Aluminum Fixture Strength & Cost

A tight shot of backplate failure on an Aluminum Faceout for Grid. This fixture was not alone in its shortcoming. This chain had previously used super heavy-duty fixtures that I would have adjudged capable of withstanding nuclear attack. The heavy-duty look was even part of their store branding. This appears to be an attempt to keep the large fixture scale and heavy look, while saving money on the material. Though in many cases an equivalent aluminum structure will be more expensive than steel (SOURCE cineventions). And as a generality, a “strength-equivalent” aluminum plate will require 1-1/2 times the thickness of steel plate (SOURCE: AlumVSsteel).

For noteworthy fixture failures SEE…
Misshapen Aluminum Hooks
Aluminum Fixture Strength and Cost
Malleable Aluminum Grid Hooks
So Sorry. Aluminum Hook in Play
Faceout Failure on Slatwire
Failed Reverse Waterfall Hook
How to Avoid Frontwire Sag
Plastic Grid Hooks Fail
Rare Hook Lug Failure
Hook Lug Failure Redux
Plastic Hook Innovates But Falls Short
Hook has Two Monkey Load Limit
Plastic Hooks Beyond Limits
Anti-Theft Fixture Failure
Productstop Fails Christmas Crush
Label Holder Wrecks Store Image
Sidesaddle Label Holder Fails
Ideas Wanted: Retail Guard Rail

SEARCH “Aluminum” for all occurrences of these fixtures have attracted my attention. Or SEARCH “Failed” for inadequate hardware regardless of material. SEARCH “Best Practices” for fixture tips.

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