ALICO – Aluminum Factory
Mr. Sunil at the ALICO facility gave us a tour of the various fabrication and assembly processes taking place at the factory. They specialize in Aluminum profiles joined with polyamide plastic (for thermal insulation) extrusions. They also make Unitized curtain wall – installed on site, Stick Curtain wall – assembled on site, Doors (hinged – sliding – push and slide), Windows and other ventures which involve the processes of extrusions, pattern stamping, curving, rolling, and small scale injection molding.
Inference from visit:
Aluminum or plastic extrusion is a fairly cheap and easy process once set up. If used unlike the conventional manner, maybe it could have alternate functions as joinery to attach or hold other materials without hardware for sleek workmanship.
Aluco bond panels – thin sheets of aluminum outside + insulation (mineral) inside; are easy to manipulate and thus are specially used around columns in airports or as base boards.
The fabrication technique of creating grooves by CNC in Aluminum panels so it bucks and bends is quite interesting as a folding (origami) approach to designing a product with limited moves.
Date visited : 05 Feb 2018
Purpose : Would it be possible to manufacture interior products using the same manufacturing techniques used in the building industry? Specifically in this case aluminium extrusions.
Person Contacted : Mr. Sunil Philip, Workshop Production Facility Manager
Facilities : Curtain Wall system, Trading + Assembly of profiles into doors and windows, Painting / powder coating / PVDF coating / CNC with die – Facade systems – to punch shapes in sheet metal, Water jet cutting, 3D printing, CNC routers, Lathe machines