MiniTec UK is expanding its profile system range with a new stainless steel profile that the company claims to be unique. It is intended for use as machine framing for harsh production environments, high-temperature processes and other areas where aluminium profiles have limited use.
The new high-grade SUS304 stainless profile retains the simplicity and cost benefits of its aluminium counterpart, yet it has significantly improved temperature and load bearing characteristics, as well as excellent corrosion resistance. The 45 mm x 45 mm square-section profile is completely interchangeable with MiniTec's aluminium profile system and benefits from a stainless version of the time-saving Powerlock fastener that requires no pre-machining or special assembly tools. When compared against other manufacturers' stainless steel profile systems, MiniTec claims that the combination of a very competitive pricing policy and the simplicity of machine-free assembly makes the new MiniTec profile a very attractive machine framing choice.
While extruded aluminium profile framework systems are now the preferred construction method for production machinery and test equipment in many areas of industry, with well developed cost and time-saving benefits, anodised aluminium has limited corrosion resistance, which can inhibit its use in hostile, clean and outdoor environments. The new stainless steel profile opens up a wide range of application opportunities for system integrators and OEMs of manufacturing, packaging and handling machinery used for industrial production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and medical devices.
The natural finish of the stainless profile will also be of benefit for clean room processing in semiconductor and electronics manufacture, with the added advantage of excellent electrically conductive characteristics for ESD. The new range also copes well with high-temperature and caustic washdown processes and will be suitable for outdoor framing construction and some architectural applications such as screens.
In addition to the stainless version of the Powerlock fastener, the range is complemented by stainless accessories such as end caps and mounting feet. There are also hundreds of other accessories that may be used from MiniTec's aluminium profile system range, including mechanical, electrical and pneumatic components for guards, doors, panelling, conveying, handling, linear motion and workstations.
For more information, visit www.minitec.co.uk/profile_system.htm.