There are two problems in the tslot extrusions industry: 1) High Prices, and 2) Few options in the materials used to make the extrusions.
The price of tslot extrusions on the market is accurate for the material they’re made out of—aluminum. This is an expensive material, which is why they are expensive tslots.
But the truth is, there are a wide variety of tslot extrusion applications, and certainly many of them do not require that all tslots be made out of aluminum. It can even be argued that because these tslots are made of aluminum, they can present thermal and electric conductivity issues, corrosion, weight, and gall concerns. Strength and stiffness are the benefits of aluminum, but for those uses where weight-bearing is not a primary function, what about tslots made out of other materials?
Benefits of lightweight plastic tslot extrusions
As we thought about the possibility of tslots made from an alternative material, other benefits to rigid plastic tslot extrusions began to come to mind. We could use them in electrical applications knowing that we would be much safer. PVC has such a low conductivity that types of PVC are used as protective coatings around wires.
The benefits of how lightweight rigid PVC extrusions would be were also a bonus.
Aluminum extrusions can be quite heavy, with makes transporting, assembly and disassembly more difficult and shipping much more expensive.
We are proud of the fact that the much lighter weight of our extrusions makes shipment significantly cheaper.
But that’s not the only reason plastic extrusions are cheaper. The material used is much less expensive too, making our extrusions about half the cost of the same profile of aluminum tslots.
Then there is corrosion resistance. We all know how resistant PVC is to water and saline solutions in particular. This is why homes today use PVC in plumbing to run water through the home and underground. Rigid PVC is very corrosion resistant.
Saline solutions in particular stand out when it comes to comparing the corrosion resistance of aluminum vs plastic tslot extrusions. Aluminum can be pretty corrosion resistant too, but when it comes to saline solutions, the corrosion resistance of aluminum decreases. Our rigid PVC plastic tslot extrusions are unaffected.
Aluminum has a tendency to gall and pit, especially during assembly while sliding the pieces of extrusion together. If you’ve worked with aluminum tslots before, you may have noticed this effect. Rigid PVC has a higher resistance to galling and pitting.
Color Options for Tslots
Lastly, one nice benefit of working with extruded plastic is that we can dye it quite easily. This means that when a certain color of tslot extrusions are needed, dye is simply added to the melted PVC before it is extruded. This allows us to offer different colors of tslots that, unlike aluminum tslots, are not painted, but the color of the extrusion is the color of the material all the way through. You can find out the current colors offered by giving us a call or checking out our website.
As time goes on, we learn more applications, benefits, and different industry uses of our tslots. It never fails to surprise us which industry will order next. From the electrical industry, to the health care industry, to the oceanic industry, it has been very exciting to see the kind of solutions our plastic tslots provide.
If you have any questions about our tslots or if you want to know if your particular application will work, give us a call at (651) 317-4758. We can send you a free small sample so you can see the product durability in person. Also, if you’d like to order some lengths, our website is secure and able to take orders and payment safely.