Demand Innovation

Extrusion E-Pullers

Traditional press puller systems typically use hydraulics and chains to transmit power and pull extrusions down the leadout table. These aluminum extrusion systems tend to run into trouble from chain-stretch (slack), and process control issues. As they age, maintenance issues surrounding the hydraulics also become increasingly troublesome. With the growing use of electro-servo motor technology…

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Working Differently

During the last two years, the growing requests of our customers have called us to adjust to ever-increasing higher levels of productivity. This new normal requires us to work smarter and continue to develop innovative manufacturing solutions to operate successfully. Some ways we are working differently include: Project Development: Every customer project requiring engineering services…

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Partnering for Success – Part 2

(Note: This article is the second of a two-part series. Read Part 1 from our November 2015 newsletter.) Like many manufacturing companies, Alexandria Industries is seeing the shortage of skilled workers rising to a near crisis status. Recognizing that without the human capital to fill the skills gap, many manufacturers may struggle to not only…

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Partnering for Success

Partnering for Success | Alexandria Industries Part 1 (Note: This article is the first of a two-part series. Part 2 will be featured in our February 2016 newsletter.) Long before worker shortage and the skills gap became part of daily conversation, the leadership at Alexandria Industries anticipated these issues would become significant. They recognized that…

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Aluminum Extrusion Increases Options to Optimize Your Supply Chain

Is extruded aluminum gaining traction as a mainstream OEM choice for designing, engineering and producing component parts? Depending on the market sector and application, aluminum extrusion frequently is an institutionalized supply chain approach to optimizing design and engineering, reducing manufacturing costs, and accelerating time-to-market. Aluminum is approximately one-third the weight of iron, steel, copper or…

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Grow Your Own

Employee training isn’t new at Alexandria Industries. We began seven years ago by developing a two-year Leadership Academy program that covers leadership training in communications, relationship building, business acumen and culture, along with one-on-one counseling exploring personal objectives, obstacles and opportunities. Three graduation classes and 45 leaders later, we have taken our successful Leadership Academy…

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Making Dreams Come True

It's not every day we get a call from someone asking if Alexandria Industries can help fulfill their dream. With good fortune, we received such a call from an engineer at Hot Wheels® asking if we could help him break a record by building the world’s longest toy racetrack. Reliving their childhood dreams, our team…

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Making The Most of Product Lifecycles

It is an honor to know that a number of our customers have been a part of the Alexandria Industries’ family almost from the very beginning ‒ nearly 49 years ago. Because we have had longevity in our customer relationships, we have had many opportunities to improve on products that have spanned countless lifecycles. From…

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Learning in the 21st Century

Local manufacturers work with school administrators to prepare students for future employment In 2012, community leaders broke ground for the new Alexandria Area High School (AAHS). Because school administrators made community commitment a priority, the leaders’ involvement did not stop there. Local manufacturers partnered with school administrators and teachers to optimize the space allocated for…

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Unheard of Lead-times

Quick Response Manufacturing As a manufacturer of a variety of products, we have always been in constant pursuit of continuous improvement. And like most manufacturers in today’s competitive environment, we’ve used standard industry improvement tools, such as lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, but we saw only incremental change. Once we heard about Quick Response Manufacturing…

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