Increasing Productivity with Laser Cutter Machines
January 31, 2017
Now, in 2017 modern laser cutters have more innovative features, faster controls and powerful beams. Many industries are opting to outsource cutting for laser cutting services to other conventional alternatives.
Laser cutters work like printers, etching materials, using computer directed high-powered laser beams at precise focal lengths. The lasers will melt the metal while an assisting gas blasts the molten metal out of the cut.
Laser Cutter Features and Advantages
Recommended for projects involving intricate detailing and precise dimensions.
Programs are automated to change parts not to mention require relatively inexpensive replacement parts contributing to shorter set, and longer machine uptimes. Productivity is further improved with the following features:
- Precise High-Quality Cutting
- Most can achieve precision of +/- 0.005 inches or +/- 0.13 millimetres and controlled by computer programs
- Edge Quality
- Metal is cleanly cut without deformation or blurs
- Cuts exceptionally fine contours and virtually radius-free inner edges
- Complex Shapes
- More human input can be dedicated to design rather than production
- Cuts Smaller Diameter Holes
- With complex detail and good edge quality
- No Contact Cutting
- Eliminates tool wear problem
- Low noise, vibration and pollution
- Less Maintenance
- Leading to time savings and allowing for smaller production runs to more competitive job costing
Metal Bending Cost Reduction Tips
October 31, 2016
Metal Bending Process
Bending is the process of deforming sheet metal into an angle. Sheet metal is forced by a press brake between an upper and lower tool. The punch being the upper component and die being the lower tool. The press brake is what manipulates the punch and die to apple a press force.
This is a great method of creating 3D shapes from 2D sheets.
Cost Reduction Tips
- Odd angles
- Complex bend combinations
- Adding more bends than necessary
- Using slots for a time, and bend the metal later on manually. This will help to lower shipping costs as well as takes up less storage room.
- Design with packing in mind
- Include straight edges that will run parallel to a bend
Metal Bending Services and Capabilities
VeriForms addition of a 20-foot CNC offers incredible handling for all types of complex bending projects. This CNC also features multiple work stations that ensure high uptimes and seamless productivity. Other functionalities include:
All In-House: All metal bending projects, regardless of shape and form, are completed under one roof thanks to extensive in-house capabilities.
Superior Technical precision: Accuracy and customer specifications are paramount.
Flexibility and Efficiency: All in all creative manufacturing and design solutions are achieved in part with the best fabrication and machining resources as well as service.
Superior Customer Service: Personalized service within 24 hours of contact
Quality Management Systems Certifications: For metal butting, bending, drilling, welding, stamping, using a pemserter, marking, shearing and other fabricating processes.
Importance of Quality Welding
May 14, 2016
Having quality welds for any project that requires welding is paramount. From safety and liability reasons, to something as simple as aesthetics, there are many definitions of a quality weld. So what makes a quality weld?
Three Contributing Factors to Welding Quality
It’s no secret, quality welds start with professional, certified welders. The Canadian Stands Association requires companies that wish to be certified for fusion welding of steel, comply and follow guidelines the CSA has set in place, including providing documentation as requested. The certification is known as the CSA Standard w47.1.
Certified Weld Inspectors
To ensure quality in a weld, it’s critical that a professional weld inspector is present at all times during the process, and not simply inspecting the final product. A certified weld inspector ensure that everything in the pre-weld environment is correctly calibrated and set to ensure that the welding process is able to be completed correctly, including any clamps or specific joint positions. Once everything is ready for the certified welder to begin welding, the inspector will continue to monitor the process to ensure quality and compliance of welding standards. Finally, as expected, the welding inspector will inspect all finished welds, as the inspector is accountable for the final quality of the weld. If the inspector gives the weld a passing grade, you can guarantee the welds are of high quality.
During the welding, there is one specific process that can make or break a weld, literally; it’s called stress relieving of a weld. When welding, molten metal is used to fuse two pieces of metal together. During this process the molten metal begins to cool quickly, too quickly in fact. As the weld begins to cool to room temperature, the weld shrinks and pulls the other metal pieces out of the optimal setting. To combat this type of shrinking, stress relieving of a weld is undertaken, where a weld is either treated by heated air, or electricity. A benefit of this type of stress relieving is not only a strong and precise weld, but also any discolouration or corrosion that may have occurred to the metal during the initial weld; this step is referred to a passivation.
These three elements help to produce a quality weld. If you’re unsure if your current welders are producing quality, safe, and strong welds, contact us immediately and have a certified professional assist you.
Coming in at Full Force for the New Year
January 19, 2016
Top left: Stainless 316 grade canopy for a city centre fully manufactured by VeriForm for Depco. Bottom left: Canoe made to celebrate Champlain’s landing in Ontario with the body made from Corten steel to prevent long term rusting. Canoe was designed and welded on-site by Lafontaine Ironwerks. Right: Totem poles laser cut from aluminium and rolled for an award show in western North America.
As of January 4th, 2016, VeriForm has hired a new full time machining and inspection person. The qualified person has come with an excellent history and background in both the automotive and automation sectors. This means he will be instrumental in creating proper quality and inspection reports and doing the correct level of inspection which matches our work that we now do for the nuclear, aerospace and nautical sectors. With the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) experience this new employee brings to VeriForm, we can program our drilling-tapping-machining center faster and with a focus on automotive grade quality that our customers need.
VeriForm has added in the last 4 months four experienced staff with multi-decade experience in bending, Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certified welding and plate and structural rolling. As the owner of VeriForm I want to personally thank our customers in 2015 for helping us be successful partners to your businesses. You have enabled us to create at least 6 new jobs at VeriForm in a time when the economy has contracted, while giving us the ability to grow and prosper with you.
Is CNC Machining Right for You?
January 4, 2016
Really productive and time-saving chuck head showing CNC drilling of round pipe and structurals all in one setup.
Veriforms CNC machines (computer numerical control) are used for high precision level jobs or very repetitive tasks. The process is widely preferred in place of traditional manual machines.
If your machining operation is growing, or if it’s time to replace one of your traditional machines, you might be wondering if a CNC machine is the right choice for your business. In order to answer that question, you’ll want to better understand the benefits of CNC machines.
Four CNC Machine Advantages for Productivity
Traditional machines such as lathes, mills routers and grinders that are normally operated by a trained engineer could be replaced with Computer Numerical Machines that operate unmanned. This means the machines can run 24 hours a day every day of the year. CNC machines will only need to be stopped for routine maintenance, which means less downtime in your operations.
CNC machines do not require skilled engineers as operators. Training for operators can be done through the use of software that allows the trainee to virtually operate the machines, learning on a computer screen. One person can oversee the running of several CNC machines at one time as the machines can typically be left to run on their own with only the need for supervision or perhaps the replacement of cutting tools.
Even with the most highly skilled of engineers, as a manned machine produces the same item again and again, it is likely that slight differences or errors will occur in production due simply to the fact that the engineer will not produce the item in exactly the same way each time. CNC machines remove this margin for error as each item is produced in exactly the same way each and every time. In addition, advanced CNC design software can allow for the manufacturing of products that could not otherwise be made by traditional machines.
With traditional machines, if you require a change in manufacturing a piece, this could mean a costly change to your machining, prototypes and trials. With CNC machines, changing the function of your machine is done by simply updating or adjusting its customized instructions. Design software has removed the need for design prototypes all together, as ideas can be simulated to save time and money. In addition, trial runs of new designs can be run without the need for actual pieces to be created. This allows for the controls, such as speed and velocity, to be considered without the risk of damage to machines, or the cost of building unusable parts.
CNC machines have allowed many machining companies to improve their operations and cut their bottom line. If you’re considering a change in your production and would like more information about CNC machines, contact us today.