Manufacturing Process

Sustainable Metal

With sustainability at the forefront of modern industry, sustainable metal manufacturing practices are gaining traction. Recycling and efficient resource utilisation are being emphasised to reduce waste and the environmental impact of metal production. Additionally, the exploration of new lightweight and high-strength metals is paving the way for more sustainable and eco-friendly solutions in manufacturing.

NPD

Procurement plays a pivotal role in successful New product developments; however, it is a demanding process that requires significant resources. Our service is crafted to alleviate the procurement burden, enabling our clients to focus on innovation. 

CNC Machining

Choosing the right machining partner is crucial for your success. Not only does the supplier need to have suitable machining capabilities for your project, but other factors such as business size, quality, compliance, and financial stability are even more important in the long run. 

Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is one of the oldest manufacturing processes. In today’s busy market, the critical factors for this type are quality, compliance, and supplier capability. Ticking all of these boxes takes years of carefully choosing and testing supplier relationships. Eco Sourcing Hub, with extensive experience in sourcing this type of work, can help you reduce risks, costs, and improve quality.

Injection Moulding

Injection moulding is a complex process that demands a comprehensive approach in order to achieve optimal results. To ensure success, it is essential to develop a clear and detailed project plan to manage costs, risks, and emissions. A well-planned project not only helps to minimise the environmental impact of the manufacturing process but also ensures that production runs smoothly and efficiently, delivering high-quality and consistent results.

Electronics

Electronics are critical, important, vital, and volatile parts. It is imperative to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify potential risks associated with choosing parts, suppliers or distributors. By examining all aspects of the selection process, you can gain a clear understanding of the pros and cons of various options. Factors such as reliability, performance, and cost are some of the key criteria to selecting the right option.

Packaging

Packaging is not only about keeping your product in the same condition as you crafted it but also showcasing your brand and serving as an authentic representation of your sustainable choices. However, having the right partner by your side reinforces the criticality of this category, as in difficult times, the right partner will be priceless.

Quality

At the core of our commitment to excellence lies the quality, which commences with the precision and accuracy of all the information we provide. This commitment extends to the endless support of our extensive supply network, who are fully prepared to offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This network presents a unique opportunity to drive our clients' success. We are dedicated to assisting our clients in delivering nothing less than the very best for their customers, communities, and the world we all share.

Metal Manufacturing

Metal has served as a fundamental cornerstone of manufacturing for centuries. Its exceptional properties render it the perfect material for a wide array of applications. From infrastructure and transportation to consumer goods and electronics, the role of metal in manufacturing is unparalleled. Metals are known for their ductility, malleability, and outstanding conductivity, making them ideal for diverse applications.

They can serve as structural and load-bearing components or as conductive and heat-resistant elements, enabling manufacturers to customise their usage based on specific needs.

We specialise in providing comprehensive information about processes available in the market for handling metal. We also identify the best suppliers in this field, taking into consideration the environmental aspects of these choices. Our aim is to equip our clients with the information they need to make informed decisions for their specific requirements.

Turning

Rotating the workpiece while a cutting tool removes material to create cylindrical shapes. This process is ideal for producing round components like shafts and pins.

Drilling

Creating holes in the workpiece using specialised drill bits. This is a fundamental machining operation used in various applications.

Milling

Cutting tools rotate around multiple axes to remove material from the workpiece. It is versatile and can create a wide range of shapes, including flat, contoured, and complex geometries.

Machining

Machining involves the removal of material from a workpiece to achieve desired shapes, dimensions, and surface finishes. This process is used to create a wide variety of metal components and parts, ranging from simple to highly complex geometries. The primary goal of machining is to transform raw materials, such as metal bars or sheets, into finished products with precise specifications.

Tolerances play a vital role. Machining enables achieving tight tolerances and precise dimensions, and surface finishes can range from rough to mirror-like can be achieved in post machining process, depending on the application and material.

Machines come in a range of axes, from 3 to 12. Basic 3-axis machines (X, Y, and Z) are used for simpler, flat, or gently curved surfaces. As complexity increases, 4-axis machines handle more intricate geometries with rotational operations. Advancements to 5-axis machines enhance flexibility, reducing setup time while improving precision for complex shapes and designs.

In specialised applications, multi-axis machines (7+ axes) are utilised, such as 12-axis CNC machines. These machines have two heads allowing movement along X, Y, Z, and rotation on A, B, and C-axes, doubling productivity and accuracy. However, using 12-axis for simple parts can be costly, so cost-effectiveness is a consideration

Choosing the right supplier with suitable machining capabilities is crucial for project success. If you need guidance or advice regarding this manufacturing type, please contact us.

Laser

Utilises a focused laser beam to cut through the metal with high precision.

Plasma

Uses ionised gas to cut through the metal, suitable for thick materials.

Waterjet

Utilises a high-pressure stream of water to cut through metal.

Welding

Welding is the process of joining metal pieces together using heat and a filler material. It's crucial for creating sturdy and seamless connections. Common welding methods include MIG (Metal Inert Gas), TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas), and arc welding.

Fabrication

Metal fabrication is a secondary metalworking process that involves transforming raw metal using various techniques and procedures. This process is crucial for creating a wide range of metal-based products.

Forming

Forming involves shaping the metal into the desired geometry. Common forming techniques include: Bending or Rolling

Rolling

Passing the metal through rollers to achieve curved or cylindrical shapes.

Bending

Using a press brake to bend the metal into required angles or curves.

Punching

Punching is a process that involves using a punch press to shape and cut metal sheets or coils into specific shapes or designs.

Stamping

Stamping is similar to punching except the press doesn’t create a hole in the metal.

Once the individual components are fabricated, they are assembled according to the design specifications. This may involve welding, bolting, or other joining methods. Afterward, surface finishing as zinc plating or coating is provided to assure the compliances and longevity of the assembly.

From the Start

Choosing the appropriate material and process is vital for achieving the desired product characteristics. However, finding all the required processes under one roof is a common challenge for buyers across the country. Please reach out for support to help you find your best supplier.

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