Sheet metal fabrication is the art of forming metal into flat and thin pieces that can be cut and bent into various shapes.
Many heating, ventilation, and air conditioning HVAC companies use custom sheet metal fabricators to create ductwork with custom specifications. Creating everything from air ducts to plenums to brackets for HVAC systems is definitely a customized necessity since each HVAC system is different in measurements and needs.
Quality metal ductwork is essential for efficiently distributing conditioned air throughout Iowa homes and buildings. Your indoor air quality (IAQ) and comfort depend on quality ductwork. Call C and K today to speak with one of our certified technicians about how custom sheet metal fabrication can be a durable, cost-effective solution for you.
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Sheet Metal Fabrication Basics
Custom-fabricated sheet metal typically comes in rectangular sheets or, if they're thin and long, rolls. Sheet metal also comes in varying degrees of thickness.
HVAC systems dictate specific industry standards of thickness for various parts of the ductwork, but the majority of dictates fall into the 6 mm range.
Sheet metal forming is a grouping of several processes, working together in a complementary manner to form the needed parts. One or more of these processes mechanically applies deformation forces changing the shape of the metal. Custom fabricators create ordered HVAC pieces by cutting and forming the flat sheet metal into various shapes, then finishing each piece.
Here are the metals commonly used in sheet metal fabrication:
- Carbon Steel
- Stainless Steel
While carbon steel is one of the most widely used metals in sheet fabrication, our team can help you determine the best metal to complete your design requirements. Schedule your appointment today to go over your project.
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Sheet Metal Processes
A custom order can begin with an engineering drawing, a hand drawing, or even a phone call with the needed measurements. All specifications, particularly the measurements, are clarified before the project goes to the cutting, forming, and assembling stages:
- Cutting is the act of cutting sheet metal into smaller shapes that are used later in the fabrication process.
- The drawing process relies on a mold or dies to form the sheet metal into the desired shape.
- Folding bends the sheet metal to certain angles.
- Sheet metal punching creates holes in the sheet metal.
- Sheet metal shearing cuts sheet metal into a long straight line.
- Sheet metal stamping is similar to punching but does not completely cut through the metal.
- Roll forming turns sheet metal into a rounded shape.
- Assembling is joining the cut and formed pieces.
Sheet Metal Repairs and Maintenance
At C and K, our licensed team of professionals specialize in sheet metal repairs and maintenance. Take advantage of the experience and training we bring to every job. Call us today about your next project.
Our Maintenance Membership maintenance agreement saves you significant money on labor, parts, and repairs. Plus, you'll enjoy priority service.
We understand how things break at the wrong time! That's why we offer 24/7 emergency repair services to be there when you need us.
Advantages of Sheet Metal Fabrication
Sheet metal fabrication uses much less material than block-material machined parts, thereby offering overall cost savings. It offers you a highly flexible solution for ductwork and other components in the HVAC manufacturing industry. Combining custom sheet metal fabrication with other metal fabrication processes often results in an even higher degree of flexibility.
Place Your Order Today
To realize both cost savings and flexibility while meeting or exceeding the industry's highest standards, call our certified technicians at C and K at (515) 310-1174 or request service online. We're more than happy to discuss any of your custom HVAC fabrication needs.