Considered one of the most abundant metals on the planet, aluminum accounts for majority of the nameplates being manufactured today. This non-ferrous metal is often used in alloy form, being combined with metals such as zinc, copper, and manganese to improve on its inherent qualities. There are times however when this particular material is used in its pure form, and this is only when workability and corrosion resistance is the main requirement and not durability or strength.
Aluminum alloys are made into what are called “series”. These alloys are given four-digit designations, which help tell you what these can be used on, how much pure aluminum can be found in the alloy, and what the main features of these metals are. These series range from the 1000 series to the 8000 series, with the former being the type that has the most aluminum in it. The succeeding series after the initial are combined with very specific metals, such as 2000 being combined with copper and 3000 being combined with manganese.
Each aluminum series has its own specific uses. For instance, the 2000 series were primarily crafted for use with aerospace requirements (but was later replaced by the 7000 series), and the 5000 series is made generally for use with marine applications. For our nameplates, we often use either the 1100 alloy or the 3003 alloy, with the first type being considered commercially pure and the 3003 being used for when strength and good corrosion resistance are both needed. These are not the only aluminum alloys we use however, since we also have other aluminum alloy types for you to choose from.
.002”, .012”, .016”, .020,”, .025”, .032”, .050”, .064”, .125”
For more information on these thicknesses and what these are good for, check out our Material Specifications Page.