The 5 criteria for choosing your metalsmith
Topics : Gestion de projets
At first glance, this seems simple. The company, specialising in fine or industrial metalwork cuts, folds and welds metal to produce high quality parts which you then incorporate into your process.
But this is the everyday work that you are entitled to expect. The facts are that your sheet metalwork partner is giving you much more than this! Based on its experience and its diverse skills, it will save you time, for example by taking over your project management completely.
Its objective is your objective: to limit your risk taking and reduce your production costs. For this, it can optimise the design and features of your parts, or recommend a specific metal having innovative properties to you.
Let's imagine you ideal metalsmith together?
1. An efficient engineering design office
First of all, and this appears essential to us, it has an engineering design office staffed by experienced men and women. Today, this has become a tool for optimisation and profit in service of the customer!
We are observing increasingly that the engineering design office is being called on to design a 2D plan on the basis of a 3D plan delivered by the customer. It is the engineer's task to reinterpret the skill placed in the 3D plan to understand properly "the intelligence for designing the part".
Depending on expectations, the engineer will develop or adapt the part and optimise these features. He will thus ensure better use of the machines, raw material and labour, with an immediate impact on production flow and manufacturing costs.
More conventionally, the engineering design office will also analyse the technical feasibility of the project, the mechanical constraints and ensure the dimensions are checked.
2. Proximity and dialogue between engineers
It is in the context of dialogue between in-house engineers and/or those of the customer that new proposals emerge. During the design phase or that of production, engineers will establish a constructive dialogue to ensure the project is successful.
3. Control of all the sheet metalworking trades
Sheet metalwork consists of a set of more or less complex operations. Not only does the ideal metalsmith have the machines, tools and skills to meet your expectations, but he will also guide you in choosing the right technique.
A bird's eye view of the sheet metal transformation processes that he must master:
- Cutting: laser cutting, punching and splitting?
- And other techniques, such as machining, milling, placing inserts or even deburring.
4. Handling a complete project
Based on your demand, your ideal metalsmith will deal with a part of your project based on a specification or existing plans, but he is also capable of managing a complex project.
5. An expert in metals
Each metal equates to a precise usage and features. Each metal has its own properties, such as resistance to corrosion, hardness or thermal conductivity.
Among the range of existing metals (steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, titanium, tantalum or more innovative metals such as magnelis or hardox, etc.), this expert will choose, propose and work with the metal ad hoc.
You need a metalsmith who will be able to make the difference, while helping you to optimise production of your parts and systems.