An introduction to aluminium profiles

Aluminium profiles are made by extruding aluminium billets through a tooling die at high temperatures, forming the desired shape through the use of the appropriate tool. The extruded profile is then cooled and cut to length. Aluminium extruded profiles are used for a whole raft of applications across all industries, from transportation to electronics, from construction to energy storage. Aluminium profiles are also commonly used in manufacturing environments and workshops, where they can be used to create workstations, benches and storage solutions. This guide looks at why aluminium extruded profiles are so popular, and which options are available from Matara.

Why are aluminium extruded profiles so popular?

Aluminium is light weight whilst being extremely strong – and the advantage of opting for an aluminium profile is that the overall geometry and each wall thickness can be designed so that strength is concentrated where it is needed. Aluminium is naturally corrosion resistant and non-toxic as well as being non-sparking, making it ideal for healthcare settings and environments where fire or explosion may be a risk. Aluminium profiles are also excellent conductors of both heat and electricity, meaning that they are perfect for heat exchange and dissipation as well as providing a cost-effective solution for electrical connectors. 

Aluminium extruded profiles are easy to assemble and work with and can be tailored to meet specific requirements. In all, it would be difficult to find a more flexible and practical solution for many industrial applications.

Which aluminium extruded profiles are available?

Aluminium extruded profiles come in a range of options, with variables including the size of slot required (10mm, 8mm and 6mm) as well as the geometry of the profile, additional features such as grilles and radii, and options on light or heavy profiles depending on your application. 

Matara sell a range of standard aluminium profiles:

10mm slots: our range of 10mm profiles come in options for 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 slots. The profiles range from 40mm x 40mm through to 90mm x 180mm and include square, rectangular, L-shaped, radius features and grille profiles. The majority of the aluminium profiles in these ranges have been designed for medium- to heavy-weight assemblies, such as workstations, machinery frames, exhibition stands and conveyor assemblies. 

8mm slots: our options in this PG30 range include aluminium profiles with 1, 2, 4 or 8 x 8mm slots with the option of grille profiles. This range is designed for creating light- to medium-weight assemblies including showcases, trolleys, workstations and partitions. 

6mm slots: designed for constructing light weight assemblies, our PG20 profile features 4 x 6mm T-slots. 

These aluminium extruded profiles are available from Matara’s online store and are costed per metre, all you have to do is specify the length that you require. We also stock a wide range of aluminium profile accessories to enable you to fully construct your assembly through us. However, if you are looking for more support in the design or specification of your aluminium profiles, we offer a full frame development and assembly service. For more information on our aluminium extruded profiles, get in touch today on 01684 850 000 or email sales@matarauk.co.uk.

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