Services & Capabilities

Services & Capabilities

CLADDING SHEARING FORMING
BUMPING NOTCHING MIG WELDING
HELI-ARCH WELDING BENDING ROLLING
CUTTING LATHE / MILLING DRILLING
TAPPING GRINDING POLISHING
CHEMICAL FINISHES
ANTIQUE PEWTER ETCHED
SERVICES
PLATING POWDER COATING ANODIZING

 


FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE ABOVE PROCESSES


CLADDING – The process of joining metal to wood, with adhesives, to give the appearance of solid metal.

SHEARING – The shear is used to cut sheet metal and heavy plate. It is a clean but very sharp cut. Straight cuts only.

FORMING – Using the press brake, sheet metal is placed between and upper and lower die and the press brake forces the sheet metal to bend (form) to the desired shape. Angle, Channel etc.

BUMPING – The press brake is also used for this process. Same procedures as forming however, the metal is hit (bumped) many times to force the metal to curve.

NOTCHING – This process will form a slight indentation in the metal.

MIG/HELIARCH WELDING – The blending of two pieces of metal with the use of an arc welder , gases, and welding rods with the same alloy as the metal being joined.

SPOT WELDING – The joining of two pieces of metal, side by side using tungsten welding rod, an arc welding and gases. Difference between Spot and Mig welding is Spot welding is just that. A small spot of weld is placed on each end to be joined and it is joined with the tungsten rod. With Mig welding, the two end are fused together with a matching alloy of welding rod.

BENDING – Bars and tubing are forced to bend to the desired shape

ROLLING – Sheet metal, tubing and bars can be rolled to form a radius.

CUTTING – There are several types of cutting.
Band Saw cutting – A very thin and narrow blade circles inside the band saw very quickly causing the teeth of the blade to rapidly cut through the material.
Cold Saw cutting – This process is best for tubing and bar stock. Clean cuts with a little deburring. Good for 90 degree and various mitered cuts.

PLASMA cutting– A different form of torch cutting. Plasma cutting gives a smoother cut than standard torch cutting. Both use heat and gases to create the intense heat required to cut through the metal.

LATHE –To change the O.D. of a piece of metal by slowing trimming the metal while is spins very quickly in the lathe. A taper leg in solid steel would be fabricated using the lathe.

MILLING – The process of removing small pieces of metal in order to obtain a particular shape in the metal. Depending on the type of cutter used, different shapes can be achieved.
Example would be a square hole in a piece of bar stock.

DRILLING & TAPPING – With the drill press, holes are drilled into the metal and if a threaded hole is required special taps are used to cut the threaded into the hole.

GRINDING – Using abrasive disc grinders the metal is ground down to remove any scale, pits or weld. Prepping the material for polishing.

POLISHING – By using a series of different grit abrasive belts or disc the material is worked until the desire finish is achieved. Satin, Polished, Random Textured, Etc.

ANTIQUE, PEWTER AND ETCHED FINISHES – Acids, heat and moisture are used to chemically changed the color of the metal. Antiqued finishes usually have vertical or horizontal grain lines in it whereas a Pewter and Etched finishes will be more splotchy.
These are the most difficult finishes as we only have certain controls over all the elements involved. No two pieces will ever be identical

PLATING – The process of applying a covering of metal to the surface of metal.

ANODIZING – To coat aluminum with a protective or decorative oxide therefore changing the color and appearance of the aluminum.

POWDER COATING – The metal is charged with static electricity causing the powdered paint to adhere to the part, then heat is used to melt the powdered paint causing it to liquefy and cover the part.