3 Advantages Of Extruded Aluminum Frames Over Welded Steel
When calculating the strength of a structure, it is important to take into account buckling. Buckling occurs when a long vertical beam is compressed by a force. The beam tends to bend outward, further reducing its structural integrity, resulting in sudden failure. This error is more likely to occur with vertical beams because the load is greater than the other forces acting on the structure due to gravity. Find a deflection calculator for the T-slot aluminum rods you use.
You might be tempted to choose the strongest mounting plate available, but you can save costs by opting for one that only matches the number of fasteners you need. Our application engineers routinely reduce costs by up to 15% by simply replacing the mounting plates of six, seven or eight fasteners with others with fewer fasteners. In the above example of friction connection, each fastener can produce 2,100 N friction when tightened at 13 Nm, the horizontal beam can withstand a maximum load of 12,600 N. Consider the total force needed to withstand the desired load and divide it by 2100 N to find the number of fasteners you need.
Once the structures are permanently welded and the holes are drilled in exact places, it is difficult to correct the errors. And if the equipment or processes change in the future, the welded structure may not be able to adapt. Although only 22.5 mm thick, this extrusion is still able to support robots that generate 1800 Nm of emergency stop torque. That is, as long as support extrusions are installed that run perpendicular to the table.
It’s not just about the adaptability of the material, it’s more about the adaptability it provides to the owner. All extruded T-slot aluminum systems are designed for a precise fit and maximum stiffness. Forget about the hassle and inflexibility of steel: welding, grinding, painting and waiting.
A simple but fully functional use of T-slot aluminum is a desk or table used in food and beverage facilities, healthcare, medicine, electronic manufacturing, and other production-intensive fields. T-slotted legs and stretches add stability to the upper wide overhang and other parts of the table to support Aluminum Framing various items and weights. However, due to the modular nature of the aluminum structural frame, changing a damaged rod is easy and does not require major production downtimes. If you are making machine foot legs, machine guards, housings, etc., medium or heavy T-slot aluminum is the best choice.
This is an example of a protector with closed profiles mounted on a conveyor belt. This is an example of machine protection in a robot work cell. This is an example of a black PVC mesh board held in the T-groove of the extrusion. This machine protection has yellow panels with wire mesh access doors and internal docking stations. One of the best features of T-Slot Framing is its versatility; The ability to build something and then add or subtract it to meet the changing demands in your day-to-day business.
When designing, you need to design for the worst-case scenario in which you want your frame to survive. The modular design determines the T-slot aluminum extruded frame its own unparalleled performance of adaptive variability, the frame systems are much more flexible than steel. Parts or parts can be interrupted and disconnected and then reassembled if necessary. In addition, the structure of the aluminum extruded frame can be a better fit, it is easy to move the connectors or fasteners here or there by a few millimeters to achieve proper installation. The thickness of the pipes generally varies between 1 and 2 mm and offers different degrees of strength that can be adapted to the project specifications.