There are many types of extrusions out there, and basically all of the ones on market are conductive.
Why? Because they’re made out of aluminum.
This is a problem and we’ve created the solution—nonconductive tslot extrusions.
When it comes to extrusions, there are all kinds of shapes and sizes, made out of different molds and tooling to fulfill various applications. But have you ever noticed that the varieties of materials used to make tslot extrusions are very limited?
Aluminum extrusions have their benefits, of course, but they also have their drawbacks. Conduction is one of those major drawbacks.
Electrical Conductivity and its Dangers
Electrical Conductivity can be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you use it and especially whether or not you know how to use it.
Electrical Conductivity is the ability of a material to conduct electrical currents. So basically, when it comes in contact with an electrical charge, such as a hot electrical wire, it will carry that electrical charge and shock anyone who touches it.
T-slots framing is often used near or around equipment that uses high voltage electricity. If the equipment or wires become damaged in some way the potential electrocution hazard can be very high. Aluminum or steel structures can increase the hazard by extending the danger zone through its framing. By using Modular Extrusions’ nonconductive tslot extrusions framing, you can provide an extra safety barrier between you and the electrical hazard.
Electromagnetic Interference & Compliance
Electromagnetic waves are everywhere. They can be both good and bad. Radios, cell phones and Wifi networks all work using electromagnetic waves. Each of these devices is tuned to send and receive certain frequencies specified by the FCC. Electronic devices can emit electromagnetic pulses and signals that interfere with these frequencies and devices. This is why electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compliance (EMI/EMC) testing is so important.
In EMI/EMC testing a device is tested to ensure that only the proper frequencies are emitted from it. This testing is very sensitive and can be ruined by any conductive object in the room. This is why aluminum t-slots cannot be used during testing. Now EMI Tests can also benefit from the modularity and flexibility of nonconductive tslot extrusions to build test framing and fixtures. Our extrusions can stand for performing tests in the EMI chamber because of the low conductivity of Modular Extrusions’ plastic t-slots.
High Frequency Welding
One of aluminum’s great properties is it can conduct high frequency or radio waves. This is a desirable property if you want to build an antenna. However, this phenomena can also be very undesirable if you want to contain the high frequency waves in processes like High Frequency or Radio Frequency (RF) welding.
Aluminum t-slots can amplify the waves and send them through the surrounding area, which can wreak havoc on nearby electrical equipment or sensors. Plastic t-slot framing can be a great way to build fixtures and frames around the parts being welded to help reduce the amount of stray radio waves in the surrounding environment.
Nonconductive Tslot Extrusions Benefits
With nonconductive tslots you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no matter what application you use your tslots for, you are safe from dangerous electrical currents or stray high frequency waves passing on to you or anything else coming in contact with the extrusions.
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