Behind the Scenes

T-Slot: Solution Not Always Seen

With shifting government policies and an increased focus on green initiatives and sustainability, the automotive industry is always in a state of change and growth. The importance of safer products and demand for technologically-savvy vehicles mean automotive suppliers and manufacturers are consistently updating and refining systems and products through research and development and lean initiatives.

80/20 T-slot aluminum profiles are a strong and durable building system that withstand repetitive motion and are easily reconfigurable for adjustments and changes.


They are used today by a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers and will be used tomorrow for the next innovation. Because T-slots create customized applications in the automated industries AND fulfill unique needs of the research and development fields, T-slot profiles have a strong footprint in the automotive arena.

80/20 Covers the Industry

80/20 T-slot profiles touch all aspects of the automotive industry. Manufacturers and suppliers alike find the versatility, durability, and customization of 80/20 products a competitive advantage that increases safety, application life, and productivity while at the same time decreasing maintenance costs, cycle times, and assembly resources. We offer both metric and fractional products so that you can easily integrate 80/20 into your existing equipment.

Simple & Customizable

T-slot solutions within the automotive industry include material-handling carts, test fixtures, machine frames and paint booths, to name a few. The strength of aluminum affords greater product life while the wide profile offering allows customization to create designs that fit your processes. For instance, choose from heavy-duty profiles, such as a 3060 (fractional) or a 40-8016 (metric) to mount your robotic arm and automation equipment.

These projects can be built using a simple hand tool and without the need for expensive, skilled labor. Also consider that the connections are tight and secure. While other options, such as piping or tube framing, might claim to be cheaper, they are not as sturdy, don’t last as long and almost always require expensive modifications to fit your requirements. When you look at the total cost of alternative materials, there’s no comparison. T-slot profiles are reconfigurable, last longer, require less assembly resources, and are easily redeployed.

An added benefit; profiles don’t chip, fade or rust. They look modern and clean, adding that touch of professionalism that signifies a focus on quality.

Visit the Solutions page to see how 80/20 can be used in any industry.