Aluminum Plate can be used in various applications due to unbeatable strength to weight ratio compared to other metals. Weighing in at 1/3 as much as Iron, steel, copper or brass, aluminum is the most abundant metal element in Earth's crust and makes up about 8% by weight.
Aluminum is corrosion resistant and and virtually maintenance free. It has good heat conductivity, better than any other common metal and conducts electricity comparable to copper products. Aluminum is also non-toxic and can be used in food preparation equipment. Aluminum plates reflective nature is suitable for light fixtures, is non-combustible and so does not burn.
Alro stocks several grades of aluminum plate including the following: 2024, 3003, 5052, 5083, 6061, 7075, Alumold, Cast Mold, and Cast Tool & Jig.
Cast aluminum tooling plate (or Tool & Jig Plate) stocked at Alro includes Alca 5 (5000 series cast), ATP-5 (5000 series cast), and MIC6 (a 7000 series continuous cast).
Cast mold plate stocked at Alro includes AlcaMax and DuraMold-2 (both 2000 series cast) and Max 5 and Duramold-5 (both 5000 series cast).
2024 aluminum plate is the most widely used aerospace alloy. With the combination of high yield strength and good fatigue resistance. Also has good machinability and grain structure. Great for precision fittings and parts.
3003 aluminum plate reacts well to finishing such as laminating or anodizing. 5052 is a similar alloy with better corrosion resistance and strength.
6061 aluminum plate is the most versatile and widely used of heat treat grades. Excellent machinability, weldability and medium strength. Less strong when compared to 2024 and 7075. Has great welding and brazing abilities due to its high corrosion resistance at all temperatures.
7075 aluminum plate is the highest strength aluminum plate that Alro stocks. Can be used in air-frame structures and aircraft parts.
Some end uses for all grades of aluminum include transportation, food packaging, furniture, electrical applications, building, construction, machinery and equipment.