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  • Shaw Metal Solutions

    Shaw Metal Solutions, based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is a dynamic and innovative company with over 250 years experience in the art of metal forming and spinning.

    The company provides expertise and guidance across all metal fabrication disciplines, from initial enquiry through to finished product.

    SMS offers expert design and engineering advice coupled with state of the art sheet metal manufacturing equipment that includes many niche and bespoke metal working services all under one roof.

    With capacity for large volume production alongside one-off bespoke projects involving an extensive array of metal working services, Shaw Metal Solutions offers one of the most comprehensive packages in the UK.

    Metal Spinning Halifax West Yorkshire

    Metal Spinning Halifax West Yorkshire

    Metal spinning, also known as spin forming, spinning or more commonly metal turning, is a metalworking process by which a disc or tube of metal is rotated at high speed and formed into an axially symmetrical part. Spinning can be performed by hand or by a CNC lathe.

    Metal spinning does not involve removal of material, as in conventional wood or metal turning, but rather forming (moulding) of sheet material over an existing shape.

    Metal spinning ranges from an artisan’s speciality to the most advantageous way to form round metal parts for commercial applications. Artisans use the process to produce architectural detail, speciality lighting, decorative household goods and urns. Commercial applications include rocket nose cones, cookware, gas cylinders, brass instrument bells and public waste receptacles. Virtually any ductile metal may be formed, from aluminium or stainless steel, to high-strength, high-temperature alloys. The diameter and depth of formed parts are limited only by the size of the equipment available.

    Metal Fabrication Halifax West Yorkshire

    Assembling (joining of the pieces) is done by welding, binding with adhesives, riveting, threaded fasteners or further bending in the form of a crimped seam. Structural steel and sheet metal are the usual starting materials for fabrication, along with the welding wire, flux, and fasteners that will join the cut pieces.

    As with other manufacturing processes, both human labour and automation are commonly used. The product resulting from fabrication may be called a fabrication. Shops that specialise in this type of metal work are called fab shops. The end products of other common types of metalworking, such as machining, metal stamping, forging, and casting, may be similar in shape and function, but those processes are not classified as fabrication.

    Laser Cutting Halifax West Yorkshire

    Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated.

    A typical commercial laser for cutting materials would involve a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.

    Fly Presses Halifax West Yorkshire

    A Fly Press is a machine tool used to shape sheet metal by deforming it or cutting it with punches and dies. The punch is usually made up of the top (male) tool and bottom (female) die tool. It can frequently be used to punch holes in sheet metal in one operation, rather than by cutting the hole by slower drilling/milling operations.

    Metal Rolling Halifax West Yorkshire

    In metalworking, rolling is a metal forming process in which metal stock is passed through one or more pairs of rolls to reduce the thickness and to make the thickness uniform. The concept is similar to the rolling of dough. Rolling is classified according to the temperature of the metal rolled. If the temperature of the metal is above its recrystallisation temperature, then the process is known as hot rolling. If the temperature of the metal is below its recrystallisation temperature, the process is known as cold rolling. In terms of usage, hot rolling processes more tonnage than any other manufacturing process, and cold rolling processes the most tonnage out of all cold working processes. Roll stands holding pairs of rolls are grouped together into rolling mills that can quickly process metal, typically steel, into products such as structural steel (I-beams, angle stock, channel stock and so on), bar stock, and rails. Most steel mills have rolling mill divisions that convert the semi-finished casting products into finished products.

    There are many types of rolling processes, including ring rolling, roll bending, roll forming, profile rolling, and controlled rolling.

    Galvanising Metal Halifax West Yorkshire

    Galvanization, or galvanisation, is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. The most common method is hot-dip galvanization, in which parts are submerged in a bath of molten zinc. Galvanizing protects in two ways:

    It forms a coating of corrosion-resistant zinc which prevents corrosive substances from reaching the more delicate part of the metal
    the zinc serves as a sacrificial anode so that even if the coating is scratched, the exposed steel will still be protected by the remaining zinc.

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