional shape through the extrusion or casting process of aluminum or aluminum alloy.

We widely utilize aluminum profiles across various industries because of their lightweight nature, high strength, good electrical and thermal conductivity, excellent corrosion resistance, and recyclability.

Type: A variety of complex extruded aluminum extrusion profiles with varying thicknesses can be created.

To accommodate various automation applications and satisfy performance-to-weight specifications, we can employ a variety of internal voids.

The most common type of aluminum profile is the hollow beam profile, which is simply a variation of the square profile.

Surface type: As a byproduct of the extrusion process, small, almost invisible lines can sometimes appear on the surface of the profile.

This is a result of the secondary tooling during extrusion, and additional surface treatments can be specified to remove these lines.

To enhance the surface finish of the profile section, we can perform some minor surface treatment operations, such as face milling, following the main extrusion process.

These machining operations can be specified to improve the geometry of the surface, thereby improving the part profile by reducing the overall surface roughness of the extruded profile.

As a byproduct of the extrusion process, secondary surface treatment operations can sometimes appear on the surface of the profile. Aluminum as a very common material for base and shape profiles due to its capability to allow for specific machining operations.

Use:  We most commonly apply aluminum extrusions in industrial automation, including production lines and automated motion systems across the manufacturing sector.

Aluminum extrusions’ strength and lightness facilitate easy handling and versatile arrangement in automation.

In this regard, we are increasingly utilizing them as frames for other consumer end-use products, including automotive and LED architectural applications.

What is the process of aluminum extrusion?

You may be unfamiliar with the concept of aluminum extrusion. In essence, we extrude industrial aluminum extrusion profiles from aluminum using an extruder and a mold. Whether it is European standard aluminum extrusions., national standard aluminum extrusions., or customized profiles, they are all made by aluminum extrusion.

To better introduce the extruded aluminum profile, let’s first understand the aluminum extrusion molding process.

Melting:

Heat and melt the aluminum material in a furnace to obtain aluminum liquid.

Refining:

We refine aluminum liquid to remove impurities, thereby enhancing its purity.

Alloying:

We add other metal elements to molten aluminum to form an alloy with the desired properties.

Casting:

We pour the molten aluminum liquid into an ingot mold and allow it to cool and solidify, thereby forming an ingot.

Heating:

We heat the ingot in a heating furnace to a certain temperature to achieve a plastic state that is suitable for extrusion.

Extrusion:

The heated ingot is fed into an extruder and formed into the required cross-sectional shape through an extrusion die.

Cooling:

We quickly cool the extruded aluminum profile using a cooling device to set its shape.

Straightening:

We may bend the cooled aluminum profile and need to straighten it using a straightening machine.

Sawing:

We saw the aluminum profile into finished products of a specific length based on the required length.

Surface treatment:

aluminum extrusions. may require surface treatment, such as anodizing, spraying, polishing, etc., to improve corrosion resistance, and aesthetics or meet other performance requirements.

Inspection:

Inspect the dimensions, surface quality, mechanical properties, etc. of extruded aluminum profiles to ensure product quality.

Packaging:

We package the qualified aluminum extrusion profiles and prepare them for shipment or further processing.

Logistics and warehousing:

We store packaged aluminum profiles in suitable environmental conditions, awaiting shipment to customers or the next stage of processing.

What factors should be considered when choosing industrial aluminum profiles?

Faced with a wide variety of industrial aluminum extrusion profiles, users often find it difficult to consider the long-term when choosing.

Today, I will discuss the factors we consider when choosing industrial aluminum extrusions.

We should focus on the following points when choosing industrial aluminum profiles:

Machinability: Consider the machinability of aluminum extrusions., including the difficulty of cutting, drilling, tapping, bending, and other processing processes.

Machinability includes forming performance and cutting performance.

Generally speaking, high-strength aluminum is not easy to form, and aluminum alloys have poor machinability.

Weldability: When welding is required for extruded profiles, we should select alloy types that are easy to weld.

Most aluminum alloys have good weldability, among which some of the 5 series aluminum alloys are more representative, with excellent weldability. Relatively speaking, the weldability of the 2 series and 7 series is poor.

Corrosion resistance: According to the corrosiveness of the application environment, select aluminum extrusions. with corresponding corrosion resistance grades.

Generally speaking, 1 series pure aluminum has the best corrosion resistance, 5 series has better corrosion resistance, followed by 3 series and 6 series, and 2 series and 7 series have relatively poor corrosion resistance.

We should note that the principle of selecting corrosion resistance should be based on the occasion of its use.

In high-strength alloy corrosive environments, we must use various anti-corrosion composite materials to effectively prevent the product from corrosion.

Generally, we use the 5 series and 3 series more frequently. It is not necessary to choose the best 1 series pure aluminum material, but also to consider the cost. Generally speaking, it is enough to choose the appropriate aluminum material.

Mechanical properties: Consider the tensile strength, yield strength, hardness, and other mechanical properties of aluminum profiles.

Pure aluminum is weakest; 2- and 7-series alloys, heat-treated, are strongest, with a linear link between hardness and strength.

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