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Key Factors to Consider for Cost Control in Sheet Metal Fabrication


In this article, I will discuss the various factors that affect the cost of sheet metal fabrication. There are four key conditions that are essential for cost control in sheet metal fabrication.

The first and most significant factor is welding. Although the welding process itself is not expensive, there are additional costs to be considered. These include the preparation of the parts prior to welding, qualified personnel (welders), and the need for subsequent finishing operations such as grinding and polishing. Welding can also cause distortions that require additional labor to correct or avoid.

The second factor is the sheet metal itself. The global supply chain issues have made non-standard materials difficult to obtain and more expensive than usual. Therefore, it is recommended to use sheet metal and materials in stock to reduce costs and shorten lead times. Special sheet sizes should only be ordered in the case of large pieces.

The third factor is the application of paint, which requires proper cleaning of the parts for adhesion and a higher level of skill to apply. Sometimes powder coating is a better option than painting, as it is generally much easier to apply. Paint can also affect lead times, as it must be special ordered and takes time to dry.

The fourth factor is the need for special tools or dies to add ventilation slots or other special features. Procuring these can impact cost and manufacturing times. Therefore, it is best to redesign these features for the tools and dies available or standard ones that are readily available.

So, by carefully considering these factors and implementing cost control measures, sheet metal fabrication costs can be reduced and lead times shortened, resulting in a more efficient and profitable operation.
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