Metal fabrication projects for manufacture often work with a bigger budget than home fabrication. Demands for quality and efficiency of fabrication are also higher and more strict. Experts in industries are working tirelessly to optimise the manufacturing process and technology in order to improve the quality of work. Approaches to optimisation include introducing lean management, conducting case studies and applying automation techniques.

The technology of metal fabrication is constantly changing. Automated technology is a game-changing development for metal fabrication. It brings quality, precision and consistency to projects which greatly elevates productivity. At AMP, we combine automated technology with our experts to deliver high-quality work for every client.

To improve the quality of metal manufacturing services, fabricators must communicate with clients and understand their needs. It helps to customise fabrication plans and choose suitable materials which ensure manufacturing quality. Introducing automated solutions also improves the quality of work.

In the following sections, we list 7 tips that can help improve the quality of manufacturing metal services. These will give you a better understanding of your choices and support you in making better decisions for your project.

What is Quality Metal Fabrication?

Metal fabrication technology relates to the shaping, altering and reforming of metallic materials into a variety of components using different fabrication techniques. Common techniques applied in fabrication include cutting, welding and shearing. At AMP, we provide four types of fabrication services with advanced automated technology, which are:

Automated metal fabrication is a popular and quick solution used to improve the service quality of metal fabrication. An example of this smart tech is robots. Robotic equipment offers high precision, efficiency and consistency which elevates project productivity. The flexibility and high working standards give clients more choices and guarantees. Advanced technologies applied in the fabrication, such as laser cutting, offer higher stability and the ability to conduct complex design which enhances the quality of fabrication.

Tip #1: Provide Complete Information

The first step in metal fabrication projects is ensuring your team and the client has a sit-down meeting where requirements and needs are discussed. To ensure optimal project outputs, it is vital that the fabrication team has all the information needed. When submitting a request for quotation (RFQ), the more detailed information clients provide, the more suitable plans and accurate budgets can be given. 

An ideal RFQ includes drawings of the product needed, technical specifications, plan and manufacturing goal, your expected date of completion and all the necessary information you can provide. Also, your RFQ should remain flexible for modifications and adjustments. 

Experienced fabricators often provide multiple options in manufacturing techniques and material combinations based on their experience and knowledge. For every potential client AMP has, we provide a free consultation with complete custom analysis for the client's metal project. The goal is to make sure our clients understand their options and get all the information needed to feel confident in their purchase decisions.

Tip #2: Bring Your Fabricator into the Design Process

A professional fabricator saves you a lot of time and effort in adjusting your design. Many clients are not aware of the benefits an on-the-floor expert can bring. Their professional advice and manufacturing point of view are helpful for projects, such as by eliminating unnecessary production steps or inadequate metal options. Get your fabricator involved early in your design process to maximise the efficiency of progress and improve your metal project quality by avoiding making impractical decisions in the early stages.

Tip #3: Make the Processing Plan Lean 

Unnecessary metal processing steps not only increase your production costs and slow down your manufacturing progress, but they also create variations and uncertainties in the final products. Not all projects require extensive metal manufacturing, and sometimes this can cause harm by weakening the material. Eliminating redundant steps helps you better achieve your planned products with a quick and effective metal fabrication process. 

Lean manufacturing, or implementing standardisation practices, is the first step in transitioning towards automated metal fabrication. It maximises the potential of automation and ensures a much more efficient process. By clearing away any redundant activities in the workflow and embracing opportunities for re-routing, a new manufacturing plant is formed with minimal waste and peak performance. 

Tip #4: Test Before Production

Testing is a crucial part of the metal fabrication process. Even with technological support and the help of professional operators, not every product will turn out to meet clients’ expectations initially. Especially for mass production, which metal manufacturing services deal with, every decision affects results and can cost time and money.  

CNC systems and automated technology make prototype testing easier than traditional metal fabrication. For instance, with CNC laser cutting technology, fabricators adjust and produce different sizes and ratios of the same design on various raw materials with minimum time required, greatly improving the quality of operation and productivity. This also allows clients to examine the final product before jumping into mass production.

Tip #5: Choose Suitable Materials

Choosing suitable materials for your project directly improves product quality. With the correct choice of materials, processing progress is easier and final products are guaranteed to match project requirements. For example, stainless steel’s corrosion resistance and strength make it an excellent choice for fabrication. However, its work hardness and hot strength increase its difficulties in manufacturing. Choose your material wisely to avoid additional production difficulties and achieve its full potential.

There are many options for material when it comes to metal fabrication. Depending on the expected outcome of projects, metal manufacturing services facilitate choosing between different types of materials with distinctive characteristics to find the ones that work best for your unique project. 

For the aerospace and automotive industries, aluminium and magnesium alloys are used because of their high strength and lightweight features. In the oil and gas industries, metal with high resistance to corrosion is needed to extend durability in poor working conditions, which makes carbon steel and stainless steel ideal options.

Tip #6: Choose a Reliable Production Partner

One of the most important tips is choosing a reliable metal fabricator. Professional fabricators with experience and transparency ensure high quality in metal manufacturing services. Being actively present in communication, providing professional advice and realising your design according to your requirements are fundamental characteristics of a reliable partner.

When choosing manufacturing metal services, make sure to check whether providers comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines. These include:

  • Using materials that conform with health and safety standards.
  • Ensuring products are properly processed, stored and transported.
  • Monitoring the performance of operators to secure consistency.
  • Fully communicating with clients.
  • Manufacturing products based on safety standards.

AMP is an experienced expert in automated metal fabrication services. We listen to customers' needs and demands and provide the most professional and on-point solutions. We use advanced automated metal fabrication technology to improve product quality and maintain superior outcomes. Our experts participate in every communication and assist clients in achieving the best results.

Tip #7: Embrace the Automated Option

Automated technologies, including robotic equipment and CNC systems, are modern solutions that facilitate the superior running of machinery and execute fabrication processes. CNC technology is highly accessible and integrates with multiple types of software. Experts can quickly customise and adjust the client’s design and transform it into a set of instructions for automation equipment to run. Combined with the high stability and accuracy of robotic arms, CNC and automated technology are excellent at improving your fabrication quality.  

At AMP, CNC systems are applied in our laser cutting, metal bending and robotic welding services. As such, our experts deliver products with superior quality for custom metal fabrication projects. In introducing automated metal processing solutions, our organisation is advancing significantly in the metal fabrication industry, making it a top-ranked metal manufacturing service provider. 

Related Searches

What Is Fab Shop Operations Optimisation?

As a whole, operations optimisation is the process of ensuring that shop and plant operations reach their full potential in efficiency and effectiveness. In fab shops, the idea behind the optimisation of workflows, team skills and production is to minimise your current costs and maximise operational capabilities while providing better products for clients.

What Skills Should a Good Metal Fabricator Have?

Skilled metal fabricators have the ability to communicate with clients in technology and provide professional advice. They acquire skills in operating different automated tools and spot potential technical problems. Top-skilled fabricators possess optimisation skills that let them assess workflows, individual contributions, improvement areas and work structures.

Key Takeaways

  1. To improve service quality, different aspects of metal fabrication need to be examined and optimised, including the choice of partner, full consultation with experts and workflows that comply with health and safety standards. 
  2. Automated metal fabrication is an effective and popular method applied to improve the service quality of metal manufacturing. Advantages offered by advanced technology elevate the quality of projects by providing more precise and consistent results with better efficiency.
  3. AMP adapts automated solutions and computer aid systems in our four metal fabrication services: laser cutting, metal bending, robotic welding and CNC. As such, our cutting-edge technology and professional experts execute every project with superior quality.

Do you have a better understanding of a high-quality metal manufacturing service? Are you eager to experience it yourself? The experts at AMP are ready to assist you and guide you through the greatest fabrication journey in the industry. Contact us today and book a free quote to find out more.

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