Over 20 years of doing good business – and creating a legacy for our planet, children and community.
May 4, 2018
A huge thank you goes out to you, our customers and vendors, for making our story possible. You’ve made it possible for VeriForm to commit to innovation, growth and sustainable business philosophies, which has lead us to this remarkable milestone…..20 years of being in business, from 1997 to 2017!
At VeriForm, we’ve survived roadblocks and recessions. But what’s allowed us to keep the business resilient is our commitment to 3 core principles while working with you:
We believe in supporting our local community so that the impact lasts long past our company’s existence. Our partnership with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and many other non-profit organizations like the Food Bank and Meals on Wheels keeps us linked to our neighbours. In fact we strongly believe that a business must have heart that goes beyond just “making a profit.”
At VeriForm, we take our environmental footprint seriously. VeriForm is among global leaders like Google, Nike and HSBSC that have committed to making their entire operations carbon neutral. Becoming Canada’s 4th company to achieve ISO 50001 certification helped us integrate energy management into our overall efforts and possible to commit to a 5% annual reduction in our carbon footprint year over year!
We are in fact the first manufacturer in the Waterloo region to deliver on this promise by cutting our annual CO2 emissions from 242 tonnes to under 61 tonnes. That is a 75% reduction all while expanding our business space by 146%, which makes it all the more incredible that our staff achieved this reduction. And since 2015 we have purchased carbon offsets from Canadian sources to make us carbon neutral!
We are committed to empowering our employees and local community through the power of education. We see it as the greatest opportunity to bring value to society and influence the future, for the better. Not only do we pay for our staff to take classes after work that do not need to be work related, we also support the non-profit Suzuki String School of Guelph through volunteering and generous financial support, since 2011, to enable children for financially strapped families to attend weekly classes.
VeriForm’s vision for the future is deeply rooted in our 3 pillars of focus. We believe that investing in our customers, employees and local community will in time help to build a better, more successful world for future generations. The future starts now, at VeriForm.
Over 20 years of doing good business - and creating a legacy.
February 28, 2018
VeriForm opened for business on August 1st, 1997 in the old Savage Shoes building on 1144 Industrial Road in Cambridge. Seven years later, we purchased our current 20 Lindsay Road site and in 2007 we expanded that site from 11,400 to 26,000 square feet.
Now we would not have been able to achieve these milestones, and survive over twenty years in business, if it were not for the amazing relationships we’ve built with clients, suppliers, and many other good people in our community. In fact while we serve our customers there are four core principles that are a key component of our business model:
- Serving the Local Community,
- Supporting Sustainability and the Environment
- Developing of and Providing Education for our Staff
- Supporting the Education of Young People in Waterloo-Wellington Regions
What is Tig Welding and How to Tig Weld?
October 1, 2017
TIG welding is the most versatile kind of welding. TIG welding is precise and can be used for most types of metal: aluminum, stainless steels, carbon, magnesium, titanium, cobalt, nickle, copper alloys, niobium, as well as tungsten.
Here are the most commonly asked questions involving TIG welding.
What is tig welding?
TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas.
Technically it is called Gas Tungsten Arc Welding GTAW and also known as Heli-arc welding. Heli-arc welding historically, is a nod to the Hobart “Heli-Arc” machine from the 1930s developed to weld magnesium.
What is tig welding used for?
Mechanically strong and visually appealing, TIG welding is becoming increasingly critical for industry and has attained a new popularity in recent years.
In the automotive and aerospace industries the process has helped reconfigure components making them lights thereby reducing fuel consumption and savings on ever-higher fuel costs.
It is a particularly effective and economic way for welding light gauge metals (under 3mm thickness) and for welding metals difficult to weld with the conventional welding process.
How does tig welding work?
In TIG, metals are fused together by heating them with an electric arc established between a non-consumable (does not melt) tungsten electrode and the workpiece. The molten metal, tungsten electrode and the welding zone are protected from the atmosphere (the air around it) by a stream of inert gas through the welding torch. The resulting welds have the same chemical integrity as the original base metal.
TIG welding is similar to oxy-acetylene welding in that you use a filler material for build-up or reinforcement.
Can you TIG weld aluminum?
The process is well suited for aluminum and is most frequently associated with the process. However the process can be used to weld almost all metals and metal alloys in use today.
Such metals include the following:
- Aluminum and aluminum alloys
- Magnesium and magnesium alloys
- Low alloy steel and carbon steels
- Copper and copper alloys
- Nickel and nickel alloys
- Joining carbon and alloy steels
- Reactive materials (for example, titanium and tantalum)
Exotic alloys and aluminum are being used more than ever to build vehicles.
What kind of gas do you use with a tig welder?
Shielding gases are used to protect and cool the welding area from atmospheric gases, heat transfer, not to mention help start and maintain a stable arc.
Normally for TIG welding Aragon is used. Helium may also be added to increase penetration and fluidity of the weld pool.
What kind of gas do you use for tig welding steel?
An argon/ hydrogen mixture is the preferred gas for manual TIG welding for stainless steel (of austenitic grades). The hydrogen helps to collect oxygen close to the weld pool for a cleaner weld surface, and minimizes the need for a post weld clean.
Where is tig welding used?
Gas Tungsten Arch Welding or TIG has found applications in the:
- Aerospace industry – aircraft
- Sheet Metal Works
- Metal Furniture
- Most Notably Automotive Transport Industry
- for any vehicles including cars, trucks, hot rods, choppers, professional racing teams, as well as auto hobbyists and enthusiasts
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New 250 ton x 120 inch long CNC 5-axis press brake
July 25, 2017
VeriForm received its 6th brake press earlier this year, making VeriForm the largest bending shop in Ontario and possibly the Eastern USA. With over $1 million in brake press tooling, VeriForm can form practically anything your engineers can design.
What is Metal Fabrication?
June 29, 2017
Metal fabrication is the process of constructing structures from raw materials by processes like cutting, bending, and assembling. Metal fabricators (companies specializing in the process) are known as fab shops. Metal fabrication is a “value-added” process because additional value is added through various stages of production.
Machine shops and fabricators, are very similar with the expectation that fab shops concentrate on welding and forming of metals.
Metal Fabrication Process
Metal fabrication begins at the planning stage. Fab shops employ many different experts, including iron workers, welders, boilermakers, blacksmiths, and professionals that convert raw materials into their final products. Since metal fabrication is the overarching process, it involves many different processes, including specialty techniques, which can involve:
– punching, welding, forging, casting, brazing, shearing, drawing and spinning
as well as
– die cutting, hydroforming, finishing, shrinking, roll forming, spinning, stretching and stamping
Even higher levels of specialization include electrical and hydraulics services
Standard raw materials used include plate metal, fittings, castings, formed and expanded metal, sectional metal, flat metal, and welding wire.
Future of Metal Fabrication
Where is the future of the metal fabrication industry headed?
The key to success in a volatility market in this industry is keeping up with rapidly changing demands of customers while maintaining high output capability, with machinery that is becoming more sophisticated. Its is about learning to balance capacity with variability.
For metal fabrication shops this means
- continually optimizing machinery and the manufacturing process
- keeping an eye on the customer base and economic trends
- innovating new ways to support customer demands and variability
- increasing streamline practices
- focusing ability in reliably to product out-capacity output
Veriform since the beginning has made modern investments, streamlining our manufacturing process from top to bottom, to meet the demands of our diverse customer base without cutting corners. All this while, trying to help preserve the environment. This has helped us cater to your needs at any given time.