Advantages of Choosing Framing Tech’s T-slotted Aluminum Extrusion Over Welded Steel

aluminum-extrusionThere are many benefits to using T-slotted aluminum extrusions over welded steel. In addition to being cost effective, aluminum extrusion is much easier to work with and offers engineers flexibility, even after the initial design. Aluminum is also strong enough to handle most manufacturing and assembly applications. Here are some other advantages to using T-slotted aluminum extrusion over welded steel:

Cost effective

First, aluminum extrusion costs less than welding steel. The price of aluminum and steel fluctuate based on global supply and demand. While aluminum typically costs more, in terms of raw materials, you have to take labor costs into consideration. Steel frames have to be welded, which means holes have to be drilled and tapped. The frame also has to be painted. On the other hand, aluminum extrusion is modular. It has T-slots on all four sides so you never have to drill or tape holes.

More Flexibility

Aluminum extrusion also gives engineers flexibility after the initial design of an automation project has been completed. With steel frames, you have to be very accurate up front before you start cutting the tubes. Therefore, you can’t make any mistakes with steel welding. Need to add, move or subtract a rail? No problem, just modify as required and you are all done!

Easier to work with

Aluminum extrusion is more versatile and more flexible than welded steel, which makes it easier to work with. The key features that allow this are the extrusion’s modular T-slot design. It’s as simple as inserting a connector into the T-slot and tightening. There’s no need to clamp, weld or paint. All you have to do is piece together and tighten the connectors with basic hand tools. T-slots let you attach components at any time and any location – it doesn’t get much easier than that.

Strong and corrosion resistant

Some engineers question the structural integrity of aluminum material. However, profiles can be made as strong as needed. There are many different profile sizes with varying wall thicknesses so picking the right profile based on the application will make for a successful solution. Cold-weather applications made with aluminum fair particularly well as the aluminum actually becomes stronger as the temperature drops. Anodized Aluminum is also corrosion resistant, which means that it will not rust and it holds up well in an exterior environment.

It’s cleaner too

With aluminum extrusion, the finish is much cleaner than welding. As you may know, welding is the process of joining two materials together by causing coalescence. This can be potentially hazardous and extremely dirty. Obviously, welding creates a permanent joint. Therefore, if the outcome is not right, parts will need to be fixed or replaced later. With aluminum extrusion, parts come together and apart easily and without the mess or hassle. Plus, there is no additional time needed to refine the welded joints.

Considering using aluminum extrusion for your next project? The staff at Framing Tech welcomes the opportunity to earn your business! Please contact us, you can call, email or stop in for a tour today and our sales engineering team will be more than happy to provide you with assistance.

Chris Hill is the President and CEO of Framing Technology, Inc. Connect with him on and Twitter.


Time is of the Essence!

timeToday’s automation equipment manufacturers face ever tightening schedule demands. Engineering departments are running leaner than ever with reduced head-count and more responsibilities. A one week advantage in lead time may be the difference in being awarded a project. Pricing is obviously another determining factor in small or large projects. Once a project is underway it’s critical to have a partnership with a vendor who can exceed expectations in design expertise, material recommendation and fulfillment at the lowest possible cost.

T-slotted aluminum profiles are a globally accepted solution for automation equipment and provide a lowering of design and development times using a “standardized” product approach. In dealings with Framing Tech, you are working directly with the manufacturer. No waiting for a call-back after leaving a voicemail that might be returned from a firm or distributor representative. Most applications typically use the same sizes of extrusions and accessory hardware, so a comfort level is quickly achieved in design as well as build. Using our Solidworks 3d design software we can assist in the refinement of your design or provide a clean sheet layout, complete with b.o.m. for any type of structure.

A common challenge for engineers is to receive a project proposal for an extruded aluminum frame assembly in a timely fashion without necessarily providing allot of specific details. Tell us you need a ballpark estimate and we can usually provide that within hours, not days. Our internal mandate is to provide a detailed quotation in 24 hours or less and we do it! All Framing Tech employees are running high speed computers utilizing multiple monitors and have their email and cell phones on virtually 24/7.

Effective communications is key to success. Our sole focus is working with and providing solutions using our modular aluminum profiles. Knowing what our customers face as challenges drives us to respond quickly because we know a project delivery date or future potential work “hangs in the balance.” Any advantage we can offer our customers will only make them more profitable.

If you are in the market for aluminum profiles, contact us today!

Chris Hill is the President and CEO of Framing Technology, Inc. Connect with him on and Twitter.