Saw Operator/Material Handler – Janesville, WI

Job Title:        Saw Operator/Material Handler Shift:               Multiple Shifts Available Location:        Janesville, WI Primary Responsibilities: Operate machine and handle material safely Understand controls, feed rates, pinch points and dangerous zones to operate safety Read and cut customer jobs according to job specifications and tolerances Select and change machine blades safely according to blade change…

Conformally Cooled Steel Molds vs. Aluminum Molds For Plastic Injection Molding

By Donald R. (Don) Shrader, VP, American Quality Molds, Richmond, IN Reprinted with permission from:  https://www.moldmakingtechnology.com/articles/comparing-3d-printed-conformal-cooled-steel-molds-to-aluminum-molds ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ENABLES BETTER CONFORMAL COOLING Additive Manufacturing (AM, also known as 3D Printing among other names) has made great strides in the last few years in terms of both technical advancements and manufacturing production implementation. One application that has…

What Are the Differences Between Seamless and Structural Aluminum Extrusions?

When working with aluminum extrusions, it’s important to understand the differences between seamless and structural extrusions.  Manufacturers and designers are tasked with fulfilling material requirements without sacrificing quality and they need to rely on their supply streams.  Aluminum extrusions have a proven track record of being reliable and offering consistent performance over the lifetime of…

Aluminum Uses In Transportation

Aluminum is an amazing metal, one that has had a transformative effect on just about every industry in our global economy. This is especially true of transportation; if you’re using a vehicle to get from one place to another aluminum played some role in making it possible. Ever since it was first commercialized in the…

The Importance of ISO Certification

We often have customers inquire about our ISO Certification.  There are several different certifications for the aerospace, medical, automotive and petrochemical industries; to name a few.  Unfortunately, not all industry certifications are created equal.  ISO is probably the most prevalent quality certification of them all. That’s why it’s important for every organization to have a…

Aluminum in Cryogenic Applications

Many people wonder what happens to aluminum at extremely cold temperatures.  The branch of physics known as cryogenics looks at physical properties of materials at low temperature.  This is an important area for many industries, where it is essential that materials and applications perform well beyond adverse environmental conditions. It should come as no surprise…

Which Countries Use The Most Aluminum?

Aluminum is one of the most popular materials in use today, and that’s why the countries that use the most aluminum are among the largest and most developed nations in the world.  In fact, aluminum is such a ubiquitous metal that you’ll notice the greater a county’s population, the more aluminum it consumes.  This is…

Stainless Steel Melt Practices

Manufacturers need to be well versed in the properties of the various materials they work with, including stainless steel.  It’s important to know how metals will respond to the different conditions they will be exposed to in their operating environments.  Manufacturing processes can improve a specific grade’s performance with regards to corrosion resistance, grain structure,…

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Large Diameter Aluminum Round Stock

Large diameter aluminum bar has many applications in today’s manufacturing marketplace.  A variety of industries including aerospace, semiconductor, tire manufacturing, defense and foundry markets have requirements specifying large sections of round aluminum alloys for critical programs. The material supply stream for this product has a few options, including castings, forgings and bar stock.  Large castings…

Leading Global Producers of Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the modern world’s most versatile and widely used materials. Thanks to advances in premium alloys that have been developed to meet a host of needs, our entire manufacturing base has been impacted by aluminum in some way. That’s why having a steady aluminum supply is so essential. Aluminum can be found…

Aluminum Uses In The Medical Field

The medical and health care industries have been getting a lot of attention recently, and for good reason. With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s more important than ever to have an efficient, reliable and affordable supply chain for medical tools and equipment. This includes the choice of what materials you use. The…

Aluminum as Heat Sink Material

Aluminum is an extremely versatile metal, so it is no wonder that it is a commonly used for heat sink applications. The transfer of heat in order to cool a device or maintain a certain temperature is an important property of modern metals, and aluminum is one of the prime choices for engineers and designers.…

The Chemistry Of Aluminum

The people that tend to be most interested in aluminum are manufacturers and engineers. Although aluminum has amazing mechanical properties that make it a prized material for all kinds of products and modern designs, the real wonders of this indispensible metal must be understood at a molecular level. The chemistry of aluminum tells us a…

Aluminum Alloys In Racing

Aluminum has been transformative for too many industries to name, but one that people don’t often consider is automobile racing. This may be because if fans of auto racing are asked about what materials are most important to their sport, they might first say the rubber of the tires or the composite material of the…

Wrought Alloys And Aluminum

We often get asked about the difference between wrought and cast aluminum products; this is an important distinction that must be made before purchasing aluminum. In today’s post, we’ll look at these differences and discuss the nature of wrought aluminum and the kind of applications it is well suited for. Aluminum is an amazing metal…

Aluminum as An Electrical Conductor

One of the major attributes of many metals is the ability to conduct electricity, and aluminum is one of the best performers in this application. As an electrical conductor, few materials can rival aluminum. That’s why so many industries and technologies, from high tech consumer devices to aerospace to heavy-duty transformers, have turned to aluminum…

Even The Wright Brothers Used Aluminum!

Aluminum has been instrumental in transforming any number of industries. This amazing metal has positively impacted sectors such as automotive, food and beverage, medical supplies, architecture, consumer electronics and more. There may not be any industry more closely identified with advanced aluminum alloys than the aerospace industry. Aluminum is synonymous with airplane construction. It’s no…

How Durable Is Aluminum?

In terms of importance, aluminum is probably surpassed only by steel when it comes to industrial metals. That’s because in addition to being one of the most abundant materials on our planet (aluminum is the third most commonly found element in the Earth’s crust), it has a number of benefits that make it extremely attractive…

The Unusual History Of Aluminum

It seems like aluminum is a ubiquitous part of our lives. It can be found in every room of our house, including the kitchen and the bedroom and everywhere in between. It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s almost no industry that it hasn’t profoundly impacted in the past 100 years. From the aluminum…

How Hot Is Too Hot For Aluminum?

Aluminum is an amazing metal with outstanding mechanical properties that make it an ideal choice for a variety of applications. One of the qualities that sets it apart from other materials is its thermal conductivity. Of all the commonly used metals, copper and aluminum have the greatest thermal conductivity, making aluminum a great option for…