Aluminum is a popular metal due to a variety of attractive features that make it suitable for a range of applications. In addition to an unbeatable strength-to-weight ratio when compared to other metals (Aluminum weighs approximately 1/3 the weight of iron, steel, copper or brass), aluminum is also corrosion resistant and non-combustible. The reflective nature make aluminum a good choice for lighting fixtures. In addition aluminum is non-toxic so it is often used in making food processing equipment. It is virtually maintenance-free and it's ability to conduct electricity is similar to copper.
Applications where aluminum is often used include transportation, equipment manufacturing, electrical, construction, and machinery manufacturing.
Processing Aluminum Sheet
With so many potential uses, aluminum should be processed in a way that compliments its future application. Alro Steel offers a variety of metal processing services including*:
Cut to Length - enhances efficiency and reduces processing time
Plasma Cutting - minimizes machining while obtaining greater accuracy and tighter tolerances
Plate Laser - offers tighter tolerances and the best cut surface
Plate Saw - produces square cuts with tight tolerances
Super Square - precision milled and available in 2, 4, or 6 sides
Press Brake - bends thicker plate for custom angles, channels, and more
Precision Sawing - lowers your cost of doing business with tighter tolerances and reduced machining clean-up
Saw Cutting - cuts materials to a specified length, or within your specified tolerance
Shearing - sheared to your exact specifications
Tube Cutting - ID /OD chamfers BOTH ends for quick and accurate finished pieces
Tube Laser - dramatically reduces your assembly time with high quality cuts
Waterjet Processing - eliminates the need for drilling and punching, with more accurate cutting and no mechanical stress
*Metals processing options vary by grade. Alro Steel has a team of experienced staff with decades of hands on experience in the processing and handling of metals. We are happy to assist you in determining the best options that can help you save both time and money. Call us today at 888-888-2576.
Aluminum Grades Stocked By Alro Include:
2024 aluminum has fair corrosion and good machinability. It is known as the “aircraft” alloy because of its strength and is typically used in aircraft fittings, clock parts, and couplings.
3003 aluminum is the most widely used of all aluminum alloys, offering the excellent characteristics of 1100 with higher strength. It is typically used for cooking utensils, pressure vessels, eyelet stock, garage doors, and more.
5052 aluminum has good workability, high fatigue strength, and very good corrosion resistance. It is typically used for cooking utensils, food processing equipment, mailboxes, ladders, and more.
5086 aluminum can be readily welded and retain most of its mechanical strength since it is not strengthened by heat treatment. Its good weldability and corrosion properties in seawater make it extremely popular for applications like boat hulls, seawater applications, and vessel gangways.
Buying Aluminum Sheets
With over 60 locations in 12 states, Alro Steel makes it easy to find a metal supplier near you.