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VeriForm's Success with Sustainability

November 30, 2019

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 
  • Installing tamper resistant programmable plant thermostats
  • 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!

Community Support Connections

November 8, 2019

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.

To learn how you can contribute to the Community Support Connections group visit https://communitysupportconnections.org/

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

October 11, 2019

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.

A Celebration of 23 Years in Business!

September 25, 2019

August was a special month for VeriForm – on August 1st, this metal fabrication company with a penchant for high quality service and a passion for environmental conservation celebrated 23 years in business! 

For more than two decades, VeriForm has applied its steadfast business philosophies to provide customers with superior manufacturing and metal fabrication services. From their 26,000 sq ft. facility in Cambridge, VeriForm has manufactured custom parts for mining, forestry and machine building sectors. Whatever is required – precision plasma cutting, bending, rolling, welding  – VeriForm’s CNC machining is innovative, modern, up to date and always up to the task. 

VeriForm has also established a reputation as both an environmental advocate and a company dedicated to giving back to and creating a sustainable community. Since 2006, VeriForm has implemented sustainability improvements that have cut back on carbon emissions and saved the company over $2 million dollars. These savings have since been passed on to customers and the community in terms of improved production prices, and creating a sustainable future. Since then, VeriForm has continued to invest in energy saving projects, ensuring the growth of the company through lowering annual operating costs. This regard for the environment has also enmeshed VeriForm as part of the community. 

For 23 years, VeriForm has succeeded through their commitment to 3 core values: community, sustainability, and education. VeriForm also believes that improvement and success are not finite – in order to continue being leaders in providing precision metal fabricating, the trajectory of the company must be viewed as a journey. A journey in which Veriform will constantly innovate, improve, and renew its partnership with customers and the community. 

At its core, VeriForm’s guiding philosophy has been to run a good, honest business. Here’s to another 23 years of excellent customer service, superior product and process, and remaining a cut above the rest!

CNC Laser Drilling

August 21, 2019

Better, Faster, And More Accurate

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!