Aluminium Profiles and the Requirements When Creating Rods, and Bars
Uses for Aluminium Rods and Bars has increased significantly over the past decade.
18:12 25 May 2021
According to recent research from the online source - Technavio, between 2019-2023 the growth of the aluminium extrusion market worldwide, will see a spike of almost 4% overall.
You may, or may not have heard of this process of manufacturing certain products, and the below information will give you insight into how profiles work and the many uses of the products that are manufactured using this method, namely rods and bars.
We start with the basic understanding of the process of ‘Aluminium extrusion’. As the name suggests, the primary material used in the process of aluminium. This material comes in the raw form of large pipes that are used to create various components that are used in many industries, from automotive to production plants, and even household appliances.
The raw aluminium material is forced through a die that comprises a specific cross-sectional profile, almost similar to squeezing toothpaste from its tube.
The mechanism used is a large ram that pushes the alloy from one side and it emerges from the other side creating the required shape according to specifications. The ‘die’ is almost like a template, also known as a ‘casting’ that has apertures in it, made into a simple irregular shape or round or square tube with holes in it.
For sake of illustration, when you squeeze a gel out of toothpaste or a similar tube, the gel comes out in the same shape as the mouth of the tube. For instance, if it has a jagged shape, the gel will emerge with a jagged design, if the tube for instance was a square, the same would be reflected when the material is pushed out.
Aluminium Bars and Rods Profile
During the process of creating various components, a profile is used. This can be likened to a blueprint that architecture creates for a house based on certain specifications whether by the homeowner or the developers. Profiles, depending on the industry, have different specifications as well. The aluminium bars rods and profiles are usually based on the customer or manufacturer's specifications.
When creating the profiles a few things are taken into consideration, namely:
- The dimensions, i.e. the diameter of the profile
- The number of chambers to be included
- The alloy material itself, i.e. the different type of aluminium grading or type to be used
- The end purpose i.e. where will it be used, in an industrial location or for decorative purposes
There is never one-size that fits all unless these profiles are created for mass use such as in industrial applications and factory settings, in which case large quantities are created using the same or similar material, profile and specifications. Once the profiles are completed and emerge on the other end, a few processes take place such as cooling, sawing, stretching, pressure-relieving, to name a few until the final result is achieved.