In spite of more and more sophisticated tools, metalworking still has many delicate and technical steps. The skillset of our operators is therefore very important, because a small mistake or imperfection can compromise the integrity of the finished product.
There are several types of metalworking we do in our workshop.
Welding. The purpose of welding is not to simply join two metal parts together. These parts have to become one unique structure, which is called monolithic. Welding techniques can vary (for example TIG, MIG, or submerged arc) and require different degrees of manual intervention, depending on the thickness of metal of the type of alloy.
Laser cutting. The advantage of using laser cutting is that it heats metal instantly and only where it’s necessary, without affecting the surrounding areas. Current laser cutting technology leaves no scrap, making the part immediately ready for the next production phase.
Bending. Metal bending is necessary to obtain semi-finished products with specific shapes, or to make a structure more resistant. Thanks to Numerical Control technology, it is now possible to use this type of metalworking on industrial scale and with extreme precision.
Calendering. This type of metalwork bends flat metal surfaces to obtain cylindrical-shaped products through rollers called calenders. It is often used to produce tubes and vessels.
Punching. As the name implies, this procedure will carve or create holes on metal parts. It's often used in conjunction with a bending machine to obtain semi-finished products. Numerical Control punching machines can make high precision holes on very large surfaces.
At the end of each modification work, all metal parts go through a thorough quality test to verify their structural integrity and the absence of defects.