F&L News Blog

Learn About Tabletop Substrates for 80/20 T-Slot Extrusions in the Spring Edition of Extrusion Builder News

Extrusion Builder News February 2017 Edition

For manufacturers, R&D teams, laboratory designers, safety officers and ergonomic managers, the surface upon which we work is an important factor in efficiency, safety and employee satisfaction. So when F&L Industrial Solution’s designers build an aluminum extrusion frame using 80/20 brand t-slots, they ask probing questions to fully understand what the customer requirements are for the workbench, lab table, conveyor system, tool rack, machine enclosure or specialized cart they are designing. The days of vinyl-laminated particle-board tabletops are gone, and new plastics and metals have replaced the old counters with higher performance surfaces.

Common tabletop materials for t-slot aluminum framing

Take aluminum composites like AluPOLY© or phenolic resins like TRESPA© for example. AluPOLY© is configured with a core polyethylene center sandwiched between thin outer .012” aluminum skins. The result looks and feels like an aluminum plate – but it’s much lighter, and stronger than solid plastic tops – and AluPOLY© comes in a many different pre-painted colors. TRESPA TOP-LAB© is a special phenolic resin that has a significant wood component, so it’s better for the environment and it offers an anti-bacterial surface that is very popular for lab tables and machine enclosures.

These new types...

Read more

Smooth 10 Series Catalog 20 Addendum

This addendum is for Catalog 20 owners that want to learn more about the new 10 Series Smooth t-slot aluminum extrusion profiles recently introduced by 80/20 Inc.

The addendum is available in the download section of the F&L Industrial Solutions website, or click on the photo to the left.

These 10 new bars offer a smooth surface that was previously only available on metric t-slot extrusions. They are now available for purchase from F&L Industrial Solutions.

Read more