Aluminum Extrusion

Collaborative Robot Safety — Omron Whitepaper

Posted January 8, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Aluminum Extrusion, Blog

We can help guard and protect people in your robot cells with our modular fencing product, Safe-Tslot-Guard.

Collaborative robots like to work around people. And that's why manufacturing decision makers are increasingly using them in the workplace. They use collision detection technology and other features that limit their power and force capabilities to levels suitable for contact with humans.

Still, collaborative robots and other types of robots need safety assessments to assure the robot cells and work areas are safe for people. This downloadable whitepaper from OMRON outlines the importance of safety measures to use with collaborative robots.

We can help guard and protect people in your robot cells with our modular fencing product, Safe-Tslot-Guard.

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Aluminum Extrusions Collateral Damage

Posted August 19, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Aluminum Extrusion, Blog

Parker Industrial Profile Systems recognizes Innovative-IDM as one of its regional design centers.

The result is that we design, cut and assemble a LOT of extruded aluminum products.

The collateral damage to all that fell on Jimmy Taylor, who is left to deal with the now-empty 20-foot heavy duty cardboard boxes in which the raw aluminum was shipped from Parker.

Sweet Jimmy and a SAWZALL in 100-degree weather took care of the problem.

 

 

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Hardguard Protects VFDs from Contaminants

Posted April 24, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Aluminum Extrusion, Blog

Aluminum t-slotted extrusion keeps particles out of control cabinet, VFDs.

One of our sales engineers recently solved a problem for a customer in the oil and gas sector. The customer was running a horizontal drilling simulation and needed to keep particles and debris from getting into the cabinets and fouling the drives controlling the motors.

The solution was simple yet effective: Extruded aluminum framing with clear poly carbonate panels created a quasi-clean room to protect the cabinets. The framing included a door that allows technicians to access the control panels. Innovative-IDM worked with the customer on the design, and then cut and constructed the pieces. The modules were shipped to the customer where workers there easily put together the final product. There's a whole world of factory applications for aluminum extrusion.

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Choosing Between Steel or Aluminum Framing

Posted November 3, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

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When choosing between steel and aluminum framing, you'll want to consider such factors as vibration, permanency of the structure, and the future modifications of the structure.

When choosing between steel and aluminum framing, you'll want to consider such factors as vibration, permanency of the structure, and the future modifications of the structure.

Are you on the fence about choosing between steel or aluminum framing for your machine? Despite the many presentations, articles, and forums that provide helpful pieces of information for engineers approaching this fork in the design road, sometimes it's a good idea to take advice from a trusted partner.

I wrote about this subject on the Parker IPS blog. Some of the fundamental decisions involve selecting the type of material needed to build the actual machine; how to enclose or guard the machine; or possibly determining how modular you want to make the machine. Typically, the material selection comes down to two choices: aluminum (t-slot framing) or steel structural framing.

Something important to consider when choosing between steel or aluminum framing is the total machine cost. Let’s take a few moments to focus on some of the aspects of the total machine cost for aluminum and steel structural framing.

Total machine cost

If you are examining material cost per pound data, then steel structural framing will look very appealing. Aluminum structural framing, per pound, will cost more due to the raw material costs, but let’s consider a few more factors. Although steel structural framing is about 2.5 times denser and is certainly suited for high vibration or heavy load applications, aluminum structural framing can be considered a cost-saving material for several reasons.

Aluminum maintenance savings

  • It's easy to replace a component in an aluminum structural framing system, specifically a t-slot aluminum framed system
  • Inexpensive assembly tools (Allen wrench, screwdriver and, possibly, a mallet)
  • Time is money - you'll complete a t-slot aluminum structural framing design faster than a welded steel design

Aluminum weighs roughly 33% less than steel

  • Reduced processing
  • Lower assembly cost
  • Cost-effective tooling
  • Easier modifications

Aluminum sustainability and longer life

  • Lighter loads require smaller motors and mechanics
  • Longer life and sustainability - More than 75% of the aluminum produced since 1888 is still in productive use today (Source: http://recycling.world-aluminium.org)

These are just some of the value drivers to consider when making a decision on the type of material to use in your structural framing, viewed through the lens of total machine cost. Use this knowledge to your advantage and, before you begin your next project, download our structural framing design checklist.

Mitchell

Mitchell

Mario Mitchell is product manager for IPS T-Slot Aluminum Framing, Electromechanical & Drives Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation

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Aluminum Extrusion: Hard Guarding

Posted September 15, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

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The customer needed a way to guard a machine yet still have access and visibility for that machine. This six-piece, color coded hard guard made from Parker IPS aluminum extrusion does the job. It keeps unwanted arms and hands from pinch points yet offers access areas so operators can still made adjustments to the machine.

Innovative-IDM's Bryan Rinehart explains some of the features. The guard was cut and assembled from sticks of aluminum at our Dallas location. Innovative-IDM is an authorized cut and design shop for Parker IPS aluminum extrusion.

Aluminum Extrusion: Hard Guard for Mechanical Assembly from Innovative-IDM on Vimeo.

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Aluminum Extrusion Work Station

Posted August 9, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Aluminum Extrusion, Blog

This aluminum extrusion work station was built from the ground up by Innovative-IDM's Bryan Rinehart. The customer needed a work station that was lightweight and portable. But it still needed to offer comfortable ergonomics and efficiency of work. Rinehart gives you a quick two-minute tour of the work station in this video.

The work station (we built several of these) can be leveled by special casters. Rinehart also included tilted shelves for easy reach. He also incorporated a LED lighting system into this aluminum extrusion work station.

Tinker Toys for Engineers

Most manufacturing facilities have a use for aluminum extrusion. The applications can be as simple as a four-leg work table. Or could be as advanced a machine tool frame that incorporates automation technology such as safety, sensors, vision, PLCs, etc. into the framing. Most of the time, the choice is between using aluminum versus steel. It's a crossroads decision you need to make at the beginning of your project. Most of the time, the benefits of aluminum win.

Aluminum extrusion work stations can be a simple or as complicated as you'd like to design them. When choosing an aluminum extrusion supplier, make sure to choose one that can guide you through the possibilities of maximizing your framework. If you want to learn more about aluminum extrusion -- how it's made and the possible applications -- here is an on-demand webinar on aluminum extrusion.

Aluminum Extrusion: Portable Work Station from Innovative-IDM on Vimeo.

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