Tube Laser Cutting

Amada F0M2RI 3015

             Amada F0M2RI 3015

We have recently invested in a laser cutting system with rotary index, which allows us to laser cut all types of metal tubing of various sizes and shapes. Due to our ongoing demands of our customers who were looking for a more efficient and economical way to cut and add special features to tubing, we bought an Amada F0M2RI 3015 laser. Here are some specifications of our new laser and all the neat tricks it can do: Continue reading

Chemical Film vs. Anodize

It’s been a while since we’ve posted, so we figured we would give you a post relative to what we have seen recently in manufacturing. For some reason, we have been seeing a lot of engineers who are calling out the incorrect finish for their parts, and we want to help set the issue straight! Simply put, chemical film (also known as chromate conversion, yellow iridite, or alodine) and anodize are NOT the same thing. Most people assume that they may have similarities, that they can be used interchangeably, but this is not the case for most instances. So let’s take a close look at what each finish is and when you should use them. But first, I’d like to point out and say that although we are a metal fabricator, we actually have an in-house metal finishing shop as well as a sister metal finishing company, and have knowledge on when and when not to use each of these finishes. Continue reading

Medical Device Manufacturing – San Diego

San Diego has become the premiere location for the medical industry. From heart valves, to pharmaceuticals, to medical cabinets, San Diego has a plethora of businesses related to the medical industry. When it come to manufacturing, the medical industry demands one thing….Quality! Often times, many medical companies do not go overseas to have their products made. Instead, they look to maintain their quality and remain competitive within the close nitch industry by keeping up with the demand by manufacturing products closer to home. As a medical device manufacturer for the industry, we have seen first hand just how important quality is to the medical device industry. Continue reading

Freight Terms Explained

Have you ever shipped or received product and the shipping terms stated FOB Origin or FOB Destination? Freight On Board / Free On Board or FOB is a very common term in the freight industry, but one that is most misunderstood. This is because the term that follows FOB has multiple conditions such as for who pays for the shipment, who bears the shipping costs, who owns the product as it’s being shipped, and who is responsible for risk while it’s in shipment. Buyers and sellers of product will usually define in the shipping contract the shipping terms to address these conditions. But it can become an issue if only “FOB Origin” or “FOB Destination” are stated. There should be more indication since there are more standards that exist. Continue reading

Types of Joining and Assembly in Metal Manufacturing

There are many important aspects of manufacturing that need to be considered in order for it to be profitable for the company. As we have discussed in previous blog posts about the importance of good Manufacturing Drawings and Product Engineering and Design, another important aspect is how the parts get assembled together. This might not seem like a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but think about it… If a product is poorly assembled, it jeopardizes the quality, functionality, and longevity of the product. Continue reading