3 Sheet Metal Fabrication Services We Provide

At Wilkins Manufacturing, we have several departments each offering unique services. These include our team of TIG, MIG & spot welders, our CNC machining team, our CNC turning experts, and our laser cutting and sheet metal department. When it comes to sheet metal fabrication, we can provide with several different types of metal fabrication, including the following.

1. Cutting & Shearing
Our team is able to work with a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, stainless steel, titanium and magnesium. Our sheet metal fabrication department has a wide variety of equipment, including our Bystronic Bystar 4020 machine, which is able to complete high speed laser cutting on steel as thick as ¾-inch or stainless steel and aluminum up to ½ inch thick. Additionally, our equipment includes a Haco CNC Hydraulic shear, which can handle shearing tasks for steel up to ¼-inch thick and stainless up to 10g, as well as other shearing and cutting equipment.

2. Stamping & Punching
Stamping and punching are similar, and we offer both of these services. With punching, we are punching through metal to form a hole. With stamping, we are creating a raised area on a sheet of metal, but not actually punching all the way through the material. We have a myriad of shape punches and other equipment capable of handling any type of sheet metal stamping or punching tasks you might have. A few other sheet metal fabrication services that you might need include notching and embossing, and we are able to provide these types of services, as well.

3. Bending & Folding
If you need sheet metal bending or folding, this is another fabrication task that we can handle here at Wilkins Manufacturing. We have several brake presses, with a myriad of dies to handle the most complex bending and folding tasks.

Of course, many of our clients need services in addition to sheet metal fabrication, and as a full-service fabrication shop, we aim to handle all your manufacturing needs. For instance, if you have a project that requires sheet metal fabrication and welding or several additional services, we are equal to the task. Whether you have a small job that requires only basic sheet metal fabrication or you need us to create entire parts or perhaps need turnkey mechanical assemblies, Wilkins Manufacturing is here to help.

While we have clients throughout the United States, we are located in Santa Ana, California, and we can provide local deliveries for our clients needing sheet metal fabrication in Los Angeles and the metro area. We serve a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, bicycle and motorcycle companies as well as creating computer chassis and enclosures, industrial equipment, aftermarket parts and even trade show display assemblies.

If you need any type of sheet metal fabrication in Los Angeles or elsewhere, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

Need CNC Turning? Welding? Laser Cutting? We Can Help!

Often when a company needs services such as TIG welding, laser cutting and CNC turning, they must search for multiple companies to complete these tasks. At Wilkins Manufacturing, however, our facility includes multiple departments to serve all of your manufacturing needs. Here is a look at the services we provide.

CNC Turning
Our facility includes two precision CNC turning machines for versatile, fast and efficient production. For a little background, the CNC in this process stands for Computer Numerical Control. This means that we take a design we created using computer software and this design is converted into numbers. Our CNC turning machines then uses this information to craft your parts. Through this high level of technology, we are able to handle even the most complex designs with extreme accuracy and tight tolerances.

On our website, we feature a CNC turning video that brings this process to life for clients that might not have ever observed the process. This video showcases both the speed and accuracy of our CNC turning machines. You can take a look by going under the Departments tab and selecting CNC turning.

There are several types of CNC machines, and our facility includes CNC milling and CNC turning equipment, and we also have the capability of turning with live tooling as well as manual machining if that is what you need. We can provide these services for prototype and production runs. Of course, our machining department works closely with all of our other departments to provide that one-stop shop experience we provide for all of our customers.

Welding
Another department at Wilkins Manufacturing handles welding tasks. Our certified welding services include TIG welding, MIG welding, spot welding, torch blaze and solder. We work with materials such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel, steel and titanium. Our certifications include AWS, which stands for the American Welding Society. In order to be listed as AWS-certified welders, each of our welders must pass rigorous qualification tests. We are certified in multiple AWS categories including D 1.1, D1.6 and D17.1 and several more.

Laser Cutting
Whether you need one piece of metal processed or 100,000 pieces, we provide fast, efficient laser cutting services for any size job. Our high-speed Bystronic Bystar 4020 features an 80”x160” table capable of handling over-sized sheet of aluminum, steel and stainless steel. We can cut aluminum and stainless steel up to ½-inch thick and steel up to ¾-inch thick.

Sheet Metal Fabrication
No matter how complex or difficult your project might be, our sheet metal department is up to the challenge. We can provide you with services including sheet metal shearing, forming, bending and stamping. The team at Wilkins Manufacturing has created unique tooling to provide faster and more efficient services for our clients.

In addition to these services, we also can provide you with turnkey manufacturing. Whether you need us for metal fabrication services, the creation of a single part or turnkey mechanical assemblies, we are can provide anything you might need.

5 Interesting Facts About TIG Welding

Recently we shared some interesting information about MIG welding, but at Wilkins Manufacturing, we provide many other types of welding services, including TIG welding. TIG welding, which stands for tungsten inert gas welding, is one of the most common types of welding processes. Here are a few quick facts about TIG welding and our welding services.

1. TIG vs. MIG Welding

While these two types of welding sound similar and both use inert gas, the welding processes are quite different. With MIG welding, which stands for metal inert gas, a continuous spool of wire is used to fuse metals and with TIG welding, welding rods are fed slowly into a weld puddle. With both types of welding, however, an inert gas is used to protect the weld from contamination.

2. TIG Welding Is A Delicate & Precise Process

If you are working with thin gauge metals, TIG welding is often your best welding option. Likewise, if you have a particularly delicate project, TIG welding provides extremely high quality welds. However, you can use TIG welding on heavier gauge metals and we do have the quality industrial equipment on hand to provide TIG welding services for a wide range of products.

3. TIG Welding Takes Longer Than MIG Welding

We often use MIG welding for larger production runs simply because it is faster process. TIG welding is a slower process, but again it can be a better option for those delicate welds, thin gauge materials or welds that need extreme precision. From the perspective of a hobby welder, TIG welding is a more difficult process to learn, which is why many hobbyists prefer MIG welding even if the results aren’t quite a smooth or polished. Of course, our team of professional welders has many years of experience and can handle even the most difficult of TIG welding tasks with ease.

4. TIG Welding Was Perfected In The 1940s

While welding has been around since the Bronze and Iron Ages, TIG welding has not yet reached its 100th birthday. The first patent for a modern TIG welding production tool was applied for in early 1941, although major developments in both TIG and MIG welding processes were made in the previous two decades. It was engineer Russell Meredith, of Northrop Aircraft, who filed the patent for the TIG welding process. He called this process Heliarc because helium was used as the shielding gas, and it is still sometimes referred to as heli-arc or Heliarc welding.

5. TIG Welding & World War II

Meredith’s advancements in TIG welding and his patent could not have come at a better time for America. In less than a year from the patent filing, the United States became embroiled in World War II and TIG welding was a crucial welding process in the construction of aircraft.

Today, TIG welding is needed by a wide range of industries, and we are here to help with any of your welding needs. Our welding fabrication department includes MIG, TIG and spot welding equipment, allowing us to provide you with virtually any type of welding that you might need. We regularly work with aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel, steel and titanium to create products such as enclosures, industrial equipment, structural sub-frames, motorcycle components and much more. If you need any type of AWS-certified welding, give us a call today.

Sheet Metal Fabrication & Our Top 5 Favorite Metals

At Wilkins Manufacturing, you might say we have a passion for metal. It’s astounding how one can take a single sheet of metal and transform this material into a usable part or an entire product. Through sheet metal fabrication, you can create thousands of items, and we are busy doing just that day after day. There are many metals that can be used for sheet metal fabrication, and at our firm, we work primarily with the following:

1. Aluminum

Aluminum is the second most abundant metallic element on our planet, and it’s also the third most abundant element in general. Only oxygen and silicon are more abundant than aluminum. There are many reasons why are clients will select aluminum as a material for their projects. This metal is very lightweight, which is often a huge factor in selecting this material. Additionally, aluminum offers excellent corrosion resistance and it conducts heat and electricity. One of the best things about aluminum is that it is completely recyclable. You can recycle this metal again and again and its properties and qualities still remain intact.

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2. Magnesium

Magnesium is another metallic element that is found in abundance on our planet, and while it’s vital for the health of our bodies, we also can use it in many sheet metal fabrication projects. Magnesium is even lighter than aluminum and has an excellent strength to weight ratio. While the name might indicate that magnesium is magnetic, this is not the case, so it can be used for projects where a nonmagnetic material is required. This metal also is quite dent-resistant and has a high melting point, which is why this material has been used on items such as nuclear reactors.

3. Steel

Steel is an alloy, which means it is a mixture of several metals. Iron and carbon are the two primary elements found in steel, but there are several types of steel and each one will include a different mix of metals. Steel is extremely strong and ideal for a variety of construction projects, including skyscrapers, houses and bridges. We also can use it for a myriad of sheet metal fabrication projects. In addition to its notable strength, steel is abundant and a highly affordable option for many parts and products we create. Additionally, it is easy to recycle steel, which is another excellent reason to consider using steel.

4. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an alloy, just like the steel we discussed above. However, this metal’s “ingredients” are primarily iron and chromium with other elements added as needed. One of the best aspects of stainless steel is that is it anti-corrosive, which means it is an excellent option when placed in a moist environment. Stainless steel tends to be more expensive than steel, as it is harder to produce and bit harder to machine. However, it can be a good option as it tends to have a longer life-cycle than “regular” steel alloys.

5. Titanium

There are many applications for titanium, and while we use it for sheet metal fabrication, this metal also is used to create everything from dental implants to pigments in paints. Titanium boasts many excellent properties. For instance, titanium is about half the weight of steel, but just as strong. It is heavier than aluminum, but it also is twice as strong as aluminum.

When we begin a sheet metal fabrication project, one of our first steps is to determine which of these five metals is the best option for your part or product. After all, each metal as its advantages, and we will take into consideration factors such as strength, weight and cost when selecting a material. In some, cases we might use more than one metal to complete a project.

In addition to sheet metal fabrication, we offer a wide range of services including laser cutting, CNC machining, CNC turning, turnkey manufacturing, AWS-Certified welding and more. We are a complete one-stop fab shop for all your manufacturing needs. We serve a wide variety of industries that range from the automotive and aerospace industries to creating computer chassis and enclosures and much more. Give us a call today, and we can begin working on your unique project.

AWS Certified Welding: Why It Makes A Difference

There are many companies that provide welding services, and when selecting a welding company one of the standards of quality is to select a firm that offers AWS-certified welding. At Wilkins Manufacturing, all of our expert welders are AWS-certified, but you might be wondering what this means to you as a customer.

 

AWS simply stands for American Welding Society. This nonprofit organization, which was founded nearly a century ago, provides several different welding certification programs. A welder becomes AWS-certified, once he or she has demonstrated expertise in a specific skill by passing a qualification test.

 

There are several different types of certifications that the AWS offers to its members, and the welders at Wilkins Manufacturing have been AWS-certified in several different categories. These categories are represented by special codes. For instance, our welders have earned D1.1 certification, which pertains to the structural welding of steel. Our welders also are D1.6 certified which pertains to structural welding of stainless steel. We also have D17.1 certified welders, which includes aerospace fusion welding. These are just a few of the certifications our welders have earned.

 

There are dozens of different AWS certified welding codes, and as a customer, it can be helpful to ensure that the welders you selected are certified in the type of welding that you need. For instance, if you needed stainless steel pipe welding, you would want to select welders with a D10.18 certification. If you needed bridge welding, then you would select someone with D1.5 welding certification.

 

If you aren’t certain of which type of certification pertains to the type of welding you need, it can be wise to select a company with welding expertise in the specific materials or type of welding you need. At Wilkins Manufacturing, our team of AWS-certified welders works primarily with materials such as aluminum, steel, stainless steel, magnesium and titanium. We can provide you with many different types of welding, including MIG welding, spot welding, TIG welding, torch blaze and solder.

 

In addition to providing customers with AWS-certified welding, we also feature an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C-certified quality system. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization. This nonprofit group sets standards for quality management systems. In order to earn ISO certification, a company must have designed a quality management system that adheres to the ISO’s exacting standards.

 

The ISO 9001:2008 requirements are used to provide a basis for quality management systems for a variety of types of companies and organizations, and not just welding, so you will see that many different firms will have ISO 9001:2008 certification. Our additional AS9100C certification indicates that we have special certification as a company that works with the aviation, space and defense industries.

 

Of course, we work with many other industries so no matter what type of welding, machining, turning or mechanical assembly you might need, our team is always equal to the task. If you need any of these services, give us a call today and we can get started on your unique project.

4 Fun Facts About MIG Welding

At Wilkins Design & Manufacturing, we provide a myriad of services for our clients and this includes many types of welding. MIG welding, for instance, is perhaps the most common type of welding within the sheet metal industry and this is just one of the types of welding services we offer. If you don’t know much about welding or MIG welding, the following facts might prove interesting.

 

  1. MIG Welding Has Several Names

 

MIG welding is a process known by many other monikers. MIG actually stands for metal inert gas welding, but it also is called gas metal arc welding (GMAW) as well as metal active gas welding or MAG welding. No matter what you call it, this is a type of welding where one uses a shielding gas which protects the area where the welding occurs from gases such as oxygen or nitrogen. These gases can cause certain types of defects as well as embrittlement, and the shield gases prevent this problem. The shield gas we use depends upon what type of material we are welding and sometimes we will use a mixture two or three gases to achieve the best results. Some of the main gases we use include argon, carbon dioxide and helium.

 

  1. MIG Welding Is Relatively New

 

Welding, in one form or another, has been around for centuries. MIG welding, however, was developed only about 70 years ago. During the 1940s, this process was created and mainly was used to weld aluminum. MIG welding officially was created at the Batelle Memorial Institute, which is a nonprofit science and tech company in Ohio. In addition to developing MIG welding, this company also developed solar energy cells and a method of dry copying that eventually led to the creation of Xerox.

 

  1. MIG Welding Is Ideal For Many Materials

 

While it all began with aluminum, MIG welding now is an option for many other metals. At Wilkins Manufacturing, we use the process of MIG welding for a huge array of metals including stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, steel and titanium. One of the main advantages of this type of welding is that it can be used with so many types of metals. Additionally, this is a relatively expedient type of welding as well as a cost-effective welding option.

 

  1. MIG Welding Is A Semi-Automated Process

 

Some types of welding are known as automatic or automated welding, which means that a welder has little to no part in the actual process of welding.  This is also true of robotic welding, which, as the name suggests is welding carried out by robotic equipment. In some cases, MIG welding can be completed robotically, however usually a welder holds the device, known as a MIG welding gun, to complete the welding process.  It is “semi-automatic” because the MIG gun continuously feeds a solid wire electrode through the gun and into what is known as a weld pool.

 

If you need welding services, the team at Wilkins Manufacturing can help. In addition to MIG welding, we also offer TIG, solder, torch braze and spot welding. Our typical products include enclosures, motorcycle components, steel cabinets, structural assemblies, industrial equipment, tubular assemblies, structural sub-frames and more. All of our expert welders are AWS Certified and we have implemented an AS9100C Certified Quality Management System, ensuring that we provide each of our clients with the highest quality products and services.

Quality Commitment Continues With AS9100C Certification

Santa Ana, CA, November 2015, Wilkins Design and Manufacturing, Inc., a one-stop shop for quality metal fabrication and certified welding, implemented an AS9100C Certified Quality Management System. The objective of the system is continuous, permanent quality improvement to prevent defects reduce waste, improve product quality, exceed customer expectations, and sustain a successful business. Certification was issued on October 22, 2015.

Wilkins Design and Manufacturing recently purchased a portable measurement arm as another step toward quality improvement. The absolute encoder arm is manufactured by Romer and is a coordinate measuring machine (CMM)  with a 2 meter arm. This instruments connects to a laptap computer and uses software to compare geometry part files with measurement points on the specimen part. Data that is collected can be exported to an AS9102 First Article Inspection Report. This instrument makes part inspection more efficient as well as accurate.

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Press Release: A Laser Focus On Growth

Santa Ana, California.  January 2014.  Wilkins Design & Manufacturing, a one-stop shop for contract manufacturing, including Laser Cutting, Sheet Metal, CNC Machining, Robotic Welding, Turnkey Manufacturing and CNC Turning has recently acquired the Bystronic’s BySprint Pro 4020 Laser system for quick prototypes and large production runs.

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Wilkins Design & Manufacturing is a complete one-stop shop for all your manufacturing needs, including Laser Cutting, Sheet Metal, CNC Milling & Turning, Robotic Welding, and Turnkey Manufacturing .

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