For many decades, Mifa has been the benchmark when it comes to precision extrusion. We are a specialist in producing the most complex aluminum extrusion profiles. Our extrusion profiles are used in many products and markets:
Naturally, each market or company has its own specific requirements when it comes to the development and production of aluminum profile extrusions. Our customers can rely on high standards of quality, accuracy and freedom of form. We supplied custom aluminium profiles to numerous satisfied customers worldwide, among them: Tesla, KTM, Airbus, Daimler and Porsche.
How Mifa produces aluminum extrusion profiles
Simply put, aluminum is heated in a furnace until it is sufficiently soft to be formed. Hot aluminum is then forced under great pressure through a mold which determines the final form of the profile. After the profile is extruded, it is cooled, stretched, hardened and cut to size, after which any necessary finishing can be applied. Examples include machining and surface treatments. The profile can then be assembled into a finished or semi-finished product.
This is how our aluminium extrusion profiles are made. The animation below shows the aluminium extrusion process.
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Before delving deeper into the world of extrusion, let's start with a short introduction to the various providers.
It’s important to know that not every extruder (extrusion supplier) can or will offer you what you need. Many companies in this industry focus on pressing large quantities of aluminium. Mifa, on the other hand, focuses mainly on high quality, complex profiles. We don’t make things unnecessarily complex, but a complex profile is often the part in a product that can make a difference. This could be because it has a complex shape, has to be very thin-walled or may have a maximum dimensional tolerance of just ±0.02 mm. This is precisely the level of detail that Mifa excels in.
The range of different alloys also makes Mifa unique! With fourteen alloys, including magnesium, we have a wide range to offer. We also extrude many other alloys on request. We’ll be pleased to advise you on this.
Advantages of aluminium extrusion profiles from Mifa
Many engineers are unaware that extrusion can offer huge advantages over many alternative techniques such as machining, roll forming, and milling. We're pleased to explain how this technique could improve your product or production process and why it will often save you time and money!
Download our whitepaper on precision extrusion for more details.
Freedom of form in design process
Customized solutions are at the heart of what we do. Our technology offers you enormous freedom of design. When designing a custom aluminum profile, designers hardly have to make any concessions. This freedom of form produces excellent end results.
With the extensive experience that the engineers at Mifa have, we can assist you in your design process. This allows you to get the most out of your product. Our engineers like to think along with you. The best products are often created by co-engineering, whereby the experience and knowledge of Mifa enriches your product knowledge.
While many companies focus on large-volume aluminum extrusions, Mifa on the other hand excels in producing complex aluminum extrusion profiles with a high level of precision and detail. We produce completely finished extruded aluminum profiles with size tolerances from ± 0.02 mm. This accuracy opens up unprecedented possibilities. Moreover, in terms of straightness, torsion, concentricity, parallelism and surface roughness, our aluminum extrusions are superior to the norm. As a result, further machining is often no longer necessary. This saves you time and money.
- Tolerances from ± 0,02 mm.
- Wall thickness from 0.25 mm: ultra light and strong design (substantial weight savings).
- Profile weight from 0,003 kg/meter to 10 kg/meter.
- Profile size from Ø 3mm up to Ø 180 mm / 220 x 60 mm.
- Avoid/reduce costly machining steps.
Low order volumes possible
You have access to the benefits of precision extrusion from as little as 10 kg/batch. The costs of a mould for profiles are relatively low and can already be earned back with small production batches. We understand that if you are still working on prototypes, it is not desirable to have large purchase obligations imposed on you.
Co-engineering leads to optimal aluminium extrusion profiles
At Mifa, we have been successfully cooperating with our customers for many years. We are an committed partner throughout and offer support during the design process and, for example, in selecting the right aluminum alloys. We truly think along with you.
If you would like to benefit from our experience and high degree of expertise, we encourage you to involve our engineers in the designing process. Ultimately, this results in a more efficient, high-quality and refined aluminum extrusion profile. In most instances, this can therefore be manufactured at a lower cost. Moreover, throughout the entire aluminum profile production process, our customers only have to deal with one single partner.
- Benefit from our extensive knowledge and know-how;
- Decades of experience in a variety of markets;
- A more sophisticated aluminum extruded profile;
- Faster time-to-market;
- Advice during the design process;
- Lower costs through efficient design;
- Responsibility lies with one party.
Aluminum extrusion, machining, surface treatment and assembly, all under one roof
Mifa is more than happy to take full responsibility for the development, production and finishing of your aluminum extruded profiles.
We have all the necessary techniques available for the entire production process, all under one roof in the Netherlands. Mifa is truly a one-stop-shop for our (inter)national customers. We specialize in aluminium profile extrusion, but we also have a whole range of other techniques at our disposal, such as machining, aluminium surface treatment, and assembly.
In our ultra-modern CNC-controlled machine park with more than 25 CNC machines, we carry out all machining operations. In addition, Mifa Surface Treatment offers aluminum surface treatment in accordance with customer requirements. The surface treatments improves the durability of our aluminum profiles.
This vertical integration of production steps provides our customers with numerous benefits:
- One point of contact;
- Control and knowledge of the entire chain;
- Cost savings;
- Shorter total production and lead time;
- Fully finished aluminum extrusion profiles.
Sustainability: Top of mind at Mifa
The environment is of great importance to us. We therefore strive to continuously reduce our ecological footprint. To achieve this, Mifa takes into account factors such as: energy consumption, waste management, vitality, safety and health of employees. Mifa has taken the following actions concerning sustainability:
New sprinkler system: protects people and the environment against an incipient fire. Sprinklers also limit the amount of toxic gases that emerge during a fire.
Prevention of waste: the use of sustainable cardboard cups prevents material wastage. Mifa also has its own recycling zone where we separate raw materials, making it easier to recycle. In this way, we also reduce energy consumption.
The energy consumption to produce aluminium is high. However, aluminium has a very long lifespan. No less than 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use according to The International Aluminium Institute.
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Masterclass on aluminium production methods
Because designers and engineers are often insufficiently aware of the possibilities offered by aluminum extrusion, we offer masterclasses so that they can increase their knowledge and understanding of the options. This makes it possible for you to design the best possible extruded aluminum profiles. We give a number of 'standard' masterclasses, both at our own premises and at customer locations, but we’re also more than willing to tailor the content of a masterclass to your needs or issues!
Please contact Frank Loobeek or see our page on masterclasses.
Case: Train modernization at NedTrain
NedTrain wants to modernise its famous double-deck trains. This means that all trains will be completely dismantled and then reassembled. Mifa supplies extruded floor profiles for this purpose. Because most of the profiles are beneath the floor, they are only partially visible or not visible at all.
This project is a European tender. This means that every company has the opportunity to apply for this public contract. Of all the companies that participated, Mifa was ultimately chosen for this project. One of the main reasons for this, is that Mifa has all the required technologies for Nedtrain's project in-house. These are:
- CNC machining
- Surface treatment
Case: Atlas project at Cern, Geneva
The Max Planck Institute of Physics is a state-of-the-art research institution whose discoveries have had a major impact on the world of electronics. Within the framework of the Atlas detection project, the Max Planck Institute of Physics is developing particle accelerators intended for the Geneva-based CERN organisation.
The ATLAS project requires absolute precision in all areas. For this reason in particular, the Max Planck Institute of Physics has chosen aluminium profiles from Mifa. Current standards for extruded aluminium profiles usually allow deviations of 0.15 mm. Mifa offers extrusion processes with an accuracy of 0.02 mm. This is why the Max Planck Institute of Physics chose Mifa as a partner for this demanding project.
Case: Contribution to ETAP lighting technology
ETAP Lighting (Belgium) creates user-friendly and sustainable lighting. The company specialises in creating lighting comfort in the workplace. Etap's products reduce electricity consumption to a minimum. The company has a total of about 500 employees and operates in eleven countries.
Mifa has made an important contribution to the 'D3 Downlight LED', a new model of LED application. This project was brought to a successful conclusion by means of co-engineering. Mifa was involved from the design phase to the development of the prototype and series production.
Get in touch with Mifa
Would you like to receive more information on our aluminium profile designs? If so, please complete the contactform. You’re also welcome to call Mifa's staff at any time on: +31 (0)77 – 389 88 88. In addition, please see our FAQ for a complete overview of questions and answers or download our whitepapers.