How Are Aluminum Solo Dock Parts Made?
Solo Dock sections and accessories are assembled from aluminum extrusions made by heating a solid, raw, aluminum cylinder to extremely high temperatures, and then pushing the aluminum cylinder through extrusion dies.
This is done at a high tech plant, using state-of-the-art machines and skilled machine operators at Crown Extrusions.
The aluminum used is a high-strength 6005 alloy, and completed parts are heat-treated to T-6 temper.
Solo Dock owns 11 proprietary, custom-made extrusion dies. The extruded parts produced with these dies are made in America with aluminum from American mills.
After the extruded parts are produced, they are machined, drilled and tapped in using precision CNC machines.
Solo Dock sections are fully assembled in our shop before being sent out for powdercoating.
How Are Solo Dock Sections Powder-Coated ?
Our powder coating vendor takes fully assembled Solo Dock sections through an extremely high-tech, 6 step prep process prior to powder-coating.
The parts are grounded by hanging them
on a clean hook on the conveyor line. The paint
gun charges the powder with a positive charge
as it leaves the tip of the gun,
creating a corona field.
The positively-charged powder paint is
then attracted to the grounded part. The paint
does not gel or cure until it is thermally cured
in the oven at 400°F.