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Aluminum channels also have high electrical conductivity and are good heat conductors and reflectors, making them ideal for heat transfer and heat shield applications. Industries that benefit from the utilization of aluminum channels include construction, industrial manufacturing, shipping, automotive, aerospace, medical and automotive. Read More…

Aluminum Channels One of many possible extruded aluminum shapes, aluminum channels are smooth, linear and fairly narrow. Extruded aluminum channels often provide a supportive frame for roll formed products and are ideal for engineering and structural applications such as light building frames, frame extensions, light poles, lighting fixtures, window frames, car bumpers, hardware joints and boat dock ladders.
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Berkeley, IL  |  708-449-7050

Since 1948, Johnson Brothers has been a leader in the aluminum roll forming industry. Our tooling can form different shapes with multiple bends & double thicknesses making a stronger part.

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Cleveland, OH  |  440-238-3009

Since 1986, GSH Industries has offered on time delivery and competitive pricing. With over 40,000 square feet of manufacturing, we offer aluminum extrusion products and services.

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Cleveland, OH  |  888-327-6714

Serving the aluminum extrusions world from Cleveland, Ohio, Talan Products specializes in a range of aluminum extrusion products and services.

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Talan Products Inc. $$$

Orlando, FL  |  855-272-3889

Since our founding, Offshore Direct Metals has become one of the most trusted aluminum extrusion suppliers in the industry. When it comes to aluminum extrusions, we offer more customization, lower costs, reduced assembly, and higher quality control than others on the market. All of these reasons and more are why our customers trust us for all of their aluminum extrusion needs. Visit our website to learn more about our partnered extrusion mills.

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Offshore Direct Metals, Inc. $$$

Douglas, GA  |  912-384-2078

Elixir Extrusions provides custom aluminum extrusions and heat sinks as well as fabrications, assembly, aluminum shapes and finishing. All services are provided with quick lead times for quality custom extrusions. We use our experience, confidence, and innovation to fulfill your linear and fabricated aluminum needs.

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Elixir Extrusions $$$

Jackson, MI  |  517-764-5400

At Michigan Extruded Aluminum (MEA), we strive to produce the highest quality custom extrusions, aluminum tubing and aluminum shapes. We can produce difficult designs with a thickness of .05" and a 7" size circle. For over 45 years, we have been a quality aluminum extruder provider. Our knowledge of the extrusion process, as well as our ability to satisfy every customers custom extrusion needs, has set us apart from our competition.

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Michigan Extruded Aluminum $$$

Chatham, ON , Chavies, KY  |  877-556-9191

Dajcor Aluminum is the leading North American supplier of extruded, fabricated/machined, anodized and assembled components to the automotive, renewable energy, transportation, rail, marine, building trades, military, medical architectural and wall partition systems, office furniture, emergency vehicle and consumer product industries. Dajcor is an aluminum extrusion company with complete value add in house capabilities – your “One Stop” extrusion supplier now supplying from two locations!

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Dajcor Aluminum Ltd. $$$
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Aluminum channels are formed during the extrusion process, in which round aluminum stock called "billets" or "logs" are pressed by a ram through a die, which is a hollow profile that shapes the aluminum into a specific extruded shape as the billet is squeezed through. Aluminum channels can be made using two different types of extrusion process: indirect extrusion and direct extrusion.

Direct extrusion holds the die stationary while the ram forces the aluminum alloy through the die opening, while indirect extrusion holds the die stationary as the hollow ram moves into the stationary billet from one end, forcing the metal to flow through the die. In addition, extrusion processes include hot extrusion, cold extrusion and warm extrusion.

In cold extruding, aluminum billet is pressed through the die at room temperature or near room temperature. Warm extruding, or forging, is done on billets brought to temperature ranges between 800 and 1800 degrees F. Hot extrusions are performed on aluminum which has been fully plasticized by heat and is often performed in a vacuum to avoid oxidation.

After an aluminum channel has been extruded, it is straightened by a stretcher. On an additional note, aluminum channels are an environmentally-friendly product because using aluminum channels in transportation often saves on carbon emissions, as aluminum is a far lighter metal than its alternatives, such as steel.

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