Fabrication & Finishing
FDMS prides itself on its ability to provide a professionally integrated sheet metal fabrication service, which comprises all elements of the design and development of a sheet metal process being managed in-house. The full production process is realised from design through to delivery. The sheet metal design and programming office allows FDMS to manufacture components exact to customer drawings, whilst offering advice on design through the experience and the knowledge of the manufacturing production engineers.
It is essential to the integrity of FDMS that a product is designed and engineered with usability and duribility in mind. Every stone is turned to ascertain product weakness and where possible, strengthen it for a longer life span.
CAD/CAM qualified engineers
3D Design & Modelling package proves component design before manufacturing
DNC link to networked CNC machines
FDMS uses the latest 2D and 3D CAD software including Radan, Inventor and Amada software related to the machinery.
Our on-going investment programme has seen the introduction of the latest Amada AE2510 Punch Press and Sheet CAT fully automatic loading and Off-loading system. This capital investment goes hand in hand with FDMS’s policy of growth and expansion programme. Increasing our production capacity some 300%, this equipment enhances our operation and allows us to maximise our production facility, respond to customer requirements and implement our drive for new customers.
Our fully automatic punching cell rules out the need for manual input, thus increasing our efficiency and productivity; we have ability of working lights out 24-7 offering maximum flexibility to our customers.
- Amada AE-2510NT Punch Press
- Axis Travel YX 1270 X 2500 with automatic repositioning 1270 x 5000
- Material Thickness 3.2mm
- Positioning Speed X-, Y- Axis 80/60m/min
- Simultaneous Axis Speed 100m/min
- Position Accuracy 0.1mm
- High Accuracy .07mm
- 51 Station 4 Auto-Indexs
- Max hit rate 480/min
- Machine Frame Bridge
- Punching Drive Servo-Electric
- Work Chute 300 x 300mm
- Sheet Deformation Sensors
- Lifting Brush Table
- Tool Lift
- Air Blow Tool LUBRICATION
- Punch Slug Removal
- Amada Sheet CAT Automatic Loading Off-loading System
- 3 tonne pack
- 2500 x 1270mm
To complement its automised punched profiling cell, FDMS has a full range of metal folding and forming facilities including CNC folding, bending and rolling machines.
CNC programs can be generated quickly and are stored electronically and recalled for future use, this guarantees continuity in repeat business and standard products.
FDMS is looking to further invest in the latest technology in press brakes, as securing future business growth comes “hand in hand” with capital investment FDMS future investment will compliment its already highly productive and versatile forming cell as well as increasing the complexity of products we supply. The latest cutting edge equipment and a highly trained and diverse production team ensure that FDMS can respond to the demands of the sheet metal market place in which we trade.
- LVD PPEB Press Brake
- 2720 x 3mm
- Large working envelop for deep box bending.
- Up to 500mm open height
- Up to 200mm stroke
- High speed bending
- High speed back gauge, 5 axis
- Manual and auto angle correction with full graphical control
- Power rolls 2000 x 6mm
- Hand rolls 2000 x 3mm
Powder coating is an ever more important form of product presentation. FDMS offer a sheet metal powder coating service as part of the in-house finishing techniques applied to the manufactured product. With the aim to deliver meticulous product presentation throughout all order specifications, powder coating is a popular method of achieving a smooth protective finish. Every aspect of steel fabrication finishing techniques are carried out in-house without the need for outsourcing. FDMS is therefore capable of substantiating the high quality in sheet metal product finish and steel fabrication quality control.
FDMS Powder Coating Process
Prior to powder coating all steel is treated in our on-line 3 stage de-grease and iron Phosphate plant, the plant consists of Stage 1: 400 degree detergent hot wash and combined phosphate application, Stage 2: cold rinse and Stage 3: second rinse and applied sealing agent. The products used during this three stage treatment ensure the that components are prepared for powder coating to the highest standards and not only offers a 300 hour proven salt spray protection but assist with powder adhesion and application.
Powder is applied via the latest technology in paint application, this equipment ensures an even coat of powder is applied to the product each and every time with minimum waste. It is fully programmable and once set for a product the programme can be called upon for batch after batch ensuring repeatability of finish regardless of day, date or operator.
Once powder has been applied it is cured though a three pass oven, this oven has vast air movement which guarantees circulation of heat evenly around the painted product, offering an even and durable finish to the powder coated component once it has completed its process cycle.
This combined pre-treatment fishing and curing plant has been automotive approved and finishes goods to the highest standards.
The in-house hand-finishing process ensures that everything manufactured on site is done so to the highest standard. This also allows for a greater focus on quality control prior to dispatch.
Certain sheet metal products require surface finishes other than painted powder coating. In certain instances this can be achieved by manufacturing from materials with a pre-determined finish. E.g. brushed, polished or plastic coated.
Other applications particularly for components manufactured from mild steel require zinc plating, galvanising or chroming, or in the case of aluminium, anodising.
FDMS is equipped to offer varying disciplines of finishing. This enhances its ‘strive for excellence’ in that it offers its customers the opportunity to source fully finished products under the one roof. Quality, attention to detail and buying convenience can go hand-in-hand when you choose a steel fabrication specialist such as FDMS.
The range and type of sheet metal materials we manufacture from are critical to the market sectors we aim to service. Primarily we work in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, zintec, galvanised, brass and copper sheet metal.
Sizes vary and range up to 3000mm x 1500mm with thickness from 0.5mm to 5mm depending upon material type for in-house processing. Components required from thicker materials can be sourced via alternative processes such as laser cutting.
FDMS’s activities are not just restricted to sheet metal fabrications but produce many fabrications from mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium section.
The quality of sheet metal materials purchased is paramount to our goal ‘striving for excellence’, to manufacture quality products for our customers. We have developed a close relationship with a number of material suppliers, some over many years who understand the level of quality we consistently demand. The material quality is also backed by quality of service such as reserve stock, delivery and cost so that we can meet the ever increasing urgent needs of our customers.
Today’s sheet metal materials are global commodities and subsequently supply and costs are affected by global influences. Our supplier network appreciates the need for a sub-contract manufacturer to maintain supply at competitive costs, which is paramount to our commercial viability and that of our customers. If a customer has a requirement for any special material not indicated in our general scope of works, we are always willing to source the product via our network of suppliers.