On behalf of the entire team at VeriForm, we would like to welcome you to 2020! We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season spent with friends and family to close out the decade. 2019 was a year great filled with growth, development and success. However, all of our accomplishments would not have been possible without our loyal customers and community, and therefore we would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has and continues to support us.
Many positive experiences and milestones took place for VeriForm in 2019. A few of our favourite moments include but are not limited to the following:
Celebrating 23 years in business as leaders in the metal fabrication industry.
Showcasing VeriForms energy-saving initiatives to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine Mkenna, and MPs Marwan Tabbara, Raj Saini and Bryan May.
Continuing VeriForms involvement with community events and organizations such as Mayor’s Souper Sampler (Meals on Wheels and More Programs) and Taco Fest. Our support helped provide the community with the recognition needed to continue to meet the growing demand in the Waterloo Region for practical services that help seniors and adults living with disabilities.
Veriform has manufactured custom parts for mining, forestry and machine building sectors. No matter the client requirements – precision plasma cutting, plate rolling, bending, rolling, welding – VeriForm’s CNC machining is innovative, modern, and always up to the task.
VeriForm is excited to keep pursuing our journey of continuous improvement and we can’t wait to see what this new year brings. As always, we will continue to incorporate our company’s three core values of community, sustainability and education in all of our undertakings. For the coming year we are focused on maintaining our commitment to contributing a positive impact on the environment and within our local community. We are also dedicated to remain leaders in sheet metal and plate fabricating and will continue to offer top notch customer service, quality products and honest business practices.
VeriForm would like to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2020 filled with growth in both your personal and professional endeavours.
The Holidays are filled with love, joy and giving. VeriForm welcomes you to this Yuletide season by encouraging you to reflect upon your community contributions.
For the past six years, VeriForm has been in an active partnership with Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, a local charitable organization that provides a range of services helping people live at home with independence and dignity. From personal visits and security calls to home maintenance and snow removal, CSC provides a variety of services to lessen feelings of loneliness, isolation, and dependence while strengthening confidence and independence.
In addition, VeriForm also supports The Suzuki String School of Guelph, a school committed to creating sustainability; as it permits as many children as possible, regardless of socioeconomic situations, to develop confident and well-rounded personalities through music education. The school’s dedication to encouraging self-sustained communities in the Guelph and Wellington region attracted VeriForm’s President, Paul Rak.
Paul is a pragmatic visionary and distinguished businessman. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and went further to study Business Management and Quality at the University of Waterloo. Paul remains a frequent speaker on topics pertaining to the sustainability of businesses and the various benefits of going green. Paul’s passion for music and charity lead him to The Suzuki String School of Guelph, where he serves as the Chair of the institute’s fundraising committee.
VeriForm remains a distinguished sponsor of Community Support Connections as well as The Suzuki String School of Guelph and consistently donates to each organization. It’s a company devoted to creating synergy and sustainability in the community.
VeriForm strives to give back as much as possible while encouraging others to do so as well, especially during the holiday season.
VeriForm’s success in reducing its carbon footprint has not gone unnoticed, with a recent feature in Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Since 2006, VeriForm has been committed to greater sustainability in manufacturing. This drive has been successful, as VeriForm has reduced its emissions by 77.1% – this means a drop from 262 tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG) yearly to only 60 tonnes per year.
Reducing the negative impact on the environment has allowed VeriForm to also direct greater efforts towards growing the business and raising profits. The plant is now 128% larger, going from 11,800 sq. ft to 26,000 sq. ft. The sales per unit of energy has more than tripled from $6.12/kWh to $19.55/kWh. All of this has allowed VeriForm to hire 30% more staff, improving production levels and more than doubling profits.
The greatest factor in VeriForm’s success story is the sheer number of energy reduction and process improvement projects implemented over the course of the past thirteen years. The count is now over 100 projects, with the first 37 projects resulting in a fantastic payback period over 6 months. Some examples of these projects include:
Replacing paper towels with super hand dryers
Printing multiple pages per sheet
Replacing current lights with more energy efficient lights
Wire heating disconnects on doors to turn off heat when doors open
Halting purchases of plastic cutlery and dishes
Installing motion activated lights
Improving and adding insulation in walls around windows
Consolidating garbage bins, improving access to recycling and using permanent bags rather than plastic
The success of these projects have resulted not only in a reduction in carbon emissions and waste, but also in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings for the company. It is no surprise that VeriForm’s sustainability efforts are being acknowledged on a national level. VeriForm has always been committed to excellence and improving the company by passing on the savings to the customer – here’s to many more years of successful sustainability!
Being active in the community is highly important to VeriForm as the community is what builds strength and prosperity for our neighborhoods. To be apart of the community means constantly being present and offering a helping hand where needed.
VeriForm has been a proud sponsor of the Community Support Connections event called Mayor’s Souper Sampler (Meals on Wheels and More Programs) for the last 6 years. The event is held at Cambridge City Hall proudly raising nearly $7,500 in support.
Similar to that event, VeriForm sponsors the Meals on Wheels Tacofest event every summer donating about $1,780 to the event. The support VeriFom provides to theses events provides the community with the recognition and support it needs while the success of the event ensures that the community can continue to meet the growing demand in the Waterloo Region for practical services that help seniors and adults living with disabilities in the homes they love.
Of course, the success of these events could not be made possible without sponsors and the pull of the community itself. VeriForm feels strongly in their support and confidence in our communities and strives to give back as much as possible and encourages others to do the same.
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is one of the world’s most popular welding techniques, capable of producing complex small welds to huge welding projects. Because the technique is relatively simple but able to produce versatile results with low equipment costs, SMAW welding accounts for over half of all welding production in certain countries.
SMAW is used to weld different kinds of steel and iron. It can also be used on nickel, copper, nickel/copper alloys, and aluminum. SMAW’s form of arc welding involves using a covered metal electrode that is covered in flux coating. As the weld is laid, the coating melts, releasing a vapor that shields the weld from outside contamination. The nature of SMAW means that many materials of different thicknesses can be joined, producing parts that have applications essential to everyday life – they can be used in the construction of steel structures, industrial fabrication and for bridges and canopies. The technique also applies well to maintenance and repair jobs.
There are many benefits of SMAW. These include:
Simple and relatively inexpensive equipment
Suited for many different commonly used metals and alloys
Able to be used in many environments both indoor and outdoor; outdoors, in shops, on pipelines, ships, bridges, and refineries, etc.
The process is largely unaffected by winds and drafts, making it ideal for outdoor welding
One of the most portable welding processes (can be powered by gas and diesel rather than electrical connections), which allows the welder to be versatile in their welding locations and positions
Separate gas shielding is unnecessary
Depending on the welder’s skill, SMAW can be used in any position and does not always require the use of large tools or worktables, ensuring that it remains a popular technique among amateur welders and small businesses. SMAW welding requires welder-fitters who are certified to the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Level 2 welding standards. High quality welding ensures that these parts are strong and will hold to their intended applications.
SMAW requires precision and attention to detail, which VeriForm is more than capable of providing in every weld. VeriForm only employs CWB CSA w47.1 and W59 certified welders, as well as retaining qualified CWB certified welding engineers to ensure all specifications are met for client projects. Because SMAW has such a wide range of industrial uses, VeriForm can take on a vast variety of projects for their clients. Projects can be set up with limited time and effort, saving on set up costs, while the simplicity of SMAW tools and equipment means that there are fewer instances of equipment breakdown. This means that projects can be completed quickly and efficiently with the SMAW technique, with savings passed down to the client. The quality of workmanship with VeriForm’s certified welders means that our welds will hold safely, stay strong, and reach the client defect-free.
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