Benefits of sheet metal fabrication

Date: 31/07/2023

EVEN the quickest of glances around the world in which we live will reveal just how integral metal is to our daily lives.

Whether it is in the form of tiny screws and bolts holding a huge gamut of stuff together, large pipes or poles providing conduits or frameworks, there is no doubt metal is everywhere.

A common misconception is that metal is a heavy and cumbersome material to use and work with but experts in sheet metal fabrication like Normanton-based Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication, will tell you it’s all down to the type of metal and what it is used for. We work with stainless, mild, galvinised and Zintec steels, aluminium, copper, bronze and brass and we know our metals!

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming, cutting and shaping often thin sheets of metal to create a wide range of products. Here are some of the benefits of sheet metal fabrication:

Versatility: sheet metal fabrication can create a wide variety of products from small parts to large structures. Using manufacturing processes such as laser cutting, folding, punching, pressing and welding, metals can be precisely cut, bent or fused to form different shapes and customised to fit specific needs.

Durability: sheet metal is a strong and durable material that can withstand harsh conditions and heavy use. While rusting can be a concern, not all metals fall victim when exposed to the elements. It’s knowing which metals can be used for what and how they need to be finished to ensure they last for many years with minimal maintenance that counts.

Cost-effective: sheet metal fabrication can be a cost-effective manufacturing process. The process can be highly automated and completed quickly so reducing labour costs. At YLF we have invested in state-of-the-art production equipment and software to enable us to stay ahead of the competition both in terms of quality and value for money. Our Amada range of equipment provides precision laser cutting, automated pressing and punching boosting productivity and capacity.

Efficient use of materials: sheet metal fabrication can be an efficient use of materials as scrap metal can often be recycled and reused in the production process. YLF’s quality management system (accredited to ISO9001) aims to capture any potential defects at the earliest opportunity which as well as ensuring we get it ‘right first time’, minimises the impact on potential scrap. We combine this ‘prevention rather than correction’ approach with a focus on maximising how we use metal sheets to minimise sheet metal waste and save on material costs. As all metals used in our production processes are virgin metal, the resulting skeletons (what’s left of the sheet once the parts have been cut / removed) are sent as scrap to be recycled and turned back into sheet metal.

Design flexibility: sheet metal fabrication allows for a high degree of design flexibility as it can be used to create products in a wide range of shapes and sizes. This lends itself to creating complex designs and bespoke products. Our team of expert CAD operators are experienced in working with customers to turn even the most basic of sketches into the technical drawings needed to produce both prototypes and finished product.

These are just some of the benefits of sheet metal fabrication making it a popular choice for a wide range of industries and applications. At YLF we work across a range of sectors providing quality parts, components and products from fixtures for motorhome awnings to cases for cryptocurrency mining rigs.

We believe in providing the exceptional in terms of quality, service and value for money. We work with our customers to deliver what they need, when they need it, whether it is a one-off specialist part or a larger production run of a more routine component.

To find out more contact us today on 01924 220236 or email us here.