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What is punching?

Punching is the process of forming metal components using a punch. The punch is usually the upper member of the complete die assembly and is mounted on the slide or in a die set for alignment (except in the inverted die).


What is notching?

Notching is a metalworking operation in which the punch removes material from the edge or corner of a strip or blank or part.


What is press braking?

Press braking is a metal forming process that uses an open-frame single-action press used to bend, blank, corrugate, curl, notch, perforate, pierce, or punch sheet metal or plate. This is an extremely common metal fabricating process.


What is embossing?

Embossing is a metal forming process for producing raised or sunken designs or relief in sheet material by means of male and female dies, theoretically with no change in metal thickness or by passing sheet or a strip of metal between rolls of the desired pattern.


What patterns of embossing does Advantage Fabricated Metals offer?

We offer stucco, weather grain, rough sawn cedar, and custom patterns, like striated.


How wide can Advantage Fabricated Metals emboss?

We can emboss material up to 66" and that is the widest in the US.


What is stucco embossing?

Stucco embossing applies a pebble-like finish etched into the formed metal. This process helps to reduce the amount of light reflecting off the metal, adds strength to the material, and makes the product more esthetically pleasing.


What is shearing?

Shearing is a cutting force applied perpendicular to material causing the material to yield and break. Shearing is a process for cutting sheet metal to size out of a larger stock such as roll stock. Shears are used as the preliminary step in preparing stock for stamping processes, or smaller blanks for CNC presses.


What does cut to length mean?

Cut to length typically refers to a cut off shear that is placed in production lines which shears the part to a specific predetermined length.


What is blanking?

Blanking is the operation of punching, cutting, or shearing a piece out of stock to a predetermined shape by die cutting the outside shape of a part. Blanking is cutting up a large sheet of stock into smaller pieces suitable for the next operation in stamping, such as drawing and forming. Often this is combined with piercing.


What kind of welding services do you offer?

Advantage Fabricated Metals offers MIG, TIG, and oxy acetylene welding services.


What is MIG welding and what is it used for?

MIG stands for Metal Inert Gas Welding. This is often referred to as wire-feed welding. MIG welding is a commonly used high deposition rate welding process. During the welding process, wire is continuously fed from a spool. MIG welding is sometimes referred to as a semi-automatic welding process.


What is TIG welding and how is it used?

TIG is short for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). In the TIG welding process, an arc is formed between a non-consumable tungsten electrode and the metal being welded. Gas is fed through the torch to shield the electrode and molten weld pool. TIG is most commonly used in high quality, high precision, welding applications.


What is curving?

Curving is the process of adding a constant radius to a flat piece of metal material.


For more information about Advantage Fabricated Metals and the metal forming, metal fabricating , and welding services we provide, please fill out our contact form or call us at 1-815-323-1310.

Advantage Fabricated Metals
a division of Corrugated Metals, Inc.
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3575 Morreim Drive • Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Phone: 1-815-323-1310 • Fax: 1-815-323-1317

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