Miniature Aluminum Extrusions: Critical Components in Healthcare and Medical Environments

From medical instruments and diagnostic devices to hospital equipment and patient transportation, aluminum and the extrusions made from it are unsurpassed for use in healthcare environments in a wide range of applications and settings. You’ll find them hard at work in surgical operating rooms, biomedical research facilities, hospitals, and doctor’s offices.

Why aluminum? Let’s start with the material itself. Aluminum is the ideal choice for a long list of reasons. It’s lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and durable. Speed to market and 100% recyclability are additional factors that contribute to its reputation as a proven performer. Its inherent flexibility makes it well suited to an endless number of design configurations and profiles, especially when compared to other materials like plastics or stainless steel. The ability to extrude aluminum into complex shapes (profiles) gives designers creative freedom.

Typical miniature aluminum extrusion applications for diagnostics and treatment are radiation and medical imaging, equipment mounting and positioning, suction and oxygen therapy equipment, and medical testing equipment. Among the many uses for patient care are components used in patient positioning systems, equipment stands, carts, cubicle curtain tracks, service panels and electrical raceways, and surgical lights. You’ll also find them used as parts in walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and canes.

Extruded profiles can be manufactured to extremely tight tolerances, providing the precise dimensions needed for exacting medical components and instruments. At Minalex, we regularly produce aluminum extrusions with tolerances as tight as +/- 0.001″ on one dimension of an extrusion, depending on the shape, 0.020” walls, and 0.045″ holes. Among the benefits of these close tolerance, micro extrusions are that they perform better, fit together more securely, and usually eliminate the need for expensive machining.

Whether it’s our lightweight extruded aluminum monitor arms that support vital electronics, or other corrosion-proof componentry that discourages bacteria growth due to the unique qualities of aluminum, Minalex is the first choice for best-in-class products manufactured to the highest tolerances for healthcare and other industries.

For specifications, price quotes, and lead time information on custom aluminum extrusions for healthcare applications, call us at (908) 534-4044, or simply click here.

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We extrude and supply aluminum profiles up to 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter. Our aluminum extrusions can have tolerances as tight as +/- 0.001" on one or more dimensions of an extrusion, depending on the shape.

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Minalex alloys are sourced in North America and feature a number of series, including alloy 1100, 3003, 6063, 6463 and 6061.

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Our capabilities include Lbs/Ft <= 1.500, kg/m <= 2.2322; Sections >= 0.003 in, >= 0.076 mm; and circle size, <= 3.500 in. <= 8.890 cm.

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