A suitable working environment is crucial in achieving your production goals.
A poorly planned workstation can have a significant negative impact on any of the following:
Workplace health and safety
What to look for in a well planned and designed workstation
1. Correct work height
An operator’s arms should be below shoulder level Precise tasks: 50mm below the elbow Light assembly: 50 -100mm below the elbow Heavy work: 100 – 200mm below the elbow
2. Equipment adjusted to suit the task
All aspects of the workstation; seat height and angle, footrest height and angle, should all be adjusted to correct values. So too, work pieces, parts containers, and tools should all be in their correct places.
3. Well laid out work pieces and parts containers
Optimise container layout to reduce wasted motion and speed up throughput. This includes ensuring the heaviest and/or most used parts are placed in the closest containers. Optimal container layout is within a 400mm radius, as measured from each shoulder
4. Correct working area size
Maximum grab area: 540mm radius, measured 160mm to the left and right from the centre line and the front edge of the worktop. Optimum grab area: 280mm radius, measured 160mm to the left and right from the centre line and the front edge of the worktop.
5. Consider operators’ field of vision
Operators should be able view the work piece without excessive need to turn head or eyes. A 15° view angle requires no head or eye movement to grab parts. A 35° view angle requires only eye movement to grab parts. Viewing distance to screen or a drawing should be between 350mm and 750mm.
Work tasks are best kept at a height below the operator’s heart. This is to avoid undue restrictions on blood circulation. Keep static holding during assembly to a minimum as it increases muscle fatigue, and, can sometimes lead to blood circulation problems.
8. Load bearing capacity
This may seem such an obvious consideration, but it is surprising how often a new bench or workstation starts to buckle or fail under the load of the new work process.
9. The durability of the work surface
Another seemingly obvious one, but again there are more than a few workstation benches out there with a sheet of stainless steel screwed down to the original particle board bench top. More expensive as an add-on than if part of the original design.
In order to make the most of available space and resources, it is also important to consider if it would be beneficial to integrate one or more of the following into your workstation system.
Power and data
Mobile parts shelves and trolleys
Drawers and storage compartments
Linear rails and guides
Compressed air outlets
Integrated machinery such as robots or conveyors
Contact us if you require assistance in selecting the best solution for your requirements.
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GAP Engineering supplies and installs Axelent X-Guard, the worlds leading brand of specialised safety fencing and machine guarding equipment.
X-Guard is the number one rated system for machinery guards and safety fencing for a wide range of industries. With a comprehensive range of standard components and accessories the X-Guard system can help solve most of your workplace health and safety issues. This complete range of products is safe, simple, and cost effective.
Thinking workplace health and safety on your premises? Well, the X-Guard system may be the answer to most, if not all, of your problems. We know and understand just how important workplace health and safety is. We offer a consultation service to help determine your requirements. That way you can be assured that we can develop a solution that will suit your individual needs.
Already know all your requirements? In that case, just contact us and we will be happy put together a solution tailored to those requirements at a competitive price.
For everything relating to safety fencing and barriers in the workplace.
Suitable for use with V-profile wheels or dual V-profile.
V-Slot aluminium profiles are often used to build CNC equipment, machine frames, and prototype equipment. The v-slot aluminium profiles are for smaller CNC applications where the v-slot is used as the track for V profile wheels. This provides a low cost, low tech, alternative to more robust, and more costly, linear guide systems.
The 30 Series profiles are available in 6m lengths of the following sizes.
We stock these profiles along with the fittings and accessories required for your project. Visit our online store to see how we can help you get your project completed.
This series of extruded aluminium profile is part of the slot 8 series (ie: has the 8mm wide slot) that is compatible with all the other Profilium parts and accessories in the slot 8 range of profiles. It can be used in an enormous range of projects. A few examples are: CNC machines, linear slides, machine guards, 3D printer frames, work benches. The list goes on. 084 107 002 Profile 30 x 30 – 8 mm slot $ 95 per 6 m length 084 107 003 Profile 30 x 60 – 8 mm slot $169 per 6 m length 084 107 004 Profile 60 x 60 – 8 mm slot $291per 6 m length
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.
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. **
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Alusic T-Slot Aluminium extrusions can be used to make a diverse range of equipment for the film industry. From prop and camera support equipment to sound and electrical gear. You will be hard pressed finding a more versatile and practical solution for your needs.
Here at GAP Engineering, we can design and manufacture the equipment you need to keep your project running smoothly.
We supply Alusic t-slot aluminium extrusions in a range of sizes. Also, we supply all the joining hardware and other accessories that may be needed for your project. As a result, these parts can be used to manufacture a huge variety of different equipment.
Aluminium extrusions are suitable for:
Trolleys and carts for electrical, sound, lighting and other crew
Movie sets and props
Camera mounting equipment
Screens such as green screens and photography booths
Point of sale structures
Safety guards and fencing
Regardless of what you need to build, t-slot extruded aluminium profiles and accessories can help you save time and money on your project.
How can we help you?
Consulting and Design
Using our 3D CAD modelling software, we can analyse your design and check it against your requirements. This can be done before cutting any material and before fabrication begins. This helps to minimise the potential for material waste and other unnecessary costs.
Do you do your own design work? If so, we have CAD files for most Alusic profiles and accessories. Having these on hand can make your design work so much easier and quicker. We can make them available on your request. We would only ask that you sign up to the Alusic confidentiality agreement.
If you can’t find what you are looking for here, then you are welcome to contact us for further information. We even have a full catalogue of the Alusic range of t-slot aluminium profiles and accessories. We can make that available as a PDF file.
You can find a wealth of resources here to help you get started.
If you don’t have time, or facilities, to do your own design work then we can design the project for you. Just tell us all your requirements then we can design a solution.
Aluminium Extrusions and Accessories
Because we stock an extensive range of t-slot aluminium profiles and accessories, we are able to solve a multitude of challenges with minimal delay. Having more than 60 different profiles ranging from 20mm to 140mm, the range of options is huge.
The range of accessories we carry covers everything from
You can focus on your core business while we take care of your project. With experienced staff and a well equipped manufacturing facility we have the capacity to manufacture just about anything. This includes custom parts as may be required for your project.
We design and manufacture unique equipment perfectly suited to your individual requirements.
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Electrical wiring in a factory environment can be extremely complicated. This is especially the case if you aren’t properly organised.
Firstly you need to have a whole lot of rolls of wire, of different types, on hand. Next, there are all the different fittings and connectors that go on each type of wire. And that’s before you’ve even started organising tools to suit the schematics of the job at hand.
As we all know, the most expensive component of a job is often the labour cost. So, having all your materials and tools properly organised, for your staff, can decrease your costs. For that reason, a properly organised work place can help ensure that your staff can be at their most productive in a safe working environment.
Therefore, creating your own custom workstations can improve quality as well as productivity of your staff. We can custom build a work bench to suit almost any workstation layout that you can think of. That may seem a big boast, but we have an extensive range Alusic extruded aluminium t-slot profile and accessories at our disposal. Also, we have people experienced with designing and building using these t-slot profiles.
Choose the setup that works best for you.
We can build a workstation for you according to any configuration you need.
A few examples of organised work spaces.
A few options you can choose from.
Fully locking and braking trolley wheels.
Cable reel holders.
Touch pad mounting brackets.
Scanner mounting brackets.
Tool organiser / peg board.
Anti static work surfaces.
Soldering iron holder.
Steel headboard / whiteboard for use with magnets to hold drawings and other paperwork.
Parts bins and racks.
Overhead lifting rail.
If you can think of other options that would suit your needs, you are welcome to contact us. We are up for almost any challenge.
Select your accessories
Make life a whole lot simpler for your electricians by organising their work space properly with the right tools and accessories.
Please give as a call and we will help you to find the best solution.
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Are you looking for a better way to build just about anything you can think of?
Before starting to build your next project take a close look at the Alusic t-slot extruded aluminium profile system. We are sure you will be impressed with just how user friendly and adaptable this system really is.
When creating something new, you usually need to start with some sort of framework. The more versatile the material you choose to build that framework, the easier it will be make any needed changes as the creative process flows. T-Slot Aluminium extrusions and accessories are an exceptional example of an versatile material for building frames. Frames that are strong, light weight, and easily adapted to different design needs. The same applies for a multitude different uses and applications.
We supply a large range of T-Slot Aluminium Profiles and accessories and all the material you need for your project. We can cut and prepare the material for you so that you can assemble it on site. Or, we can manufacture the entire project and assemble and commission on site for you.
Regardless of what you are trying to build, Alusic t-slot aluminium extruded profiles and accessories will save you time and money.
We can help you to learn everything you need to know about using t-slot aluminium extrusions and accessories. So you can start your next project with the confidence you need to use t-slot extrusions. Upon request, we can supply all the CAD models you need to easily design your own project.
Alternatively, you can get us to design the project for you. We have 3D CAD and experienced operators on hand to make the design process as easy as possible. Also, we have a highly skilled and experienced team of people who can build your project for you. Our people can also install your project on your site, if you need.
Parts and Accessories
We stock an extensive range of accessories including caps and covers, connectors, linear actuators and guides, supports, and hinges to help you create solutions to a great variety of challenges.
Our range of aluminium profile ranges from 20 to 140 mm wide. We have over 60 different profiles available so there is something suitable for almost any use you can imagine.
We can turn your imagination into reality and manufacture what you need for you so that you can get on with your core business while we take care of your project.
T-Slot Extruded Aluminium Profile is suitable for:
Point of sale structures
Safety guards and fencing
Industrial work stations
Movie sets and props
Camera mounting equipment
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Actually that question is probably a bit harder to answer than it would initially appear.
We are fortunate to work in an industry where we are exposed to a lot of highly creative and intelligent people. As a result we constantly encounter people who are using our products in new and interesting ways.
No matter how complex or unusual your project, chances are that t-slot extruded aluminium profile will be able to play a role in helping you achieve a cost effective and practical solution. This applies to a large range of projects. From material handling to automation, packaging to prototyping, and everything in between. It’s very common to see t-slot aluminium profiles being used in the modern industrial environment as well as in other areas.
The main motivation for using T-Slot is that it greatly reduces the amount of time required to build. This is because you don’t need to prepare and weld joins. You also don’t need to prepare and paint a whole structure once you have built it. Both welding and painting are messy, expensive and time consuming. If you need to weld or paint in a sensitive environment the noise, fumes, heat, or just plain dirt generated can become a considerable problem.
GAP Engineering T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories
This list is a summary of the types of applications where we often choose to use T-Slot Extruded Aluminium Profiles over other methods of construction.
We have a team of engineers ready to design your solution using Alusic Aluminium Profiles and accessories.
Please contact us if you require more information
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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 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.
If you would like to talk to us about a project please follow this link GAP Engineering
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.
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.
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.
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.
GAP Engineering T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories
Profilium T slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories are used in the following applications.
Industrial work stations
Clean room work stations
Trade Show Displays
Clean Rooms / High Altitude Rooms
3D Scanning Frames
Linear Guides and Actuators
Machine Guards and Enclosures
Racks and Cabinets
Laboratory Jigs and Frames
CNC router beds and frames
Audio Visual Supports/ Frames
Special Purpose Vehicle frames
Automotive tie downs and roof racks
Vision System frames
Automation Sensor Brackets
Solar panel stands/ supports
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When you are spending your time and money on a project you need to be sure that you are getting the most out of your resources.
Avoid wastage being a problem
Unintentional wastage can end up costing you a lot. So, you need to plan carefully to avoid blowing your budget. The last thing you want to see at the end of a job is a big pile of unused or incorrectly processed material. spending some time planning your job and will vastly improve your chances of a great result.
The Alusic aluminium extrusions come in nominal 6m lengths. In reality, they are 6040 in length. Some of that extra length is needed because they come as finished from the extruding machine, not accurately cut square with a saw. It is also useful since a certain amount is lost with every cut due to the blade kerf.
design your project thoroughly before you start cutting
If your project is relatively complex and you don’t have access to a CAD drawing system consider employing the services of a CAD designer. Planning your project properly will greatly increase the quality of your project and reduce the overall cost. Planning includes drawing up an optimised cutting list
Optimise your cutting list
Failure to do a thorough optimised cutting list is almost guaranteed to result in excessive wastage.
When you have a large number of pieces to cut, it can become very complicated calculating an optimised cutting list it. Fortunately, there are a few free, and online resources available to help you out.
For example, a quick web search found Cut list optimiser which is suitable for 1D bar optimisation. The web site requires that you sign up to a free account so that you can save your projects for later review. Before deciding to sign up, you can look at one of their demo’s or go straight to their offline project page.
Obligatory disclaimer: Please note that we do not recommend any particular solution in preference to any other. You are free to choose what suits you. You can even create your own spreadsheet to assist you in your calculations.
If your cutting list is relatively simple, then our freely downloadable cutting list template might be your best option. Don’t forget to allow for saw blade kerf in your cutting list. For example, the blade in our saw has a kerf of 3.7mm, so we allow 4mm in our cutting lists.
Once you have your cutting list, you can send us a copy so that we can accurately cut it for you. We can also arrange delivery if you need. Please note that delivery costs vary considerably depending on size, weight, and delivery address. The most expensive being full 6m lengths.
Cutting ,drilling and tapping
Ensure that you use a very good quality saw that is specifically configured to cut aluminium to cut your profile.
Cut lengths that are inaccurate or not completely square will prevent you from achieving the best possible results.
Use an extrusion tap to create the threaded ends as well as a quality tapping gel that is formulated to cut aluminium. An extrusion tap differs from a regular tap in that it does not remove any material in the process and also hardens the surface of the thread. this results in a stronger thread and consequently a more reliable end product . Also, ensure that your taps are perfectly aligned to the core centre of the extrusion.
When drilling through the centre of the extrusion use a drill press or drilling guide to ensure that your holes are accurate and that your drill does not damage the edge of the slot.
Ask for advise
There are several options when in comes to connecting T slot profiles and the cost varies considerably . Ask us to show you how the various connection methods work and to explain the pros and cons of each option.
There are also several pitfalls to be aware of when assembling projects and we can help you save time (money) by sharing our experience with you
In addition to cutting, we can also drill and tap each piece of profile as needed if you require.
We have produced this video tutorial to help explain the cutting drilling and taping process
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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
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.
084 101 003
084 101 026
There are a number of different construction methods for building with T slot extrusions
These profiles are connected with M8 low profile socket head cap screws (SHCS). For other series extrusions and accessories M6, M5, and M4 SHCS & nuts are also available.
The 45 Series profiles are suitable for the following types of projects
Custom made work benches
Custom made work trolleys
Trade show display stands
Table saw guides
Automated fabric cutters
CNC route beds
084 101 012 – 45 x 45 regular T Slot Aluminium Extrusion
084 101 007 – 18.5 x 180 T Slot Aluminium Extrusion
084 101 042 Slim 45 x 45 Profile
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The Alusic profile design is like an industrial “meccano” system. It can often be used as a direct replacement for welded steel. So, if you can build it in steel it can usually be built with aluminium profile in less than half the time. Dimensional tolerances of an aluminium profile structure are usually less than half those of a typical welded steel structure.
Also, aluminium profile structures don’t suffer the distortion and warping typical of welded steel structures. Added to that, aluminium profile usually doesn’t need special surface treatments or painting to protect from corrosion. Another benefit of aluminium profile is that hot work permits on site are not required. All this adds up to lower labour costs, lower work place health and safety costs, and the all important better customer satisfaction.
Whether you are you a manufacturer, an end user, a re-seller, or a hobbyist, GAP Engineering are here to help.
No order too big or too small
We can supply in bulk or in small quantities. If we don’t have it in stock we can get it in for you.
GAP Engineering can supply extruded profiles and accessories directly; including cutting / drilling / tapping to your sizes. Also, we can undertake the complete assembly of frames and systems according to your design requirements. We can even do the design if you don’t have the facilities.
Connections in less than a minute
Typically the Alusic connector represents a significant time saving over competitors’ connection systems. Testing has shown a 300% to 500% time saving over competitors’ systems. This time saving when multiplied over a large project or on multiple assemblies can realise substantial cost savings and production benefits.
Diversity of applications
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The Alusic range of extruded aluminium t-slot profiles and accessories allows you to create innovative solutions that can be easily adapted to your particular application.
Some of the features of Alusic t-slot extrusions and accessories and what they can do for you.
Easy to design – The CAD models for all our components can be made available to help you create your project the way you want it. Also, we can do the design work on your project if you need.
Huge range of options – We stock many different t-slot profiles as well as hundreds of different accessories. So the possibilities are virtually endless. Email, or give us a call if want some advice with the various options.
Cost effective construction – There is no need for welding with the Alusic system. Also, there is no need for surface treatment such as painting. Both these help make t-slot extrusions a very cost effective material for construction.
Flexibility – If your project is to be built in stages, or if you need to add something later, or if you simply change your mind part way, you will find the Alusic extruded profile system highly adaptable. One could say that the Alusic system “has your back”. You can simply move components as needed. You can even extend your basic frame to include guarding, conveyors, overhead lighting, weighing systems. Your imagination is your limit.
Durability – All the Alusic extrusions come with an anodised finish. The accessories are zinc plated steel, aluminium, or stainless steel.
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We have recently had the pleasure of being involved with an organisation called Substation 33.
These people are creating real world solutions by making useful products from materials that would otherwise go to land fill. At the same time they are providing support for members of the community who are trying to find sustainable employment. They achieve this mainly 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. They operate an innovation lab that has developed several products.
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.
These electric bikes are built from a combination of 3D printed components and reclaimed batteries from old laptop computers. This system can be used to convert any bike into an E-bike for a fraction of the cost of a conventional one.
They even make 3D printers using parts, such as stepper motors from old paper printers. This project is mainly for educational and training purposes.
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.
The 40 x 40 profile is our most popular extrusion size.
This product is clearly in demand for a large range 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.
These are a few of the projects that we have recently completed using the 40 x 40 profile.
40 x 40 t-slot extrusion
Custom made work benches
Custom made work trolleys
Trade show display stands
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.
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Profilium extruded aluminium t-slot profiles are an ideal material to create a frame to support and house machinery of all types.
With options such as “closed face” profiles or multi-slot profiles, you can pick the right style and size of profile. Whether that be to suit the aesthetic or the strength (or both) requirements for your machinery.
Closed face profiles will give your finished product a smooth, clean look. They are ideal if your machinery is used in a clean room or other environment where a smooth, clean surface is required.
The “open”, or multi-slot, profiles are ideal for mounting ancillary equipment such as cameras, lights, scanners, and sensors. Due to the size compatibility of each profile series, it is easy to use both profile types on the one machine frame.
Custom Design and Manufacture
We use Profilium extruded t-slot aluminium profiles to manufacture all kinds of machine frames. The system is highly versatile and can be 100% customised to suit your machinery. No matter how simple or complex the structure, the inherent versatility of Profilium t-slot profiles allow us to customise an exact solution for your machine.
We can engineer a machine frame to suit your requirements using our 3D CAD software. Alternatively, you can provide us with your design that we can build to suit your plan.
Examples of t-slot profile machine frames:
Robotics (gripper heads, supports, pick and place applications)
3D Camera Systems
Special Purpose Vehicle frames
The only limitation is your imagination!
The Profilium t-slot profile is both light weight and strong. Unlike steel, it doesn’t need welding so is not susceptible to distortion during construction or at installation. As a result hot work permits and similar workplace health and safety paperwork is not needed should site modifications be necessary.
As mentioned earlier, the Profilium t-slot system so highly versatile that modifications can be as you go. Perfect for prototyping or where highly customised solutions must be put in place.
For our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers, we can design a frame to suit your application. Similarly, we can take your existing design and build an extruded aluminium frame for you.
Frames can be supplied fully built, ready for installation, or “flat packed” for easy transport. For large volume orders, by arrangement, 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 moreHERE.
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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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.
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Machine frames are a vital part of many engineering applications. One of the many design decisions you need to make is the material to use. For most heavy industrial applications, fabricated steel is the answer. However most applications are not ‘heavy industrial’.
Most other applications can use either steel or aluminium for the framing system. Whilst aluminium fabrication can be appealing, steel itself is a cheaper per kilogram. However, in the end, aluminium is most cost-effective more often than not.
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.
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