At T/J Fabricators, Inc., we have extensive experience providing custom sheet metal fabrication services to customers in the computer, electronics, food service, gaming, medical, and telecommunications industries. Armed with over five decades of industry experience and high-tech fabrication equipment and systems, our team has the knowledge, skills, and tools to meet and exceed customer needs. Our full-service solutions help keep production costs down without the need to search for multiple manufacturing partners. Below we outline our sheet metal part manufacturing capabilities in greater detail.
Sheet Metal Fabrication Processes
When vetting custom sheet metal fabrication companies for a project, it is important to understand the full scope of their capabilities. Some fabricators are simply not geared to handle end-to-end production, forcing customers with highly complex specifications to search for multiple partners to complete their projects. For this reason, we pride ourselves on our ability to tackle every facet of fabrication. Our primary capabilities include:
- Laser Cutting: Laser cutting is a fabrication process that employs the use of a high-powered laser to cut material into the proper shape and size. We utilize 3-axis laser cutting machines to process a variety of materials, including aluminum, cold and hot rolled steel, stainless steel, and galvanized steel, in up to 5 feet by 10 feet sheets.
- Forming: Forming is a fabrication process that involves the shaping and reshaping of solid material in the desired form. Depending on the project specifications, operations can occur at room (cold working), slightly elevated (warm working), or significantly elevated (hot working) temperatures. By employing state-of-the-art press brake forming equipment, we use a range of sheet metal forming processes to form sheet metal to tolerances of up to ±.002 inches.
- Welding: Welding is a fabrication process that utilizes heat and/or pressure to join two separate pieces of sheet metal together. We have the capabilities to support four advanced types of welding techniques: spot, thermal heliarc plasma, tungsten inert gas (TIG), and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. Additionally, our facility accommodates freehand, CNC, and robotic welding operations to suit different precision and accuracy requirements.
- Metal Fabrication: We also offer other fabrication capabilities, including punching, CNC machining, finishing, polishing, and hardware insertion services.
- Engineering: As a full-service provider, we offer end-to-end support. Our engineers provide experience advice regarding all aspects of fabrication, from CAD design assistance to materials/finish selection, to ensure the finished parts and products are designed and constructed as intended.
In addition to the above fabrication capabilities, we provide an extensive list of value-added services for the convenience of our customers. These services include assembly, pad printing, painting, plating, silk screening, and storage.
Materials Employed in Sheet Metal Fabrication Operations
Sheet metal fabrication processes accommodate a wide range of materials, each of which is suitable for different part and production requirements. Understanding the properties of potential material choices is essential to identifying the right one for a particular project. Below we provide an overview of the materials we process.
- Aluminum: Aluminum sheet ranges from 0.008 to 0.25 inches in thickness. As it gains strength in super cold temperatures, it is an ideal candidate for use in low-temperature applications, such as aerospace and cold storage operations. Its strength, durability, and thermal properties also make it well-suited for use in many other industrial applications, including military-grade armors, power lines, heat sinks, and bakeware.
- Cold rolled steel: Cold rolled steel exhibits an extremely high plastic strain ratio, meaning that it does not thicken or thin when pulled or compressed. Additionally, it has a smooth finish that is easy to keep clean. This quality makes it an excellent construction material for furniture, filing cabinets, automobiles, and electrical appliances.
- Hot rolled steel: Due to the high strength of hot rolled steel, it is used in many construction applications, including shipbuilding, architecture, and bridges. This classification of steel resists damage and degradation from atmospheric corrosion, extreme pressures, and high temperatures.
- Galvanized steel: Galvanized steel features an outer coating of zinc, which creates a matte gray surface that protects and insulates the steel from corrosion. According to The American Galvanizers Association, the coating can increase the material’s resistance to corrosion by nearly 100 times. In addition to being corrosion-resistant, this type of steel is highly durable, recyclable, and formable.
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel is available in numerous variations, all of which offer some degree of corrosion resistance. This inherent quality is due to the material’s composition, specifically the presence of chromium. The alloy may also contain other metal and non-metal elements—such as molybdenum, nickel, titanium, and niobium—to enhance certain material properties, including formability and corrosion resistance. Since the material is easy to clean and sterilize, it is ideal for use in food prep, medical, pharmaceutical, and other sensitive applications.
Our engineers are well-versed in the properties of all the above materials. When partnering with us for a sheet metal fabrication project, they can assist customers in selecting the right material.
Across industry, companies employ various sheet metal fabrication methods to manufacture the parts and products they need for their applications. At T/J Fabricators, we’re equipped to handle any company’s or industry’s precision sheet metal fabrication needs. Some of the industries for which we regularly fabricate parts include:
- Food service
- Mass transit (e.g., railways and trains)
The above list of industries is not all-inclusive. We proudly take part in many original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sheet metal fabrication projects across a diverse set of markets and sectors.
Partner With T/J Fabricators for Your Sheet Metal Fabrication Needs
Sheet metal fabrication operations produce parts and products for use in industrial, commercial, and residential applications. From equipment parts (e.g., gears and housings) to full assemblies (e.g., heat sinks and consumer appliances), fabricated parts play a critical role in many everyday operations. For all sheet metal fabrication needs, turn to the experts at T/J Fabricators.
At T/J Fabricators, our team is dedicated to ensuring our customers’ fabrication needs are fully met. By partnering with us for their fabrication projects, they benefit from our commitment to superior product and service quality. This mindset manifests in several ways, including:
- Achieving and maintaining ISO 9001 Registration certification. This certification indicates that our quality management system has been deemed compliant with the stringent requirements outlined by ABS Quality Evaluations.
- Implementing rigorous inspection measures. Our inspection department employs state-of-the-art inspection equipment, including the Fabrivision system, to digitally scan all fabricated parts for compliance with set specifications and standards. The tools allow us to scan any flat part with a high level of accuracy regardless of the complexity of the design. We use them for first-piece and all subsequent inspections.
- Acknowledging customer needs. Our customers are guaranteed to receive high-quality fabricated parts at the best possible value with on-time delivery.
To learn more about our sheet metal fabrication capabilities or partner with us on your next project, contact us or request a quote today. One of our experts will answer and address any questions or concerns you may have.