Sheet metal working projects from 2014
A look back at some of the sheet metal working projects from 2014.
Sheet metal working – stainless steel housings
Here’s a stainless steel housing that we have manufactured for a company who assemble pump control units. These pump housings are made in relatively small batches of 10 to 20 at a time with a series of different control panels and mounting brackets. The main manufacturing stages are after they have been programmed, CNC punching, edge de-burring, CNC bending, insertion on self-clinch bushes and corner tack welds. These housings are typical of so many sheet metal projects that we manufacture for a large range of our customers including several production processes. The ability to swap from job to job for the same customer or different customers within the same day and keep manufacturing plant busy is the key to an efficient operation and therefore competitively prices components for our customers. These stainless steel pump housings have had several issue changes which we have easily dealt with using our Radan CAD/CAM software. Every time a design change is required by the customer on these housings or any customers sheet metal working project we can change any CNC programs needed in CNC punching, laser cutting or CNC bending and make reference to it on our internal production control computer database, P4W. This enables us to track a change and reflect the issue level on all internal paper work and output this on delivery notes and invoices helping our customers to keep track of new parts in their stores areas.
Sheet metal working – zintec brackets
These zintec (zinc coated mild steel) brackets are used within the manufacture of professional audio speaker housings. We manufacture these particular brackets in batches of 500 at a time but angle brackets for us can range from 10 to 10,000 off just depending on the customers needs and whether they have them all in one go or take the brackets on a call off program. The main manufacturing stages are after they have been programmed, CNC punching, edge de-burring and CNC bending. These zintec brackets are much simpler than the stainless steel pump housings discussed above but are also any area of the busy that we produce many variants for our customers. Again, these parts are often run through our sheet metal working factory with other brackets for the same customer or other customers brackets due to the simple flexibility of CNC punching and CNC bending with Trumpf equipment.
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Perhaps next time we are manufacturing these brackets we may be making some for you as well!