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VeriForm Joins the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association!

October 21, 2021

We at VeriForm are proud to announce that we are now members of the prestigious Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA). 

The CTMA, established in 1963, is now home to approximately 160 companies employing over 17,000 people. They have multiple chapters with locations in Windsor, Toronto, and Western Ontario. They remain committed to representing, supporting, and promoting the interests of the Canadian tooling and precision metalworking industries. As a key objective, CTMA is committed to promoting and providing programs devoted to apprenticeship training and skills upgrading in the tooling and machining industries. We are so happy to be a part of the CTMA that is sponsoring the training of two out of our three employees undergoing machining apprenticeships to help our staff develop their machining skills and careers. 

In our 24+ years of operation at VeriForm, we are driven by three core values: Community, Sustainability, and Education. We have grown to become a notable force in the metal fabrication and machining industry. Our services include fabricating various metals, including Aluminium, Carbon Steel, Stainless steel, and others. Thanks to our 177″ and 300″ machining centers, we are capable of high-speed drilling and milling of large and long parts in one setup with less repositioning. With our new 25ft CNC drilling machine, we now offer drilling, milling, tapping and performing other processes on larger parts that our smaller 20ft machine could not handle. We have fabricated various metal parts of different sizes for clients in the mining, forestry, and machine-building sectors of North America. Our Stainless-steel fabrication arm is certified to CSA 47.1 for structural welding of stainless grades ASTM-A-240 and ASME-SA-240, types 304, 309, and 316 stainless by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). Our team of engineering experts is available to design the specifications for the parts you require. 

Additionally, VeriForm offers custom architectural fabrication to produce custom shapes and forms required in the construction of luxury homes and commercial plazas. We also provide metal bending services with a capacity ranging from small sizes up to 20-feet long sizes. Our welding team of experts is CWB CSA W47.1 and W59 certified and can weld any shape required for your projects. VeriForm provides metal, sheet metal, and structural rolling services. We have the facilities for rolling metal up to 10 feet in width. We are committed to developing innovative ways to meet our clients’ needs better and quicker. We are well equipped and have machines and equipment for various tasks, including seven cranes, including five and ten-tonne bridge cranes, 6,000lbs and 8,000lbs forklifts, numerous one and two-tonne jib cranes, and five and 10-tonne bundle lifters. We are committed to a net-zero emission goal and operate an eco-friendly, sustainable company. 

To learn about how we can help you on your next great project, contact us today!

CNC Machining Process - Turning Design Into Finished Product

October 14, 2021

Turning thoughts and designs into finished products requires an extensive process. The CNC machining process can be difficult to understand for those who aren’t familiar with this type of technology and its capabilities. To start off from the very beginning, what is CNC machining? Computer numerical control machining is a manufacturing process that requires pre-programming from computer software to direct the movement of other tools and machinery. CNC machining is used to control a number of complex machinery including grinders, lathes, cutters and mills. It allows for three-dimensional cutting tasks to be completed through a single set of prompts. Due to these capabilities, CNC machining has defied the limits of manual control but what does the actual process entail? Let’s continue to discuss in detail the overall CNC machining process and how designs get turned into actual structures.

From Designs to CNC Operations

To begin the CNC machining process, 2D vector or 3D solid part CAD designs have to be created first. Whether that means getting your designs created in-house or by an external CAD/CAM design company. A computer-aided design (CAD) software is used by designers and manufacturers to produce a model or a rendering of parts along with important technical specifications to produce the structure. However, keep in mind designs are of course restricted by certain CNC machine and tool capabilities. Different tools will have different limitations.

These designs once created, are then converted to a CNC-compatible file format like STEP or IGES. The compatible file format will run through a CAM program that extracts the part geometry. The CAM program will then generate a digital code that will control the CNC machine to manipulate the tools into producing the custom-designed structure or part. As soon as the CNC program is generated, the operator loads the programming into the CNC machine.

Operating the CNC Machine

Before the operator starts the program, the CNC machine has to be prepped for operations. That could mean placing the parts directly into the machine or attaching the required tools to complete the task. Once the machine is set up, the operator will run the CNC program. CNC machines use multiple programming languages, but the most common language is general or geometric code. It pretty much controls where, when, and how the tools move from one point to another. The program activates the machine commands while essentially giving instructions to dictate the movement of the machine. Initiating the program will indicate the start of the machining process and will guide the CNC machine throughout the duration of the operation to produce the custom-designed structure.

CNC Machining Needs – Contact VeriForm

If you’re looking for someone to meet your CNC machining needs, find a reputable and experienced company. CNC machining can be a difficult and delicate process that should only be handled by trained professionals. At VeriForm, not only do we have experienced professionals with at least 20 years under our belts, but we also get the job done right the first time while focusing on energy conservation and waste reduction. VeriForm is currently the greenest fabricating company in North America. We have state-of-the-art technology including 25-foot-long CNC capabilities specialized in drilling, tapping, countersinking, boring and more. We’ll work with you to ensure we deliver results that surpass your expectations. If you need fast and reliable metal fabrication work done, contact VeriForm today to learn more.

Metal Cutting Tools Used in Fabrication

September 29, 2021

When you work in the fabrication industry, you’ll know that every metal fabrication company requires the use of many different metal cutting tools. These tools are used to create the desired effects in structures and designs by removing unwanted material from constructed pieces of metal. As a metal fabricator, an understanding of how these tools work and how they’re used is crucial in fabrication.

Each tool has its own advantages and disadvantages so it’s important to find tools that’ll meet your requirements. There are two types when it comes to different metal cutting tools and those include single-point tools and multi-point tools. Single-point tools are used to get rid of extra material through shaping, turning and other related processes with one cutting edge. Whereas multi-point tools are used during the grinding, drilling, and milling processes and often have teeth or multiple cutting edges. We’ll continue to identify different tools from both types.

Single Point Metal Cutting Tools

To start off, a single-point metal cutting tool is used to perform several operations. They can be made with a variety of materials including high carbon steel, ceramics, and diamonds to name a few. Some advantages of single-point tools are easy design and fabrication along with a more affordable price. However, because one blade is constantly working away at the material, wear and breakage is a more frequent occurrence. To continue, let’s discuss what some of the single point cutting tools are:

Turning Tools:

Turning tools are used to cut or finish the external diameter of your structure. They can also be used to produce cylindrical workpieces. There are many different types of turning tools such as woodturning tools, hollowing tools, bowl gouges and more. Different types are used for different purposes and materials due to their strength, durability and other specifications.   

Shaping Tools:

Shaping tools do exactly what the name describes. They’re used to cut in curves, certain angles, and other kinds of shapes all thanks to a disc. The disc is responsible for the tool’s rotation which then allows the forward and backwards movement making it easier to shape your fabrication projects. It’s most commonly used on wood and metal.

Other examples of single point metal cutting tools include:

  • Planing tool
  • Slotting tool
  • Boring tool
  • Fly cutter tool

Multi-Point Metal Cutting Tools

A multi-point metal cutting tool contains multiple cutting edges that work together during a single operation. The number of edges can range from three to hundreds depending on the tool and what it’s used for. They’re known for their efficiency when it comes to removing excess material as multiple cuts are made simultaneously. The tools are known to run longer and be more wear-resistant as the heat generated gets distributed across each blade. Here is some more information about the different kinds of multi-point cutting tools.

Milling Cutters:

Milling cutter tools are ultimately used in milling machines to perform milling operations. It consists of multiple grooves that act as blades that rotate to scrape off material or reshapes a workpiece. They’re often made from hard, strong materials that can withstand significant amounts of stress without breakage.

Reamer Tool:

A reamer is a kind of rotary metal cutting tool that is designed to enlarge or widen the size of pre-existing holes with high degrees of precision that leave smooth finishes. Reamers are provided with long flutes or grooves that can be straight or spiral. The flutes also allow chips, cooling and lubricating fluid to pass through to reach the cutting edges. This helps with the cooling process making your tool last longer and decreases breakage.

Other kinds of multi-point tools are:

  • Grinding wheel
  • Drills
  • Broaches
  • Hobs
  • Knurling tools

Metal Fabrication Experts – VeriForm Inc.

Are you looking for an expert metal fabrication team to complete your metal projects? Then VeriForm Inc. is exactly what you’re searching for. Not only are they an award-winning metal fabrication company, but they’ll also get the job done right the first time. They specialize in parts fabrication, architectural fabrication, CNC machining and more all throughout Ontario. Whether you’re looking to build new structures or to revamp a previously made structure, VeriForm is here to help. They have a professionally skilled team, new high-tech equipment, and a commitment to getting the job done right. Contact VeriForm Inc. today to get a quote for any metal fabrication task you may have.

VeriForm is going B Corp!

September 9, 2021
Certified B Corporation - Veriform

As a manufacturer, we have done very well by reducing our GHG emissions from 262 tonnes back in 2006 to as little as 60 tonnes per year in 2019 and then buying carbon offsets for the remaining emissions.  In fact, we just received an award for 6 years of being carbon neutral.

At the same time, we have realized that we need to go to the next step, to broaden our focus beyond just GHG emissions and carbon footprint.  Many of the best companies we deal with have pointed to becoming B Corp Certified because that certification takes into consideration greater areas of goodwill and socially positive results, not just profit generation.  The B Corp website defines it extremely well by stating:

“The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.”

We are especially excited about this new development as our past experience has shown us that driving down our GHG emissions out of a sense of altruism also increased our profits. So with this in mind, we have decided to end our ISO 50001 energy management system and put our focus on becoming B Corp certified. We strongly believe this will benefit our customers and our staff, plus the broader community.  To learn more about the B Corp visit https://bcorporation.net/

PM Trudeau's Campaign At VeriForm

September 2, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits VeriForm for his campaign event on climate change in Cambridge, ON.

Last weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with the Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland and the Liberal candidate, Bryan May hosted a campaign event at VeriForm Inc. to discuss the Liberal Party’s agenda on sustainability and climate change. This is a prevalent issue as the total greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent in Canada have increased to 730 megatonnes within the year of 2019.

Their climate plan entails that oil and gas companies would be required to set a five-year plan to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions. This is an obligation that’ll eventually lead to the party’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Cars being sold in Canada would also be required to take a part in reaching this goal. The target is to cut back on 50% of emissions by 2030 and zero emissions by 2035. Upon re-election, this plan would also include funding $2 billion to ensure “green” jobs are created within the oil industry.  

To see what the Liberal Party had to say during the campaign, click here

What is Net Zero Emissions?  

The term “Net Zero Emissions” has been mentioned quite often but what does it actually imply? Net zero emissions also referred to as carbon neutrality, can be defined by an economy that no longer produces greenhouse gases. It also indicates that the economy is able to offset emissions. Offsetting emissions means that emissions are still being produced but in lower quantities. However, as long as there is a method to counteract the emissions, you’re still considered to be at net zero. Being at net zero also includes reducing greenhouse gases and ridding emissions that have already reached the atmosphere.

There are many strategies businesses can use to reach net zero. Planting more trees to filter oxygen or taking initiatives in creating a greener work environment. A greener workspace could suggest using environmentally-friendly equipment, tools and technology. Another method that would be proactive to this cause would be transitioning from the usage of non-renewable to renewable energy. Switching from fossil fuel, coal and petroleum to solar, hydro, or wind to name a few. That being said, the point of net zero is to restore the state of the world prior to climate change. It’s an essential goal that is currently in the process of being met all across the globe.  

Why VeriForm?  

Now that we understand why reaching net zero is so important, how does this tie in with VeriForm Inc.? Simply due to the fact that VeriForm is one of the examples of businesses that have reached the net zero goal. The CEO of VeriForm, Paul Rak started his sustainability journey by cutting his company’s greenhouse gas emissions back in 2006. Soon after, he invested $46,000 in energy-efficient changes all throughout his company. With this investment, Paul installed efficient lighting, heating systems and more to reduce energy usage.

Although it seems like a large amount of money to invest, VeriForm’s return on investment was $90,000 from reduced energy bills alone. Last year back in 2020, VeriForm was able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75%. They only needed to offset 25% on emissions. This was also the year he won the Net Zero Award for demonstrating his success in maintaining net zero for one or more years. Even now, Paul Rak is taking steps in continuing his work to becoming a more sustainable metal fabrication company. It goes to show that with perseverance, and time any company can become green to reach that net zero goal towards a better future. 

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