Metal Fabrication from a shipping department perspective

Handling multiple metal fabrication projects at one time can be a challenge to many metal fabrication companies but at Noble Industries it is something we do well every day.  As I watched trucks come and go from our facility this week, I decided to look past HRPO .25 X 60 X 120 sheets, or 7 gauge A36 material, tube being cut and formed or parts just sent into our facility for powder coating and look at what shipped out of the building.  I didn’t want to look at Purchase Orders, Production Schedules, Quotes or Job specific information.  I was interested in parts shipped to what industries and how much each shipment weighed.   It was surprising to see the diversity and the locations we shipped to in just a 3 day time period.   To give you some insight, here are just a few of the items that were shipped from our facility in Noblesville, Indiana on October 29 – 31, 2012 and the weight of metal parts fabricated in that 3 day time frame.

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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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Shorter lead times in Metal Fabrication

Noble Industries is a metal fabrication company serving the states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri,  Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Wisconsin and surrounding states.  Even with the current gas prices, we have customers in California, Texas, Montana and other states west of what is known as the “Midwest”.

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Metals, Alloys and Carbon and a simplified approach on how it relates to metal fabrication

Pure or unaltered metals are found in nature.  Metals are known to be good conductors of electricity and heat.  Taking pure metal and mixing it with carbon and other elements make it a great product for metal fabrication.  A metallurgist can go into great detail of the elements in each sheet metal product.  This can become so complicated it will make your head spin.  We will leave that to a metallurgist.  Highlights of common sheet metal materials used in metal fabrication at Noble Industries will be covered in this article.

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Proficient Production Laser Cutting Services

When laser cutting parts there are many things to consider if you want the most efficiently cut parts.  Common edge cutting or common line cutting is a feature used in production laser cutting for both flat and 2D laser cut parts where nested parts share a common edge.   Our P.E.P. software will analyze the part or parts and lay them in a nest for the most efficient material usage.   Other things that need to be considered is pierce interference and collision avoidance which can affect cut out material getting on a part or a previously cut part interfering with the next cut line.

It is also important to understand the kerf, which is the lost material between the 2 parts being laser cut.  The kerf will change based on 5 variables which are the properties of the material and it’s thickness, the laser cutting speed, wattage, frequency.  This is probably the biggest reason many programmers and laser operators fail to common line cut parts.

The benefits are great if the time is taken on large production runs.   Common line cutting will save between 12.5% to 40.9% of the total cutting distance of a 60” X 120” sheet of metal which could mean making a profit on a job and saving the customer money.  Noble Industries loves opportunities to bring a win-win solution to our customers!

For more information about laser cutting and for a quote, go to www.nobleindustries.com or call Brenda Snyder at 800-466-1926.