Low Volume Sheet Metal Fab:
Across the USA, there are hundreds, even thousands of Sheet Metal Fabrication shops. These shops support a huge number of OEM customers,Defense contractors and even hobbyists. It is generally accepted that metal sheets of thickness under .250" fall into the sheet metal category. Aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass, galvanized, tin and nickel all are available in their sheet metal form. Sheet metal fabrication shops themselves can be setup in a plethora of different ways to serve a multitude of different
. Some shops are set up for high volume production which means cycle time is more critical than setup time. Also, material handling becomes very important for moving a high volume of product around the shop. These high volume shops are probably going to be full of automated sheet feeders, robotic loaders/unloaders and other automated production and material handling equipment. Low volume sheet metal shops however, are an entirely different animal. These shops will typically have more manual labor involved, and they will be more concerned with lowering setup time so jobs can quickly be changed over. Furthermore, these shops should have smart systems in place that can track all the different jobs and customers that are running on the same pieces of equipment. Here at PEKO, we have used our
low volume sheet metal fabrication
division in unison with CNC machining and assembly. This gives a well rounded approach to Contract Manufacturing and an ability to make frames, skins and other components that roll into a large assembly. Other sheet metal specialists often opt to sell their services for simply component level purchasing. Both are good approaches for the right customers.