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SHEET METAL FABRICATION

Sheet Metal Fabricated Black Anodized Sheet Matal Bracket
Aluminum Anodized Sheet Metal Bracket Assemblies / Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping
Stainless Steel Sheet Metal Face-Plate with PEM and silk Screen
Stainless Steel Sheet Metal Face-Plate / CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake

Ionthis Sheet Metal Fabrication

Ionthis manufactures custom Sheet Metal Chassis, Housings, Bracket Assemblies, and various Components. Our sheet metal capabilities include CNC Turret Punch Press, Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping, Progressive Die Punch Press, Press Brakes, Laser Cutting. A full list of our Sheet Metal Fabrication Capabilities is listed below, including our full-service options.

What makes Ionthis a unique Precision Sheet Metal Fabricator is that we can offer our customers choices on different process options to best suit their design, production, market, and cost requirements, such as a CNC Turret Punch Press / Press Brake versus a Progressive Die Punch Press. This allows our customer to make their best-informed decision and not force-feed them in only one process. To understand the differences in each process plus the positives and negatives, please see our section “Sheet Metal Fabrication Process” under MFG Processes explain

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Although we routinely manufacture large production runs, We specialize in LOW-COST SMALL QUANTITIES

1U CATV Transmitter Aluminum sheet metal chassis with PEM and powder coat and silk screen using a CNC Press Brake and CNC Turret Punch Press
1U Aluminum Sheet Metal Chassis with PEMs / CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake
Sheet metal Fabricated adapter plate with PEM made from a CNC Turret Punch Press and CNC Press Brake
Aluminum Sheet Metal Adapter Plate with PEMs / CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake

Capabilities of our Sheet Metal Fabrication, CNC Turret Punch Press, Laser Cutting & Press Breakes

When looking at a sheet metal fabricator’s capabilities, customers are primarily concerned about the lowest cost at a specific MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity). As explained in the “Sheet Metal Fabrication Process,” if you used a CNC Turret Punch Press or Laser Cutting to cut the design profile, you must use a Press Brake to do the bending.

In production manufacturing, there are basically three types of Press Brakes that are used:

CNC Press Break

Robotic Press Break

Automatic Press Break

Standard Mold Sheet Metal Punch Press will do the cutting and bending in 1 to several molds were a Progressive Die Punch Press will do all the cutting and bending in a single mold. Below we show Ionthis’s capabilities with the addition of the cutting and braking process and the MOQs typically expected.

The MOQs are driven by the complexity of the design, size of the design, material type, and material thickness. An example of the differences is if you have a large 12 gauge Aluminum Enclosure at an MOQ of 100, the CNC Turret Punch Press /CNC Press Break is the best choice.  However, if you have a large 8 gauge Stainless Steel Enclosure at an MOQ of 100, the Laser Cutting/CNC Press Brake would be the best option.

CNC Turret Punch Press Cable Harness enclosurer made from a CNC Turret Punch Press and CNC Press Brake
Cable Management Cabinet / CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake
/ CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake APC outdoor power supply housing made from a CNC Turret Punch Press and CNC Press Brake
Outdoor Back-Up Power Supply Housing / CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake

Capabilities of our Sheet Metal Fabrication, Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping & Progressive Die Mold Stamping

In the sheet metal fabrication process, as the parts’ MOQ quantity increases beyond CNC Punch Press or Laser Cutting and Press Brakes production capacity plus a demand for the unit part cost to decrease. It is time to start looking at Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping or Progressive Die Stamping that does the work of both the CNC turret Punch Press and the Press Brake.

In this case, the customer must be willing to amortize the Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping or  Progressive Die Stamping NRE cost over its life/number of parts to mold failure and reduce the production time of using a separate CNC turret punch press and a press brake. There are two types of molds as explain in “Sheet Metal Fabrication Processes,” and they are:

Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping

The selection between the 2 is primarily MOQ driven. The Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping typically uses 1-3 separate mold to cut, punch, and bend the part producing quantities from 500 to 100K+.

Progressive Die Stamping

The Progressive Die Stamping is a single mold that feeds the metal from one end to the other, progressively cutting, punching, and bending the parts as it goes through the mold until the part is finished on the other side. Quantities can range from 10,000 to 1M+; however, the mold cost is 2-10 times the cost.

Sheet Metal Bracket Progressive Die Stamping Final Product
Sheet Metal Bracket / Progressive Die Stamping Final Product
CNC Turret Punch Press and press brake Sheet Metal 1U Chassis with PEM
Sheet Metal Chassis / CNC Turret Punch Press and Press Brake

Additional FULL-SERVICE Contract Manufacturing Capabilities

 FULL-SERVICE means the contract manufacturer can provide you with a finished part such as powder coating, silk screening, and fastener installation. Ionthis is a  “one-stop-shop“. This eliminating having to resend out your part for a secondary process to separate multiple vendors. The significant advantage of this is you now only have one source responsible for your quality and on-time delivery needs. Below are our typical but not limited to capabilities:

Custom powder coated computer sheet metal enclosure case
Custom Computer Case / CNC Turret Punch Press & Press Brake
Computer sheet metal Chassis made from a CNC Turret sheet metal Punch Press and CNC Press Brake
Custom Computer Sheet Metal Chassis

We Contract Manufacture but not limited to

“Cradle to Grave” CONTRACT MANUFACTURER

Cradle to Grave” means as your product matures, we will continually give you suggestions, (process changes, material changes, sub-assemblies) to reduce your cost giving you an improved sales advantage. An example would be perhaps at the beginning of marketing your product, your volumes are low, and you do not want to make the investment in a Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping we would start by using a CNC Turret Punch Press and Press Brake.

What Ionthis could make your finished part from CNC Turret Punch Press or Laser Cutting and bending with a CNC Press Break and the beginning with little or no NRE investment.  When your volume gets high enough to justify mold for Traditional Sheet Metal Mold Stamping, then Ionthis will recommend move you into a mold or even evolve to a cast or plastic part or assembly. This is “Cradle to Grave”.

For a DFM/Analysis and recommendations of your Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication component or assembly, feel free to contact Ionthis at engr@ionthis.com

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