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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Designing for Manufacturing

Posted by CAMM Metals on Dec 2, 2020 11:45:00 AM

Designing products for manufacturing requires a mentality that necessitates a constant vigilance to design parts with their future manufacturing requirements in mind. By taking certain aspects into consideration early on, it’s less likely that you will have to return to your design for drastic changes later on, likely saving you both time and money.

CAMM Metals' CAD program offers real-time feedback for machined parts, but there are some design choices you can make to avoid encountering future issues. Here are some common mistakes we’ve noticed in designs for manufacturing that are easily avoidable. Avoiding these mistakes will help to save time and money over the lifecycle of a product.

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Tips for Finding an Aerospace Metal Fabrication Partner

Posted by CAMM Metals on Nov 30, 2020 2:15:00 PM

Finding the right aerospace fabrication partner can be tricky due to a wide variety of factors. Often,  service partners are selected based solely on their ability to provide a low cost solution. While cost remains a critical factor in any decision, it’s important to consider the company’s overall capabilities, experience, and quality. This blog post aims to help procurement professionals develop useful questions to ask potential partners.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication Projects, Aerospace

What are the Advantages of Stainless Steel for Fabrication Projects?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Aug 31, 2020 10:30:00 AM

In many cases, engineers and designers often overlook the benefits of stainless steel, mainly due to its higher cost. However, the benefits associated with stainless steel will often justify the initial investment, as the material can offer the greatest value over the life of a fabrication project.

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What are the Benefits of Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Aug 30, 2020 1:02:40 PM

Custom precision metal fabrication can be a tremendously useful resource for any business owner. Some people may avoid custom work due to the higher price point compared to stock products; however, cheaper alternatives are usually cheaper for a reason! If you are seeking quality, adaptability, and longevity, there’s only one answer that makes sense: custom sheet metal fabrication. Continue reading to learn the unique benefits of custom sheet metal fabrication.

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What are the Advantages of Powder Coating for Metal Fabrication Projects?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Jul 15, 2020 3:34:29 PM

Metal fabricators act as one of the pillars that support the nation’s infrastructure and economy. Countless aspects of our day-to-day life depends on some form of product fabricated from metal, whether its household appliances or critical medical technology. In short, fabricated metal products are invaluable in society, if they've been properly finished by a trained professional.

Why is Metal Finishing Important for the Finished Product?

Taken on its own, raw metal has some distinct problems; without proper finishing, exposed metals can eventually corrode and tarnish. Depending on the intended use, unfinished metal-fabricated parts can be eroded by salts, weakened by ultraviolet light or rusted by rain. However, metal fabricators realized many years ago that properly finishing components is essential for enhancing durability and the product’s life span.

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How to Reduce the Cost of Laser Cutting Projects

Posted by CAMM Metals on Jul 14, 2020 3:33:58 PM

Laser cut parts are valuable for many industries, and the pieces are critical aspects of machinery in sectors ranging from aerospace  to the medical field. However, many companies are simply unaware that their laser cutting costs, despite the production, could be dramatically reduced by simple alternate choices and improved communication with their laser cutting partner.

Laser cutting is a uniquemethod of piercing material with a laser beam to melt or destroy the material in a precise line, resulting in a clean finish. Many companies, small businesses, and industrial organizations opt for laser cutting because it produces barely perceptible edge effects from the cutting, unlike many other methods.

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Is Fiber Laser Cutting the Right Solution for Your Application?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Jun 8, 2020 10:30:00 AM

CO2 Vs. Fiber Laser Cutting

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Topics: Laser Cutting, Fiber Laser Cutting

How Laser Cutting Can Improve Your Next Fabrication Project

Posted by CAMM Metals on Apr 15, 2020 12:41:46 PM

The modern metal fabrication process is composed of a variety of techniques that promise quality returns; laser cutting stands out as one of the most interesting, as it’s adaptable, precise, and efficient, which make it quite compelling whether you are seeking help on a simple or complex fabrication project.

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How 5S Principles Improve Metal Fabrication Job Shops

Posted by CAMM Metals on Mar 31, 2020 2:00:00 PM

In today’s market, it’s critical for job shops to be proactive about standing out, not only to their clients but to their potential employees as well. The modern day job shop faces the unique challenge of appealing to a smaller pool of highly-skilled workers in order to succeed and pass that success off to customers. The methods with which a given job shop operates can make a massive difference when it comes to hiring viable candidates, cutting costs and improving productivity. This is where the lean manufacturing philosophy becomes incredibly valuable. Essentially, lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste and streamlining processes. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this blog post.

Not only can lean philosophy turn a business into a well-oiled machine, but it ensures that each aspect of the operation is treated with equal importance. In the end, this can ensure that a business is highly efficient, which helps the business to pass on the benefits to clients.

There’s no shortage of tools and systems within the lean manufacturing philosophy that businesses use to ensure they’re following the method’s most important principles. One of these tools is “5S.”

Continue reading to learn how this helpful system can benefit both metal fabrication job shops and their customers.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean, 5S

What are the Benefits of Lean for Metal Fabrication Job Shops?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Mar 23, 2020 2:13:49 PM

What Does Lean Manufacturing Entail?

At its most basic, lean manufacturing focuses on the elimination of waste; not just physical waste, as in an excess of materials, but also waste that occurs as the result of overburdening, or via uneven workloads.  It systemically streamlines the entire manufacturing system to make it as efficient as possible, ultimately leading to greater efficiency, lower costs and faster production times.  In fact, research has shown that when lean principles are put into place, it can produce significant results, including reduced manufacturing lead times and floor space requirements, and increased first-pass yields, throughput and productivity.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean

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