CNC Laser Drilling - Better, Faster, And More Accurate

August 21, 2019

Computer numerical control (CNC) laser drilling is one of the most expedient laser processes available on today’s market.  By using high quality lasers, CNC laser drilling outshines standard machinery as it offers incredibly accurate and precise penetrations that manual drilling cannot. Because laser drilling is computer automated, it leaves your material untouched; this means that there is very minimal distortion of material. The technology used has many other benefits such as exact replications, easily adaptable plans, increased production rates –  with single pulse drilling up to 200 holes per second – capability to create holes of small diameter with high aspect ratios, as well as precise beam manipulation to drill shallow angles and shaped holes. The laser also regulates the beam intensity, duration, and heat output, leading to very little distortion in drilling and ingenuity to work with diverse materials such as stainless steel, copper, wood, gemstones, brass, nickel, and iron.

The first laser of this magnitude was created in 1960; at the time, the idea of the laser was overwhelming as its purpose had not yet been identified. Engineers were excited by the power of this invention, and by 1964, Bell Labs harnessed the power to create the first laser cutters. This technology developed at a rapid rate, and by the 1970s, the aerospace industry adopted the laser cutting and drilling techniques. By the 1980s, laser drilling had become an estimated $7.5 billion industry. Since then, CNC laser drilling has only improved, making it faster, more accessible, and more accurate than ever.

Today, CNC lasers can cut up to ¾ inches x 80inches x 160inches with accuracy of +/- 0.005inches and holes less than 0.25mm in diameter (as small as 0.0005 inches in diameter). This is an act that a conventional drill cannot accomplish. Because of this incredibly consistent precision and quality, CNC laser drilling is trusted by high level technicians in the industries of: aerospace, often for the drilling of cooling holes in the turbine engines of aircrafts; electronics, because, as technology advances, each part is decreasing in size, and therefore must increase in precision; medicine, to accurately create needle holes in devices; automotive, to manufacture consistent and accurate holes for various parts, such as injection nozzles that carry fuel to the engine; and semiconductors, for a plethora of applications in the $335.2 billion industry.

The use of CNC laser drilling in such critical industries shows its exceptional quality, but this caliber of work is not exclusive to billion dollar industries. The precision and accuracy of laser drilling has an economic return on investment in many applications as your product will last longer, will be created to your exact specifications, and will be completed much faster than any manual drilling could possibly produce.

To get a quote for the most reliable drilling technology has to offer, contact us today!

Welding at VeriForm

July 11, 2019

The precise skill and artform of fusing two pieces of metal into one, while ensuring the fuse point is able to withstand the stresses during the service life of a component or structure requires a professional and competent team of welders, inspectors and processes. 

At VeriForm, all of our welders are qualified under the Certified Welding Bureau (CWB CSA W47.1 and W59) for all our types of manufactured welding techniques including:

  • Arc Welding
  • TIG
  • MIG
  • Pulsed MIG Welding.  

Within our five welding bays, we carry equipment to ensure all of our projects and manufactured items are precise and of high quality by the use of our Demmeler Bluco fabrication tables and our Meta-Lax stress relieving systems.  The Demmeler Bluco table allows us to ensure every requirement and customer dimension is precise, while our Meta-Lax stress relieving system ensures all our thermally induced stresses are reduced or eliminated during the weld manufacturing process.  

At VeriForm we are able to weld, bend and manipulate all types of metal, including, steel, stainless steel and aluminum. All of our welds are inspected by our certified in-house inspector to ensure that each weld has the same strength as the base metal.  

Although welding steel is the most popular type of weld – we also frequently weld aluminum and stainless steel with our gas pulsed metal arc welding machine (GMAWP). The advantage of using the GMAWP process is that it uses lower heat, ensuring the weld bead on the stainless steel and aluminum have fewer defects.

Once the stainless steel welds meet our high-quality expectations and have been inspected through our in-house inspectors, we use a Surfox 304 weld cleaning machine to restore the stainless steel back to its original certified ASTM standard.  We have the engineering expertise, capability and equipment to manufacture components that are as small as your palm, or large, heavy and complex.  

At VeriForm, we have over 20 years of experience and are committed to your success.  Contact our experts for a quote and let’s discuss your next venture or project – any size big or small!

Putting a Price on Pollution - Catherine McKenna’s Promotion of a Low-Carbon Economy

May 8, 2019

What is the price of a sustainable future? That is the question that Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, explores in a recent interview with the Academy for Sustainable Innovation (ASI). In this interview, McKenna believes that in order to preserve the natural sustainability of the planet for future generations, “we all have to be part of the solution”, which involves “working in partnership with businesses”. McKenna gives a special nod in the interview to VeriForm, Inc., a company that she feels is an inspirational example of what happens when companies actually put “a price on pollution”.

According to McKenna, VeriForm has not only made better business decisions (cutting back on costs and improving energy efficiency), they have also lowered their emissions by 80% while “growing their bottom line by a couple of million dollars”. The overall message of the interview and the mention of VeriForm, Inc. serves to emphasize McKenna’s message that in order to fight pollution’s negative effects on the planet, businesses have to restructure the way they use energy; not only to improve their own economic growth, but to also pave the way for everyone to prioritize sustainable energy and reducing carbon emissions.

Over the last twelve years, VeriForm has saved over $2 million dollars thanks to their sustainability improvements. By embracing the provincial and federal carbon taxes and viewing them as an incentive to improve, the company has contributed towards McKenna’s vision of a low carbon economy. Between 2006 and 2008, VeriForm has invested over $46,000 in energy saving projects. Since then, annual operating costs (especially concerning energy) have been reduced significantly, with savings only expected to grow as energy prices increase. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) have also been reduced by 202 tonnes per year since 2017, ultimately reducing energy costs by over 70%.

VeriForm has proven that cutting back on carbon emissions is not only a smart business move, but also a morally-driven choice that will ensure a better future for the generations to come. Legislation such as carbon taxes and cap and trade programs should be enacted in order to mandate energy reduction and encourage, rather than deter smart asset management in order to benefit the economy and the health of the planet.

Watch Catherine McKenna’s full interview here:

GHG Reduction

March 21, 2019

Graph showing the positive effects of smart asset management at VeriformAt VeriForm Inc. we care deeply about the environment, energy conservation & waste reduction. In fact, between 2006 and 2008 we invested $46,186 in over 42 individual energy saving projects and the result has been astounding: Our annual operating costs, specifically our energy costs, have been reduced by $89,152. Factoring in energy price increases, we expect to save over $1.42 million dollars over the next 10 years. In addition, we have reduced our company’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 202 tonnes per year (as of December 2017). That is equivalent to more than 10,000 trees absorbing carbon dioxide annually.

Since 2006 we have more than tripled our sales per kWh which means we have reduced our energy costs by over 70%! We used to sell $6.12 of product for every kilowatt-hour of electricity. Today in 2019, we sell over $19.55 per kilowatt hour. To read more visit our Energy Conservation & Waste Reduction page

VeriForm Example for CTV "How to Go Green Without Hurting the Economy"

December 18, 2018

Director Priyanka Lloyd On CTV

On December 15th, 2018, Your Morning Live broadcasted on CTV brought on guests Mathew Hoffman, a Professor from the University of Toronto and Executive Director Priyanka Lloyd of Green Economy Canada. The topic of discussion was How to go green without hurting the economy and VeriForm was the main example brought up by Priyanka Lloyd. Ms. Lloyd discusses how VeriForm began their Journey in 2006 with investing about 46 thousand dollars into energy efficiency measures, and over the last 12 years have seen over 2 million dollars in savings with cutting their Carbon footprint by 77%.