Sheet Metal Fabrication: Prototyping to Product

 

custom sheet metal enclosure

A custom sheet metal enclosure

Sheet metal prototyping affords engineers and project managers the ability to test their product and design prior to any manufacturing. During prototyping, they can learn about potential manufacturing inefficiencies that can cost tens of thousands of dollars on short runs and many more times more during full-scale production. A&E Manufacturing has more than 45 years of experience working with companies to produce the first pieces of their product with a streamlined sheet metal fabrication processes.

Until It’s Built, No One Will Come

There are multiple steps that come between a client submitting a design and the first part even being sent into production. It is in this first step that we can identify key cost drivers that may not be necessary for a part to meet the overall requirements. The quoting department takes the initial design and decides on the most efficient way to make the part. Using our many years of experience, our quoting department and engineers are able to dissect the part submitted and give suggestions on how to better design the part for a more cost effective production run. From shearing the material, to cutting out the initial piece with our CNC laser cutting machines or CNC Turrett Presses, to any forming done on our CNC brakes, spot welding, and the finishing of the product. All processes are taken into account and our years of experience are used to help our customers have a successful prototyping run. Continue Reading Sheet Metal Fabrication: Prototyping to Product

Reducing Fabrication Costs For Better ROI: A Case Study

A&E MFG LogoThe skilled engineering team at A&E Manufacturing always exercise a lean approach to each new sheet metal design and fabrication project. This ensures that a sustainable and cost effective method of fabrication will be used to fabricate your sheet metal piece. Whenever you have a new design and are preparing to start fabrication, we highly recommend engaging A&E’s prototyping services. This step in production allows our engineers to uncover design and fabrication efficiencies before your sheet metal product goes into full production. The following case study will show the value of this process.

Step 1: The Original Sheet Metal Product

A customer came to us with an over-engineered oil tank reservoir design. The original specifications would require a multi-step build process, followed by a costly plating operation in order to complete the part.

A&E moved the piece into the prototyping process following the client’s specifications. During the process we made some discoveries regarding the product fabrication.   Continue Reading Reducing Fabrication Costs For Better ROI: A Case Study

Why Use an ISO 9001:2008 Compliant Manufacturing Company

IsoCertificateSmallSheet metal manufacturing companies that comply with ISO 9001:2008 standards offer clients and customers a number of benefits that revolve around quality standards, isolating problems and coming up with solutions based on repeatable and proven techniques. While the ISO 9000 series standards can apply to every industry, from software to salmon processing, manufacturing firms that obtain certification can offer guarantees that when they take on a project, it will come out according to its specifications.

An Emphasis on Quality Control

The simplest definition of ISO 9001:2008 standards have a company specifying how it will do something, then testing to see how well it works. In the case of sheet metal fabrication, there can be different steps in terms of sourcing the right materials for specific types of designs to cleaning up and etching pieces.

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