Planning and starting a new project can be an overwhelming, and even stressful, experience. Making sure you have the right components is just a small part of this process, but it can be one of the most critical steps. If you’re a business owner or plant manager who's starting a project and seeking to make the right choice for your operation, you might be (and probably are) a little overwhelmed by all of the information that’s out there regarding different building systems.
One of the earliest and most critical decisions that must be made is what type of component to use. Making the right choice can be the difference between a successful project and a failed project. It can be the difference between going wildly over budget and staying in the black. This is because the wrong decision can come with added downtime, overspending, and/or increased assembly time. The way we see it, more downtime equals less profitability.
All that might sound like an exaggeration, but don't underestimate the importance of component parts. If you choose the wrong components for your project, you could find yourself in a world of trouble - even if it’s not apparent for years to come! With 30 years of business under our belts, we can say this from experience.
That being said, let's dive into a few reasons why we, at Tekno, believe Aluminum Extrusion Components are the right choice for almost any project!
One of the biggest benefits of aluminum extrusion components is the malleable nature of aluminum itself.
Aluminum Extrusion is a process that transforms aluminum alloy by pushing it through intricate and even complex dies into definitive, cross-sectional shapes to create the structure of your project.
Because of aluminum’s unique physical characteristics, it’s more easily extruded and even malleable post-extrusion. As a result, there is endless opportunity for creative, unique, and complex designs. This is key because no business or process is the same and having the ability to provide innovative and tailored solutions to your needs is critical for overcoming the unique challenges that your business faces daily.
This malleability also results in a lower production cost for your design.
Aluminum, by nature, is one third the density and stiffness of steel! As a result, it’s lighter and easier to maneuver/control.
This makes assembly, maintenance, and repairs more efficient and is especially essential if your project needs to be adjusted, lifted, or moved.
This lightness does not diminish the strength of the metal. The weight to strength ratio that aluminum contains is difficult to find elsewhere and results in lighter structures, that still function as just that - a structure that you can build off of and rely on.
Though not as strong as other metals (like steel), aluminum has been proven capable of withstanding considerable pressure, weight, and even force. It’s rare for a project to come through that requires a stronger metal!
Aluminum extrusion components feature the necessary strength needed, alongside an almost incomprehensible lightness - allowing for even more creativity and design complexity.
Aluminum is naturally corrosion-resistant!
Rather than dealing with metals that slowly age and diminish over time, choosing aluminum for your project ensures that it will pass the test of time - no additional corrosion prevention methods or products required. This will decrease downtime for maintenance and repairs and increase productivity overall.
In addition, the durable nature of aluminum makes it more environmentally friendly. It’s one of the few recycled materials that keeps all of the original properties of the metal after the recycling process is completed. Therefore, scrap aluminum retains its value. As a result, aluminum is an economical and environmentally sustainable material!
When you choose aluminum extrusion components for your projects, you’re choosing a sustainable option and investing in a material that can last or be repurposed for years to come.
Flexibility, weight, strength, and durability are all important factors to consider before choosing components for any project, but, ideally, they're factors that help you more easily come to a decision! We believe aluminum components make the right choice for most projects because of these factors, but that's not always the case! There's always more to consider and decide on.
On that note, of course, we know that cost is always a factor. You might have heard that pound for pound, steel is cheaper than aluminum.
The thing is, aluminum is lighter than steel - so pound for pound, you get more when you choose aluminum! Plus, the low-weight, durability, flexibility, and conductibility (think heat and electricity) of aluminum extrusion components are all factors that affect the production and long-term costs/benefits of your project.
If you need more information about aluminum extrusion components or would like to talk to an expert about your project needs, contact us! We’d love to hear from you and discover how we can help you complete a quality project on-time and within budget.