Magnesium Technology

Magnesium is the future! Especially now that Mifa has the in-house expertise to produce a wide range of magnesium components that are resistant to corrosion. This is a real breakthrough in a world where every gram counts, because magnesium is the lightest of all metals. Experience magnesium extrusion.

With our magnesium extrusion we even won the Materialica Design + Technology Gold Award with our technology!

The Mifa standard when it comes to magnesium extrusion

The level of precision we achieve during the aluminium and magnesium extrusion process means unprecedented possibilities and gives designers enormous freedom in design, without the restrictions of standard specifications. As a result of this it is possible to produce the best magnesium products. Out products are of the best quality, and  exceed the standard with regard to straightness, torsion, concentricity, parallelism, surface roughness and fit. Interested? Download the whitepaper about magnesium here.

Are you looking for lighter products and/or components for your machine?

Magnesium is a lightweight metal with very good material properties. It is 35% lighter than aluminium and 80% lighter than steel. The magnesium used by Mifa is also at least 20% stronger than the conventional aluminium used in construction, related to the specific mass of the materials.

Alloy Rm
(Mpa)
Rp 0,2
(Mpa)
A50
(%)
Hardness
(HB)
Al
6063 – T6
215 170 6 70
6061 – T6 260 240 8 85
6082 – T6 310 260 8 90
Mg
AZ 31 - F
250 180 15 49
AZ 61 – F 310 228 16 60

 

Properties Unit Mg Al Ti Steel
Specific Mass kg/dm3 1,74 2,75 4,54 7,85
Thermal conductivity W/mK 155 247 22 50
Heat capacity kJ/kgK 1,038 0,905 0,47 9,71
Specific electrical resistance μΩcm 4,5 2,75 42 9,71
Coefficient of expansion 10^-6 1/K 26 23,5 8,7 12

 

A breakthrough recently took place in the field of magnesium extrusion following years of extensive R&D. Ultimately, it proved possible to extrude magnesium profiles with very tight dimension tolerances upwards of approx. 0.02 mm. Magnesium is therefore now also available as an extrusion material for various markets in which weight in combination with strength is of great importance. The freedom of design is just as great as with aluminium. Magnesium profiles can be used in areas including:

  • Lightweight mobility products;
  • The automotive, defence, and aerospace sectors;
  • Machinery
  • Sports bicycles.

Case: Picanol

Picanol - you are always ahead

Picanol develops, produces and markets high-tech weaving machines. Today, about 2,600 weaving mills around the world use Picanol machinery, totalling some 130,000 weaving machines. For more information watch the short film.

Product innovation with magnesium

Picanol is constantly looking for the latest techniques and technologies to help them maintain their leading position within the market. When we informed Picanol of our breakthrough with magnesium, a new application was born straight away.

Their R&D engineers immediately recognized the advantage of a lower moment of inertia of the lighter magnesium, allowing the loom to move even faster. A higher output is generated while the weaving quality remains at the same high level.

Get in touch with us

We would very much like you to experience our precision when it comes to magnesium extrusion, so please contact us and the head office will ensure you that one of our Sales Engineers will call you back!

Experience it for yourself. Experience magnesium extrusion precision, experience the Mifa standard.

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