Ionthis manufactures custom Sheet Metal Chassis, Housings, Bracket Assemblies, and various Components. Our sheet metal capabilities include CNC Turret Punch Press, Single, and Progressive Stamp Punch Press, Press Brakes, Laser. 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 processes options to best suit their design, production, market, and cost requirements. 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
When looking at the capabilities of a sheet metal fabricator, customers primarily are 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 or Laser to cut the profile of the design you must use a Press Brake to do the bending.
In production manufacturing there are basically three types of Press Brakes that are used:
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/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/CNC Press Brake would be the best option.
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:
“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 punch mold. What Ionthis could make your finished part from CNC Turret Punch Press or Laser 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, 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 email@example.com