About A-Alpha Waveguide Inc.
A-Alpha Waveguide Inc. was established in 1979 to supply a growing market with very high quality, close tolerance, drawn tubing. Our initial aim was waveguide tubing – rectangular tubing used in the electronics industry for satellites, radar, and many types of communications applications. However, our clients requested that we also manufacture customized tubing for various other applications. We now manufacture thin wall tubing to tolerances of plus or minus one-thousandth of an inch (+ - .001) and have designed many new industry products.
In the years since, A-Alpha Waveguide has outgrown its original facility, and in 2004 acquired an 8,400 square foot building (more than double the size of the original facility). This facility houses finished waveguide tubing as well as additional products for distribution. The original A-Alpha building, which is a short distance from our newest location, is where the tube is manufactured. In 2009, A-Alpha Waveguide acquired a third building for a facility now totalling over 16,000 square feet.
Cold Drawn Tubing
There are two types of tubing processes: extrusion and cold drawing. In the extrusion process, the aluminum billet is heated to at least 8OO°, pushed through a die, then flooded with cool air. This drastic temperature change causes the shape to react with non-symmetrical, shrinkage and the sidewall to belly in. At A-Alpha Waveguide, we utilize a superior process of cold drawing, in which the tubing is pulled through a hardened steel die at room temperature, allowing for very close tolerances and a higher quality product.
Cold drawing has 2 major benefits:
• The grain structure of the material is refined, creating a uniform composition.
• The dimensions are firmly set. At room temperature, there is no heat related contraction to affect dimensions.
This process is similar to coining a dime, where the raw blank is struck heavily and the metal takes on the exact shape of the coining die. Cold drawing allows us to flawlessly hold the shape and the tolerances each time. The fine grain structure has many advantages as well: the tube is more malleable and can be flanged, pierced or formed more radically without splitting. This process also induces fewer internal stresses and the tubing is therefore affected far less by any stress relieving function, such as asymmetrical machining or piercing. This characteristic saves money since other methods require reworking parts after fabrication to meet the drawing specifications.
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A-Alpha Waveguide is now ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C registered!
Offices and distribution building
The largest inventory of Waveguide in the United States
Since our inception thirty years ago, A-Alpha Waveguide has led the telecommunications industry by offering a vast inventory of readily available materials such as aluminum, copper and bronze waveguide tube as well as invar, stainless steel, and coin silver waveguide tubing.
Additional products offered include aluminum flange stock and brass and beryllium copper flexible waveguide.
Our experience and commitment to maintain the highest quality product and service has allowed A-Alpha Waveguide to be an industry leader, and your best choice for waveguide and special close tolerance tubing..