Miniature Aluminum Extrusions: Critical Components in Healthcare and Medical Environments

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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 […]

Artificial Intelligence for Aluminum Extrusion Manufacturing: Where Are We?

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That’s a fair question. The short answer: We’re in a good place and it’s getting even better. Here’s a slightly lengthier explanation. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in varying degrees throughout the entire spectrum of manufacturing operations. It’s also making an impact in alloy research and development. In manufacturing, AI-driven machine learning is […]

Laser Etching Aluminum Extrusions: Let’s “Talk Turkey”

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Using laser etching to add parts numbers, dates, and parts specifications brings increased organization and efficiency to manufacturing, cataloging, and quality control operations. Such was the case for a Minalex client who came to us for a miniature aluminum extrusion used on a shotgun. To be more precise, a specific type most commonly referred to […]

Extruding With Aluminum: The Cold Hard Facts.

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To paraphrase a well-known quote, “When the going gets tough, the tough get aluminum.” It is especially true when related to extremely low temperatures and materials performance. Simply put, the lower the temperature, the better aluminum performs. And, unlike other metals, which can become dangerously brittle in extremely cold temperatures, aluminum, and its various alloys […]

Reverse engineering parts with aluminum: How starting at the end could put you ahead.

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Let us begin with the definition of Reverse Engineering (RE). Simply stated, RE is the process of deconstructing or dismantling a product to learn how to make it operate better, update older parts or products, produce parts that no longer exist, improve on past iterations, and more. You can re-engineer just about any part or […]

Minalex Saves $10,000 and 5,000 Pounds of Metal by Redesigning Laboratory Device Extrusions

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An international manufacturer of laboratory automation equipment approached Minalex for help redesigning an existing equipment platform. Minalex provides miniature aluminum extrusions to this manufacturer and two of its partner companies. The manufacturer turned to Minalex with the goal of modifying parts to reduce the amount of metal used and increase cost-efficiency without compromising the integrity […]

IN MEMORIAM – JAMES “JIM” CASEY

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Minalex Founder and President, James “Jim” Casey, at the age of 87, on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Through his vision, spirit, dedication, and tireless efforts, Jim established Minalex as a great family-owned company and left the world a better place for all those […]