A busy month of sheet metal fabrication
We’ve had a really busy month here at E&A Probend. We have seen requests for letterboxes, caravan kitchens, fences, toolboxes and display stands. One of our favourite jobs for this month included fabricating loading frames for an automatic cutting saw.
Client consultations, CAD design and prototyping
Prior to commencement of any project, we invest a lot of time and care in talking to our clients about their exact requests and in what timeframe they need them completed. This ensures we are always on the right track. We can work with almost any design to make a project come to life. Even just from drawings, sketches and discussion, we can use SolidWorks, CAD to build a 3D model of the sheet metal product. This allows us to prototype each product before the production run starts, meaning we can make improvements, increase accuracy and reduce costs. Each fabrication is custom built and held to the highest standards using various types of specialist machinery.
Loading frames for automatic cutting saw
This particular project involved building loading frames for an automatic cutting saw. In this instance, the design and fabrication drawings were supplied by our client. The project consisted of two different assemblies (loading and unloading tables) which were both due to be fabricated by E&A Probend. This was a fairly quick turnaround, as our client had a two-week time frame to complete the job.
Based on our clients design we need to create a loading frame with an approximate size of 16 metres long x 1 metre high.
The materials used for the loading frame included laser cut mild steel and stainless-steel parts as well a structural tube. Initially we laser cut parts according to our clients dxf files and requested quantities. At this point our CNC multi-axis bending machines came into play to fold and fabricate the sheet metal. The structural tube was then cut to the nearest millimetre using our fully automatic cutting saw equipped with a Profistop measuring unit, ensuring ultimate precision. These fabricated parts were then welded together using a MIG welding technique performed by our qualified and experienced welders.
At E&A Probend, our sub-assemblies are always test fitted to make sure all components have been manufactured as per the fabrication and assembly drawings. Once these parts are approved by our quality assurance processes, they are then disassembled, cleaned and powder coated to customer specifications. Upon completion of the powder coating process, these parts and sub-assemblies are then delivered to our client for final assembly.