Conveyor systems

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Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

When you require a conveyor system you need to consider a lot more than just the conveyor system 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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45 series T slot Aluminium profile

40 x 40 Extruded aluminium T slot profile with threaded core

Alusic T Slot Aluminium Profile

The Alusic 45 Series Extruded Aluminium T Slot Series.

This series of profile is our most versatile range with 48 different profiles ranging in size from 18 mm to 180 mm .With the large number of options available  they are suitable for the food  and packaging industries as well as many other industries.They also provide excellent strength and rigidity for applications that require a higher load bearing capacity.

This profile has a proven track record of providing excellent value for money in industrial applications and providing our customers with reliable solutions. We wont have enough space here to tell all of the different applications we have seen and we are fairly confident that there are many more that we haven’t thought of yet.

 

18.5 x 32 Aluminium T slot extruded profile

084 101 003

90 x 180 T slot extruded aluminium profile

084 101 026

 

There are a number of different construction methods for building with T slot extrusions

These profiles are connected with M 8 screws , nuts are available in M 4 ,M 5, M 6, and M 8 options for fixing to the extrusions.

If you want to find out  How to create a strong join in Aluminium T slot extrusions click on the link.

Massive Range of Accessories

We have many accessories such as fixing plates,articulated joints,linear joints and corner brackets which can be purchased at our On Line Store

 

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Extruded T slot aluminium profiles and accessories

Extruded T slot aluminium profiles and accessories

Alusic Aluminium Profile Accessories

Massive Range of Accessories in Stock

See for yourself how it works

If you would like to see you these products can help you achieve your project goals and learn how to use them feel free to visit Our Workshop during working hours.

We will also be showcasing our products at The 2019 AUSPACK Packaging and Processing expo so if you are in Melbourne in March 2019  feel free to come and say hello.

 

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The 45 Series profiles are suitable for the following types of projects

  • Conveyor systems
  • Machine guarding
  • CNC Machines
  • Machine frames
  • Custom made work benches
  • Custom made work trolleys
  • Clean rooms
  • Trade show display stands
  • Robotic prototyping
  • Table saw guides
  • Automated fabric cutters
  • CNC route beds

 

45 series T slot Aluminium Extrusion

084 101 012 – 45 x 45 regular T Slot Aluminium Extrusion

18.5 x 180 extruded aluminium profile

084 101 007 – 18.5 x 180 T Slot Aluminium Extrusion

45 x 45 slim T Slot Extruded Profile

084 101 042 Slim 45 x 45 Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AUSPACK 2019

Heading into its 34th year and continuing to go from strength-to-strength, AUSPACK 2019 will return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 26 – 29 March 2019. We look forward to you visiting Profilium at stand H034

About the AUSPACK 2019 Packaging and Processing machinary Expo

 

Profilium Stand at the AUSPACK 2019 Expo

Visit us at stand H034

Every two years Australasia’s largest processing and packaging exhibition gives visitors an insight into the future of manufacturing. Those who want to stay ahead in the global competitive race and future proof their business and operations have no choice but to visit. With AUSPACK being held every 2 years, the expo enables plastics and materials handling companies to showcase their solutions under one roof and alongside complimentary packaging and processing machinery. Offering the best in world class technology, solutions for all vertical markets and an array of networking and educational opportunities, AUSPACK 2019 will offer more equipment and solutions than any other show in Australasia.

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Meet us at the Proflium Stand

We will be there to showcase our products and will be displaying Aluminium Profiles and accessories and their applications.

AUSPACK Expo Information

When: 26-29 March 2019  9am to 5pm daily
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Expo Website: auspack.com.au
Registration:  Visitor registration is compulsory and there are no registration charges. Free registration will open late 2018. If you are unable to register before the show, you are welcome to register on site at no charge.

Reduce your manufacturing time dramatically!

Do you want to save time making everything from workbenches to clean-rooms with Aluminium profiles and fittings

Reduce your manufacturing time dramatically! - aluminium extrusion

Below are just a few of the solutions we have manufactured utilising aluminium profile and accessories:-

  • Conveyors and elevators
  • Industrial clean room workbenches
  • Clean rooms
  • Tradeshow displays
  • Display units
  • Machinery and equipment frames
  • Machine guards and enclosures
  • Safety fencing
  • Lifting units
  • Trolleys, racks and cabinets
  • Laboratory jigs and machine frames
  • CNC router beds and frames
  • Architectural features
  • Vehicle fit outs
  • Light Boxes
  • Solar panels stands/supports

Over 80 Profile types and a full range of accessories 

Aluminium profiles and accessories

Connections in less than 1 minute!

Typically the Alusic connector represents a significant time saving over competitor’s connection systems.  Our testing has shown a 300% to 500% time saving.  This time saving when multiplied over a large project or on multiple assemblies can have substantial cost saving and production benefits.

 

NO ORDER TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL

 Are you a machinery manufactory (OEM), an end user, a reseller, or even a small workshop or hobbyist? GAP Engineering are here to help you.

We supply in bulk or small order quantities.  If we don’t have it in stock we can order it for you.  We also offer a cutting service to make achieving your project even easier!

GAP Engineering can supply aluminium profile and accessories directly (including cutting / drilling / tapping to your sizes), or we can undertake the complete assembly of frames and systems to your design requirements.

Gap Engineering Pty Ltd are suppliers aluminium Profiles and Fittings from the Italian Manufacturer Alusic.

Aluminium profile is like an industrial meccano and it is a direct replacement of welded steel.  If you can build it in steel it can usually be built with aluminium profile in less than half the time and is guaranteed to be straight – no welding warp or distortion, no painting, no hot metal work requirements on site – meaning lower costs!

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Aluminium framework clean room

 

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The versatile solutions you need

The Alusic range of Aluminium profiles and accessories allows you to create innovative solutions that can be easily adapted for your particular application.

This is what Alusic T slot extrusions and accessories can do for you.

 

The versatile solutions you need - aluminium extrusion

 

  • Easy to design -the CAD models for all our components are freely available to help you create the project you need .We can also design your project for you if you require.
  • Huge range of options – with over 60 different profiles and hundreds of accessories the possibilities are endless.Give us a call if you need any advice with the available options
  •  Cost effective fabrication- Because there is no welding and finishing required this is a very cost effective manufacturing method.
  • Flexibility-If you need to build your project in stages ,decide to add something at a later stage or just simply change your mind,you will find that the Alusic Aluminium extrusion system  has really got your back here.Just simply move components as you require.You can expand a basic frame to include guarding , conveyors,overhead lighting,weighing systems and much more.
  • Durability – All of the extrusions are anodised and our accessories are either Zink-plated,aluminium or stainless steel

 

Aluminium T slot machine frame

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Aluminium T slot accessories

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Download a brochure or how to guide.

 

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Substation 33

We have recently had the pleasure to be involved with an organisation called Subsation33.

These people are creating real world solutions by turning garbage into useful products while providing support  for members of the community who are trying to find sustainable employment.This is achieved by providing training and employment opportunities via the recycling of electronic waste

 Substation33 is a Youth and Family Services social enterprise based in the Brisbane suburb of Kingston.

 

 

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They  operate  an innovation lab that has developed several products

such as these Flooded road warning signs     Which actively monitor water levels and provide  feed back to the relevant organisations. Made almost entirely from pre- loved electronic components.

 

 

 

Substation 33 - aluminium extrusion Or these Electric bikes which use reclaimed batteries from old lap top computers and 3D printed components .This system can be used to convert any bike into an E-bike for a fraction of the cost of a conventional one

 

 

 

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Or these 3D printers made from old paper printer stepper motors

 

which are used for educational and training purposes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Or even these mobile phone charging stations 

Substation33’s team of innovative developers have committed to developing a locker-style charging station for supply to homelessness hubs. The stations allow multiple users to leave their phone to charge while they undertake other activities such as see a support worker, have a health check or do their laundry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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40 x 40 T slot Aluminium profile.

The 40 x 40 profile is our most popular  Extrusion size .

Alusic T slot Aluminium extrusion

40 x 40 T slot Aluminium Extrusion Available in 6 meter lengths

This product is clearly in demand for a large rage of applications.

Due to the ongoing demand for this size extrusion we have increased our stock levels substantially. We have also ensured that we have a plentiful supply of the 40 series accessories  that you would need to complete your project.

Aluminium profile extrusion dimensions

Alusic 40 x 40 T slot dimensions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are a few of the projects that we  have recently completed using the 40 x 40 profile.

 

 

  • Conveyor systems

    ALUMINIUM TSLOT EXTRUSION 40 X 40

    40 x 40 T slot extrusion

  • Machine guards
  • CNC machines
  • Machine frames
  • Custom made work benches
  • Custom made work trolleys
  • Clean rooms
  • Trade show display stands
  • Robotic prototyping
  • Table saw guides
  • Automated fabric cutters
  • CNC router beds

 

If you are considering incorporating this extrusion in your next project, rest assured that we will make every effort to ensure availability of stock.

We have also made available for you the CAD files for our profiles and accessories so that you can design your own project

If you require this service please complete and return the confidentiality agreement at this link  http://aluminiumprofile.com.au/brochures/

 

The framework for your next project

Machine framesT slot extrusion machine guards

Aluminium profile is an ideal material to create a frame to support and house machinery of all types. With the option of “closed face” profiles or multi-slot profiles, you can pick the right style and size of profile to suit the aesthetic and load requirements of your machinery. Closed slot profiles will give your product a smooth, professional look and are ideal if your machinery is used in a clean room or other environment where a smooth surface is required. Multi-slot profiles are ideal for mounting equipment, cameras, lights, scanners and sensors. Its also easy to use both profiles types on the one machine frame.

 

Custom Design and Manufacture

Profilium utilises t-slot aluminium profiles to manufacture a machine frame that is 100% customised to suit your machinery. No matter how simple or complex the structure, the inherent versatility of aluminium profile allows us to customise an EXACT solution for your machine. We can engineer a machine frame using our advanced 3D CAD software or you can provide us with your existing design and we will fabricate it to your plan.

The framework for your next project - aluminium extrusion

 

Examples of t-slot profile machine frames:

    • Robotics (gripper heads, supports, pick and place applications)
    • Industrial labelers
    • Vision Systems
    • 3D Printers
    • CNC Machines
    • AV Frames
    • vending  Machines
    • TV Walls
    • Signage
    • Bagging Machines
    • Sorting Machines
    • Coin Counters
    • 3D Camera Systems
    • Scanners
    • Industrial automation
    • Special Purpose Vehicle frames

Safety fence

 The only limitation is your imagination!

Aluminium profile is an ideal material to create a frame to support and house machinery of all types. With the option of “closed face” profiles or multi-slot profiles, you can pick the right style and size of profile to suit the aesthetic and load requirements of your machinery. Closed slot profiles will give your product a smooth, professional look and are ideal if your machinery is used in a clean room or other environment where a smooth surface is required. Multi-slot profiles are ideal for mounting equipment, cameras, lights, scanners and sensors. Its also easy to use both profiles types on the one machine frame.

T-slot profile is lightweight, strong and doesn’t need welding which means it won’t distort and you don’t need a hot works permit to make modifications on site. Speaking of modifications, the nature of the t-slot profile allows you to add things like sensors, cameras, lights or scanners at any time. Being easy to cut and handle means you can make modifications as you go – perfect for proto-typing or where highly customised solutions are required.

OEM Customers

Original Equipment Manufactures (OEM) we can design a frame to suit your application or we can take your existing design and fabricate the frame for you. Frames can be supplied fully built or “flat packed” for easy transport. For large volume orders we can offer staged delivery or deliver the entire consignment in a single dispatch.

Need to speed up your design process? We can share our CAD files with you to make designing your machine frame that much easier. Simply sign our Non-Disclosure Agreement so we can protect Alusic’s IP. Find out more HERE.

 

Contact us for a free quote

Contact us with details of your project and we will be happy to discuss options and provide a quote for your machine frame.

 

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Why are t slot aluminium extrusion profiles so popular?

T slot aluminium extrusion profiles are popular for a variety of reasons. Mainly their popularity is due to the fact that they are lightweight and durable, and because they are basically modular components, that provide effective solutions for a variety of applications.

Compared to steel fabrication, a t slot aluminum extrusion 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 extrusion 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 aluminum extrusion 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 aluminum extrusion profiles for your applications, call us on 07 3823 1079 or send us an email.

Do you need a steel or an aluminium framing system?

Machine frames are a vital part of many engineering applications, however one of the decisions you need to make is between a steel and an aluminium framing system. Whilst aluminium fabrication can be appealing, steel itself is a cheaper framing material, however in the end, aluminium can be more cost-effective.

Let’s look at the problem from the point of view of overall costs, which is topical in today’s financial markets, so you can make the right decision for your machine frames.

The case for a steel framing system

The overriding reason why you might choose steel for your machine frames is because kilo for kilo, it is cheaper than aluminium. It is also more than twice as dense as aluminium and is well suited to heavy load applications or where high vibrations are inherent. Sometimes, you just need the added strength that only steel can provide and your decision is made for you.

If your only consideration is the cost of the raw materials however, and you could use either steel or aluminium, then steel is your best option. There are however, other important factors during the construction phase that you need to consider, before you make your final decision.

The case for an aluminium framing system

Whilst it is a more expensive raw material than steel, aluminium fabrication makes it much easier to replace parts and components in structural systems, than if it was composed of steel. You also don’t need expensive and complex assembly tools and the machine frames can be built much faster with aluminium than with steel.

Aluminium is also more lightweight than steel, making it an ideal material where weight is an important consideration. Due to its additional weight and density, steel is less likely to bend, warp or deform under stress than aluminium however, the additional weight can be an issue for some framing applications. The knock on effect of aluminium’s lower weight is that applications made with an aluminium framing system can use cheaper motors and other components, rather than the expensive heavy duty motors required by steel machine frames.

For help deciding whether a steel or an aluminium framing system is best for your requirements, call us on 07 3823 1079 or send us an email.

Go green this summer with a vertical garden

Grow your own fresh herbs, create a privacy screen and hide an unsightly feature all at the same time

 

Our Aluminium framing system is perfect for building your own custom made vertical garden

You can build it yourself or we can build it for you ,we also have a number of options available to ensure that your plants stay moist and green all the time.

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We can create an individualised frame to suit any space you would like to fill with basil,thyme,rocket,coriander,dill,rosemary,oregano,parsley,chives,tomatoes,capsicum, strawberries and any other fresh herb or plant you can think of.You can even include some ornamental varieties like marigolds to not only help keep the pests away and create a cooling micro climate but to also bring some beauty into an otherwise drab area.

 

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For more information about how you can build your own system or if you would like a quote go to   https://gapengineering.com.au/contact/

20 Series extruded Aluminium T-slot profile

 

20 x 20 and 20 x 40 T-slot Aluminium Profile Aluminium profiles and accessories

 

The 20 series T-slot is the smallest in our range of extrude profiles it can be connected using the same easy method employed by all our profiles and  it is available in the following sizes.

T-slot aluminium profile: 20×20 (6mm slot)

Product code: 084 111 001

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20 Series extruded Aluminium T-slot profile - aluminium extrusion

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T-slot aluminium profile: 20×40 (6mm slot)

Product code: 084 111 002

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Versatile and practical applications.

The 20 series T-slot Aluminium Profile  can be used to build a variety of useful projects such as  server racks , bitcoin mining rigs ,  frames for small CNC machines and printers , frames for prototyping , signs and much more.

For more information on how to connect these profiles go to this blog  https://gapengineering.com.au/blog/t-slot-extruded-aluminium-profile-standard-joint/

Availability.

We have plenty of 20 series profiles in stock in 6m lengths as well as accessories such as end caps and corner brackets.

Don’t forget that we offer a Profile Cutting Service so that your profile can be cut to size. Each cut is $3.00. To add Cutting to your order, click the following link to go to our profile cutting service product on the web store – PROFILE CUTTING and simply add the total quantity of Cuts to your order.

Then click here to send us your cutting list using our Cutting List Worksheet.

Alternatively you can contact us at design@gapengineering.com.au and we can arrange to design your project for you.

 

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T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – sliding clamp

Profile Joints – Part 6

Sliding clamp

In this, our sixth in a series of posts on aluminium profile joints, we talk about a sliding clamp. Although not strictly an Alusic product or a joint type, it is something we developed to use with the Alusic range of extruded aluminium profiles.

Imagine that you have machine frame constructed using aluminium extrusion, and you need a stop for some part of the machine’s function. Now imagine that you need to move that stop on a semi regular basis (eg: a number of times a day). It would be nice to be able to just grab a handle, release the stop, slide it to a new position, and clamp the stop in place. No need to go looking for a spanner or a hex key to undo clamping bolts, etc. etc..

Well, we have just the thing. At least we think we do. You’re free to decide for yourself.

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Sliding clamp

The concept works with any t-slot extruded aluminium profile. In this example we are using an M8x45* lobed knob (1077.36), an M8x25 rectangular nut (084.302.011), a length of 3 slot 40×40 extruded profile (084.102.005), and a piece of 50x50x5 square hollow section.

The crux of the concept though, is the lobed knob and the rectangular nut in the t-slot.  The rectangular nut readily slides in the t-slot of the profile until the knob thread is tightened. Even hand tightening the knob provides enough grip to very effectively clamp the slider in place.

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Lobed knob and rectangular nut

 

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Sliding clamp assembly

 

Slider options

The slider component need not be a hollow section like we’ve used in this example. The hollow section is ideal if your application calls for something like a telescoping arm or leg.  The slider could just as easily be a piece of angle as shown below.

 

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Optional use of angle as slider

 

One example of an ideal use case for a sliding clamp is as a movable stop on our Portable Saw Bench.  If you already have a saw bench, retro-fitting a sliding stop could be as simple as bolting a length of t-slot profile to your bench.  For example, 18.5×32 (084.101.003) has a single 8mm slot perfect for a rectangular nut.

 

 

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If you want a copy of the Alusic catalogue to view on your own PC, go to our site main page, fill in your name and email address and click the Send button. We will then send you an email with a download link for the PDF file.

 

 

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Cube joint

Cube Joint

In this post we focus on the cube joint or the 3-way body connection. 

In the example below we use a joint for round profile (084.310.001). This is just one of the range of different styles of cube joint that can be found in the Alusic catalogue. Pages 2.80 to 2.86 show different joint styles along with some of the many polyamide caps available to provide a neat smooth finish to joints.

Joint for round profile

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Joint for round profile ready for assembly

Here we are joining three pieces of 32×32 round profile, 084.101.010. Each piece is prepared by cutting the end square and tapping the profile core hole M8

 

Assembling the joint

To start assembling the joint, the studs are screwed into those tapped holes in the ends of the pieces to be joined.

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Screw the studs into the tapped holes

 

Now slide the cube joint block onto the stud in the first piece of profile to be joined.  Then do up the associated grub screw so that the block is held in place on the stud. The grub screw will engage with the groove around the stud to securely hold the profile piece to the block.

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Attach the first piece of profile to be joined

 

Continue the assembly by sliding the the block onto the stud in the second piece of profile in the same manner as for the first.

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Attaching the second piece

 

Attaching the last piece is the same as the first and second except that the hex key to do up the grub screw needs to be long enough to fit in the profile slot to get to the grub screw.

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Attaching the last piece

 

Finally, make sure the ends of the profile pieces are nicely aligned with the cube joint block and tighten the grub screws to complete the joint.

 

In conclusion

So there you have it, a 3-way body connection (cube joint) using a joint for round profile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – angular joint

Profile Joints – Part 4

Angular joint

In this post we focus on the angular joint; what it is and how to put one together.  This is the fourth in our series of posts on aluminium profile joints.

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Angular joint – 45°

 

Essentially, the angular joint is a variation of the linear joint. See our earlier blog post on linear joints.  While the linear joint could be said to have an angle of 0°, angular joints are available in 30°, 45°, 60°, and 90° fixed versions.  The Alusic catalogue has technical details of those angular joints on pages 2.48 through to 2.64 inclusive.

If those fixed angles aren’t enough for you, Alusic also has variable angle joint solutions in the catalogue. They can be found on pages 2.71 and 2.72.

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Central swivel joint – variable angle

 

Cutting the extrusion

One of the obvious issues with joints that are not linear or square, is that without both profile pieces mitre cut to the correct angle, the joint will look a bit ugly.

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Angular joint without mitre cuts

Fortunately these days, reasonable quality mitre saws are relatively inexpensive and easy to get. The only trick is getting a good quality blade and cutting lubricant.

To get a good tight joint you need really good clean cuts. A hacksaw just isn’t going to be good enough, no matter how good your skills. Even a powered hacksaw or band saw isn’t going to give you a great finish.

We use a 400mm diameter tungsten carbide tipped blade in a drop saw designed for cutting aluminium.  It can be used to cut extrusions off at almost any angle and produces very nice clean cuts.  We offer a modestly priced cutting service for any customer needing their extrusions cut to length.

Preparing a joint

As mentioned above, the key to getting a good tight joint is cutting the extrusion cleanly and at the correct angle. The correct angle usually being half the nominal angle of the joint. In this example, the nominal angle of the joint is 45° so we have mitre cut the pieces to be joined at 22.5°.  This joint type usually requires two angular joints to ensure sufficient joint strength and balanced load carrying ability.

angular joint

Angular joint ready for assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting it together

As you can see in the first diagram above, the angular joints fit neatly inside the t-slot in the extrusion. One of the advantages of this joint type is that there are no parts extending beyond the perimeter of the profile.

The first step is to slide the angular joints into the t-slots of one of the profile pieces and screw down the grub screws to take up all the play in the slot. Do not properly tighten the grub screws just yet.  Simply nipping up only one of the grub screws at this stage is enough.

angular joint

Angular joint partly assembled

The joint is completed by pushing the ends of the profile pieces firmly together then tightening the grub screws so that the grub screw flat ends bear down on the bottom of the t-slot.  This effectively clamps the angular joint into the t-slot of the extruded profile.  Before properly tightening the grub screws make sure the ends of the profile pieces are nicely aligned.

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Angular joint completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the grub screws are properly tightened, you should have a rather tidy nice rigid joint.

 

 

 

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T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Linear joints

Profile Joints – Part 3

Linear joint.

This is the third in our series of posts on aluminium profile joints.  In this one we focus on the linear joint.

A few months ago, we had a customer who was building a display stand to use at various trade shows around the country. The interesting things about this stand were a) the finished height needed to be changeable, b) it needed to be quickly and easily assembled and dismantled, and, c) it needed to be readily packed up for transport to and from venues.

Complying with c) was easy. Extruded aluminium profiles are readily amenable to being stacked and tied down to a pallet for easy handling and transport.

To make the thing quickly and easily assembled and dismantled (requirement b), we decided to use clamping plates for most of the joints. See this blog entry for more information about using clamping plates.

The reason for the changeable height was that some of the venues for these trade shows don’t have the ceiling clearance for their particular rather tall display stand. So we decided to make the top section in two parts. One of which could be left out of the assembly when ceiling height decreed.

Now, there are a number of methods to join aluminium profiles end to end. On this occasion though, the customer wanted to maintain the clean neat lines of the aluminium extrusion.  As a result, we elected to use linear joints in this case.

The linear joint is ideal when the joint is under a compressive axial load, as was the case here.  This joint type is not recommended for high bending load applications such as the middle of a long span beam.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Linear joints - aluminium extrusion

As you can see in the diagram above, the joint piece(s) fit neatly inside the t-slot in the extrusion and there are no parts extending beyond the perimeter of the profile.  This diagram shows a 90mm version in the slot 8 series 40 x 40 profile.  The number of linear joint pieces used in any given joint is limited by the number of t-slots in the extrusions being joined.  The number actually used depends more on the strength and rigidity of the joint required.  In many cases, only one or two linear joint pieces are used even though there may be four or even six t-slots in the extrusions.

 

 

Joint construction.

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Linear joint ready for assembly

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Linear joints - aluminium extrusion

Linear joint partly assembled

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Linear joint completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The linear joint is completed by pushing the ends of the extrusions to be joined firmly together, then tightening the grub screws so that their flat ends bare down on the bottom of the t-slot.  This holds the joint piece(s) firmly in place and the two extrusions cleanly together.

 

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Linear joint – 90mm & 180mm

 

Linear joints are available in a number of different sizes for the slot 6, slot 8, and slot 10 series of Alusic extruded aluminium profiles.  Also, they are available in anodised aluminium, zinc plated steel, and stainless steel.

 

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T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Stronger connection

Profile Joints – Part 2

As a person who is regularly building all manner of things using T slot aluminium extrusions, I occasionally come across a situation where a simple joint using a fixing screw just isn’t going to cut it.  Today I am going to introduce you to just a few of the many different methods of joining T slot aluminium profiles using items found in the Fixing Accessories section of the Alusic catalogue.

Late last year I was putting together a batch of custom designed workbenches when the owner announced that they wanted an LED light panel mounted about 1200mm above the main work surface of each workbench.  No problem, I thought.  Just add a pair of upright sections at the back of each workbench, build a frame to hold each panel and attach to the uprights.

That was all fine until it was let slip that some of the workbenches were to be indirectly attached to pieces of equipment that would put some not insignificant vibrations into the workbenches a number of times per day.  I quickly realised that the simple jointed cantilever design I’d thought of would likely not cope with the dynamic loads generated by oscillations, caused by vibrating machinery, of the panel and frame on the uprights.  Even though that simple jointed cantilever design would be fine with the panel as a static load.

So, a quick design review later.  It was decided to use fixing angles (084.305.033) for the main joints and make braces for the uprights using some joint angles (084.305.011).

fixing angle 43 x 86  joint angle for 40 x 40 profile

 

The fixing angles made the joints very much stronger than they would have been otherwise.  Using joint angles to make braces for the uprights stiffened the structure enough to almost eliminate oscillations that would be generated by the vibrating machinery.  Thinking about it now, just the braces may have been adequate to keep oscillations, and hence joint loads, down enough for the original simple joint design to cope.  Oh well … I think there is a saying in the engineering world that has something to do with “belts and braces”.

A few months after that, the same owner said they wanted some more workbenches (different design of course) also with the LED light panels.  This time though, they wanted to be able to adjust the braces up or down a little for operator head clearance.

At first that seemed a bit complex, not to mention costly.  A stock of different length braces to be removed and replaced by maintenance people as and when required.  I could see there would be no way to guarantee that adequate length braces would not all soon be replaced by the shortest braces, or even removed completely.  Not a viable option in my view.

Then the Alusic catalogue came to the rescue.  Instead of using a joint angle at the end of each brace and making different size braces it was decided to use a screw swivel joint (084.311.010) at the end of each brace.  That would ensure every LED panel support would be adequately braced as well as have a small amount of adjustment using just a hex key.

brace using screw swivel joints

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T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Standard connection

Standard Connection

The standard connection is the simplest and most cost effective joint for Alusic aluminium T slot profiles.  It is a perpendicular (or square) joint using a single socket head screw (fixing screw) without the use of any fancy accessories.

In this simple joint the hole in the middle of the first profile piece to be joined is tapped with a thread to suit the fixing screw to be used.  The second profile piece has a hole drilled perpendicularly through at the desired location of the joint.  The hole is to allow a hex key to be used to tighten the fixing screw.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints - Standard connection - aluminium extrusion

 

 

Details of how to make one of these joints are at this blog post.

Since this joint type is the simplest and most cost effective, it is by far the most commonly used in light, medium, and some heavy duty applications.  For more heavy duty and not so simple applications, other solutions are available.

The standard connection joint type is not limited to use with square profiles either.  It can be used to join rectangular profiles to square profiles as well as rectangular profiles to rectangular profiles.

Probably the only drawback of this simple joint is that it is not readily re-located along the second profile piece should the need arise.  Another hole needs to be drilled to suit the hex key at the desired new location.  Admittedly, this situation doesn’t often crop up, but it does occasionally.  For details of one of many alternative solutions, see this blog post; what are clamping plates.

 

 

Full Body Joint

One variation of the standard connection is known as a full body joint.  A full body joint can be used where slightly heavier duty demands.  The main difference in this joint variation is that the drilled perpendicular hole is to suit the fixing screw rather than the hex key.  This adds a small amount of complexity, and hence time, to preparing the joint, but it remains a very cost effective joint.

 

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Diagrams from the Alusic catalogue showing two forms of a full body joint.

 

Joining the other size aluminium profiles

This basic type of T slot connection is not only cost effective it is also incredibly versatile. All of our profiles can be connected this way without the use of any accessories and different size profiles can be joined in this way.