J&E was contracted to manufacture this steel enclosure for the medical industry. Fabricated from cold rolled steel, the enclosure dimensions as defined by the customer CAD drawings were 26” in length, 18” in width and 24” depth with an estimated weight of 75lbs. There was also a requirement to comply with customer specific and ISO standards.
The initial fabrication of multiple parts was carried out using a combination of laser and saw cut steel that was formed with a brake press and hydraulic press while maintaining a tolerance of ±0.005”. MIG/TIG and spot welding processes were then used to connect all the various pieces together and to provide the necessary structural integrity with corners ground to a cosmetic smooth finish. Machined parts were also attached to the unit at this point. The fabricated unit was then zinc plated in the internal areas and finally powder coated on the external surfaces to provide a tough, durable finish.
The unit was inspected both dimensionally and visually to ensure that it met all customer requirements. A Kanban system was (and still is) used to control the logistical chain from the supplier to the customer to successfully deliver units over a 4-6 week period on a Just In Time basis to the customer in Minneapolis, MN.
This project displays the overall capabilities of J&E combining metal fabrication, the manufacture of machined items, welding expertise, grinding and refinishing of welded corners, complicated masking applications, zinc plating, powder coating, custom packaging, and delivery to complete the unit. To learn more about this product, or the processes used to manufacture it, see the table below or contact J&E directly.
Cold Rolled Steel Medical Enclosure Highlights
|Product Name||Medical Enclosure|
|Capabilities Applied/Processes||Primary: Fabrication Laser Cutting Press Brake Forming Saw Cutting Welding Assembly Secondary: Plating Powder Coating|
|Equipment Used to Manufacture Part||Laser, Turret, Press Brake, MIG/TIG Welders, Haeger Hydraulic Press, Timesaver, Saw, Spot Welder|
|Overall Part Dimensions||Length: 26″ Width: 18″ Depth: 24″ Estimated Weight: 75lbs.|
|Tightest Tolerances||± 0.005″|
|Material Used||Cold Rolled Steel|
|Material Finish||Cold Rolled Steel|
|In process testing/inspection performed||Zinc Plated & Powder Coated|
|Industry for Use||Medical|
|Delivery/Turnaround Time||4-6 Weeks|
|Standards Met||Customer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing ISO Standards|