Research & development

Aluminum Extrusion is modular, allowing you to experiment until you find what works best for your research initiatives and work area.


Adaptable Solutions for the Laboratory

Experiment. Modify. Implement.

80/20 T-slot products are modular, allowing you to experiment until you find what works best for your research initiatives and work area. Scale your processes, and when it’s time to modify or redesign your space, you can implement quickly and efficiently. Alternatives, like steel, are tedious and sometimes impossible to alter.

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Completely Customizable

80/20 provides a sustainable solution that doesn’t require specialized labor or a machine shop to make changes and modifications to applications. Use profiles, parts, panels, and accessories to create personalized lab and research stations as well as storage spaces, racks and carts. The design of the T-slot channel enables quick and easy placement of mounted accessories such as pumps, vacuums, diagnostic tools, and breadboards. What’s more, they can be moved or replaced in minutes with no lab disruption.

Proven Results

80/20 T-slot aluminum profiles are a versatile option with vibration-resistant connections and strength comparable to steel. Aluminum isn’t magnetic, doesn’t oxidize and won’t pose a fire hazard. It’s a clean resource, unlike wood alternatives that increase the risk of combustion.

Your Safer Choice

80/20 offers a variety of panels, profiles and parts to create specific applications for your requirements. Use smooth T-slot profiles in lab and cleanroom environments – they are easy to clean and prohibit dust and debris build up. ESD (electrostatic dissipative) polycarbonate panels are perfect for desiccator cabinets and workbenches; the dissipative layers prohibit static electricity and have excellent impact and chemical resistance. An inherent benefit of 80/20 profiles – wires and cables can be incorporated directly into the T-slot, creating organization and a safer environment.



"U.S. businesses invested $55 billion in R&D directed at new business areas and new product lines."

National Science Foundation© 2020

PennAir I Aluminum Extrusion Possibilities:

PennAir Aluminum Extrusion provides 80/20 aluminum profiles. or bars, that have channels used to connect other bars and parts – for instance: panels, linear bearings, or casters. It is a building system anyone can use to create custom solutions for any industry.

Build your solutions with simple hand tools — no welding required. T-slot profiles are strong and modular, so if you need to make changes it’s not a problem. Adjustments and assembly are straightforward and fast. Here are some basic assembly instructions for common parts.

From planning and design to fabrication and installation, PennAir helps create a customized solution designed to meet your extrusion needs. Our specialists have experience with design software, and access to the latest file resources and educational information.

Connect with Dave Wallace

Aluminum Extrusion Division Manager

Whether you have questions about products, services, or a demo our team is ready to help.