Veriform was recognized with a graduation certificate for its 10 year commitment to reducing energy consumption and becoming a Sustainable Waterloo Gold Pledging Partner. The company proudly attended the 8th Annual Evening of Recognition on Thursday, April 27th 2017 at Maxwell’s 35 University Avenue East to
Left to right: Tova Davidson (Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo), Gerry Cutting (Energy Manager at VeriForm, Emily Aria Rak (daughter of Paul Rak VeriForm’s owner), and Matthew Day (RCI Program Manager) Emily Rak received the diploma on stage that evening on behalf of VeriForm, for graduating from the 10 year commitment for sustainability. Photo Courtesy of Sustainable Waterloo
Reducing the amount of CO2 emissions via electricity and natural gas usage has always been a priority for us however since the year 2015, 100% of CO2 emissions were completely eliminated. Going from 245 tons of carbon emissions to an amazing 64 tons. On top of that, VeriForm has been growing and building by 145% since 2007. And if that doesn’t impress you, VeriForm is the 4th company in Canada to achieve ISO 50001 certification for their energy management system, which results in a 5% reduction in energy use year after year.
Carbon Emissions Results Up Until 2016
See the acceptance speech below:
We are proud to say that it has been 12 years of CO2 awareness for the company and 2 years of being carbon neutral. These numbers highlight the true commitment and dedication of the VeriForm team with many more to come!
Now, in 2017 modern laser cutters have more innovative features, faster controls and powerful beams. Many industries are opting to outsource cutting for laser cutting services to other conventional alternatives.
Laser cutters work like printers, etching materials, using computer directed high-powered laser beams at precise focal lengths. The lasers will melt the metal while an assisting gas blasts the molten metal out of the cut.
Laser Cutter Features and Advantages
Recommended for projects involving intricate detailing and precise dimensions.
Programs are automated to change parts not to mention require relatively inexpensive replacement parts contributing to shorter set, and longer machine uptimes. Productivity is further improved with the following features:
Precise High-Quality Cutting
Most can achieve precision of +/- 0.005 inches or +/- 0.13 millimetres and controlled by computer programs
Metal is cleanly cut without deformation or blurs
Cuts exceptionally fine contours and virtually radius-free inner edges
More human input can be dedicated to design rather than production
Cuts Smaller Diameter Holes
With complex detail and good edge quality
No Contact Cutting
Eliminates tool wear problem
Low noise, vibration and pollution
Leading to time savings and allowing for smaller production runs to more competitive job costing
Bending is the process of deforming sheet metal into an angle. Sheet metal is forced by a press brake between an upper and lower tool. The punch being the upper component and die being the lower tool. The press brake is what manipulates the punch and die to apple a press force.
This is a great method of creating 3D shapes from 2D sheets.
Cost Reduction Tips
Complex bend combinations
Adding more bends than necessary
Using slots for a time, and bend the metal later on manually. This will help to lower shipping costs as well as takes up less storage room.
Design with packing in mind
Include straight edges that will run parallel to a bend
Metal Bending Services and Capabilities
VeriForms addition of a 20-foot CNC offers incredible handling for all types of complex bending projects. This CNC also features multiple work stations that ensure high uptimes and seamless productivity. Other functionalities include:
Having quality welds for any project that requires welding is paramount. From safety and liability reasons, to something as simple as aesthetics, there are many definitions of a quality weld. So what makes a quality weld?
Three Contributing Factors to Welding Quality
It’s no secret, quality welds start with professional, certified welders. The Canadian Stands Association requires companies that wish to be certified for fusion welding of steel, comply and follow guidelines the CSA has set in place, including providing documentation as requested. The certification is known as the CSA Standard w47.1.
Certified Weld Inspectors
To ensure quality in a weld, it’s critical that a professional weld inspector is present at all times during the process, and not simply inspecting the final product. A certified weld inspector ensure that everything in the pre-weld environment is correctly calibrated and set to ensure that the welding process is able to be completed correctly, including any clamps or specific joint positions. Once everything is ready for the certified welder to begin welding, the inspector will continue to monitor the process to ensure quality and compliance of welding standards. Finally, as expected, the welding inspector will inspect all finished welds, as the inspector is accountable for the final quality of the weld. If the inspector gives the weld a passing grade, you can guarantee the welds are of high quality.
During the welding, there is one specific process that can make or break a weld, literally; it’s called stress relieving of a weld. When welding, molten metal is used to fuse two pieces of metal together. During this process the molten metal begins to cool quickly, too quickly in fact. As the weld begins to cool to room temperature, the weld shrinks and pulls the other metal pieces out of the optimal setting. To combat this type of shrinking, stress relieving of a weld is undertaken, where a weld is either treated by heated air, or electricity. A benefit of this type of stress relieving is not only a strong and precise weld, but also any discolouration or corrosion that may have occurred to the metal during the initial weld; this step is referred to a passivation.
Top left: Stainless 316 grade canopy for a city centre fully manufactured by VeriForm for Depco. Bottom left: Canoe made to celebrate Champlain’s landing in Ontario with the body made from Corten steel to prevent long term rusting. Canoe was designed and welded on-site by Lafontaine Ironwerks. Right: Totem poles laser cut from aluminium and rolled for an award show in western North America.
As of January 4th, 2016, VeriForm has hired a new full time machining and inspection person. The qualified person has come with an excellent history and background in both the automotive and automation sectors. This means he will be instrumental in creating proper quality and inspection reports and doing the correct level of inspection which matches our work that we now do for the nuclear, aerospace and nautical sectors. With the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) experience this new employee brings to VeriForm, we can program our drilling-tapping-machining center faster and with a focus on automotive grade quality that our customers need.
VeriForm has added in the last 4 months four experienced staff with multi-decade experience in bending, Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certified welding and plate and structural rolling. As the owner of VeriForm I want to personally thank our customers in 2015 for helping us be successful partners to your businesses. You have enabled us to create at least 6 new jobs at VeriForm in a time when the economy has contracted, while giving us the ability to grow and prosper with you.