The sheet metal pressing process is a metal forming process that can be carried out in a number of ways to suit a variety of needs and applications and to provide the correct sheet metal component for your project.
The sheet metal starts its journey as a standard size sheet which range from 2000 x 1000mm up to 4000 x 2000mm. These sheets are then cut to an original blank size on either our 4000mm guillotine, or for more complex shapes, they can be punched using our LVD CNC turret punch.
Panel Systems is able to fold sheet metal materials in which force is applied to the sheet metal, bending it at a specific angle and create the profile required by the project. Using this forming process, folded parts can either be small (such as a bracket), or large (for items such as rainscreen panels on building facades).
At Panel Systems, we complete the sheet metal forming process by:
- Taking an order with drawings detailing full measurements, grades and colour requirements
- Our CAD experts convert this order into a CAD design which is then translated into the pressbrake machines’ language.
- The metal sheet is cut to size using a guillotine
- The material is folded the correct bend angle by the pressbrake
- The folded components can then be welded and dressed for details such as boxed ends, or to finish the corners of trays
- These pressings are sent to be anodised or powder coated. They can also be left in their mill finished state
- The pressings are then returned to our factory with a protective film to help reduce damage whilst handling and installing on site.
Punching and perforating process
Sheet metal punching and perforating is used to create innovative shapes and modern designs for both interior and exterior applications. This process is carried out at high speed, meaning that products can be produced in large, consistent volumes without any loss of quality.
Panel Systems complete the sheet metal punching and perforating process in a number of carefully carried out steps:
- Customer’s drawings are again converted into the language of the turret punch
- The flat sheet of the correct thickness and grade is placed on the turret punch bed
- Perforations are made using the appropriate tooling
- Material is also cut into the overall shape with a cutting tool by this same machine which eliminates the need for a separate guillotine process.
- This offers precise cutting details, ideal for intricate jobs
- With the ability to cut complex shapes, this process can provide detailed designs for your project and specification
We can work with a wide range of different materials such as aluminium (including anodising grades), stainless steel, galvanised steel, copper and brass to create metal parts for your architectural needs. Whatever your needs, there will be a way to make sure our sheet metal pressing process can meet them.
To find out more about the pressed metal products we can supply at Panel Systems by reading our guide.