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MFP’s Commitment to Quality Control Ensures Top-Notch Machining Services

At Metal Fabrication Professionals, quality isn’t just a one-off step toward the end of our process — it’s a guiding principle woven into every facet of our operations. From the moment raw materials arrive to the final inspection, our rigorous quality control processes ensure that each part meets the highest standards.

Let’s delve into the critical aspects of our quality control framework and understand why they matter to the MFP team and OEMs that partner with us

Material Inspection

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When materials arrive at our facility, the MFP team gets to work, meticulously scrutinizing every sheet. We check for imperfections such as scratches, rust, or gouges that could compromise the integrity of the final product. Our highly skilled personnel conduct visual inspections, paying attention to easily overlooked details such as mill stamps and surfaces vulnerable to damage caused by material handling. 

We go the extra mile to ensure protective coatings, such as onion paper and vinyl-coated components, remain intact. Additionally, our team utilizes a “white glove treatment” for high-polish jobs requiring special handling.

The Metal Fabrication Professionals team sets high standards from the outset so we can mitigate the risk of defects and ensure all materials are prepped for production.

Dimensional Accuracy

Dimensional checks guarantee precision in our output. Whether it’s basic measurements using tape measures or intricate tolerances requiring calipers and micrometers, we leave no room for error. Our operators are equipped to detect deviations from programmed specifications, promptly addressing anomalies to maintain integrity throughout our machining services. This proactive approach enhances efficiency and minimizes rework.

Visual Inspection from Operators

Our operators are on the frontline throughout production, ensuring quality during machining and fabrication. Conducting visual checks at each stage, they scrutinize the integrity of parts, flagging any deviations from standards and specifications.

Quality Control by Welders

Like our operators, MFP’s welders inspect parts during the process. However, this group adheres to extra stringent protocols that include meticulous documentation of their work and ensuring welds meet precise specifications. Documentation of our welding services tracks the following:

  • Who handled welding
  • What time the welder completed their work
  • What time inspection occurred 
  • The weld size and width
  • The part’s dimensional requirements and its adherence to the specified tolerance
  • The presence of porosities, undercutting, or cold-lapping

This hands-on approach fosters a culture of excellence where every team member is invested in delivering superior results.

Final Quality Control

Before any product leaves our facilities, our dedicated QC department undergoes a comprehensive final inspection. Every aspect, from surface finish to welding integrity, is scrutinized against stringent criteria. If the piece meets all requirements, it will be prepared for shipping. If our QC team identifies any discrepancies, the part is reworked or rejected. If the latter occurs, the process starts over again, beginning with material selection and inspection.

Exceeding Customer Expectations through High-Quality Machining Services

At Metal Fabrication Professionals, quality assurance isn’t just about meeting customer expectations – it’s about surpassing them. Our personalized approach to quality control ensures that every part we produce is defect-free and crafted with precision. By investing in rigorous processes and fostering a culture of excellence, we deliver value that goes far beyond compliance. Our customers can trust that when they request a quote from MFP, they’re not just getting what they asked for – they’re getting a superior product backed by a commitment to quality.

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MFP’s Personalized Approach to Precision Metal Fabrication

Here’s a common choice that many OEMs have to make:

  • Do they want to work with a larger-scale metal fabrication shop with the diverse services they need?
  • Or do they want to partner with a small shop that has fewer capabilities but offers invaluable one-on-one personalization?

Customers don’t have to make this choice when opting to work with Metal Fabrication Professionals. We offer the advanced equipment and capabilities of a large precision machine shop. However, we also give customers a personalized experience that is rare for our size.

Let’s explore how MFP provides a personalized experience for customers from start to finish.

Direct Line of Communication

One of the cornerstones of our personalized approach is our commitment to maintaining a direct line of communication with each of our customers. When you call MFP, you won’t be greeted by a robotic voice running you through an automated menu or passed around to various departments. We understand the frustration of trying to convey your needs to a different person whenever you contact a contract manufacturer. Or, even more irritating, being left on hold for an indefinite amount of time.

At Metal Fabrication Professionals, we eliminate this frustration by ensuring that you have a direct line to a team member who will work closely with your project from inception to delivery.

Single Point of Contact

When you contact us, not only will you reach us directly, but you will be in touch with our single point of contact. Anytime you have a question or concern, you will always speak with the same person: Mike McNeese, our dedicated operations manager. From RFQ to final delivery, Mike is there every step of the way, ensuring that production progresses smoothly.

By consolidating communication and decision-making into one dedicated individual, we streamline the process and minimize the risk of miscommunication or confusion. With Mike overseeing production and actively involved in every aspect of your project, you can trust that your needs are prioritized and addressed with great care and attention to detail. 

Willingness to Work with Customers to Find Solutions

Every project is unique. That’s why we’re committed to working closely with our customers to find solutions that meet their needs. Whether adjusting to budget constraints, accommodating tight deadlines, or adapting to evolving project requirements, we’re willing to go the extra mile to ensure satisfaction.

Unlike some fabrication shops that take a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach, we are not set in stone in what we’re providing. We’re not here to dictate terms to you; we’re here to work with you as a partner, leveraging our expertise and resources to deliver results that suit customers’ unique goals and requirements.

Contact Personnel Overseeing Production

In addition to providing direct communication and personalized service, Mike, our skilled operations manager, also plays a crucial role in overseeing production. Throughout the day, he can be found on the shop floor, closely monitoring each facet of the precision metal fabrication process. While he is not the one physically fabricating the parts, Mike’s presence on the floor allows him to oversee tasks visually, stay on top of processes, and address any concerns promptly.

In addition, Mike actively supports our QC team to verify quality. A part’s drawing doesn’t always tell a complete story, but Mike’s rapport with the customer provides context and clarification that yields the most precise and accurate results.

Our Red Wrap Guarantee

Something unique to Metal Fabrication Professionals is our Red Wrap Guarantee, our accountability initiative that focuses on producing high-quality parts with great efficiency. 

The MFP team offers individualized attention to each customer to produce parts that meet their exact specifications. When customers receive shipments with our signature red skid, they trust the attention to detail and quality control that went into producing their components.

Large Shop Benefits with Small Shop Personalization at Metal Fabrication Professionals

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Our ability to combine the resources and capabilities of a large manufacturer with the personalized service and attention to detail of a smaller shop sets MFP apart. While we have access to state-of-the-art equipment, a highly skilled workforce, and ample on-hand material inventory, we also understand the value of forging strong relationships with our customers and providing them with the individualized attention they deserve.

When you partner with Metal Fabrication Professionals, you can reap the benefits of our extensive one-stop manufacturing solutions and a close-knit, personalized correspondence you wouldn’t expect from a shop of our size. You can trust that your needs will be heard, your questions will be answered, and your components will be fabricated and handled with the utmost care.

Request a quote to experience the difference that personalized service and direct communication can make for your next project.

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Decreasing Customer Lead Times with Our On-Hand Steel Inventory 

Our massive 250,000-square-foot facility houses approximately $2 million of steel at all times. Here are some of the most popular types of steel we use at MFP:

Steel inventory

At MFP, we understand how crucial it is for our customers to receive parts as soon as possible. Every day saved makes a significant difference in meeting customer needs and maintaining a steady production schedule. Any kind of delay has negative repercussions on the final delivery date.

To ensure we are always ready to go when a customer requests a quote, the Metal Fabrication Professionals team has access to a substantial on-hand steel supply. With varieties ranging from common to rare, MFP is equipped to handle precision metal fabrication services with speed and responsiveness.

We’ll walk you through our considerable steel inventory and how it can support your precision sheet metal fabrication services. 

MFP’s On-Hand Steel Inventory

  • Mild steel: From 16 gauge to 3-3.5” 
  • 304 stainless steel: 16 gauge to ¾”
  • 316 stainless steel: 16 gauge to ¾”
  • A variety of others – contact us to learn the types and sizes 

The Benefits of Our Steel Inventory

Having a steel supply readily available at all times in our sheet metal shop offers us the ability to benefit our customers in the following ways:

  • Significant time savings
  • Reliability and protection against supply chain disruptions

Time Savings

When a metal fabrication shop has to order steel, the fastest they can get it is the following day but lead times on steel are typically two to three days. And when it’s not your run-of-the-mill size, it could take much longer than that. That means one day (if you’re lucky) to a week added to your lead times.

This is not the case for Metal Fabrication Professionals. Our vast supply of steel grants us the flexibility to get started on an order as soon as we receive it. The sooner we can begin processing, the shorter your lead times will be on all fabrication and machining services.

Consistent Access to Steel

With many types and sizes of steel in-house, MFP is not vulnerable to supply chain disruptions in the sheet metal industry. We bulk buy our steel ahead of time so our customers don’t have to wait.

At a time when steel was difficult to come by, we had over 300 sheets on hand in our sheet metal shop to support customers’ requests. Lead times for seven-gauge material were as high as 10 to 14 days at one point. But thanks to our supply, our service wasn’t impacted and we were able to get parts out to customers without delay.

MFP Delivers Successful Outcomes by Working Proactively and Strategically

When our customers order from MFP, they can count on…

  • Our Red Wrap Guarantee, MFP’s policy that ensures high-quality parts are delivered with care.
  • A partnership with a one-stop shop that will gladly facilitate production from request to shipping and everything in between.
  • Short lead times as a result of our substantial stock of material.

The Metal Fabrication Professionals team is eager to offer solutions to customers to help them shorten their lead times. Our access to a large steel inventory is a major way we can offer time savings.

Request a quote to streamline production with a proactive sheet metal shop.

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Streamline High-Volume Production with MFP’s Robotic Welding Services 

To meet our customers’ demand for high-volume production as well as their accuracy and quality standards, Metal Fabrication Professionals made a strategic investment in state-of-the-art robotic welding equipment. This upgrade to our welding services enables our customers in the mass production of identical components.

If you’d like to find out more details about our robotic welding equipment, feel free to contact us. In the meantime, let’s explore MFP’s top-notch welding capabilities.

Robotic Welding vs. Manual Welding

Metal Fabrication Professionals offers both manual and robotic welding, and each has its own ideal uses. Manual welding, performed by our highly skilled team, provides exceptional quality in low- and medium-volume production. Though manual processes are invaluable, robotic welding offers unique benefits that expand and diversify our welding capabilities.

Greater Speed

One of the primary advantages of robotic welding is speed. While initial setup takes longer for robotic welding, as the machinist must program the machine, the equipment can run nonstop once set up. The output rate for robotic welding far exceeds what a human operator can achieve through manual processes, as machines do not require breaks or shift changes. This makes robotic welding ideal for high-volume production jobs that call for speed and efficiency.

Consistency and Repeatability

Another significant value-add of robotic welding is its ability to maintain consistent weld parameters across a large volume of parts. Once the robotic system is programmed, it can produce the same weld repeatedly. Repeatability is crucial for demanding industries that require consistency in component dimensions and weld quality.

Additionally, removing manual human operations eliminates variability, ensuring that each weld is executed with identical precision and accuracy.

Higher Quality

The precision achieved through programmed robotic movements results in superior welds. This caliber of quality is often challenging to achieve consistently with manual welding, where the potential for human error is inevitable.

As our welders program the machines, they carefully provide weld parameters that yield fewer imperfections such as porosity or incomplete fusion. The result is highly precise, defect-free components that meet tolerance requirements and industry standards.

Robotic Welding at Metal Fabrication Professionals

MFP’s investment in state-of-the-art robotic welding technology allows us to exceed our customers’ expectations regarding lead time and quality.

High-Volume Production

Because robotic welders run efficiently following the initial setup, they’re ideal for producing high volumes of parts in the thousands.

Material Diversity

We handle a variety of materials in our metal fabrication services, and our welding services are no different. While we primarily handle stainless steel in our robotic welding work, we can also handle carbon steel and aluminum. MFP’s material versatility helps us weld components for a variety of industries and applications. 

Large-Sized Components

MFP can weld parts of all sizes, but our robotic welder enables us to manage sizable components. When our massive welding robot is in action, it’s truly a sight to see.

Metal Fabrication Professionals’ strategic investment in robotic welding demonstrates our commitment to delivering excellent outcomes in precision metal fabrication. The benefits of speed, consistency, repeatability and quality associated with our automated welding capabilities leverage us as a forward-thinking partner in high-volume manufacturing.

Request a quote from MFP to experience the quality results and repeatability of automated welding solutions.

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Our 24-Foot Metal Forming Services Offer Accuracy, Precision and Timeliness

At Metal Fabrication Professionals, we aim to achieve optimal efficiency with each of our precision sheet metal fabrication services. We’ve invested in equipment and technology to operate as a high-functioning one-stop sheet metal shop.

This pertains to our fabrication of large-scale components. Our 20-foot laser, which we explained in detail in a previous blog, offers us the capability to cut large parts with the tight precision a plasma cutter can’t achieve. The laser, an innovative addition to our sheet metal cutting capabilities, nicely complements one of our most state-of-the-art metal forming machines, our 24-foot press brake.

MFP’s 24-foot press brake and 20-foot laser are a testament to our ongoing investment in the latest, most sought-after capabilities. Moreover, this equipment serves the larger purpose of producing the best possible outcomes for our customers.

24-Foot Metal Forming Services

24-foot metal forming services

Our Accurpress press brake can bend material up to 24 feet long with exceptional precision. With 500 tons of power on this sophisticated equipment, our machinists can form ¼-inch materials while adhering to our stringent quality standards.

We’re not the only precision machine shop in our region with a press brake of this size, but the combined power of the 24-foot press brake and the 20-foot laser cutter in-house makes us stand out among our peers. We add value to our customers’ large-sized components in the following ways:

Dropping Weld Seams

When shops without this sizable equipment need to laser cut and form large parts, they must work with smaller sheets and weld them together to produce the desired length. This works fine, but it certainly isn’t the most effective way to produce high-quality components from large sheets.

By dropping weld seams, we can produce formed components much more quickly. Additionally, reducing the welding process from a job decreases overall labor costs. Additionally, manual welding processes require separate, time-consuming quality inspection procedures.

In short, because this large press brake simplifies our processes, it yields faster lead times and lower costs for our customers. It’s a win-win scenario.

Fewer Equipment Setups

A press brake of this size can bend lengthy sheets in just one setup. Cutting the number of setups produces the following results:

  • Reduced cycle times
  • Less human intervention, and therefore less chance for human error
  • Greater bending accuracy

CNC Capabilities

Our 24-foot Accurpress machine isn’t just impressive because of its size alone. This press brake is CNC operated for repeatability at volume.

Segmented Tooling

A standard feature on Accurpress press brakes, but still one worth mentioning, is its segmented tool feature. This allows us to produce multiple bending shapes and angles on the same sheet.

In-House Capabilities

If you request a quote from a sheet metal shop on a 20-foot laser cut and formed component, there’s a good chance they would need to outsource one of these processes – most likely laser cutting, as most shops don’t have access to lasers of this size.

However, MFP can handle 20-foot laser cutting and forming under one roof. Rather than sending large parts out to get laser cut and/or formed by one of our trusted external vendors, we just have to move the components a few yards from our laser to the press brake.

Combining 24-Foot Forming and 20-Foot Laser Cutting

Our 24-foot press brake and 20-foot laser cutter are the combined force our customers rely on for the most precise components. They work hand in hand, with many pieces moving straight from the laser cutter to the press brake.

We wouldn’t be able to accomplish the same caliber of work on large parts if we only had the 20-foot laser to work with. Without our 24-foot press brake, we would either need to:

  • Laser cut 20-foot flat blanks exclusively
  • Outsource this forming work to an outside vendor
  • Separate the part to fit onto smaller press brakes, then weld them back together – this would then render the 20-foot laser obsolete 

Consider Metal Fabrication Professionals for parts of considerable lengths with optimal accuracy, quality, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Contact us to learn more about our sophisticated cutting and forming capabilities and request a quote to get started.

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How Our 20-Foot Laser Advances Our Sheet Metal Cutting Operations

Every project we work through in our shop demands exacting specifications and top-notch precision. This is especially true in fabricating large-scale parts, where the smallest inaccuracy can have significant repercussions.

Metal Fabrication Professionals has the in-house capabilities to handle large sheet metal with quality and precision. To handle large components with the greatest efficiency, we purchased game-changing laser cutting technology to level up our operations. 

To cement our position as experts in large sheet metal cutting, MFP invested in a 20-foot Bystronic laser cutter to complement our 20-foot press brake. Let’s delve into the significant benefits this advanced machinery offers our customers.

The Value of 20-Foot Laser Cutting

Laser cutters that can cut sheets up to 20 feet long are not common in the industry. Shops that don’t have 20-foot lasers can still cut large pieces, but their process isn’t exactly ideal. They would likely need to laser cut smaller sheets and weld them together to reach their desired length.

At Metal Fabrication Professionals, we decided to invest in our 20-foot laser cutter because we saw the value of cutting large sheets in a single process. Here are some of the major benefits our customers can experience when we drop these weld seams:

Cost Savings

By laser cutting these large pieces in one process, we’re effectively removing the need for labor-intensive welding or multiple setups. Anytime we can remove an operation, it substantially lowers our labor costs and we pass these cost savings to our customers.

Shorter Lead Times

Welding can be manual and time-consuming. By removing the welding process we eliminate an operation queue, a manual operation and additional weld quality checks. Your large sheet metal products can flow directly from our laser to our press brake, saving precious time. This translates to shorter lead times that allow our customers to meet tighter project deadlines more effectively.

Higher Quality

Welding sheets together introduces unnecessary heat stress into the product and can lead to unintentional warping. To avoid this, welders must straighten the welded sheets; however, this is also far from ideal, as this process introduces additional cold work stress into the material. When welding two laser-cut sheets together, retaining the positional relationship between the features on each segment can be difficult with a weld in between.

Cutting large flat patterns in one setup (therefore removing any welding processes) gives us more control over the dimensional accuracy of your large sheet metal parts.

20-Foot Laser Cutting vs. Other 20-Foot Sheet Metal Cutting Methods

When cutting large sheets, why would a customer benefit from our 20-foot laser over our 20-foot plasma?

Laser vs. Plasma Cutting

While a typical plasma table can cut 20-foot parts, the cut quality doesn’t compare to that of a laser cutter. Plasma cutting will oftentimes leave slag behind on the surface edges that need to be cleaned up with grinders, chipping hammers and other abrasive tools. Additionally, laser cutters can achieve much smaller holes than plasma cutters, a crucial feature that makes laser cutting the preferred choice for high-quality, precision parts.

20-Foot Sheet Metal Forming

Many projects seamlessly transition from the 20-foot laser to our 20-foot press brake. This machine offers excellent precision and repeatability, thanks to its CNC-driven capabilities.

Our 20-foot press brake has segmented tooling, a game-changer that allows us to perform different bending steps in a single piece flow, reducing the need to batch parts between setups and streamlining the overall bending process.

Metal Fabrication Professionals, Your One-Stop Shop for 20-Foot Laser Cutting and Forming

Having both a 20-foot laser cutter and a 20-foot press brake in our shop further demonstrates our one-stop shop operations. We have the capability to cut and form large pieces with the utmost efficiency, without needing to send parts out or add extra processes that could drive up production time.

Do you have large-scale parts that need to be cut and/or formed? Request a quote today to find out how our 20-foot laser cutter and 20-foot press brake can produce the quality results you need with the efficient lead times you hope for.

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The Benefits of Working with a One-Stop Metal Fabrication Shop

Most of the OEMs we work with have similar priorities when selecting a sheet metal supplier: efficiency, quality, and convenience. While many shops can offer quick-turn solutions and high-quality products, they may not be able to offer optimal convenience when they need to send parts out for services they cannot handle in-house.

Working with a one-stop shop eliminates the need for your parts to travel between multiple vendors. This reduces the hassle associated with navigating timelines and coordinating expectations with multiple vendors.

MFP, Your Go-To Provider for Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication

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At Metal Fabrication Professionals, we take great pride in our extensive capabilities. Nestled within our sprawling 250,000-square-foot facility is a range of cutting-edge equipment that positions us as a one-stop shop for all your fabrication and machining needs.

Choosing a one-stop shop like MFP as your fabrication and machining partner can streamline your operations and improve your bottom line. When you’re ready to leverage MFP’s limitless capabilities, be sure to request a quote using our secure online RFQ form.

In the meantime, let’s walk through the benefits of working with a one-stop fabrication shop.

6 Benefits of Working with a One-Stop Sheet Metal Shop

Eliminates Outside Processing

When you decide to work with a one-stop shop, you’re choosing a partner that can handle every step of your project in-house. Keeping parts under one roof through all machining and fabrication processes, from laser cutting to welding and everything in between, minimizes complications and streamlines production.

Shorter Lead Times

With all processes under one roof, you can say goodbye to delays caused by shipping parts to external vendors. At Metal Fabrication Professionals, sending parts for secondary operations means we’re walking parts from one section of the shop to another; this takes just minutes, in contrast with the multiple days of travel time that come with sending parts to outside vendors.

Increased Cost Savings

Some OEMs think they can save money by using third-party vendors that offer the lowest possible costs. While their quotes might appear lower, there’s a chance they could be overlooking a significant expense: shipping costs.

By keeping everything in one place, OEMs can significantly cut out trucking and transportation expenses. These cut costs can help OEMs price themselves more competitively to their end users.

Reduced Risk

Shipping parts to external vendors introduces several risks, including the possibility for parts to become damaged in transit. This risk decreases significantly based on the fewer stops these parts need to make.

At MFP, we’ve made an effort to eliminate the risk of damage during travel by packaging our parts meticulously. Metal Fabrication Professionals offers our Red Wrap Guarantee, our assurance that our parts will be exceptional in quality and will arrive in pristine condition.

Single Point of Contact

With MFP, you have a single point of contact for all your fabrication and machining needs. There’s no need to coordinate between multiple vendors or micromanage when and where to send parts. We handle the project management side of things so you don’t have to.

Dealing with one shop – instead of two, three or more – simplifies communication. When you need to make any necessary changes to your part, you only need to contact one shop because we handle each stage of production. In addition to ease of communication, this direct delivery of feedback and instructions reduces the chance of miscommunication that could further delay production.

Quality Assurance

When multiple shops and multiple quality teams are overseeing a project, quality control becomes more of a balancing act than a seamless process. With only one shop involved, there’s a much lower chance that any specifications or requirements could fall through the cracks.

One-Stop Precision Metal Fabrication Services at MFP

At MFP, our large, state-of-the-art facility and top-of-the-line equipment make us well-aligned to handle a wide range of capabilities. From design and engineering support to metal blasting and painting, we offer a one-stop solution that can simplify your processes.

Contact us to discuss your next project, and discover how Metal Fabrication Professionals can provide your one-stop solutions.

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