National-environmental-education-foundationAs students across the United States gain increased awareness of environmental issues during National Environmental Education Week, April 17-23. It is the responsibility of everyone, including manufacturing companies, to be mindful of our environment impact and find ways to curb inefficiency and remove unnecessary waste.

One way for manufacturers to adopt environmentally friendly principles is by utilizing item’s Machine Building Kit System. item’s high-quality extruded aluminum profiles enable manufacturers and solutions builders to design and build modular mechanical solutions that can be updated as needed, reused, and easily recycled.

Three R’s of Extruded Aluminum
Students learn about the Three R’s of the environment: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. While these principles are often taught at a consumer level, the concepts can also be applied by manufacturing companies when planning, building, and expanding facilities and workflows. 
For manufacturers that have prioritized environmental impact, adopting a standardized building using extruded aluminum profiles can be a versatile tool to achieve all three of those concepts. Selecting the best extruded aluminum system for your organization’s demands is critical. 
Steel has long been the go-to material when designing and building bases and frames. While there are heavy-duty applications that demand the high rigidity of steel, it is often excessive when used as machine bases and frames. Unlike building with steel, item’s aluminum extruded system enables manufacturers to build large machine frames and structures with hand tools and simple fasteners. item’s versatile system reduces the overall cost of both raw material and time when building machine frames. The modularity of item’s extruded aluminum system makes it is unnecessary to scrap old frames, or have to go through the tedious process of welding on additions. 
Reuse and Reconfigure
Structures built from item’s Machine Building System can be disassembled, updated, and reassembled, making it easy to update machines and workflows later on. A core benefit to the system is a set of five standardized t-slot grooves across item’s extruded aluminum profiles. Each t-slot groove enables adjustable fasteners, accessories, and other components to be securely attached. This versatility makes it easy to create dynamic mechanical solutions including machine frames, material handling solutions, and stairways & platforms that can be updated as needed. With only a few hand tools, a large machine frame can be quickly disassembled and reconfigured. This building strategy is not only environmentally friendly, but also offers advantages to machine builders and workflow engineers. 
Beyond reusing solutions built from item’s Machine Building System, the aluminum material itself is often referred to as the infinitely recyclable metal. In general, recycling aluminum is one of the most cost-effective and environmentally neutral processes. According to the EPA, “It usually takes less energy to make recycled products; producing aluminum by recycling, for example, takes 95% less energy than producing new aluminum from bauxite ore.” There is no limit to how many times aluminum can be recycled. Properly recycled aluminum can reduce the environmental impact of raw smelting, saving energy and allowing aluminum to be remade into new products for businesses and consumers. 

Aluminum Production and Recycling Cycle, AAC

Fundamentals of the item Machine Building System

With item North America’s no-cost engineering team, it’s easy to design and build efficient machines and workflows. We have been in Akron for 20 years designing and building custom mechanical solutions for a wide range of industrial applications. Specializing in large machines and belt-driven linear actuators, experienced engineers and sales teams collaborate with customers ensuring the best components from item’s high quality Machine Building System are utilized for each proposed solution. 
Additionally, item North America offers special machining and assembly services. With two in-house routers we can quickly process panel materials and custom machining on aluminum extrusions. To learn more about item’s Machine Building System visit our system fundamentals page.
Take advantage of item North America’s no-cost engineering services for your next aluminum extrusion project. For a catalog, brochures, or to start your next project, contact our sales support team now!