Partnering with a metal forming company increases a manufacturer’s ability to fill orders quickly. Highly proficient metal forming and bending processes require expert technicians and advanced machinery. These elements allow metal forming companies to produce high-quality components that fit the specifications and expectations of their customers.
A metal forming company is defined by multiple factors, such as:
- Capabilities. A prospective partner should have the equipment and skill to complete a broad range of projects, including those with complex geometries and tight tolerances.
- Experience. Precision forming requires extensive practical experience to achieve optimal results.
- Quality. High standards ensure that every component meets or exceeds expectations. A reputable metal forming company earns third-party validation via certifications and positive reviews.
- Methodology. Complex projects require a higher level of organization. An experienced metal forming partner can keep track of multistage projects easily and accurately and successfully perform a wide range of processes.
- Customer service. In the end, the goal of precision forming is to produce high quality components that contribute to the customer’s success. Good communication and a commitment to integrity ensure the best results.
If any of these elements are out of place, the customer experience and quality of the end product will suffer as a result.
Assessing the Quality of Precision Forming Companies
Dimensions are the key to creating ideal metal formed components. With the right equipment, a precision metal fabricator can control the quality of their finished items and adhere to the highest industry standards.This includes the ability to:
- Accommodate metals of varying type, grade, and thickness.
- Choose a bend sequence based on desired tolerance.
- Adhere to minimum recommended bend radii for materials.
- Bend metals to accommodate desired grain direction.
- Use a variety of tooling to facilitate production of precision formed components.
When evaluating a prospective metal fabricator, look for these team members to ensure you will receive the highest quality service throughout the fabrication and delivery processes.
- Estimators who break down the costs of complex projects in a thorough, yet easy to understand manner.
- Engineers with experience converting plans and drawings into feasible projects.
- Certified craftsmen on the shop floor who can apply their training and experience in their respective fields.
- Experienced project managers who can effectively communicate with all stakeholders to ensure efficiency at every step of the project.
Common Errors in the Metal Fabrication Process
Metal fabrication processes often require intricate adjustments and careful attention to detail. When processes and calibrations are not closely monitored, these common errors can occur.
- Not having enough tonnage to form the desired thickness and length.
- Cracks or fractures in the material can occur when a material has been formed with incorrect size tooling. Splitting occurs when a material has been stretched beyond its limits.
- Springback that interferes with the bending and shaping process. Unexpected shape changes can make it impossible to achieve the correct final form.
- Incorrect flat development of blanks, making it impossible to achieve desired shape of part within tolerance.
These errors can compromise an entire supply of fabricated components. Catching these problems early in the process gives engineers the ability to adjust their processes and realize better results. Your metal forming partner should have a stringent quality assurance process in place to identify and resolve these problems.
Industrial Metal Fabrications from G.E. Mathis Company
Research your options before choosing a partner for your metal forming project. Check their capabilities, staff certifications, and previous experience to ensure they have the ability to complete your job within the time, budget, and specifications necessary. It’s also important to understand a company’s technical limitations before choosing to partner with them for your manufacturing project.
G.E. Mathis Company provides precision metal forming services for a variety of industrial applications. Our metal fabrication processes include CNC plasma cutting, CNC punching, laser cutting, plate rolling, welding, shearing, metal forming and bending, and more.
In addition to being an ISO 9001:2015-certified manufacturer, G.E. Mathis Company can provide the following services:
- PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) – All Levels
- FAIR (First Article Inspection Report)
- Capability Studies (Statistical Process Control)
- CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template)