Fabricated Metal based Products & Manufacturing Processes:
In today’s world of smart products and intelligent manufacturing technologies, metal plays an important role to build a sustainable product. From home appliances, office furniture to fixtures and automotive applications, metal is an essential element to design and manufacture engineering products.
Few of the most popular metal manufacturing processes are casting, forging, stamping, machining, forming, joining, metal finishing etc. Fabricated metal product manufacturing process involves cutting, drilling, folding and welding of the metal to form a desired shaped product.
Selection of metal material to manufacture the product depends upon the product’s functional and aesthetic requirements. Fabricated metals used in product making are sectional metals, expanded metal and flat metals. The metal manufacturing industry has seen growth in jobs and technology over the past several years. The estimated US fabricated metal product manufacturing industry is about 338 billion dollars in combined annual revenue.
The flat metal are consists of leaf metal, which is a thin material (also known as foil metal), sheet metal, which is most popular with a thickness of .25 inches and lesser, and plate metal, which is a thicker material and usually more than .25 inches.
Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS):
Time to market is an important aspect in the current competitive business environment. The manufacturing environment in recent years is continuously improving due to new technologies viz. Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Big Data Analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).