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The program at EDU '18 is designed to impart valuable information, education and resources that provide delegates with a better understanding of the aluminum extrusion process, design and applications. For program details regarding the concurrent educational sessions, go to Education.

General Session

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The General Session at EDU ’18 will provide information that is of general interest covering the aluminum extrusion industry. AEC reserves the right to alter the schedule and speakers as needed.

Aluminum Extrusion Industry Overview

Jeff Henderson, Aluminum Extruders Council
As a product, aluminum extrusions are ubiquitous but many are unfamiliar with the aluminum extrusion industry itself. Jeff Henderson, president of the AEC, will provide a general overview of the industry and the Aluminum Extruders Council to provide delegates with a complete view of the importance of this industry to the economy and manufacturing. Topics will include an overview of the Aluminum Extrusion Fair Trade efforts, the Council’s focus on expanding understanding of aluminum extrusions with the design, engineering and academic communities, and its commitment to helping AEC members overcome the challenges that arise in a competitive manufacturing environment through benchmarking, training and education.

2018 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Winners Announcement

Jason Pickering, Bonnell Aluminum
The AEC, through its educational and research entity, the ET Foundation, is conducting a design competition open to professionals and students in 2018, which is sponsored by Bonnell Aluminum. Jason Pickering, Vice President of Operations for Bonnell Aluminum, will announce the winning designs from the competition during the General Session. For more information on the competition, visit

Solution Development

Ben Kuhn and Rob Nelson; Almag Aluminum
Identifying how to link industry and customer together to create an exact solution, rather than a result, is the focus of this presentation, which covers the collaborative design, engineering, and implementation of a custom structural stringer application that embodies the desirable appearance of aluminum extrusions. The project highlights the benefits of cross-industry partnership that allows for progressive product development, demonstrating how to solve the continuous tug of war between design and engineering and how to identify the unknowns in a project to develop a product with the necessary flexibility.

The stringer assembly incorporates two unique aluminum profiles that are mated together in a three-piece slip-fit I-beam configuration that boasts refined industrial visuals and surpasses the structural requirements for floating commercial stair cases. Once assembled, the extruded aluminum stringers provide a universal mounting platform, encouraging original thought for both tread and railing design, as well as other possible applications for the stringer itself. In final, the stringer development, application and utilization will be covered, focusing on key features of the project and the product’s intricate simplicity.