Industrial Perforated Metals
Filtration, whether it be of air, water, or another liquid, is the primary reason perforated metals is used in industrial equipment. Astro’s proficiency in metal fabrication, combined with competency in perforating metal, means our customers can get their metal fabrication projects completed in one location. Having perforating abilities in-house gives us more control over both the lead time and the quality of the custom industrial equipment we fabricate. For these reasons, we have become the go-to fab shop for many when it comes to industrial equipment containing custom perforated metal.
We work primarily with original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) and engineering firms. When requested, we can help our customers in design revisions for manufacturability and cost savings on certain projects. It’s the combination of experienced staff, Solidworks proficiency, and machine capabilities that we can provide this value.
Trumpf TruPunch 3000 and 5000
We have two amazing punching machines we use to do our perforating. The new 5000 just arrived (9/17/2018) and it’s considered the “top-of-the-line” machine for perforating metal because of speed and reliability. With two amazing punching machines now, this increases our ability to meet even tighter production schedules. Our perforating capabilities – combined with complete metal fabrication competency – means you can count on us for your full metal fabrication needs.
At Astro, we have the ability to order special cluster punches as it make sense per order. Our experience and skill in using and sharpening cluster punches for clean cutouts with minimal burr provides benefit to our customers.
Integrating perforating with other metal fabrication operations
Perforating the metal is often just one step in the process of completing the piece of industrial equipment. For example, some parts need a blank to be cut on the laser, prior to perforating. After perforating, this part may then go to forming, then welding to be combined into a complete piece of equipment. The process is different for each order we receive for industrial equipment. Astro has 30,000 square feet of space filled with metal fabrication equipment. This also includes press brakes, a laser, a shear, a machining center and machining department, a lot of welders, a CNC auto mitering saw, and metal finishing equipment. Our fabricators and welders are highly trained and experienced to get the job done right the first time.