Aluminum extrusions are a common material used in the manufacturing sector and are made with aluminum, an alloy of aluminum and other metals such as copper or magnesium to give them varying strength. Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals for this process because it is strong, lightweight and does not corrode easily. The following are a few ways to keep aluminum extrusion costs down.
Simplify the Design
Try to use a minimum number of parts and avoid using any unnecessary or complex shapes. Complex designs can be more difficult and expensive to manufacture, so keeping it simple can save you money in the long run.
Reducing the amount of metal can be done by using the correct size and shape for the part, as well as eliminating any unnecessary bends or features. Every time metal is cut or shaped, it costs money, so reducing the amount of metal used will help keep your costs down.
Simplify the Supply Chain
The fewer suppliers you use, the less coordination is required and the lower your costs will be. If possible, work with a single supplier that can provide all of the aluminum extrusions you need.
You can also buy in bulk through a supplier or by negotiating with manufacturers directly. When you buy in bulk, you get a lower price per unit and can save money in the long run.
Try to use a newer technology called aluminum oxide nano-coating. This technology can help reduce the aluminum oxide buildup that can occur during the aluminum extrusion process. By using this new technology, aluminum extrusions can be made more cheaply and with less waste.
Using aluminum alloys that have lower aluminum content is just as strong as aluminum but is cheaper to produce. By using these alloys, companies can save money on the aluminum extrusion process without sacrificing quality or strength.