Custom Plate Fabrication in China
KDM professionally operates various plate fabrication processes using advanced sets of machines. We provide well-cut, bent, and assembled plates according to your necessities.
- Ensure high durable fabricated plates
- ISO9001 approved factory
- Complete plate fabrication processes
- Provides custom measurements
Plate fabrication is cutting and welding the simple sheet material into more detailed products. Numerous steel layers are compressed together to form steel plates. KDM provides specific grades of steel plates to suit specific capacities needed and applications. These plates have a broader thicknesses range than usual steel sheets.
The KDM fabricated plates are both abrasion and corrosion-resistant. They are mainly helpful for utilization where large structural frameworks and high durability are needed. These processed plates can withstand harsh natural environments’ extreme pressures.
Moreover, various metal plate types are designed for multiple applications, including sports stadiums, bridges, reinforcing requirements, standard structural articles, and heavy pieces of machinery.
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KDM Plate Fabrication Series
The galvanized checkered plates have mild steel hardness. They are suitable for airplane floors, suspension beams, elevators, etc. These plates are easy to form and process with excellent slip resistance.
The embossed aluminum treadplates have coated surfaces with customizable thicknesses, lengths, and widths. They are designed for cookware industries, decoration, and construction with high durability and rust resistance.
The hot-rolled metal steel plates are customized to suit various utilization, like bridges, shipping buildings, and other construction projects. These steel plates feature rigidity, high-strength, lasting quality, with checkered surfaces. Customizable dimensions are available.
The decorative laser cut plates are suitable for construction, automotive, and telecom applications. They have customizable metal material-used, including brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel, and more. These plates are laser cut according to the requested decoration.
KDM Plate Fabrication Advantages
The KDM plate fabrication features an unmatched seamless finish with various choices. It is ideal for any construction undertaking where it emphasizes aesthetics.
The metal plate can withstand varying amounts of pressure and extreme weather conditions. Plus, it has high corrosion resistance, and wear and tear. They can withstand high-impact effects.
Abiding proper preventive cleaning procedures is advantageous for users. The metal plate configuration renders a quick and easy cleaning and maintenance.
The metal plate undergoes advanced and certified processes, including plating, and powder coating- making it appear seamless and possessing high corrosion resistance.
KDM Plate Fabrication Capabilities
KDM has professional engineers who utilize high-quality and robust raw materials to produce custom plates. We assure satisfying finished plate components according to requests with the help of our high-speed and precision equipment.
Moreover, KDM includes cutting, bending, welding, punching, shearing, stamping, and casting for plate fabrication procedures. We are following the principle “Quality and service is a priority.” That guarantees you to receive highly accurate and precise metal plates you need for specific applications.
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Plate Fabrication for Industrial Applications
KDM assures well-followed plate requirement details, according to your requests during the production. The following are several applications where metal plates are in-demand.
KDM Plate Surface Textures
KDM designs multiple surface finishing and patterns to suit different industrial applications. Below are some of them:
- Marble Pattern Finishes
- Linen Pattern Finishes
- Square Pattern Finishes
- Mirror Finish
- Diamond Pattern Finishes
We professionally operate finishing metal plates procedures in accordance to project requirements. Trust on KDM plate fabrication services!
Choose KDM to Custom Plate Fabrication Needs
KDM has extended experience in fabricating various metal plates for every application. We have skilled and certified craft workers with high-tech tools and equipment. KDM precisely provide accurate detail of the metal plates you need for the projects.
Our offered plates are constructed with multiple layers and compressed together to create sturdy individual plates. After forming specific plates, they are customized according to your necessities. We assure of high strength and durability to suit various industrial applications.
Custom metal plates have various grades and measurements that ensure abrasion and corrosion resistance. They are ideal for extended applications, including heavy civil construction, machinery engineering, gas pipelines, etc.
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KDM Plate Fabrication
KDM metal plates come with numerous materials. The following describes some of them.
- Aluminum. The aluminum plates are available in different alloy tempers and grades. They characterized resilience and durability.
- Copper. The metal plates made from copper have high strength and lesser maintenance materials. They feature corrosion resistance, are safe to use, etc.
- Magnesium. This material is lighter, making plates easy to handle and install. Excellent strength and rigidity are what magnesium metal alloy provides.
- Titanium. The titanium plates offer high-durability and accurate sizes of plate-made components. They are ideal for automobiles and industrial applications.
KDM has the complete set of equipment to use on various plate production operations. Here are some processes we expertly do:
- Casting: involves draining melted metals into cavities that result in cavity shapes when they become solid to form the plates.
- Assembling: includes soldering, welding, brazing- techniques that attach the components permanently or not to create another item.
- Deforming: involves extrusion, metal forming, forging, roll forming, and other plate metalworking procedures.
- Material Removal: This process removes excess workpiece materials to fulfill the required shapes.
- Heat Treatments: It modifies ductility, formability, hardness, etc.
- Finishing: includes peening, polishing, and plating surface treatments. It helps achieve the desired texture, resistance, and finishes.
OEM & ODM KDM Metal Plates Industrial Applications
Metal plates are lightweight materials used in the automotive industry. They provide the needed strength and protection from extreme impact accidents. Various car components are also made from metal plates. KDM has a complete set of machines to customize your needs.
Steel plates are very in-made for the construction industry, including bridges, warehouses, and buildings. They are also ideal for commercial construction, like sports arenas and airports. Plates are recommended because of their rigidity and resistance.
Many household appliances, like refrigerators, organizers, and dishwashers are made from steel plates. It is useful because steel plates resist rust, maintain the temperature, and last for extended years. KDM skillfully customizes various appliances as per requests.
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Plate Fabrication –The Complete Guide
Knowing the different types of metal fabrication is essential. It helps you understand the options you have when you need custom metal parts, products, and fittings.
This guide covers plate fabrication, one of the most popular metal manufacturing processes.
Plate fabrication, also known as sheet metal fabrication, refers to forming metal into various shapes, forms, and sizes.
It’s fast, flexible, affordable, and high quality for production and prototyping in industrial and commercial applications.
Metal fabrication was introduced years ago.
Various types of metals were once made using simple hand tools. But with advances in science and technology, innovative technologies and systems have evolved to complete sheet metal fabrication processes.
More high-quality and improved tools are now also available.
With the help of these innovative tools and techniques, various parts and products are made through plate making.
Each of these products or items has different characteristics. Therefore, it is imperative first to know your industrial or commercial needs. Then, you can select a suitable manufacturing process that will provide you with the best results for the respective project.
Several steps are involved in the plate fabrication process: design and drawing, actual fabrication, and finishing.
Understand that many different processes for plate fabrication (as shown in the image below) can be used per project. It depends on the raw materials and the complexity of the end product. Although in some cases, more than one process may be applied to a part while it is fabricated.
Metal fabrication process
Each operation performs a specific task. The material also undergoes certain changes at each stage, including chemical and physical changes.
The finished product will vary depending on the raw materials and the forming process.
Remember that each operation is carried out according to a blueprint made by experienced designers and engineers. The blueprint provides guidelines on fabricating the metal and is designed according to the customer’s requirements and specifications.
Plate fabrication part design and drawing
Furthermore, as mentioned above, advanced equipment is used in today’s fabrication processes.
A good example is the CNC machine.
CNC allows fabricators to enter the dimensions of a part into a computer that controls the stops and tooling on the equipment being used.
These machines reduce scrap; eliminate errors, and make production faster and more efficient. Many modern CNC machines are designed so that one machine can perform multiple operations, i.e., shearing, punching, burning, and welding.
There are three categories of sheet metal fabrication: cutting, forming, and assembling.
Below is a summary of these techniques.
Cutting a metal plate can be done with or without a shearing action.
Cutting with shearing action
Sheet metal shearing
Shearing is most commonly used for cutting sheet metal for non-industrial components and finished products.
This process uses a shearing machine to cut or remove metal during plate fabrication.
There are three basic processes involved in the shearing process.
- Basic cutting: this operation uses a single blade to cut the metal into smaller sections.
- Shearing: it involves cutting large metal parts into smaller ones. The basic process of shearing works like scissors. But unlike scissoring, only one blade in a shear cutter moves while the other remains stationary.
- Blanking: sheet metal blanking uses a die and a punch to perforate the plate and cut out specific shapes from the plate metal. Punched-out designs can be used as parts in production or as scraps.
Cutting without shearing action
Non-shear cutting is primarily used for large industrial applications, especially those that require a high level of precision and accuracy.
In this case, various methods are employed to fabricate plate metal, including:
- Waterjet cutting: water jets are used for this process.
These generate no heat while cutting but instead use high-pressure water from 20,000 to 60,000 psi to cut through the plates.
Waterjet cutting sheet metal
Waterjet cutting is mainly used to produce relatively low melting point metals. Since no heat is used, the metal is less likely to deform during processing.
- Laser beam cutting: This technique uses high-power laser beams to cut or engrave a metal plate.
The laser cutting process provides cleaner cuts compared to shear cutting and can be used to cut thin and thick materials quickly and efficiently.
- Plasma cutting: Like laser cutting, plasma cutting is also suitable for complex or precise cuts.
Instead of lasers, however, this process uses accelerated jets of plasma (hot gases) to cut through metal plates.
CNC plasma cutting
Plasma cutting is an excellent alternative to laser cutting, especially when the substrate is electrically conductive.
Also, plate fabricators with laser cutting capabilities typically have faster turnaround times.
- Machining: Automated cutting tools, i.e., drills and rotary blades, are used to cut metal parts during fabrication. Machining processes often extend to other processes such as spinning and milling.
Once the sheet metal is cut, it can be easily shaped/formed/configured into the desired part or product before assembly and finishing.
As with cutting, various forming techniques are also used in plate fabrication.
Bent sheet metal parts
Sheet metal bending is a flexible process that allows various shapes to be formed using hammer blows and press brakes.
In addition, bending requires complex mathematical formulas to find the current bending tolerance to compress and stretch the material.
Modern manufacturing uses CAD programs to calculate bend allowance.
This is a bending technique used primarily for long, thin sheet metal. The process uses roll stands to form the material into flat pieces later formed into coils.
Lathes rotate the material into a custom part or end product in this plate fabrication process. This is commonly used to create round shapes such as cones and cylinders.
The sheet metal deep drawing process stretches the metal into the desired outline. Deep drawing is mainly used in manufacturing kitchen sinks and fuel tanks.
Sheet metal stamped parts
Sheet metal stamping uses dies and bending tools to press the metal plate into the desired shape. The technique is primarily used to form complex shapes and has multiple sub-categories such as punching, coining, and blanking.
Recall that the process used to manufacture your part or product depends on the design specifications.
This is joining two or more separate components into a finished product based on the design drawing.
There are numerous methods of assembling sheet metal, and the preferred method depends on several factors, including:
- Materials being assembled
- Function of the end product
- Environment in which the part of the product will be installed
- Desired durability of the end product or component
Welding is the most commonly used technique for joining materials in plate fabrication.
Many types of welding techniques are available in the industry today. Therefore, the choice of the welding technique depends heavily on the type and size of the materials used.
Examples of welding techniques widely used today include:
- Arc welding uses an electric current to create a bond between materials.
- Resistance welding uses the material’s electrical resistance to create the heat needed for assembly. Spot, seam, flash, projection, and upset welding are all forms of resistance welding used in plate fabrication.
- Oxy-fuel welding uses gas to generate the heat needed to bond materials. Oxyacetylene is the primary type of gas used in this process, but other types can also be used depending on the material to be welded.
Welding is usually performed by highly qualified personnel. However, in modern manufacturing, especially in industrial components, programmable spot welders are widely used. This innovative welding solution is safer, more efficient, and helps reduce manufacturing costs.
There are other methods besides welding to join materials in plate fabrication.
These include riveting, bolting, adhesives, screwing, threaded fastening, clipping, and brazing.
Sheet metal prototype fabrication
Many tools are used in the plate fabrication process, including:
- CAD design software
- CNC machine
- Prototyping technology
- Cutting tools, i.e., laser cutter, plasma cutter, shear stress machine, punching machinery, lathe blades, bands, miter, chop saws, etc.
- Programmable spot welders
- Powder coating plant
- Electroplating machine
- Manual and/or automatic press brakes
- Robotic folding machine
- Rolling machines
- Hydraulic brakes
- Oxyacetylene torches
- Rivet guns
- Brazing equipment
High-quality aerospace machined parts
Plate fabrication has proven useful in several industries, including but not limited to:
- Electrical & Electronics
Numerous products and items are made for these industries using plate fabrication techniques.
This includes metal roofs, bridges, doors, windows, fences, locks, platforms, stairs, walkways, etc., for the construction industry.
Machine parts and complete elements such as boilers for the processing industry are also manufactured
Plate metal electronic parts
Others are electrical cabinets, tables, sinks, canopies, appliance parts, and metal packaging for the food, healthcare, and electronics industries. Hoods, fenders, and side panels can also be made using plate fabrication techniques.
One of the main advantages of metal plate manufacturing is the wide range of materials and finishes available.
Common Materials In Plate Fabrication
Plate metal components are used for various purposes, as outlined in Section 4 above. The ductile properties of metal plates make them so popular in most industries. Various shapes can be made without breaking or losing the integrity of the metal.
The main types of sheet metal used in plate fabrication are:
Steel sheet metal
Multiple types of steel are available for all types of applications. These include stainless steel sheet metal, carbon steel, and galvanized steel. Steel is well known for its durability and strength, making it the most commonly used metal in the manufacturing industry.
Aluminum sheet metal
Although aluminum is lighter than steel, it has incredible strength and heat resistance, which explains its use in the retail and aerospace industries.
Brass sheet metal
Sheet metal brass and components
Brass is a structural metal with excellent acoustic properties. It is lightweight but with excellent tensile strength and corrosion resistance.
Copper sheet metal
This metal is known for its ductility, malleability, electrical conductivity, and corrosion resistance. These account for the wide use of copper sheet metal fabrication for conductors, electrical parts, ornaments, and jewelry.
Magnesium sheet metal
This metal is the primary material used in the transportation industry and auto parts. It is light but very resistant.
Different alloys, which may or may not contain iron, can also be used in plate fabrication processes.
How to choose the suitable material for metal plate fabrication
As I said earlier, ductility is a critical aspect of any material used in plate fabrication.
Fabricators must be able to manipulate metal without losing its physical properties.
Also, you know that metal plates are made by bending, welding, rolling, stretching, cutting, or trimming. Therefore, additional considerations must be made when selecting the appropriate plate fabrication materials.
- Corrosion resistance
- Availability of the material
With this in mind, you need to choose a material that is durable, effective, and best suits your needs.
Sheet Metal Finishing Options
There are numerous finishing options within the different types of metals used in plate fabrication.
So while choosing the suitable material is crucial, adding the right finish can make all the difference in looks and performance.
Here are some of the typical sheet metal surface treatments that are available:
Metal plated sheet metal picture frame
The plating process uses chemical baths to coat the base metal or modify its surface with a thin layer of another metal. Metals commonly used in plating processes include zinc, chromium, nickel, and cadmium.
The coating is known to improve:
- Corrosion resistance
- Surface paintability
- Visual appearance
- Surface friction
On galvanized metals, the zinc coating acts as a sacrificial anode. It protects the underlying surface from rust and corrosion.
This abrasive finishing technique is used to produce a smooth, shiny finish on metals. The technique uses a sanding belt or wire brush to achieve this effect.
Manufacturers use brushing primarily for aesthetic reasons. It can be used to remove flaws in a substrate and restore old, destroyed, or neglected metals.
Also, brushing helps remove slag created by a fabrication process. Metals are also brushed to remove scale and surface grit before cleaning.
Buffing is less aggressive than brushing.
It uses a cloth wheel machine to polish metal surfaces.
Fabricators use this technique to reduce roughness on the surface of substrates after processing. This is commonly applied to stainless steel, aluminum, and copper.
In addition, polishing can be used to smooth substrate surfaces in preparation for plating applications such as gold, silver, and chrome plating.
Powder coating is the melting of dry plastic powder onto the surface of a metal.
It is used when a textured or glossy finish is required.
Unlike the three finish options above, powder coating isn’t the best if you need to improve corrosion resistance or durability. Nonetheless, the coat offers a better appearance and protection against weather conditions and heavy use.
Bead blasting is a prevalent finishing technique when looking for a matte finish on your products.
In this process, metal surfaces are hit with fine bits of abrasive materials, mainly sand or glass beads.
The process gives the surfaces a matt appearance and makes them more resistant to corrosion.
Custom bead blasting sheet metal part
In addition, blasting techniques are also commonly used to clean impurities off machined surfaces. Also, bead blasting is often the process that precedes the painting stages of manufacturing.
Other available finishes are heat blackening, heat treating, and vibratory finishing.
Plate fabrication and the manufacture of custom parts and products do not come cheap.
However, working with a professional plate fabrication company can be helpful.
A reputable company like KDM fabricator offers high-quality, comprehensive services. From design and engineering to fabrication and installation, at competitive prices.