Our Quality Control department is equipped with the most technologically advanced metallurgical testing equipment in the industry. Western takes pride in producing the highest quality aluminum extrusions in the industry.
These resources include a full complement of dimensional measurement equipment including a CMM, optical comparator and long length linear tables. First article inspections and PPAP documentation services are also available.
Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES)
ARL 3460 Unit
Specifically designed for 6xxx series alloys
Equipped with 14 elemental channels
Easily characterizes an unknown sample for internal use or for the customer.
Western is unique to have such capability without a cast house
Zwick/Roell – Z100 Unit
Minimal operator variation
Custom set-up and data output
Including Yield to Break ratio
(for indication of formability)
Non slip threaded clamps
Rectangular specimens or
Round specimens (0.250”, 0.350, 0.505”)
Capable of three point bend testing
Wilson hardness tester
Currently certified on Rockwell B, F, K and E scales
Offers a firm alternative to Webster
Automatic conversions from one scale to another
Capable of expanding to all hardness scales (except micro-hardness)
Western is able to test all kinds of our material for their ability to conduct electricity
A necessity for items sold into the electrical market
Spectrochemical analysis provides rapid and accurate chemical analysis of metal.