We asked in a poll what your opinion is on using dedicted bolsters. The outcome was as we had hoped for.

3% indicated that a dedicated bolster will bring benefits for the profile shape

17% indicated that a dedicated bolster will bring benefits for the die life

79% indicated that a dedicated bolster will bring benefits to the profile shape and the die life

Why did we hope this outcome? Please read more in our 'special' on bolster. Or as we call them: "The hidden heroes of extrusion"

Glass Balustrade Profiles by Adex (November 12th, 2020)

 

In the world of creating mind boggling buildings it is important that everything comes together. Building need to be spectacular, light and a lust for the eye. Nowadays a lot of glass is used in the buildings to achieve this. But for a lot of glass that is used an aluminium profile is needed.

These profiles are becoming more and more complex,visually more attractive and structurally important. This gives a lot of issues in the balance between the looks and the performance.

At Adex we have been dealing with these issues for a long time. Thanks to the experience we have in manufacturing dies for this kind of profiles we can make use of all of our knowledge in building the optimum die for these profiles.

 

Where Adex makes the difference

  • Freedom of design. What a profile should look like on the outside is relatively simple. But internally a glass balustrade profile is a masterpiece to achieve maximum strengt and stability. Thanks to the ability of creating dies for complex design Adex is able to produce a die that lives up to the expectation of the customer. To make sure that the die will work Adex is able to do a simulation run on the design.

  • Small details possible. Putting small details (chambers or threads) in the profile is often a point that will be heavily discussed. Especially when these details are outside of the container/billet. For Adex this is not a problem. We can produce dies with details that are located on the edge of the die. Giving the customer the maximum freedom of design.

  • Co-engineering. Adex is able to look back at 40+ years of experience in building dies. Thanks to co-engineering we share this knowledge with the customer so that the best result for customer, extruder and die maker is achieved. This is what we call the "Triple-win" situation.

  • Minimized die-lines. Especially for profiles that are anodised die lines are something that will cause rejection of profiles. Thanks to our clever design we have been able to minimize the die-lines in the profile.

  • Compact design. Thanks to the integrated spreading Adex curtainwall dies are compact thus saving on die costs and scrap during production.

  • Maximum spreading. Thanks to the 'think outside the billet' philosophy and combining this with our shrink ring technology or stone technology the only limitation you have is the pressopening.  If the profile fits the press opening we can make a die for it. Proven Adex spreading technology enables you the press profiles that are way outside of the container dimensions. In this way you can make 100% use of your press cababilites.

  • Virtual check. With simulation we can check the design so a first trail can be avoided. During the simulation critical points in the profile can be looked after and solved before the die is even produced. The initial trail at the customer can be avoided and the first correction (if needed) is done before the die is delivered. Thus saving time and money at the customer.

 

So for the next time you are thinking about a glass balustrade profile think about Adex.

 

Ramon Brauer about 2019 and the outlook for 2020

Ramon, you have been at Adex for 1 year now in the role of managing director. In this year a lot happened with the global economics that impacted the extrusion world. However, a change seems to be coming. What do you think about the current situation the market is in?

Railway technology by Adex (September 7th, 2020)

 

A Railway profile needs to be perfect. It should last for a long time making sure that the passengers safely arrive at the destination. A lot of aspects are integrated in one 'simple' profile. At Adex we have been designing and producing Railway dies for 40+ years. So we know what to do when it comes to producing these kind of dies. With the capabilities of producing dies from 70mm up 1.100mm we can even provide dies for the biggest presses in the world.

 

The Adex railway technology brings following benefits:

  • Maximum spreading. Thanks to the 'think outside the billet' philosophy and combining this with our shrink ring technology or stone technology the only limitation you have is the pressopening.  If the profile fits the press opening we can make a die for it. Proven Adex spreading technology enables you the press profiles that are way outside of the container dimensions. In this way you can make 100% use of your press cababilites.

  • Complex shapes. Thanks to our 40+ years of experience we have been able to produce dies for even the most complex shapes. In this way creating room for the customer to make his optimal design. Light profiles mostly have complicated designs that requires a lot of know-how. Adex has proven itself over the years that we are able to get the job done.

  • Virtual check. With simulation we can check the design so a first trail can be avoided. During the simulation critical points in the profile can be looked after and solved before the die is even produced. The initial trail at the customer can be avoided and the first correction (if needed) is done before the die is delivered. Thus saving time and money at the customer. The simulation technology can also be used to indicate the transversal seam and the material structure which is important for the friction steer welding.

  • Scrap reduction. The intergrated spreading from Adex results in a shorter transversal seam in the profile. Thus producing more effective meters per billet.

 

So for the next time you are thinking about a railway profile, think about Adex!

We are proud to announce that Adex is a sponsor of Team VeLo in the "Go for Africa" Challenge. This is a three week journey for students from the Netherlands (Bakel) to Belgium, France, Spain, Marocco, Mauretania, Senegal and Gambia. In Gambia Team VeLo will be giving technical eduction at schools. For more information visit the website www.goforafrica.nl

Good luck guys!

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Curtainwall technology by Adex (July 7th, 2020)

 

What does the ultimate curtainwall look like? We asked ourself that question and came up with a lot of answeres. It should be simple, it should be cheap, it should be stable, etc. However the most important thing about the ultimate curtainwall is that it should be what the customer expects it to be. Without limitations. So at Adex we have come up with the "Curtainwall technology". This enables you the get the curtainwall just the way that is was designed.

 

 At Adex we have been producing dies for curtainwalls for some time. But what is the advantage of choosing for an Adex die?

 

 We have summarized the benefits for you:

  •  Maximum usage of the press opening. Thanks to the Adex spreading technology you are able to press every curtainwall that fits the press opening. Thus making it possible to quote all of the profiles in that project tender. You only have to worry that the profile will fit the press opening. Adex will take care of design a tool for it.

  •  Small details in the profile. Putting small details (chambers or threads) in the profile is often a point that will be heavily discussed. Especially when these details are outside of the container/billet. For Adex this is not a problem. We can produce dies with details that are located on the edge of the die. Giving the customer the maximum freedom of design.

  • Dimensional stability. A wide profile often becomes unstable during extrusion. A addition wall is mostly added to create stabilty. This could result in a heavier profile and increasing the possibility of die lines in the profile. At Adex we have been mastering the art of stability. Therefore (mostly) no extra wall is needed to make sure that the profile comes out as it was thought.

  • Minimized die-lines. Especially for profiles that are anodised die lines are something that will cause rejection of profiles. Thanks to our clever design we have been able to minimize the die-lines in the profile.

  • Compact design. Thanks to the integrated spreading Adex curtainwall dies are compact thus saving on die costs and scrap during production.

 

So for the next time you are thinking about a curtainwall, think about Adex!

On behalf of our complete team we would like to thank you for this past year and wish you merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Extrusion dies with Christmas message

Dear Sir or Madam,

Since the outbreak of the Corona virus (COVID-19) we have been succesfully using a strict protocol within ADEX. This to ensure that we keep our workforce healthy.

Sticking to this protocol has resulted in a healthy workforce that is on the same level as before the outbreak. Capacity is back on the level that we are used to.

This gives us breathing room and space for new orders. Adex has still sufficient raw material and tools available to ensure the production. So for this we foresee no problems for the future.

The current protocol stays in force untill we find it save to either partially or completely lift it.

In this protocol we have added the rules on distance, hygiene and how to set up our offices.

Also following rules stay in force untill further notice.

*Handshaking as way of greeting will not be done as part of the precautions

*Business trips from Adex employees will be postponed until further notice.

*Visits from suppliers or customers will be kept to an absolute minimum. We prefer to contact our suppliers/customers by alternative means (Skype, Phone, Email) until further notice.

*For deliveries and pickups we have protocol that should be taken into account.

Stay healthy and stay safe!

 

Software is becoming a more integrated part of our lives. More and more is done by software before
it’s put in practice. ADEX has now joined this ‘movement’. By acquiring a dedicated 3D-software we
are now able to simulate the extrusion process byte for byte. The software enables us to see if the
proposed design works. But is also helps the customer in showing where heat stripes may occur or
even how big the billet transition will be and another plus is the possibility to simulate several blocks
being pressed (Front-end/back-end).

3dsoftware ADEX qform 


By simulating ADEX is now able to already know upfront what will happen during the extrusion
process before the tool even arrives at the customer. Making it possible to reduce the number of
trails. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information!

We are proud to announce that we have expanded our website with several whitepapers. These whitepapers contain more information about the subjects there are written about. Right now we have started with spreading, simulation and co-engineering. More whitepapers will follow.

Click here to go to our whitepaper section!

Whitepaper adex example

Video about aluminium extrusion in combination with Adex spreading technology

video about production of aluminium extrusion dies at adex