Sheet Metal Shop vs. Machine Shop

Those who aren’t familiar with the metal fabrication world easily confuse a sheet metal shop for a machine shop. When in fact, there is a difference between the two types of shops. Sure, all manufacturers have machines they use to fabricate things, but it would be incorrect to classify all manufacturers as machine shops simply because shops are full of machines. To keep everyone on the same page, this blog will distinguish the difference between the two types of shops.

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Spot Welding vs. TIG/MIG Welding

Resistance spot welding is a cost effective way to join two or more overlapping pieces of metal together. In addition, spot welding is a huge time savor compared to TIG or MIG welding. Many engineers come to VIP for advice to save time and money on sheet metal assemblies that require welding. One great method that we regularly recommend (depending on the assembly and function of the parts) spot welding as an alternative. Below shows a comparison between spot welding and welding (TIG or MIG).

Factors Resistance Spot Welding TIG / MIG Welding
Requires fixtures Yes Yes
Welding time Short Long
Requires grinding after welding No Yes
Requires skill and experience No Yes
Number of supplies needed
Minimal Several
Size of weld Small Varies
Material distortion Minimal to none Minimal to Extreme

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CNC Machine Shop

Vista Industrial Products, Inc. has a 5,354 square foot in-house machine shop with a wide range of machining equipment with a variety of functions. We have been able to maintain growth within our machine shop largely due to the fact that many companies are not going overseas for their machined parts. Since CNC machining is not labor intensive like sheet metal parts, it wouldn’t be beneficial to take it overseas where the labor costs are cheap.  As a result, we have a large collection of machines that range from 3 and 4 axis with part capacity up to 81”x41”x32,” CNC 3D surfacing, manual mills, CNC lathes, manual lathes, and not to mention a complete quality assurance department with a CMM. Continue reading

Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturer

Since 1956, Vista Industrial Products, Inc. has built a reputation for their precision sheet metal fabrication capabilities. We have made a point to have the best engineers and skilled labor, as well as the latest high technology equipment in the industry. We have set the standard in Southern California for precision sheet metal shops. Quality is our largest competitive advantage when providing several industries with high quality parts. Some of the industries we cater to include:

  • Defense
  • Medical
  • High Technology
  • Retail
  • Commercial

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Precision Welding at Its Finest

VIP is known for their sheet metal, but over the years has grown their reputation as a precision welding farbicator in the Southern California region. All of our welders are AWS certified and are held to the highest precision standards…no trailer hitch quality here! Many companies in the Defense, Medical, High-Tech, and Commercial industries come to Vista Industrial Products to weld their complex assembly parts. We have the capabilities to MIG, TIG, spot weld, as well as robotic weld for high quantities. Whether your company requires weldments with tight tolerances, to be held under high PSI requirements, air tight, or liquid tight welds, VIP has the experienced welding technicians to meet your quality requirements. Continue reading