What is sheet metal Fabrication

What is Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of turning sheets of flat metal into complex shapes and geometries by way of cutting, bending, and welding. There are many many variables that go into the process, such as material type and thickness. Because of this, some materials have to be processed on special machinery. 

For example, non-ferrous material cannot be cut on a traditional C02 laser. This type of metal, which includes aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, titanium, zinc, and alloys, must be punched or cut on a fiber laser. Additionally, in order for products to fit and function properly, everything must be made within tight tolerances—we’re not talking a few inches, we are talking hundreths of an inch!

When taking on a new sheet metal fabrication project, we first need blueprints or a 3D model of the desired product. Our engineering team reviews and processes these drawings, determining how to build these products.

We use advanced CNC machines to build much of our products. This means that pre-programmed computer software tells our machinery how to move in order to create the product. The metal is cut on a punch or laser, formed up, welded, painted and then assembled to create the finished product.

Some of Ometek’s biggest projects include major retail rollouts of store fixtures and point-of-purchase displays for clients such as Best Buy, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Starbucks and Wendy’s. These types of retail projects are fast-moving, ever-changing and they need a manufacturer who has the assets and ability to support projects of the scope and size they require. These typically include producing thousands of units in a span of 4-6 weeks.  

Ometek has been in business for 40 years, and we are continuously investing in the newest equipment and assets. We strive to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the newest technology in our industry. That’s why Ometek has invested heavily in automation. 

Our arsenal includes state-of-the-art lasers and punch-laser combination machines; 14 press brakes; press brakes with automatic tool changing; a state-of-the-art panel bender; robotic welding capabilities; and a large, automated powder coating line.  

All of this equipment allows us to do everything in house, without subcontracting anything out. That means we can control cost, quality, and deliver to our customers!