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.
- Industrial Perforated Metals
- Spiral Chutes | Gravity Chutes
- Industrial Machine Frames
- OEM Parts – Custom Fabrication
- Industrial Screw Conveyors
Trumpf TruPunch 3000
This machine is the workhorse we use to do our perforating. It can hit up to 1000 hits per minute and has an integrated tool magazine, electric head, and is extremely accurate. It can punch on sheet down to 22 gauge, sometimes even 24 gauge. (Not all punches can do that.) Additionally, we will 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 includes press brakes, a laser, a shear, machining center and a small 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.