How to Use Structural Aluminum to Create Sound Dampening and Sound Deadening Manufacturing Applications

on Sunday, 25 November 2012.

 

How to Use Structural Aluminum to Create Sound Dampening and Sound Deadening Manufacturing Applications

Industrial and manufacturing noise is definitely distracting, but can sometimes even be dangerous. Sometimes noise from machinery can be so loud it impacts your community or puts you at risk for violating safety regulations or worse.

There are many different sound dampening and sound deadening materials on the market – some range from messy compounds to large curtains and everything in between. But what fits your needs today may be out of date by tomorrow as your equipment needs change. Not all sound deadening solutions can be modified to meet your evolving needs, so it’s important to find a solution that will grow with you.

Meet Clean Room & Other Sealed Enclosure Standards with Closed Groove Aluminum Profiles

on Monday, 19 November 2012.

 

Meet Clean Room & Other Sealed Enclosure Standards with Closed Groove Aluminum Profiles

 

Across geographies and industries, the need for industrial clean rooms is growing. As technology becomes cheaper, more companies can afford to have multiple manufacturing facilities that require clean room capabilities.

But with exact specifications and precisely controlled conditions that need to be met, designing and building the best clean room may seem daunting. Closed groove aluminum profile is a strong, less expensive and easy-to-assemble material that can be used to build clean rooms. 

Materials and Modular Components for Sealed Enclosures and Laser Enclosures

on Wednesday, 07 November 2012.

 

Why item North America’s Materials and Modular Components Are Perfect for Sealed Enclosures and Laser Enclosures

Many say laser technology is the future of manufacturing, so if you’re a company that has already embraced its power, consider yourself on the cutting edge. But just as with any technology, you must know how to use it safely and effectively to get the biggest return.

For example, many industrial lasers must be operated inside a sealed enclosure. These laser enclosures must be precisely designed and measured to keep laser beams focused on their targets and protect operators and other materials. Aluminum frames and other modular components can provide an effective and inexpensive solution when properly designed.

How to Improve Material Handling Processes to Improve Your Supply Chain Efficiency

on Sunday, 30 September 2012.

 

How to Improve Material Handling Processes to Improve Your Supply Chain Efficiency  

Materials handling processes don’t begin and end on your production room floor. In fact, material handling applications impact processes across your supply chain. From forecasting to planning to production and through distribution, materials handling efficiencies can benefit your entire organization. 

Materials handling processes begin with moving raw materials, manufacturing them into a product, then ultimately tracked and shipped to consumers. There needs to be constant innovation to get materials and products where they need to be faster and more efficiently. That’s why using a modular solution like structural aluminum can benefit your materials handling processes now and in the future.

Using Structural Aluminum in Machinery Guarding & Safety Enclosures

on Sunday, 23 September 2012.

 

Using Structural Aluminum in Machinery Guarding & Safety Enclosures

 
Manufacturing safety is on the mind of every company that sells a physical product. Whether they make the product or not, the impact is felt across the supply chain through higher costs and increased compliance regulations. 
 
Aging and deteriorating machinery only complicates the issue. Because replacing critical machines are often cost-prohibitive, manufacturers are forced to find alternatives. Thankfully, many are keeping workers safe by using machinery guarding and safety enclosures. Structural aluminum is a strong, reusable and relatively inexpensive material to improve manufacturing safety.

Structural Aluminum and Machine Building Beginnings: The item North America Facility and Its History

on Tuesday, 14 August 2012.

Structural Aluminum and Machine Building Beginnings: The item North America Facility and Its History

 

item North America is a growing manufacturer in Akron, Ohio, that uses structural aluminum to create frames and structures that outlast – and often outperform – traditional welded steel. But the company’s facility and history is just as unique as the applications its aluminum turns into. 

D30 Material Handling System: Design, Build and Modify for Lean Manufacturing

on Thursday, 02 August 2012.

D30 Material Handling System: Design, Build and Modify for Lean Manufacturing

 

If you’re a current item North America customer or have been learning about us through this website, you likely know that our products are made to be easy to construct, reuse and reassemble, while still being strong and durable. We’d like to introduce you to our newest product line, D30, which holds true to those guiding principles.

The D30 material handling system is comprised of aluminum tubes, aluminum profiles and aluminum fasteners. The modular design of these pipes and joints make them perfect for use in lean manufacturing and continuous improvement environments.


 

Industrial Robots & Automation: How to Combine Structural Aluminum with Cartesian Robots for Faster Processes

on Thursday, 28 June 2012.

 

Industrial Robots & Automation: How to Combine Structural Aluminum with Cartesian Robots for Faster Processes

 

Regardless of your industry, it’s likely that you’ve considered using industrial robots to improve automation and speed processes within your manufacturing and assembly. Using a Cartesian robot or other industrial robots not only saves time and money, but it allows workers the opportunity to focus on processes where human interaction is needed.

But when you combine industrial robot technology with structural aluminum material, you double the number of improvements you can make to your production and processes. Not sure where to get started? Let us walk you through the process in 3 easy steps. 

Car Assembly Line Improvements: Using Structural Aluminum Extrusions in the Automotive Industry

on Thursday, 28 June 2012.

Car Assembly Line Improvements: Using Structural Aluminum Extrusions in the Automotive Industry

 

In the ultra-competitive automotive industry, speed, innovation and precision are critical. The car assembly line process has come a long way since Henry Ford implemented it with his Model T and other cars, but that doesn’t mean the system is perfected. In fact, there are many ways to improve engine assembly and other processes by using structural aluminum extrusions and modular components.

Unlike steel, aluminum profile can be quickly taken apart and reassembled to meet the changing demands of a car assembly line. Additionally, aluminum profile is just as strong and durable as steel, lasts longer and is easier for workers to manipulate.

Still not convinced that structural aluminum extrusions can improve your automotive manufacturing and assembly? Perhaps hearing how the sports car standard brand Porsche uses the material in its processes will help convince you.

3 Places to Improve Materials Handling Processes in Industrial Automation

on Tuesday, 05 June 2012.

3 Places to Improve Materials Handling Processes in Industrial Automation

Speed. The drive for faster processes binds competitors and counterparts across geographies and industries. It’s the one common thread for all manufacturing companies regardless of what industry they’re in.

Unfortunately, as a result of this need for speed, the one factor that often falls by the wayside is quality. Few manufacturers can accomplish both speed and quality across their processes – particularly in materials handling. Read our guide below to find out how to improve your materials handling processes for fast and quality industrial automation processes.

Incorporating Linear Motion into Your Structural Aluminum System

on Tuesday, 05 June 2012.

Incorporating Linear Motion into Your Structural Aluminum System

Most manufacturers and machine builders in the United States are familiar with using structural aluminum for simple tables and benches and even enclosures. There are many providers out there who can produce these basic applications.

However, few companies can design and build structural aluminum solutions to include linear motion and support a linear actuator (or multiple linear actuators). As a result, many American manufacturers are led to believe that their only option for these complex applications is to rely on outdated welded steel. But the truth is, using structural aluminum with complex linear actuator-driven processes is becoming more common and is keeping engineering times and costs down for many.

Aluminum Profiles & Modular Components in Aerospace

on Tuesday, 05 June 2012.

Aluminum Profiles & Modular Components in Aerospace

If there’s one industry that most understands the importance of precision, it’s aerospace. With little to no room for error without risking lives, aerospace testing demands exact standards.

Aerospace engineers have a leg up on many others because they use embrace new technology. With rigorous testing and experiments, most are confident that these extreme conditions can flush out the weak and hold up the best and the brightest.

Aluminum Frames & Linear Motion Events: Where to Find the Hottest Manufacturing Material when it’s Hot Outside

on Monday, 14 May 2012.

Aluminum Frames& Linear Motion Events: Where to Find the Hottest Manufacturing Material when it’s Hot Outside

If you’re a current Rockwell Automation customer and want to learn more about how to use aluminum frames for your linear motion processes or safety hard guarding, this will be a great summer for you. If you’re not a Rockwell Automation customer but still want to know what all the fuss is about aluminum frames, you can still find us – it will just be later in the summer.

Check out our schedule below to find out where you can find us this summer.

Learning About Aluminum Extrusion Profiles: 3 Free Resources You Should Use

on Monday, 14 May 2012.

Learning About Aluminum Extrusion Profiles: 3 Free Resources You Should Use

If you come from a company that relies on painted, welded steel for nearly every operation and process, the thought of using aluminum extrusion profiles might sound intimidating – or even laughable! After all, nothing compares to the power of steel, right?

Wrong.

In fact, structural aluminum and aluminum extrusion profiles is just as strong, is more cost effective and more reusable than steel. It’s often faster to implement and redesign, too. Internationally, manufacturers have been using structural aluminum for complex processes for over 30 years.

In the United States, however, the concept is a bit newer – since the mid-1990s – so it’s reasonable that you still might be a bit uncomfortable using structural aluminum in complex processes like motion control. But there are many industry associations and robotics in manufacturing groups that validate the use of aluminum extrusion profiles. So, don’t take our word for it, check out the associations below for more information.

item North America Answers: 10 Questions to Ask When Comparing Extruded Aluminum Profile Vendors

on Monday, 14 May 2012.

item North America Answers 10 Questions to Ask When Comparing Extruded Aluminum Profile Vendors   

In our last post, we shared 10 questions to ask every structural aluminum vendor you consider. Today, we’re sharing our answers with you. Read the questions and answers below to get a better understanding of our history and capabilities.