Choosing an aluminium supplier to help not hinder metal fabrication
Examples of prototype projects that Alanod has been involved with include:
- Development work on UV sterilisers for sterilising credit cards
- Automotive company trials for heat protectors on exhausts and inline UV air sterilisation units
- Thick lacquered aluminium for external cladding.
Although many fabricators prefer to use steel for such jobs, there are many projects where aluminium’s lightness (2.7 g/cm³ density compared to 7.85 g/cm³ for steel), its cost effectiveness and – once anodised – its resistance to oxidation make it the material of choice.
So, to continue using aluminium, trouble-free, in such processes, Alanod provides the metal to fabricators with tape on that can be laser cut through and then removed before further assembly.
Even the most established and experienced metal fabricators must overcome problems such as material sourcing and the aluminium’s performance during fabrication. That is why it is important that the fabricator chooses a UK aluminium supplier that is highly experienced and can consultant in advance of taking the job, to minimise any potential problems. Thanks to the years of experience at Alanod, the team is used to sourcing and supplying the right pattern, colour, finish and depth of aluminium and problem solving when it comes to production process issues.
An example of where such consultancy has proved invaluable can be seen with a company that was having trouble producing its shower cubicle trims. The narrow strips of aluminium needed to be roll formed but on cutting, the resultant burrs on the metal’s edge were leading to ill-fitting trims. Alanod was able to resolve the problem by offering to do a reverse slitting process that ensured all the burrs were downward facing. As a consequence the trim fit snuggly onto the cubicle glass.
Metal fabrication is a creative process that can bring with it a wealth of challenges. Why not choose a UK aluminium supplier who can help you overcome or avoid fabrication issues from day one? To find out more click here.