Design for Manufacturing

Noble Industries Expands Indiana Facility

Noble Industries Expands Indiana Facility

Noble Industries is a superior metal fabricator with headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana.  The current sheet metal fabrication facility in Noblesville is 70,000 square feet.  The expansion will add 60,000 square feet of metal fabrication operation space and 14,000 square feet of new corporate office space.  With the expansion, Noble Industries management group met to discuss equipment layout and the flow of metal parts through the new and existing facility.

Incorporated in 1970, Noble Industries is a full service metal fabrication company.   Sheet metal fabrication equipment includes CNC laser cutting, Panel bending, punch presses, brake presses, welding which includes MIG, TIG, Resistance welding and robotic welding.  Secondary equipment includes deburr and finishing services PEM Sert machines, corner forming, powder coating and much more.   The company employs 65 full-time employees and 20 temporary staff.  WIth the expansion, Noble Industries is expected to grow by 15% in 2017 and 20% in 2018.

 

 

Metal Fabrication Case Studies – Retail Point of Purchase Freestanding Display

Metal Fabrication Case Study

Customer:   Retail Point of Purchase

Product:  Freestanding Display

Type of Fabrication:  Laser Cutting, Welded Wire Mesh Grid, Press Brake Metal Forming, Welding, Powder Coating

Problem:  Taking a new design from the concept to production

Noble Industries solution:

Noble Industries has several customers who design all types of store fixtures for the retail industry.  Many things are considered before a prototype is scheduled.  Our customers will send conceptual drawings or models with all the factual information included such as the material they wish to use, dimensions, views from the front, back, side and top, specific hardware requirements, what powder coat color or colors they want and much more.

Our process engineers will review the design for manufacturability and give any comments or concerns to the customer.  If everyone agrees on the concept, then our customer will detail each individual part.  For this particular metal fabrication case study, we had a project to fabricate for Point of Purchase during the holiday season.

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Designing for Manufacturability (DFM) in Metal Fabrication

Successful metal fabrication job shops know that in order to maximize production time, it has to start with the design.  The best way to do that is by designing parts for the way it is going to be fabricated or by DFM.  This starts with a cooperative effort between the customer, the manufacturing engineer at the job shop and the operations team.  When they all 3 work together, the outcome should be developing the most cost-effective production design. 

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