Choosing the Right T-slot Accessories

T-slot accessories

In a previous blog on T-slot fasteners—which generally are used to attach accessory items to framed T-slot fabrications—we compared those accessories to the kind of “extras” you might find on an automobile, such as rear-view mirrors or hubcaps. The car will still run fine without them; yet lacking them would diminish not just the aesthetics of the vehicle but also its overall functionality and even safety. By the same token, when it comes to adding T-slot accessories to any of Framing Tech’s standard or custom constructions, it’s important to choose the ones that fit properly and that will serve you best.

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Up Your Creative Game with T-slot Fasteners

T-slot fasteners

The ability to modify and accessorize an object is often key to that object’s paramount usefulness. Imagine a car without hubcaps or rear-view mirrors. It would still be quite functional as a car; yet the lack of those accessories would likely diminish not just the aesthetics of the vehicle but also its overall functionality and even safety. The same is true of Framing Tech’s aluminum fabrications. Accessories add distinct practical advantages to our T-slot creations, and the best way to attach these optional accessories is with T-slot fasteners.

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From Alabaster to Aluminum: A Brief History of Tables

Wooden table

Though it may not seem so, the modern aluminum table is the culmination of thousands of years of technological development. For as long as there have been human beings—mammals notable for their ability to walk upright—there has been a need for a consolidated space for work, play, dining, storage, display, and other uses, away from the dirt and at a convenient height when one is either standing or sitting.

In prehistoric times, natural objects such as fallen trees and conveniently shaped boulders served as the primitive human’s table; further along in time, archaeological evidence of furniture constructed of wood, stone, and other materials dates back to the earliest written history of humanity…and before.

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When it Comes to Doors, Success “Hinges” on the Right Door Accessories

Framing Tech aluminum door accessories

They say that when one door closes, another door opens—but practically speaking, that would be true only if the room has a draft and the doors in question have shoddy latches. With door accessories made by Framing Tech, you won’t have that problem. Doors only open or close at your command.

Here at Framing Tech, we believe in finding just the right tool for the job. We apply this philosophy in all our products, no less in our selection of door accessories designed to fit the needs of any door you may wish to include with your project.

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PRESS RELEASE: Framing Technology Inc. Celebrates Its Twentieth Anniversary with Company Expansion

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Framing Technology Inc.

7/19/2022

Framing Technology Inc. Celebrates Its Twentieth Anniversary with Company Expansion

Framing Tech marks its twentieth anniversary as a leader in the aluminum framing industry with improvements to its manufacturing space and investment in its team.

July 19, 2022— Framing Technology’s journey as a business began in 2002 and the organization has come a long way since. The company is a manufacturer, designer, distributor, fabricator, and installer of modular aluminum extrusion and accessories. Framing Tech provides its products and services to both individuals and commercial enterprises and has seen steady growth since its inception.

Hitting its twentieth year in business is a major milestone, and the company’s success has led to more key expansions to mark the occasion. Manufacturing space is being expanded by 15,000 sq. ft. to a total of 40,000 sq ft. to keep up with an expanding workload and to better serve clients. There have also been a number of new additions to the team recently, as multiple new hires have been made across several departments to expand capabilities and expertise. The company has also invested in new equipment as part of this timely expansion, including a twin-head CNC panel router with multi-sheet capacity, a 5’ x 10’ CNC waterjet, an 8’ press brake w/ CNC back-gauge, a radial arm drill dress, and a hydraulic tapping arm with 1.5” capacity in steel. With expansions in staff, space, and equipment, Framing Tech is poised to maintain its position as a leader in the industry.

“The past twenty years have seen fantastic growth,” commented Chris Hill, co-founder of the company, “By partnering with our clients It’s really their success which has allowed our business to thrive. We will continue to expand these relationships & look forward to our next 20 years in business!

Framing Technology, Inc. is celebrating a successful first two decades by investing in its own success and preparing to serve customers for another twenty years.

Framing Technology Inc. is based in Rochester, NY and manufactures, fabricates and bulk sells t-slotted aluminum extrusions to commercial and individual clients. We offer structural aluminum framing in metric and inch sizes. Additionally, we stock a full range of profile component products that complete or accessorize your unique framing solution requirement.

Aluminum Enclosures: It’s All About Safety

Framing Tech Aluminum Enclosures

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to anticipate every possible thing that could go wrong in an industrial or laboratory environment. And even after you have exhausted every conceivable manifestation of Murphy’s Law within those environments, there will be many “accidents-waiting-to-happen” that you’re bound to miss. And that’s where Framing Tech’s aluminum enclosures come in to save the day. By definition, they are guards. As such, they are expressly designed to guard against those unpredictable Murphy’s Law-types of events.

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Aluminum Shelves: The Next Step in the Evolution of Storage Solutions

Framing Tech Aluminum Shelves

Before exploring the topic of aluminum shelves, let us consider first the human condition. It has often been noted that the basic minimum subsistence requirements for biological survival consist of water, food, and shelter. Along the same lines, human civilization requires, at a minimum, these three things: a source of energy, labor-saving machinery, and an instinct for organization. At the dawn of history, the first two needs were met by the invention, respectively, of fire and the wheel. It could be argued that the third need was met by the invention of—shelving.

Shelves: From Stone Age to Bronze Age—and Beyond

Nowadays, whenever anyone utters the word “shelf,” typically the first image that springs to mind is a bookshelf.

Drawing of Trinity College Library, Dublin
The “Long Room” of the Trinity College Library in the 18th century, watercolor by James Malton (Source)

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About T-Nuts and Other “Nutty” Fasteners

Framing Tech T-Nuts

Fasteners vs. Connectors

Before getting too far into our brief survey of T-nuts, it’s important to make a distinction between fasteners and connectors. The English majors amongst us might consider those two words to be nearly synonymous. In the realm of T-slot aluminum, however, each denotes a very specific set of accessories with well-defined applications.

Connectors

Connectors

T-slot aluminum profiles come in a variety shapes, lengths, and measurement systems (either metric or inch). Because of the modular nature of extruded T-slot aluminum, there’s no need to clamp, weld, or glue the various pieces when assembling. Instead, you use connectors of various types to put your profiles together at just the right angle and ensure the final fabrication is strong and stable. These connectors run the gamut, from quick connectors and tilt connectors to gussets, corner brackets, connection plates, and more.

Fasteners

Fasteners

Fasteners, on the other hand, are chiefly used to fasten, or attach, specialty accessories to the finished T-slot fabrication. The accessories may include cable blocks, conveyor rollers, locking handles, doors, side panels, machining jigs, and much more. Among these fasteners are various types of nuts, including the following.

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Live Your Best Life with T-slot Accessories!

Framing Tech T-slot Accessories

Past users of Framing Tech’s aluminum T-slot extrusions are already familiar with their myriad features and advantages: strength, durability, stability, corrosion-resistance, and ease of assembly are just the tip of the iceberg. Whether custom-designed or out-of-the-box fabrications, they are practically perfect for their designated application. But there is always room for improvement. So how do you improve on perfection? With Framing Tech’s T-slot accessories, of course! Here is an overview of our most popular ones.

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How Manufacturing Flow Racks Make Everyone’s Life Easier

Framing Tech flow rack schematic

Every year in the United States (and around the world, for that matter) vast quantities of material, organic and inorganic, are mined, caught, grown, stored, transported, processed, packaged, shipped, warehoused, shipped again, shelved, and eventually sold to the retail buyer who has a need for that product. It is a constantly moving stream requiring physical equipment designed to facilitate the flow of that material through its life cycle, including carts, trucks, workstations, assembly lines, packaging machines, and of course old fashioned human lift-and-carry labor. But there is one other item that should be included in that list—because it is so simple and common as to be invisible, and yet ingenious—and that is the manufacturing flow rack.

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