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Metal Working: The Different Metals Used

April 23, 2021

Metal fabrication or metal working is the process of turning raw metal into completed products or certain parts of products. It is also used to create metal designs for large structures and applies to simple items as well as precision-engineered metal items. The desired end result requires different processes using a range of metals. It is a specialized process that requires specific equipment, training, knowledge, and skills.

Different Metals Used For Metal Working

Depending on what the item is to be used for and how it will be used, different metals are required. Each has advantages and disadvantages so it is important that the best and most suitable metal is used for the best results. Consequently, using the incorrect metal could spell disaster for your project and cost you more in the long run. An expert, experienced in metal fabrication will be able to advise you of the best option. To further explain, here are a few of the more popular metals used, their characteristics, as well as a few examples of where they are used.

Common Metals Used

  • Aluminum: This is a popular option as it is lightweight and affordable. Aluminum isn’t as strong as steel but still delivers good strength if fabricated and used correctly. Additionally, another important advantage is extreme resistance to corrosion. It does not like extremely high temperatures but can handle low extremes well. Metal working often uses aluminum for casings, refrigeration, panels and aeronautics.
  • Carbon Steel: The most commonly used material in fabrication is carbon steel. Carbon steel is extremely strong yet malleable. It has a low melting point and is highly durable. It’s used for a range of parts and is often used in larger structures needing superior strength. It is weather-resistant and durable.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is versatile and a popular choice for cookware, surgical instruments, fittings, and appliances. A combination of carbon steel, aluminum and chromium are what make up stainless steel. This gives it strength and durability as well as a good lustre. It is resistant to corrosion and does not leach or contaminate what it comes into contact with.
  • Copper: The main benefit of copper is that is an excellent conductor. It’s a great option for sheet metal fabrication. Copper is malleable, making it easy to manipulate. It is corrosion-resistant and often used in electrical products, industrial settings and in marine applications.
  • Magnesium: Automobiles and aircraft parts use magnesium. It is also suitable for high-pressure die casting. The reason for this is that it has a very low density making it light and relatively strong. It’s also good for corrosion resistance and castability.

VeriForm Inc.

If you are looking for a dedicated company to assist you with your metal working needs, you need to ensure that you work with a reputable company. VeriForm is a well-established metal fabrication company with a proud 23-year history. The company has built its great reputation on the core values of:

  • Community
  • Sustainability
  • Education

They operate under the strict ISO 9000-2015 quality system and offer full metal fabrication services. This includes metal rolling, welding, bending, precision plasma cutting, and other types of metal working. They have the skills, experience, and resources to tackle jobs of all sizes. In addition, they offer the following specific services:

  • Parts Fabrication: Aluminum, Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel
  • Bending
  • Rolling: Metal Rolling, Sheet Metal Rolling, Structural Rolling
  • Welding: Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Machining: CNC Countersinking, CNC Drilling, CNC Laser Cutting, CNC Tapping

The company is based in Cambridge, Ontario and is committed to delivering top-notch quality service and customer satisfaction. VeriForm continues to build on its past success and strives to constantly improve and innovate.

Metal Working For You

While quality metal is essential in any project or product, the quality of the workmanship is just as important. VeriForm has proved itself over more than two decades and is a master at metal working. No matter what industry you are in or the size of your project, contact VeriForm to see how they can assist you. A quick visit to the VeriForm website will give you specifics on all of their services and capabilities. It will also show you examples of some of their work as well as more details on the company itself. Do not leave anything to chance and stick to a trusted company you can depend on.

 

NEW EQUIPMENT ALERT!!!

April 19, 2021

NEW EQUIPMENT = NEW CAPABILITIES

At VeriForm we are always searching for Innovative Fabricating Equipment to supplement our current capabilities.  We have recently added two new pieces of equipment that expand our service offerings in new and exciting directions.

HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC PRESSBRAKE

Everyone is familiar with the traditional VERTICAL Pressbrakes (we have five!) but have you ever heard of a HORIZONTAL Pressbrake?  Recently purchased from Spain, our new Horizontal Pressbrake allows us to bend parts that a Vertical Pressbrake cannot bend due to part collisions with the ram/bed of the pressbrake.

Our Horizontal Pressbrake now allows us to bend pipe, roundbar, flatbar, channel or other HSS in configurations that would be impossible on our conventional pressbrakes.    Ideal for bending roundbar and flatbar, this machine is made for producing clamps, bending rods and completely closed-fold fabrications. 

Example applications include and are not limited to:

  • Bending and folding flat bars that allows us to fabricate completely closed pieces that would be difficult to obtain by using other machines
  • Folding and bending solid rods will enable the user to manufacture all kinds hooks, chain links and also form balusters out of square or round bars, tubes for the manufacturing of parts for cold forging, railings, fences, gates, doors, railings
  • Bending and curving tubes to different degrees to make tables, chairs, pool ladders, etc.
  • Straightening and bending large profiles & radii with complicated curves and bends plus the ability to straighten faulty profiles
  • Cutting and shaping are other features of this versatile forming press for manufacturing flanges and clamps for fastening pipes
  • Flaring tube or pipe for assembly and subsequent welding to produce exhaust pipes, water pump distributors, metal furniture, railings tube
  • Widening and reducing the pipe ends permit joining different pipes to make berths, chairs, irrigation systems, tents, greenhouses etc

We can have custom tooling made for your application within a 2 to 3 days.  If you have an impossible part to bend, send us a request for quote and we can give you a quick assessment on whether we can bend it for you on our NEW HORIZONTAL PRESSBRAKE!

25ft Vertical Machining Centre

Introducing our new 25ft CNC Machining Centre, capable of high-speed drilling and milling of your large and long parts in one setup with less repositioning.  Our new Machine Centre can now machine an XY AXIS up to 2ft x 25ft. 

A 5-axis machine equipped with a high speed spindle motor, which can mill, drill, tap and saw tubes, profiles and extrusions in aluminium, steel and composites.   With our new 25ft CNC drilling machine we can now offer drilling, milling, tapping and performing other processes on large parts that our smaller 20ft machine did not have the capacity to handle. 

Call us today for more information on a quote for your machining requirements 519-653-6000

McGill Reporter Article Feature on VeriForm

April 12, 2021

The McGill Reporter article by Ty Burke shares how VeriForm is reducing its energy consumption. Referencing how Paul Rak, President of VeriForm, has taken steps to make his company carbon neutral, and in doing so has made his business more profitable.

To read the full article Click here

Metal Fabrication Industry & COVID - 19

April 9, 2021

The metal fabrication industry is essential for all aspects of modern life. It involves processing various metals into the object we use, live or work in, or rely on for everyday life. Metal fabrication involves engineering or processing raw metals into a finished product or form. Making products, building structures and other applications uses these forms. Metal fabrication, in one form or another, has been around since early civilization. As man evolved from the stone age, he has been working with various metals. Metal fabrication is now a highly specialized and detailed skill trade. The discovery of new metals and metal alloys allows for improved qualities. Our understanding of metals has also improved. Highly sophisticated processes and machinery are now used. Metal fabrication has now become a precise science.

The Impact of COVID – 19

As with all industries, the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the metal fabrication industry hard. In most parts of the world, companies had to cease work altogether or slow down and work with a highly reduced workforce. Large construction and infrastructure projects have been put on hold, and many still are. In one form or another, the world has been placed under lockdown. Essential services continued but for many parts of the world, businesses are going through a limbo state. Fortunately, we are now seeing massive improvements in the situation and businesses will surely revert back to normal. Health officials have already rolled out vaccines and soon, businesses will be able to go back to their norm. 

The economies of most countries have seen a major decline that will take a while to recover from. Personal income, for many, has been severely affected and the spending power of the average consumer is less than it was before the pandemic. Even the emotional impact of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the world as well as the economy. While things are improving, most industries, the metal fabrication industry included, are recovering from a dramatic drop in demand, supply chain issues as all links were affected, and a host of other issues. Many staff are still required to work from home. It has been a significant shift for both the staff as well as the companies they work for as many staff are still required to work from home.

VeriForm Inc.

One company that has handled the challenges of COVID-19 extremely well is a Cambridge, Ontario-based metal fabrication company, VeriForm. They have been in business for more than two decades and have built up a solid reputation for quality workmanship, service, and customer satisfaction. VeriForm delivers quality metalworking on a wide range of materials for many industries and applications. They are committed to ensuring that they give outstanding service and strive for complete customer satisfaction. Given their long and illustrious history, it is clear that they are doing things right. The company offers a full range of metalworking services and they are able to handle large projects. Their services include parts fabrication in aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel, rolling, welding, and precision machining.

VeriForm’s Response to COVID – 19

VeriForm wasted no time in putting the best policies and protocols into place in order to protect their customers and vendors, as well as their staff. The company acted swiftly and decisively to ensure the safety of all in their environment. Employees that travel have to follow strict guidelines. They have implemented the correct internal practices for infection control. They also reduced all but the most essential face-to-face meetings, visits, and interactions. The results ensured the best possible safety measures for staff, families, vendors, customers, and other parties. See the full details here. This further demonstrates their commitment to long-term sustainability and care for their customers and partners.

Final Thoughts

Working with the best metal fabrication company is critical to the success of your project. Now that life and business are starting to return to normality after the challenges of the pandemic, there are many opportunities. If you have any metal fabrication needs, take a look at VeriForm today. You can find details of their extensive services as well as details of their capabilities and examples of past projects they have achieved. You cannot compromise on the quality of workmanship and professional service if you intend to deliver good results yourself.

Pivot Article: By Taking Action on Sustainability, Paul Rak Saves $250,000 per year

April 7, 2021

A Pivot (https://www.gopivot.org/) article by By Pascal Henrard talks about the changes Paul, President of VeriForm, brought to the company that allowed him to save money and maximize production.

To read the full article we encourage you to visit the #gopivot website here

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