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Reduce Machining Time and Expense

Saving money while maintaining freedom of design presents a challenge for every manufacturer using machined extruded parts. Every industry that uses the extrusion process as an integral part of their design can benefit from the expertise Alexandria Industries offers. Fastening extrusions together without unnecessary machining or fabricating will reduce costs and increase flexibility in the design process. There…

Aluminum Extrusion Tooling Advantages

The ability for engineers to utilize a near-net shape process coupled with a list of superior physical characteristics, offers unsurpassed advantages through the aluminum extrusion process. Aluminum has numerous design advantages, in terms of physical and chemical characteristics as well as providing beneficial tooling advantages and reduced lead-times. Process Typical Tooling Tooling Lead-Time Aluminum Extrusion…

Aluminum Extrusion Prototype Advantages

In today’s fast-paced first-to-market environment, engineers are encouraged to explore various benefits afforded through the aluminum extrusion prototyping process. Utilizing this process allows engineers to set high performance expectations for these components and the value they bring to the end product. From a functional perspective, it is important to ask what is the key purpose…

Minimizing Inventory Liabilities

Gaining a competitive advantage in an increasingly demanding marketplace can be as simple as reducing supplier lead times, while minimizing inventory liabilities associated with large batch orders. Most domestic manufacturing operations will define lead-time as, “the time from when a manufacturing order is transmitted until the order is received by the customer.” Defining lead-time in…

Investing in a Market Driven Future

Alexandria Industries Acquires State Of The Art Equipment Alexandria Industries announces its investment in an extrusion profile cooling system and automated press handling systems. Alexandria Industries, founded in 1966, is a precision aluminum extruder based out of Alexandria, Minnesota. Discovering innovative, value-added solutions to its markets’ needs drives the organization. A market driven mentality and precision manufacturing…

Unknown Strength of Aluminum

A universal misconception of aluminum is that it is not strong enough to use in load-bearing structural applications. Perhaps that stems from the known fact of an aluminum can and its crushability. In all actuality, aluminum is probably a “victim of its own strength” in this respect, as its high strength-to-weight ratio is partly what…

Product Flexibility

Product flexibility can be defined as the amount of responsiveness (or adaptability) for any future change in a product design, including new products and derivatives of existing products. A flexible design will reduce redesign costs and allow quicker response to customers with increased performance. Many manufacturers offer products that are specifically designed to present additional…

Green Solution: Aluminum

Understanding the value aluminum delivers to the environment is important for all businesses. China is the world’s largest consumer of aluminum, while the U.S. is the fourth largest producer of the primary metal. Aluminum is the most commonly recycled metal in the world. More than one-third of all the aluminum currently produced globally originates from recycled metal. Recycled…

Green Solution: Extrusions

Whether your business uses aluminum as an integral material to produce a final product or not, the time invested in understanding what’s available is important to all of us. Extruded aluminum is used to manufacture innovative products and equipment that harness alternative energy sources. Aluminum is a green material due to its inherent attributes and…

Businesses Don’t Compete, Supply Chains Compete

With today’s aggressive sourcing strategies creating an extremely competitive, high quality and low cost sourcing environment, we believe that businesses no longer compete; it becomes the supply chains that compete. Shift your thinking about how vendors and supply chains can affect everyday sourcing challenges. Take for instance Company A, which offers vertically integrated services and…