Valuframe - Notes about using aluminium profile systems.
Tips for specifying Valuframe profiles
Stock level and popularity meters.
To help us to help you, we have introduced stock level and part popularity
meters to the catalogue. Use these meters to guide you towards the parts and profiles that are stocked in more
depth and therefore are more readily available. Also the more popular the part or profile is, the more competitive
the price will generally be too. If the part you need is showing as low stock, it does not mean the item is
not in stock and it does not mean it’s unobtainable. All parts in the catalogue are available, but these
popularity meters can help you to choose lower cost, better available options and design with more commonly
available parts and profiles at the beginning of your design process.
Using Aluminium Profile is not difficult.
Valuframe is now a leading aluminium profile supplier and the ease with which systems can be put together,
dismantled, altered or members reused elsewhere is one of the main reasons why more and more people favour the
use of modular systems over more traditional construction methods.
However, Life will be made easier for you if you remember one or two points that you should consider before
starting your project. We are happy to discuss your project with you in the early stages as we have the experience
to be able to offer advice on the pros and cons of each system for different applications. Maybe you should compare
your current aluminium profile suppliers with everything that Valuframe has to offer?
The most important feature of most aluminium profiles is the geometry of the slot. The
overall outer dimensions are not generally a feature that makes joining
one piece to another easy or difficult , but the slot geometry does if standard joining methods
are to be used. There are ways that mixing profile series can be done, but you will find life a
whole lot easier if you don’t.
Each profile series is denoted by the width of the slot—profile 5 has a 5mm slot width, profile 8
has an 8mm slot and so forth. The depth of the slot is also increased or reduced as the slot width increases or
reduces. Consequently each profile series has its own series of fixings for the slot and these fixings do not
generally work satisfactorily in different sized slots. This means that joining a series 8 profile to another
series 8 profile is straightforward, whereas joining a series 5 profile to a series 8 can be done easily but is not
as straightforward. See previous page for typical profile series dimensions (Some features change from profile to
profile but the core dimensions indicated will remain constant)
Each profile series tends to have a characteristic dimension that is used in multiples to give
various profile sizes. For example series 5 has a 20mm core dimension. Your aluminium profile supplier may offer
similar systems, but often the core dimensions are different. So, you might expect there to be 20x20, 40x20,40x40
etc. as typical standard profiles in this series in addition to profiles that have some other shape feature but
that still have the 20mm base dimension somewhere to allow it
to be neatly joined with other profiles (see previous page for more detail). The slot lies on the centre line
of this core dimension, so a 40mm face of a series 5 profile will contain 2 parallel slots lying 10mm and 30mm
from one edge. It is easy to see therefore that a 40mm series 8 profile with one slot cannot join neatly to a
40mm series 5 profile which has 2 slots on each side. We believe that we offer more connecting methods at
better prices than any other aluminium profile supplier.
For the series 8 profiles there are 3 sub categories—standard, light and Eco. Dimensionally the
profiles of each sub category are the same but wall and web thicknesses are reduced. This is reflected in the
weight per metre and therefore the strength and the price per metre. Not all aluminium profile suppliers provide
all 3 options.
If you have any questions that need an answer don’t hesitate to call us. We are always keen to talk
to our customers who want to compare Valuframe with their current aluminium profile suppliers and we regularly come
across new applications or unusual ways of using for our versatile product. We’ll be pleased to talk to you about
your application and we could save you a lot of time and trouble as we have a broad experience of our market.