Quality Services

Western Extrusions takes pride in shipping the highest quality aluminum extrusions in the industry. Therefore, we have provided our dedicated Quality Control department with some of the best resources available.

These resources include a full complement of dimensional measurement equipment including a CMM, optical comparator and long length linear tables. First article inspections and PPAP documentation services are also available.


Testing Services

Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES)

  • ARL 3460 Unit
    • Specifically designed for 6xxx series alloys
    • Equipped with 14 elemental channels
  • Easily characterizes an unknown sample for internal use or for the customer.
  • Western is unique to have such capability without a cast house

Tensile Tests

  • Zwick/Roell - Z100 Unit
    • Automated Extensometer
    • Minimal operator variation
  • Superior software
    • Custom set-up and data output
    • Including Yield to Break ratio
      (for indication of formability)
  • Non slip threaded clamps
    • Rectangular specimens or
    • Round specimens (0.250”, 0.350, 0.505”)
  • Capable of three point bend testing

Hardness Tests

  • Wilson hardness tester
    • Currently certified on Rockwell B, F, K and E scales
    • Offers a firm alternative to Webster
  • Automatic conversions from one scale to another
  • Capable of expanding to all hardness scales (except micro-hardness)

Conductivity

  • Western is able to test all kinds of our material for their ability to conduct electricity
  • A necessity for items sold into the electrical market

Spectrochemical Analysis

  • Spectrochemical analysis provides rapid and accurate chemical analysis of metal.

Metallurgical Evaluation

  • Utilizing high-end Zeiss Metallographic Microscopes
  • Certified metallurgists
  • Image analysis software:
    • Analyze grain size
    • Calculate percent area
    • Quantify results