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   Design Assistance / Review       Supplier can assist with concepts, manufacturing costs, manufacturing techniques and material considerations. Supplier may also be able to assist in upgrading or redesigning, re-evaluating or modernizing existing products to increase performance and/or reduce manufacturing costs. Some suppliers offer material sourcing and CAD modeling as well. 
   Tool Making       Design and production of tooling to facilitate part fabrication. 
   Prototype / Short Run       Supplier can create prototypes or perform small production runs for concept or market testing or product introduction cycles. 
   High Volume Production       Supplier is capable of performing high volume production runs; equipment dedication and run time will depend on part and order specifications. 
   Assembly Services       Supplier provides secondary operations and assembly services such as electro-mechanical assemblies, ultrasonic and heat welding, printing, painting, bonding, and machining. 
   Specialty Packaging       Supplier provides part packaging specific to client requirements such as tape, reel, or tray packaging. 
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Materials
           
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   Series 1xxx       Primarily unalloyed, having a minimum of 99% Aluminum. 
   Series 2xxx       The major alloying element of 2xxx series aluminum is copper. 
   Series 3xxx       The major alloying element of 3xxx series aluminum is manganese. 
   Series 4xxx       The major alloying element of 4xxx series aluminum is silicon. 
   Series 5xxx       The major alloying element of 5xxx series aluminum is magnesium. 
   Series 6xxx       The major alloying element of 6xxx series aluminum is magnesium and silicon. 
   Series 7xxx       The major alloying element of 7xxx series aluminum is zinc. 
   Other Specialty Aluminum Series         
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   Co-Extrusion       Co-extrusion is a technique in which multiple layers are extruded together; most widely used in sheet, film, and tubular extrusion applications. 
   Cold Extrusion       The cold working extrusion process is performed at or near room temperature.  High stresses dictate robust tooling for this process.  The material undergoes significant cold working, and thus strengthening, and is usually not susceptible to the same levels of oxidation inherent in the thermal cycling associated with hot extrusion.  Suitable for tubing, gear blanks, etc. 
   Dual Extrusion       Dual extrusion and multi-durometer extrusion are techniques wherein materials of different hardness are combined in a single extrusion.  One common application is a rigid material being combined with a flexible material in one cross section; the rigid component can add strength and structural alignment, while the flexible component may have a function such as sealing.  Variations can include combining materials of different colors and laminates with varying layer properties. 
   Hot Extrusion       Hot-working extrusion process that uses the good deformability of heated metallic or thermoplastic materials for shaping them. Extrusion at elevated temperatures enables considerable changes of shape to be achieved in a single operation where otherwise shaping them is impractical. Very complex sections can be produced that are not achievable with other shaping techniques. Extrusion also offers economic advantages in that the dies are relatively inexpensive and are interchangeable, so that one extrusion machine can be used for the production of a wide variety of sections.  In hot extrusion, a metal billet heated to the appropriate temperature is fed into the cylindrical container of the extrusion press and is forced by the action of a ram through a steel die whose orifice has the desired shape to produce the solid or hollow section. The metal emerges from the die as a continuous bar, which is cut to the required lengths. Extrusion products are therefore essentially “linear” in character, in the sense that shaping is confined to the cross section only. 
   Hydrostatic Extrusion       Similar to impact extrusion, hydrostatic extrusion relies on a more gradual ram application than the impact extrusion technique. 
   Impact Extrusion       Impact extrusion is a technique in which a small amount of material is forced through a die by a ram, often in a tubular or similar cross section.  Very significant material deformation makes this suitable for relatively soft materials such as aluminum, lead, or tin.  One application of impact extrusion is for collapsible tubular sections or cans. 
   Reverse / Backwards Extrusion       Reverse or backwards extrusion is a technique in which the material blank is forced to flow in the direction opposite the extruding pin, plunger, or ram.  It may be combined with impact or hydrostatic extruding.  Commonly used for cans or collapsible tubes. 
   Wire Drawing       Rod or wire forming process wherein a material is forced through successively smaller dies, thereby reducing the cross section.  "Drawing" refers to the wire or rod being assisted in being pulled through the die. 
   Other       Unlisted, specialized, or proprietary extrusion technique. 
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   Circle / Diameter Capabilities:       The cross section of the extrusion a supplier is capable of producing. 
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   Secondary Operations       
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   Anodizing       Anodizing is a galvanic finishing process well suited to aluminum and its alloys.  Anodize finishes can be hard for wear applications, or can include corrosion-resistant properties or a wide variety of colors. 
   Bending/Forming       Secondary process to further shape the extrusion by bending or forming. 
   Cutting       Secondary operation cuts holes, notches, etc. into the extrusion. 
   Drilling/Punching       If required, holes can be placed in the extruded profile using drilling or punching techniques. 
   EDM Cutting       Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) cuts metal via discharge from an electrode.  The two primary types are wire EDM, in which the electrode is a thin wire typically made of brass or other alloys, and ram EDM, in which the electrode is a specially shaped piece of graphite or copper alloy. EDM is noted for tight dimensional tolerances and high finish quality without secondary operations such as lapping or grinding. 
   Electroplating       Electroplating is a finishing process often used for materials such as brass, bronze, and copper.  A wide variety of colors and textures can be achieved. 
   Embossing       Secondary process places three dimensional (lowered or raised) pattern on the extrusion. 
   Grinding       Grinding capability can provide very smooth and precise material finishes, and can be used to finish high-hardness wear surfaces. 
   Heat Treating / Stress Relieving       Broad category of processes used to treat metals such as annealing, passivation, hardening, etc.  Stress relieving may be important to relieve residual stresses imposed during the extrusion process. 
   Machining       Facilities to provide machining operations on extruded parts such as turning, milling, boring, etc. 
   Painting / Powder Coating       Application of decorative and/or protective finishes; coatings are typically thicker than plating or anodizing operations. 
   Printing / Labeling       Printing and labeling techniques can include etching, stamping, screen-printing, etc. for inventory and identification purposes. 
   Tape/Adhesive Application       Secondary process applies adhesive or tape. 
   Water / Abrasive Jet Cutting       Water jets and water abrasive jets rely on highly pressurized water (20,000 - 60,000 psi) flowing through a nozzle or "jewel" approximately 0.010" in diameter.  Advantages include almost no material heating during cutting, low side loads, and ability to achieve complex shapes and tight inside radii. Low fixturing costs and fast setup and programming times make this process very suitable for prototypes or short runs.  It is most widely used for two-dimensional cutting; three-dimensional machining is possible in specialty applications. Pure water jets are typically used to cut very soft material such as fabrics or rubber; metals usually require abrasives in the stream.  "Water Jet" is a generic term that is sometimes used to cover both processes. 
   Welding       Joining of metals and metal extruded parts by melting and re-forming a metal bond between materials, with or without additional filler metal. 
   Other       Unlisted or specialized secondary operation. 
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   Applications       
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   Construction / Building Products       Extruded shapes can frequently be used in architectural or construction applications.  Examples include structural members, door and window frames, decorative features, etc. 
   Custom Profiles / Cross Sections       Long extrusions with a constant cross-section specified by the extrusion customer.  Used in a wide variety of industrial, commercial and structural applications.  Advantages can include high strength-to-weight ratio, minimizing material waste resulting from part machining, maximizing material use for expensive materials, and decorative and appearance considerations. 
   Heat Sinks       Extruded shapes specifically meant for heat dissipation of electronics products, power supplies, processors, etc. 
   Pipe       Rigid pipe extrusion applications can include custom chemical or fluid media transport and unusual strength or dimensional properties. 
   Rod / Wire       Circular cross-section rod and wire for a variety of applications. 
   Sheet       Flat sheets are extruded to customer-specified thickness and dimensions. 
   Tubing / Hose       Flexible tubing and hose can be extruded with customer-specified dimensions, wall thickness, and mechanical and chemical properties.  Tubing can often be made in multi-layer and special compound configurations. 
   Other       Unlisted, specialized, or proprietary extrusion application. 
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   Other       Any unlisted country or region. 
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