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FAQ's

Which T-Slot Extrusion connection method should I use on my Faztek project?

Faztek offers several connection methods, each having unique benefit depending on the application. Please review the information below to find out how to "Connect with Faztek!"

Anchor Fasteners

  • Cost effective
  • Infinite adjustability
  • Easy positioning
  • Requires one counterbore
  • Quick assembly

Assembly Instructions

  • Insert the assembled anchor fastener into the T-slotted Extrusion.
  • Set the mating T-Slotted Extrusion 90 degrees to the joining T-Slot. Be sure the counterbore is oriented properly.
  • Slide the anchor fastener into the counterbore of the mating T-Slotted Extrusion.
  • Be sure the T-Slotted Extrusions are squared up.
  • Tighten the anchor fastener with a 1/4" "T" Handle Ball End Hex Wrench.


End Fasteners

  • Clean & hidden connection
  • Requires an access hole drilling and one end tap

Assembly Instructions:

  • Set the end fastener clip on the end of the T-Slotted Extrusion over the tapped hole.
  • Place the bolt through the clip and thread into the tapped hole of the T-Slotted Extrusion.
  • Slide the bottom T-slot onto the clip of the mating T-Slotted Extrusion.
  • Line up the access hole up with the head of the button head fastener.
  • Tighten the end fastener with a 3/16" "T" Handle Ball End Hex Wrench.


T-Anchor Fasteners

  • Clean, hidden appearance
  • No panel notches necessary
  • Infinite positioning
  • Extremely strong connection
  • One counterbore required

Assembly Instructions

  • Drop barrel of the anchor fastener into the counterbore.
  • Insert "T" bar w/ spring into T-Slotted Extrusion hole and hole in barrel.
  • Insert set screw into barrel and begin tightening until slight tension is on the "T" bar.
  • Place head of the "T" anchor into the mating T-Slotted Extrusion.
  • Once the T-Slotted Extrusion is in place, tighten the set screw.


Corner Brackets & Joining Plates

  • Easy field modifications
  • No machining required
  • Attach to T-Slotted Extrusion using T-nuts and screws


T-Slot Connector (Machiningless Fastener)

  • No machining required
Infinite positioning
Hidden look inside T-slot

Assembly Instructions:

  • Slide connector body into T-slot.
  • Insert nut into opposite T-Slotted Extrusion and tighten to join T-Slotted Extrusions.
  • Tighten set screw into connector body.

Which panel type should be used for my specific Faztek application?

Faztek offers polycarbonate/Lexan, ABS, and PVC panels for use with T-Slotted Extrusions.

Polycarbonate panels are great for doors, machine guarding, storage cabinets and other enclosures. They each have strengths and weaknesses. Review the panel characteristics below to help determine which material is right for you.

Material Comparison

Due to its high strength and machining characteristics, polycarbonate/Lexan is ideal for use in machine enclosures, perimeter guards, safety fencing, robot guarding, etc....

ABS and PVC panels have many uses. Although not transparent, they offer a clean aesthetic look as well as a high degree of functionality. Common uses include use with sound enclosures, partitions, tops for workstations and desks and much more.

ABS is more rigid than PVC and is smooth on one side, textured on the other. PVC panels are more susceptible to scratching.

What are the difference in the Faztek T-Slot 'series'?

Faztek offers three different series of T-Slotted Extrusion products. Each series varies by the size of T-Slotted Extrusions, part dimensions and typical applications. Below is a brief description of each series.

15 Series

The 15 Series line of T-Slotted Extrusions is the most popular. It is a fractional/english category with profile sizes range from 1.5" x 1.5" to 3.0" x 6.0". Typical applications include machine enclosures, perimeter guards, safety fencing, robot guards, workstations, material handling units, machine bases, test stands, conveyors and much more.

All 15 Series T-Slotted Extrusion profiles have a .320" T-slot opening, with exception to the profiles containing a 'QE' prefix, which have a .315" opening. Any component beginning with "15" is designed for use with the 15 Series T-Slotted Extrusions.

10 Series

The 10 Series line of T-Slotted Extrusions is a fractional/english category typically used in light-duty applications, such as machine guarding, end of arm tooling, small bases, robot stands and test stations. Profiles are offered in 1.0" x 1.0", 1.0 x 2.0", 1.0" x 3.0", 2.0" x 2.0".

All 10 Series T-Slotted Extrusion profiles have a .25" T-slot opening. Any component beginning with "10" is designed for use with the 10 Series T-Slotted Extrusions.

40 Series

The 40 Series line of T-Slotted Extrusions is a metric category based on 40mm increments. Available in 40mm x 40mm and 40mm x 80mm. This series is commonly used for machine enclosures, perimeter guards, safety fencing, robot guards, workstations, material handling units, machine bases, test stands, conveyors and much more.

All 40 Series T-Slotted Extrusion profiles have a 8.13mm T-slot opening. Any component beginning with "40" is designed for use with the 40 Series T-Slotted Extrusions.

This is a fairly new and rapidly growing series...watch for new T-Slotted Extrusion profiles and T-Slot components!

What stock lengths of T-Slot Extrusion are available at Faztek?

10 Series Aluminum Extrusion

Part Number
Description

Standard Sizes

10EX1010
1.0” x 1.0” grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
10EX1020
1.0” x 2.0” grooved extrusion
97”, 145”
10EX1030
1.0” x 3.0” grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 294”
10QE1010
1.0” x 1.0” smooth extrusion
97”, 145”


Faz-Tube Extrusion

Part Number
Description

Standard Sizes

13FT9000
1.0” x 1.0” square Faz-Tube
97”, 145”
13FT9025
1.0” x 1.0” single flange Faz-Tuber
97”, 145”
13FT9030
1.0” x 1.0” double flange Faz-Tube
97”, 145”

15 Series Extrusion

Part Number
Description

Standard Sizes

15EX1515UL
1.5” x 1.5” ultra-lite grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15EX1515L
1.5” x 1.5” lite grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15EX1515
1.5” x 1.5” grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15EX1530L
1.5” x 3.0” lite grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15EX1530
1.5” x 3.0” grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15EX1545L
1.5” x 4.5” lite grooved extrusion
97”, 145”
15EX3030L
3.0” x 3.0” lite grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15EX3030
3.0” x 3.0” grooved extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15QE1515UL
1.5” x 1.5” ultra-lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”, 294”
15QE1515L
1.5” x 1.5” lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”, 294”
15QE1515
1.5” x 1.5” smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”, 294”
15QEM1515L
1.5” x 1.5” mono-slot lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”
15QEA1515Ul
1.5” x 1.5” 180 bi-slot lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”
15QEB1515L
1.5” x 1.5” 90 bi-slot lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”
15QET1515L
1.5” x 1.5” tri-slot lite smooth extrusion
145”
15QE1517L
1.5” x 1.5” quarter round lite smooth extrusion
242”
15QE1530L
1.5” x 3.0” lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”, 294”
15QE1530
1.5” x 3.0” smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15QE1545
1.5” x 4.5” smooth extrusion
194”
15QE1575
1.5” x 0.75” smooth extrusion
242”
15QE3030L
3.0” x 3.0” lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15QE3030
3.0” x 3.0” smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15QE3060
3.0” x 6.0” smooth extrusion
97”, 145”
15SM1515L
1.5” x 1.5” lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”
15SM1515
1.5” x 1.5” smooth extrusion
97”, 145”, 194”

40 Series Extrusion

Part Number
Description

Standard Sizes

40QE4040UL
40MM x 40MM ultra-lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”
40QE4080UL
40MM x 80MM ultra-lite smooth extrusion
97”, 145”

Whether you are trying to keep cost to a minimum, cut down on assembly time or achieve maximum strength in your frame, Faztek has the right T-nut for you.

10 Series T-Slotted Extrusion T-Nuts

15 Series T-Slotted Extrusion T-Nuts

How do I calculate the proper panel size for my Faztek frame?

Plastic panels and wire mesh panels are commonly used in machine guards, perimeter guards, robot fencing, safety guarding, partitions, doors, machine enclosures, cabinets and much more. In order to get a proper fit, please use the guidelines below.

• When using any 10 Series T-Slotted Extrusions, add .500" to the length and width of the inside frame dimensions for your panel size.
• When using 15 Series T-Slotted Extrusions, except 15QE/EX1515UL, add .750" to the length and width of the inside frame dimensions for your panel size.
• When using 15QE/EX1515UL, add .875" to the length and width of the inside frame dimensions for your panel size tol compensate for the extra T-slot depth.
• When using 40 Series T-Slotted Extrusions add .750" to the length and width of the inside frame dimensions for your panel size.
• When using 45 Series T-Slotted Extrusions add .875" to the length and width of the inside frame dimensions for your panel size.

What is a "Smooth" T-Slot Profile?

Faztek's smooth profiles do not contain grooves on the T-Slotted Extrusion face or surface. These T-Slotted Extrusions are commonly used in clean room applications or other environments where cleanliness is a priority.

Is Faztek 100% Made in the USA?

Faztek is doing its part by helping the environment. Efforts are on-going to be eco-friendly by working with Customers, Distributors, and Vendors/Suppliers towards the same common goal!


Environmentally Friendly

Faztek has taken a number of steps to become eco-friendly with T Slotted Extrusions USA!
  • 100% of Faztek's products are recyclable!
  • Faztek has recycling bins for each product type being processed!
  • Recycled aluminum has the same chemical composition and identical mechanical properties.


Renewable Energy

Faztek works closely with alternative energy (wind and solar power) companies offering great service and support to help fight against high commodity prices due to traditional methods.
  • Ergonomic carts and work stations for their employees to transport product across the facility.
  • Machine enclosures for safeguarding their machines used to produce the eco-friendly products.


Made in the USA!

Faztek is very proud to be THE leading manufacturer for 100% of its T-Slotted Aluminum Extrusions being Made in the USA!
  • Shorter lead times
  • Better quality control
  • Superior manufacturing processes and workmanship
  • Support our nation's economy and fellow manufacturers

What are the different packing options Faztek offers?

T-Slot Extrusion Bulk & T-Slot Components:

Faztek ships your T-Slot in stock lengths of 97", 145", 194", or 294" and prepackaged T-Slot Component quantities. You can fabricate and assemble your project in-house to your specifications.


T-Slot Extrusion & T-Slot Components Kit Packing:

Faztek does the work for you by cutting and machining your order to the designed specifications. Your projected will arrive with all the T-Slotted Extrusions "tagged" free of charge, which is not offered by others. Your T-Slot components will be pre-packaged and your panels will be placed on a separate skid ready for assembly.


T-Slot Extrusions Sub-Assembled:

Your Faztek T-Slot project will arrive designed and built in sub-sections. Just connect each Modular Framing section together with a few fasteners.


T-Slot Extrusions Assembled:

Your Faztek T-Slot project will arrive completely assembled at your dock ready to use.

What do the T-Slot component part number prefixes mean?

See the charts below for the desired part number for your T-Slotted Extrusion project.

All 10 series extrusion profiles share these characteristics:

  • Based on 1.00" increments
  • .25" T-Slot opening
  • .50" center line
  • Both smooth & grooved extrusion profiles available


All 15 series extrusion profiles share these characteristics:

  • Based on 1.50" increments
  • .31" T-Slot opening
  • .75" center line
  • Both smooth & grooved extrusion profiles available


All 40 series extrusion profiles share these characteristics:

  • Based on 40mm increments
  • 8.13mm T-Slot opening
  • 20mm center line
  • Smooth extrusion profiles available

Common Category Prefix

Prefex
Category
AC
Accessories
BP
Base Plates
CB
Corner Brackets
EX
Grooved Extrusions
FA
Fasteners
FAC
Combo Fasteners
FF
Floor to Frame
HI
Hinges
JP
Joining Plates/Strips
LM
Linear Motion
MA
Machining Services
MFA
Metric Fasteners
QE
Smooth Extrusion
SP
Supports
SS
Structural Shapes



Prefixes begin with the series number. For example 15EX would indicate a grooved extrusion for 15 series.

Can metric fasteners be used with fractional/english T Slotted Aluminum Extrusions?

It may sound simple, but many T-slot profile users choose metric size profiles because they already have a full set of metric tools.

But did you know you can use metric fasteners in all of Faztek's fractional T-slot profiles?

We offer a variety of metric t-nuts, fasteners, screws and bolts - all compatible with fractional T-Slot Profiles. We even have the metric tools needed to complete your project.

It's all about the tools:

When a customer needs metric, 9 times out of 10 they need metric fasteners. The t-slot profiles are not a concern, just the bolts so extra tools aren't needed.

"15MFA" - Metric fasteners that work on 15 series t-slot profiles

"10MFA" - Metric fasteners that work on 10 series t-slot profiles

"13MFA" - Metric fasteners that are universal based on the thread size

Does Faztek offer basic assembly tips for building Modular Framing Systems?

When assembling projects with Faztek T-Slotted Extrusions and T-Slot Components, it is very important to think ahead and plan before starting your Modular Framing System project. The time it takes to assemble depends greatly on the size and scope of your Modular Framing System project; however a quick overview and basic planning can reduce time and eliminate the need to rework certain steps.

Please review the following information for help on assembling your Modular Framing Systems projects with Faztek. For additional assistance, contact our Design Team at design@faztek.net or at 260.482.7544 x203.


Can Faztek recommend a saw blade and coolant for cutting T-Slotted Extrusions?

The recommended blade for cutting T-Slotted Aluminum Extrusions is a high speed steel blade with carbide tipped teeth. The tip configuration should either be a double chip or a triple chip tooth design. The recommended number of teeth on a blade is between 60 and 72.

When cutting aluminum, the blade must be cooled for the purpose of finish as well as blade loading. A vegetable oil based coolant is recommended.

Let Faztek cut your extrusions:

  • Cut to any length with a tolerance of +/- .015"
  • Clean, precise cuts
  • Extrusions are washed and deburred after cutting

How do I calculate my T-Slotted Extrusion lengths used for doors on my Modular Framing System?

When designing a door for your Modular Framing System with hinges, please use the following information to ensure proper fitting.

Standard Swing Doors on a Modular Framing System


Bi-Fold Doors on a Modular Framing System


Tri-Fold Doors on a Modular Framing System

Can Faztek T Slot Extrusions be pressurized?

Many of Faztek's T-slotted extrusions can be pressurized with up to 150psi of air to maximize efficiency and productivity. The center cavity of these T-Slotted Extrusions can deliver air to important locations for operating air tools and other accessories.

For example, a workbench can be constructed with a 1.5" x 3.0" T-Slotted Extrusion or 3.0 " x 3.0" T-Slotted Extrusion which can be pressurized for easy access to air tools.

Faztek's pressure manifold blocks are made from aluminum with various NPT thread sizes. Rubber orings and cork gaskets ensure a clean air tight fit, which can be mounted on either the end or side of the T-Slotted Extrusion.

How much weight will Faztek linear motion support if used in a hanging application?

Faztek does NOT recommend linear motion products used in a hanging application!

Contact our Design Team at design@faztek.net or at 260.482.7544 x203 for further assistance with your application.

How do I know what size allen wrench to use when tightening fasteners down on my modular framing system?

See below to reference the Allen wrench size to your fastener on your Modular Framing System.

Thread Size
SHCS

BHSCS

FBHSCS

FHSCS
8-32
3/32
 
 
10-32
5/32
1/8
5/32
5/32
1/4-20
3/16
5/32
5/32
25/32
5/16-18
1/4
3/16
3/16
3/16
3/8-16
5/16
 
 
7/32
M6
5mm
4mm
 
 
M8
6mm
5mm