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Learn how safety guarding using 80/20 t-slot aluminum extrusions creates a safer and more organized workplace

T-slot aluminum extrusions are considered the strongest, lightest and most versatile material to build industrial framing from, and 80/20 t-slot extrusions are the industry standard for all types of safety guarding.

OSHA reports that last year US businesses paid more than $1.5 million dollars in penalties for not protecting workers from noise

Making any manufacturing or engineering environment safer is a sound business practice, with long-term benefits for the bottom line and employee morale. Custom machine enclosures, safety railings, platforms, stairways, guarding and workstations offer better efficiency and effectiveness – because they are designed specifically for your business and your exact work process.

80/20 Inc. recently published a 12 page booklet on Custom Guarding & Safety Solutions, and F&L Industrial Solutions is offering to send this booklet directly to you at no cost.

To request a free copy, just click here and send us your mailing address by email. And we will get this informative free Safety Guarding Booklet right out to you.

Safety guarding protects workers from noise, debris, contaminants, and physical dangers. 80/20 t-slot extrusions offer the largest family of compatible parts and the highest quality standards in the industry. And they are the best choice when building any type of framing structure, especially safety enclosures or guarding.

When you are ready to upgrade your work environment, F&L Industrial Solutions is your best business partner – offering fast, free CAD design of 80/20 t-slot framing and free quotations. Give us a call today at 1-858-602-1500 to get that 80/20 t-slot project...

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What Aluminum T-Slot Bar Should I Use?

This document covers a simple method to decide what size and shape of 80/20 t-slot bar  is required for a particular project – based on the weight the structure must support. There are infinite ways of engineering a t-slot aluminum structure, but the method outlined below is simple and straightforward – and should be easy to understand by non-engineers. Although we reference 80/20 brand t-slot extrusion data in this article, you could draw usable conclusions for other t-slot aluminum profiles if their size, weight and shapes were similar to 80/20 Inc. t-slot products.

The basic principle of choosing the right bar is understanding when a bar starts bending (commonly referred to as deflection) under a specific weight load.

There are 9 common methods for calculating deflection for t-slot aluminum bars as outlined below:

Deflection Methods










Today, we will be looking at the Two-End Supported method using Load Centered weight (circled in the chart above). While the two-end fixed test method is closest to the common vertical corner post method of design, it assumes an unbreakable connection with the vertical post. As fastener strength will play a role in any fixed design strength, we will use the two end supported method to better illustrate independent bar strength. In general, bars will bend easier...

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