Using aluminium composite panels in T slot builds.

Workbench Workstation

When you are building with T Slot extrusions, aluminium composite panels are a cost-effective way to enclose your structure. 

You can improve the rigidity of your structure or provide an airtight enclosure using composite panels in your build 

This is useful for building 

  • 3D printers 
  • Clean rooms
  • Cupboards
  • workstations
  • CNC machines 
  • Trolleys 
  • Exhibit display stands

Enclose the panels within the T slot or fix them to the external face using the T slot to hold the nuts required.

T slot Aluminium extrusion structure with composite panel walls

Composite panels can also be used to prevent access to areas where safety is a concern.

Aluminium composite panel sighn in a T Slot Aluminium extrusion frame

Composite panels provide an excellent base for graphics and signs to be installed.

Including the panels at the design stage saves time when assembling your project.

Clear acrylic, aluminium sheet, plywood and a number of other materials can be used in the same way. 

If you have any questions regarding this please contact us 

Using aluminium composite panels in T slot builds. - aluminium extrusion

How to create a strong join in aluminium t-slot extrusion

We understand that you need to save time and money.  So we would like to show you the most cost effective way to join extruded aluminium t-slot profile. 

Aluminium T Slot extrusion joint

This is the standard joining method for Alusic Aluminium profile and is surprisingly quick and easy.  In less than 60 seconds one can make a strong join between aluminium t-slot extrusions at minimal cost.  There is no complicated machining involved.  There are no special tools required.  This can be done on site without welding or the need for a hot work permit.  

Follow this step by step guide to learn how.

** For your own safety sake, please ensure that you follow all relevant safety procedures and guidelines when operating machinery and using power tools. **

Drop saw for cutting T Slot aluminium profile extrusions

1. Cut your profile to length.

It is important to make a clean accurate cut because this will impact the quality of your finished join.  Use a good quality saw with the correct type of blade for cutting aluminium.  A good supply of quality cutting fluid will be needed to prevent profile and blade overheating.  Make sure that your profile piece is securely clamped.  To save you time we are able to cut your aluminium profile to length for you.  You simply need to provide us with a cut list. 

T slot Aluminium extrusion drill and tap

2. Tap the core hole in the end to be joined.

This is a very simple and quick process as the core is perfectly formed to the correct size for tapping.  Use an M8 tap for slot 8 series, or M6 for slot 6 series, profiles.  Using an extrusion tap and the correct cutting paste will ensure a perfect thread will be formed.

Alusic T Slot Aluminium drill jig

3. Drill an access hole for your hex key.

Use a drill press, or drill guide, to accurately position the hole and not damage the profile piece.  We generally use a drill press specially set up for this job.  The drill guide is only really useful for when you don’t have a drill press or when you’re on site needing to drill a hole.  

T slot aluminium cap screw and washer for junction

4. Fit a low profile cap screw and square washer to the hole you tapped earlier.

All of these parts are available from our online store.

Aluminium profile parts and accessories  for a secure connection.

5. Slide the washer and cap screw head into the slot.

Move it into the slot so that the cap screw lines up with the hole drilled earlier.

Alusic T Slot Aluminium Profile joining system

6. Using the access hole you drilled earlier tighten the cap screw with your hex key.

Make sure that the two sections of t-slot are perfectly aligned as you tighten up the join.

You have now created a strong join in aluminium t-slot extrusion.

There are several alternative methods of joining Alusic t-slot aluminium profiles.  These alternative methods are useful under different circumstances.  If you would like more information please check out our blog.  We have articles about through body joins and joins using clamping plates and pawl clamps.  You can also view these informative videos showing some of the more common connection systems. 

You can also find lots of useful accessories to help provide you with a large range of  options at our web store.

Accessories for extruded T slot Aluminium Profile

To help you get the most out of using Alusic T Slot Aluminium extrusions and accessories we have made all the resources we could find available on our website for you to download.

  

T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories
GAP Engineering T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories

How to keep up with the pace of change in the modern industrial environment.

You are probably aware that we are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution.

The fourth industrial revolution is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the line between cyber and physical systems

The first three industrial revolutions transformed and revolutionised our society and with each stage the world fundamentally changed around us.  Technological evolution speeds up exponentially as each generation of technology improves on the last.  As change becomes more rapid it is becoming increasingly important to be aware of this when installing infrastructure such as factories.

There are some key areas where GAP Engineering can help improve your ability to keep pace.

CAD design 

Sliding Trolley

CAD models play a crucial role in the planning and implementation of modern factory installations.  It is becoming more common for the interior of entire buildings to be 3D scanned so that a complete CAD model of the entire workplace can be created.  Every detail such as work flow, positioning of safety fencing, height restrictions and positioning of equipment can be thoroughly analysed before any other steps are taken.

CAD models for all our profiles and accessories are available for download in several CAD formats.  If that is not of use to you, we provide a CAD design service.

To access our CAD files please complete this Confidentiality agreement  so that we can send you the CAD files you need.

For a copy of our latest catalogue please follow this link Alusic catalogue  

If you would like to talk to us about a project please follow this link  GAP Engineering  

Rapid prototyping 

How to keep up with the pace of change in the modern industrial environment. - aluminium extrusion

There’s an old saying, “The more things change the more they stay the same”.  So, keeping up with the changing industrial environment there will always be a need to convert new ideas into new physical functions.  That will normally require new machines.  To build new and better there will almost always be a need to build prototypes.  As the rate of change increases you would expect the pace of prototyping to increase correspondingly.

This is where products such as t-slot extruded aluminium profiles play a vital role in allowing for the construction of workable prototypes that can easily be redesigned and modified.  Furthermore using t-slot profile, many components can be recycled for other prototypes with minimal for cutting or welding of metal.  We stock over 60 varieties of t-slot profile as well as a large range of joining and other accessories.

Adaptable cost effective machine frames. 

How to keep up with the pace of change in the modern industrial environment. - aluminium extrusionHow to keep up with the pace of change in the modern industrial environment. - aluminium extrusion

Because it can be modified without the use of metal cutting, grinding, welding or painting the Alusic t-slot aluminium extrusion system can save a lot of money when there is a requirement for modifications and improvements to machine frames.  Because it is usually more cost effective to use this system for the initial construction it really is the best solution available. It is very easy to add additional components or frame work members with minimal impact.

Integration.

Steel engineering machine

Aluminium Profile conveyor system

How to keep up with the pace of change in the modern industrial environment. - aluminium extrusionHow to keep up with the pace of change in the modern industrial environment. - aluminium extrusion

Using T Slot Aluminium Profiles and accessories enables the smooth integration of many different components such as conveyors , workstations ,lighting,compressed air,electrical components and much more.When it is time to make some improvements it is easy to make modifications and add components.

Safety. 

Safety fence

The components that make up the framework we supply  match the safety fencing components so they can integrate perfectly and any modifications required can be carried out with minimal impact to the rest of the factory.

T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories

GAP Engineering T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories

Profilium T slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories are used in the following applications.

    • Machinery Frames
    • Industrial work stations
    • Clean room work stations
    • Trade Show Displays
    • Conveyors
    • Clean Rooms / High Altitude Rooms
    • Display Units
    • 3D Scanning Frames
  • Linear Guides and Actuators
    • Machine Guards and Enclosures
    • Safety Fencing
    • Racing Simulators
    • Trolleys
    • Racks and Cabinets
    • Air Tables
    • Laboratory Jigs and Frames
    • CNC router beds and frames
  • Industrial Jigs
    • Robot Heads
    • Audio Visual Supports/ Frames
    • Special Purpose Vehicle frames
    • Automotive tie downs and roof racks
    • Light Boxes
    • Vision System frames
    • Camera stands
    • Automation Sensor Brackets
  • Solar panel stands/ supports

Conveyor systems

T-Slot Aluminium Profile Conveyor Systems Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

When you require a conveyor system you need to consider a lot more than just the conveyor itself.

These are some of the factors you may need to take into consideration

    • How you are going to integrate a conveyor system into your current infrastructure
    • How can ensure that it is safe to operate
    • How can you minimise disruption to your production while it is installed.
    • How easily can you make modifications to it.

Our extensive range of t-slot extrusions and accessories will help you to overcome these and many other challenges.

Because our products are so versatile and adaptable you will be able to design and construct your conveyor system and any associated equipment such as work stations or guarding out of the same easily integrated components

We can supply you with the CAD files you need to help you design your conveyor system or if you don’t have the design capability we can design a system for you.

We can supply the components you need and assist you in getting your system constructed in the best methods.

The Alusic range of conveyor belts is divided into eight broad groups:

– Series 20: belt conveyor with 20 mm roller for 18.5 mm profiles
– Series 30: belt conveyor with 30 mm roller for 356.001.028 and 356.001.032 profiles
– Series 1000: belt conveyor with 50 mm rubberised roller for 356.001.032 profile
– Series 50: belt conveyor with 50 mm roller for 45 mm profiles
– Series 95: belt conveyor with 95 mm roller for 90 mm profiles
– Series 2000: tab chain conveyor, fixed width of 82.5 – 114.3 – 190.5 – 254.0 – 304.8 mm
– Series 3000: modular chain conveyor, fixed width of 152 – 250 mm
– Pallet series: conveyor belt for 112.101.001 profile

with the series 50 and 95 being the most popular

T Slot Aluminium conveyor system

Inclined Conveyor

You can access resources such as CAD files , parts catalogues and guides on how to use these products here  Aluminium Profile Resources

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Why are t-slot aluminium extruded profiles so popular?

T-Slot aluminium extruded profiles are popular for a variety of reasons. Mainly their popularity is due to them being lightweight and durable, and because they are basically modular components, that provide effective solutions for a variety of applications.

Compared with steel fabrication, a t-slot aluminium extruded profile doesn’t need to be welded, ground, primed or painted, saving both time and money in its manufacture. The practicality of a t slot profile makes them suitable for many manufacturing processes, including assembly, linear motion systems and automation.

Structural aluminium framing using a t slot profile has achieved great success and is regularly used in machine bases, laser enclosures, work stations, noise containment enclosures, and machine guard safety enclosures. Aerospace, medical device manufacturers and the electric vehicle industry, all make use of t slot aluminium extrusion profiles in their assembly and manufacturing processes.

Some of the benefits of t slot aluminum extrusion vs steel include:

  • An equivalent steel structure takes longer to engineer and assemble than aluminium.
  • Steel requires ongoing maintenance, because it’s prone to rust and corrosion, so it needs to be inspected and painted regularly to maintain its integrity.
  • Steel needs to be welded and ground whilst aluminium doesn’t.
  • Design changes can be made on the fly with t slot aluminium extruded profiles, whilst steel takes much more time to modify, meaning less delays and fewer missed deadlines.
  • Structural aluminium can be engineered much more precisely than steel with near perfect measurements, easily meeting compliance standards quickly and easily.

The need for low cost producers in a competitive market is vital for the Australian economy. So it is good to know that the need for modular custom and off-the-shelf t slot aluminium extruded profiles continues to grow, as more and more industries realise the benefits of using this lightweight and cost-effective material for their engineering applications.

A t slot profile made from aluminium is ideal for complex processes with multiple modular components, being cheaper and faster to produce, assemble and test than steel equivalents. The bottom line is that t slot aluminium extrusion profiles are just as strong as steel, whilst being faster to engineer and assemble, and cheaper and easier to maintain.

For more information on using t slot aluminium extrusion profiles for your applications, call us on 07 3823 1079 or send us an email.