Metal Fabricator

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.



Managing a Metal Fabrication Job Shop during the busy months of the year

A metal fabrication job shop has to manage the ups and downs in the market.  It is a balance beam at 50,000 feet!  Jobs shops have regular customers but most all of those regular customers are unwilling to take product until they need it.  This can wreak havoc on a job shop schedule.

A month at a glance in a metal fabrication job shop might show capacity on many machines one day and be completely over capacity the next day.  To stay profitable the fabrication staff and engineering office is staffed for regular production.  The stress to management and employees alike comes from the inability to predict customer demand.  What looks like a regular production without overtime, can change at a moment’s notice with 2 or 3 large customers needing parts at the same time.

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A Metal Fabrication Company reviewing and reflecting with Thanksgiving

When looking for a metal fabricator do you need only the basic operations which include some type of metal cutting with possibly metal bending and welding?  Or is it beneficial to find a metal fabricator who can handle your project from start to finish with the most efficient equipment?  At Noble Industries we continue to look for ways to improve our processes.

When we started in 1968 making metal fabrication products, we only had basic information to get by and service a few customers.  Today we have a 70,000 sq ft facility, a process engineering department, quality department , several people in the administrative office, 55 – 60 employees on the floor with some in the powder coating and packaging area, 3 people dedicated to shipping and receiving.

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What does Custom Metal Fabrication mean?

The word “custom” can mean a conventional way of doing things or a common standard or practice.  For custom metal fabrication it means almost the opposite.  Custom metal fabrication means that someone wants to make something unique or specific to their needs.  It may mean they want to make 1 piece or a very small number of metal parts.  Custom metal fabrication can also mean large productions or medium size production run of between 100 – 2500 parts at a time. 

 Whatever your specific meaning, Noble Industries is the company that can provide all your custom metal fabrication needs!  If it is a project where you need to cut metal into specific sizes we can do that through the use of saws, lasers & punches.  If you need tubular parts, we can saw cut one or 1,000 at a time with the use of traditional saws or our CNC Dutch saw which allows us to saw cut bundles of tube or pipe quickly along with deburring the ends.  If you need sheet metal parts cut with a countersunk hole our 6 axis laser cutting equipment can handle that easily.  If you have a need for metal wire straightened and cut to length, we can do that as well.  Whatever custom metal cutting means to you, we can handle it.  We commonly cut aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel.  Our equipment includes Mazak Lasers, Amada Punch Presses, Salvagnini Panel Punching, CNC Shearing, Piranha Iron Worker, Dutch Saw, Band Saws, Cold Cut Miter Saws, Wire Straightening and Cut off equipment and much more. 

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Metal Cutting with Laser Equipment

There are many methods available today for metal cutting.  In ancient times metal cutting could only be accomplished by manual methods where a machined tool normally with pressure and teeth would cut through the metal.  Today metal cutting can be performed without the equipment touching the metal.  Laser cutting has become one of the most efficient ways of cutting metal without contact with the material.  Lasers can cut stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel and many other materials.

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