Sheet metal is among the most versatile metal produced. It is important across so many industries for so many uses across the globe. Every single day of our lives, we are in close contact with a consumer product, wherein initial production was in a sheet metal factory.
Sheet metal fabrication is an extensive and involved process. Sheet metal fabricators refine their initial product into an alloy, or mixture of different types of metal. They then run it through a series of machines, depending on what the final goal is with their customer. From here, it is shipped to thousands of different types of manufacturing plants for the assembly of hundreds of thousands of different types of consumer products.
The thickness of the final sheet metal product, measured in gauges from 8 to 30, will determine what its use will consist of. If a company is seeking sheet metal for auto stamping, they will require a thicker gauge. But if a contractor needs their sheet metal for a building facade, they would probably want something thinner and more malleable.
And sheet metal does not always have to result in what you picture as a sheet of metal. Sheet metal manufacturers assemble metal for their clients in all forms, including ropes, cylinders, tubes, blocks and almost any other form you could imagine. Diverse production is why sheet metal manufacturers enjoy such a diverse customer market base.
It is then sent off to factories across the globe for stamping, or melding and bending for the customer’s specific use. This could include any thousands of industries from auto manufacturing to building fabrication to computer production to cell phone assembly.
Basically if you’re a consumer in any fairly developed country, the sheet metal industry has touched your life in some way or another. As a manufactured product, it is among the most widely implemented consumer product manufactured today. All you have to do is look around the room you are sitting in for confirmation sheet metal is everywhere.