Hydroforming vs. Metal Stamping

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Benefits of Hydroforming vs. Metal Stamping

Hydroforming is a specialized type of die forming that uses high-pressure fluids to form ductile metals such as stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, or aluminum into a particular shape. The process involves first placing a sheet of metal over a predesigned molding tool. The tool can be a mechanically driven mandrel or a solid female die.

cnc-machining01-largeA hydraulic fluid (either oil or water) is then pumped into a chamber behind a flexible, high-strength rubber diaphragm at high pressures. The pressure of the liquid on the rubber diaphragm either counters the force of the rising mandrel for deep drawing applications, or can force the metal into the female mold to produce relatively flat convex and concave shapes.

Hydroforming is capable of producing intricate shapes that would be otherwise impossible or unfeasible with progressive die stamping. This technique can also produce metal components with a high strength-to-weight ratio, at a faster rate, and at a lower per-unit cost than conventional metal stamping.

Advantages of Hydroforming

Hydroforming uses a single form surface tooling which can be either male or female. The use of a solitary rigid tool reduces the overall time and costs associated with the design and manufacture of the mold. The force used to shape the steel is derived from water, which is a widely available resource and has negligible cost implications. Additionally, since only a single tooling is required, design changes to the mold can be incorporated within a few days without significant impact to the manufacturing cost or schedule.

As the rubber diaphragm is filled with pressurized liquid, it presses against the metal sheet, causing the compressive forces to distribute evenly and consistently across the surface of the metal, thus improving formability and appearance. The additional distribution of strain across the metal section increases strain hardening and, therefore, produces a product with enhanced strength properties. The increased strength obtained from hydroforming also has the added benefit of significantly reducing spring back, especially in closed sections such as tubes.

During tube hydroforming, the material can be precut to the desired dimensions before being sent to the hydraulic press. As a result, the part is formed with little to no wastage (usually 0-10%). Moreover, the ability to precut and preform the metal into desired shapes means that complex profiles can be made with a high degree of repeatable accuracy, within strict industry tolerances. The reduction in secondary operations such as cutting and welding means less handling, less machinery, and reduced cost. 

Some Challenges of Metal Stamping

Metal stamping, though useful for a broad array of applications, has several disadvantages when compared to hydroforming. Upfront tooling costs can make short production runs expensive, ineffective, and unfeasible overall. The tooling in metal stamping consists of a male (core) half and a female (cavity) half. The time and cost to produce both halves of the tooling can lead to increased manufacturing costs and longer lead times since more time is needed to design and develop the tooling.

Metal stamping also generally requires that the metal sheet overlap the stamping die by a specified amount to allow the die to punch through and form the material. This process can result in material wastage of 20% or more, depending on the application.

Furthermore, design changes are difficult and costly to implement in metal stamping. For changes to take place, an entirely new die may need to be constructed. Redesigning and reconstructing the two parts of the mold can delay production time and, by virtue, increase the manufacturing cost

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Although metal stamping still certainly has its place in the manufacturing industry, hydroforming far surpasses this traditional forming method in numerous areas. If you would like to learn more about hydroforming services from Helander Metal and how they can benefit your application, feel free to contact our technical team.

 

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Helander Set to Attend the 2018 Design-2-Part Trade Show

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Tue, May 08, 2018

The team at Helander is thrilled to announce that we will be attending the 2018 Greater Chicago Design-2-Part trade show from Wednesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 10 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

My Post (6)Held regularly for over 40 years, the Design-2-Part Show is the largest trade show for design and contract manufacturers in the United States, bringing together leading engineers and product manufacturers as they search for the best suppliers of custom components and contract manufacturing services.

Attendees will be able to seek out high-quality suppliers while exploring the newest technologies and innovations for solving common manufacturing challenges. Anyone looking to reduce manufacturing costs, find better-quality products, and ensure faster delivery times can expect to meet face-to-face with many potential partners, including those who offer full-service design, prototyping, and custom manufacturing capabilities.

Helander’s Exhibition

Helander is proud to be exhibiting at the Greater Chicago Design-2-Part Show, where we’ll be highlighting our expertise in precision metal components such as metal hemispheres and metal cones, airflow nozzles, pressure vessel shells, tank heads, and magnetic and rotary pumps. Select parts and components will be on hand for attendees to view.

Our team will also showcase our wide-ranging custom manufacturing services, including metal spinning, sheet hydroforming, CNC machining, tooling design, and welding. Attendees will be able to explore options for their specific applications, and our expert team will be hand to answer any questions.

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Allowing job shops and manufacturers to connect directly with OEM engineers, managers, and buyers, this year’s Design-2-Part Show will offer many valuable networking opportunities — plus the chance to view the latest, most cutting-edge innovations.

Ready to learn more about the upcoming 2018 trade show, or looking to discuss Helander’s custom precision metal manufacturing services? Reach out to the team directly.

Looking to join us at this year’s event? Register for free today!

 

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3 Automated Technologies that are Changing Metal Forming

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Wed, May 02, 2018

As manufacturing automation continues to rise in popularity, metal processing services are more reliable and affordable than ever. In fact, many companies across the industry, including Helander, are beginning to incorporate automated controllers and machine learning systems into their manufacturing facilities.

metal forming capabilitiesThis equipment allows us to quickly and easily complete key tasks, such as monitoring and adjusting pressure, temperature, and other elements during critical metal processing activities. This results in greater accuracy and precision, ensuring superior reliability. Plus, since processing errors are no longer a risk, no time is wasted remedying mistakes or recalibrating — ultimately saving money and time for our customers, as well.

Helander is starting off strong in 2018, with the recent addition of some new cutting-edge automation equipment. This sophisticated machinery allows us to offer three new services for our clients: automatic welding, CNC spinning, and automatic polishing.

 

Automatic Welding

Automated seam welding is unique in that it applies the MIG (metal inert gas) welding process in a precise, automated setting in order to create full-penetration seams. Automatic welding can be done for a wide range of common materials, including aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel. The process creates airtight joints very quickly, allowing for quicker, streamlined production.

This welding process offers many other advantages, as well. First, it’s airtight, and provides a high level of accuracy, ensuring that the weld is both reliable and precise. It’s also very versatile, and can be used to manufacture both single-seam and parallel-seam welds for cones, boxes, and flat sheets. And since automatic welding can be performed at high speeds, we can complete large runs with very quick turnarounds to fulfill customers’ exact needs.

This type of automated welding is ideal for roll-formed, strip, and flat sheet metals. Helander can employ automated seam welding for several different types of metal, including stainless steel, aluminum, steel, copper, Inconel®, titanium, and brass. Automated seal welding is ideal for joining both similar and dissimilar metals.

 

CNC Spinning

Computer numerical control (CNC) spinning is a metal spinning process often used for high-quantity production runs. In these applications, CNC spinning allows for better consistency than traditional processes, such as hand spinning. And because the CNC method makes use of a mechanized motor, it can be used for materials that are less malleable and more difficult to spin.

CNC spinning can be employed for a wide range of metals — including copper, brass, stainless steel, carbon steel aluminum, and titanium — to produce welds for various industries, including the decorative, architectural, medical, and aerospace sectors.

Allowing for high-volume runs with great precision, CNC spinning offers numerous benefits. First, the use of an automated machine ensures higher accuracy, as success isn’t dependent on operator accuracy. Through sophisticated programming, we’re able to ensure that the spinning motion is correct and completely repeatable throughout the entire run. In fact, because the work envelope of the spinning lathes is so consistent, we can program our CNC spinning machines to create thousands of copies — that are more or less identical — from just a single form.

CNC can produce a wide range of shapes including bell-shaped, spherical, and tubular forms, which we can design and manufacture very quickly. CNC spinners also have very short lead times, meaning we can easily switch to new jobs after completing a run; all we have to do is change the form and program. In addition, CNC spinners can operate continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And since CNC spinning allows for rapid production rates, it’s very effective for prototype creation — especially compared to traditional machining methods, such as stamping.

Not only are CNC spinners very time-effective, they’re also much more cost-efficient than many other machining processes. These cost savings are a direct result of the shorter lead times and highly effective use of materials; CNC spinners produce minimal waste and have very low upfront tooling costs, especially compared to those of deep drawn stamping or metal pressing processes.

 

Automatic Polishing (Surface Finishing)

Automatic polishing utilizes programmed robots to complete critical surface finishing tasks. Our automatic polishing systems can provide a range of different finish options, and we make frequent use of automatic polishing, in particular, for various applications — including assemblies, decorative items, recreational products, and threads. Whether clients require a rough or fine finish, automatic polishing can be done on almost any metal, including stainless steel, steel, copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum.

As with automatic welding and CNC spinning, automatic polishing offers several unique benefits, including major cost and time savings for our customers. Because our automated polishing systems reduce the need for manual labor, clients save significantly on labor costs. Plus, automatic polishing can be completed in half the time as manual polishing — putting finished products into clients’ hands much more quickly.

 

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For over 80 years, Helander has been producing high-quality metal products for customers across a wide range of industries, and we’re thrilled to introduce these new capabilities to our line of metal services. To learn more about our new automated services and discuss how they can help with your unique application, reach out to the team today.

 

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Helander Heads to the 2018 American Manufacturing Summit

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Helander is thrilled to announce that we’ll be exhibiting in booth 50 at this year’s American Manufacturing Summit (AMS).

An annual gathering of leading industrial and manufacturing professionals, this exciting conference allows for the exchange of ideas regarding industrial operations optimization, innovative manufacturing practices, and supply chain management techniques. Various events and lectures will be held, and attendees will have the chance to network with top leaders while browsing new products, services, and innovations.

AMS Events and Offerings

This year’s event will be held March 27-28 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Ill. The 2018 Summit will focus on the role of industry leaders in streamlining factory floor operations, supporting lean manufacturing, and automating production processes. Collaborative business models will also be explored, and attendees will hear from experts on how to increase profitability in today’s ever-shifting industrial landscape.

All top influencers in the manufacturing industry have this conference circled on their calendars; offering unique insights into market trends, technological innovations, and best industry practices — as well as valuable networking opportunities — attending AMS is a must for those committed to staying ahead of the curve.

One-to-one meetings will be included in this year’s lineup — allowing professionals to network and exchange ideas in a more personal setting — as well as a highly curated exhibition floor and a Marketing 365 initiative, helping companies extend their brand reach with content sharing, blog posts, and original content generation. Various educational lectures and seminars will be held, with specialized focus on today’s most important topics.

Helander at AMS

Helander is proud to be among the exhibitors at this year’s American Manufacturing Summit. Our team will be presenting various precision metal components and highlighting our unique services. Whether attendees are in the market for satellite dishes, airflow nozzles, pressure vessel shells, or tank heads, we’ll have something to show them.

Showcasing our metal-spun part capabilities, we’ll be highlighting our ability to work with a wide range of materials, such as sheet metal, tubing, plate stock, mild and stainless steel, hybrid alloys, copper, aluminum, and brass. Our metal stamping and spinning, sheet hydroforming, CNC machining, and hydroforming services will be clearly laid out for attendees, and team members will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance as needed.

At Helander, all of our services, from metal spinning to hydroforming, make use of the latest advancements in precision technology and adhere to the strictest environmental standards. Our products are found in a huge range of industries and applications, including automotive, aerospace, high-end furniture manufacturing, civil engineering, and food and beverage.

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To learn more about the upcoming American Manufacturing Summit or discuss Helander’s custom precision metal manufacturing services with an expert, reach out to our team.

Want to join us at this exciting event? Register for free today or meet us in booth 50!

Helander Metal to Attend the 2017 American Aerospace & Defense Summit

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Helander Metal is thrilled to announce that we’ll be attending this year’s American Aerospace & Defense Summit, held December 5­-6 at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, Ariz.

american aerospace and defense summit helanderThis exciting yearly event brings together more than 150 industry leaders from top companies such as Boeing, General Dynamics, GE, and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense. Centered on discussion of important industry issues — such as strategies for optimizing manufacturing and R&D in American aerospace and defense — the conference aims to connect industry leaders and facilitate the sharing of ideas, innovations, and trends. 

Various panels will also be held on a range of subjects, with useful tips on how to innovate among steep competition, enhance relationships with suppliers, reduce overall costs, and find valuable growth opportunities. 

Summit participants will have the opportunity to hear case studies firsthand, giving attendees valuable insight on how to address common industry challenges and create solid strategies for attracting and retaining talent. Talks will also outline how to create and implement successful offset strategies in order to stay competitive in today’s constantly shifting landscape. This year’s event will focus on several key themes, including:

  • Manufacturing and supply chain
  • Workforce managment
  • Supplier oversight and cost optimization
  • Product innovation

The team at Helander Metal will be exhibiting at the conference, and we’re also proud to be sponsoring this event’s year.

For more than 80 years, Helander Metal has been partnering with a diverse range of companies — from large, Fortune 500 companies to small, family-owned businesses — to provide top-quality custom metal forming and fabricating. We’re proud to offer a wide range of services, including metal spinning, metal stamping, CNC machining, aerospace welding, and hydroforming. And no matter how complex or unusual the project, Helander can provide the reliable, long-lasting custom solutions needed to help our clients easily meet the industry’s strict manufacturing, engineering, and precision standards.

If your team will also be attending the 2017 American Aerospace & Defense Summit, be sure to stop by booth #16. Our experts will be on hand to discuss products and services and answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, place an order for a free, comprehensive company-overview guide to learn more about Helander’s capabilities and services.

Helander Facility Capabilities

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Mon, Nov 06, 2017

For more than 80 years, Helander Metal Spinning Co. has been providing companies with metal forming and fabricating services.  Working on projects for the aerospace, automotive, medical, and agricultural industries, among others, our niche is forming cylindrically shaped parts — ranging from one to 72 inches in diameter — in all types of metals and production quantities.  Our facility is equipped for projects involving CNC machining, metal spinning, and secondary services such as turning, drilling, milling, boring, threading, and tapping.

Metal Fabrication

custom-metal-fab.jpgThe Helander machining facility is outfitted with two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mills and six CNC lathes to support metal fabrication services.  As these machines can operate 24/7, they allow us to maximize output, execute large quantity orders, and enhance uniformity across all produced components.  We also offer in-house tooling.

Metal Spinning

Metal spinning, also known as spin forming, is a process in which a metal tube or disc is rotated at a high speed and transformed into an axially symmetrical object.  This is usually done using a vertical or horizontal lathe.  This metal forming process offers a number of advantages, including the ability to seamlessly create objects by using a single piece of material and low-cost tooling.

At Helander, we use advanced CNC, power assisted, and manual forming to create custom spun metal components.  Our team spins parts up to 36 inches between centers with a material thickness of up to 0.25 of an inch for stainless steel, 0.375 of an inch for carbon steel, and 0.75 of an inch in aluminum; we create parts that measure up to 100 inches in diameter.

Working with materials including copper, brass, stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, and titanium, Helander manufactures spun metal pieces with widely ranging diameters and depths. Custom metals are also available for various markets, such as commercial food equipment and aerospace.

Aerospace Welding

Within the coming months, we will be adding new machinery to our facility to further support our rapidly growing aerospace welding business focus.  With the addition of this new equipment, we will be able to handle components up to 6 feet in size and offer new prototype services with hydroforming — which has become more common than metal stamping — along with metal spinning.  Our team of aerospace welders is fully NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) certified.

Working with Helander

With a full-service facility, a broad range of in-house capabilities, and a skilled team with years of experience working across industries, Helander is a dependable metal forming partner.  We hold an unwavering commitment to quality and excellence in everything we do, from CNC machining and hydroforming to prototyping and polishing.

Find more details regading our services and custom capabilities by downloading our free ebook.

The Critical Role of Metalworking in Aerospace & Defense

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The aerospace and defense industries require a vast stock of varied parts, most of which must meet stringent regulations and guidelines. Parts used in these sensitive, safety-focused sectors require:

  • Expert engineering — Components must be designed to meet explicit and unique use cases
  • Optimum manufacturability — Parts must be manufactured simply and efficiently
  • High precision — Pieces must meet extremely tight tolerances and quality requirements

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To meet these defense industry requirements, manufacturers employ a number of metalworking processes to produce their components; metal spinning, hydroforming, and welding are some of the most popular methods.

Metal Spinning

Metal spinning, sometimes known as spin forming, is a metal forming process in which pressure is applied to a spinning disk of metal, forming it around a tool. Metal spinning is particularly well-suited to producing parts with unique curves or grooves, such as cones, cylinders, and parabolas, and can be performed either hot or cold depending on the particular material being spun.

Best performed with ductile metals such as aluminum, brass, carbon steel, copper, Inconel, stainless steel, and titanium, metal spinning also uses less raw material — and creates less scrap material — than many other metal forming techniques.

Hydroforming

hydroform.jpgHydroforming, a deep draw process, uses very high water pressure, up to 10,000 psi, to shape metal. Like metal spinning, sheet hydroforming is ideal for large-volume runs; unlike metal spinning, hydroforming can handle very thin metal sheet and maintains original metal finishes.

The process allows for a great degree of precision, even when producing large parts — this is particularly important for defense applications. Similarly, aerospace hydroforming is especially well-suited for housings and covers made from specialty materials, such as nickel.

Welding

iStock-620985640.jpgOne of the oldest metalworking processes still in use today, welding remains a highly effective way to join metal parts. When performed by highly skilled craftspeople or on state-of-the-art automated machinery, welding can easily maintain the strict standards required by the aerospace and defense industries. Aerospace welding and defense welding is performed in one of four ways.

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), is a method of welding in which an electric arc is formed between a consumable electrode wire and the workpieces: The electrode melts at the arc point, depositing molten metal onto the workpieces. The metal then solidifies, thus joining the workpieces together.

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding, also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), uses a non-consumable electrode made of tungsten. As with MIG welding, an electric arc is created, but instead of melting the electrode onto the workpieces, the workpieces themselves are heated and melted along the join, fusing together as solidification occurs.

Soldering, used almost exclusively in electronics and other delicate applications, uses heat instead of an electric arc to melt a joining material into workpieces.

Finally, automated seam welding refers to either MIG or TIG welding that is performed by an automated welding machine. A common type of aerospace welding, automated seam welding can produce high-quality joins at high volumes.

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iStock-516732235.jpgWorking with materials such as titanium, 321 stainless steel, and 7075, 5052, and 6061 aluminum, Helander Metal has been offering industry-leading metalworking services for over 80 years. We’re proud to offer a range of metal spinning, hydroforming, and welding services, enabling clients to easily meet the stringent manufacturing, engineering, and precision requirements of the aerospace and defense industries.

To learn how Helander incorporates lean manufacturing methods to streamline process and ensure quality during production, check out our latest eBook. To discuss how the Helander team can help with your next aerospace or defense project, contact us today.

Helander’s Commitment to Lean Manufacturing

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Here at Helander, we’re always working to improve our products and processes, so three years ago, with this commitment in mind, we adopted the principles of lean manufacturing.iStock-622062742.jpg

The Basics of the 5S Process

The 5S process, famously implemented by the Toyota Company in the 1970s, is built around five key steps (all beginning with the letter “S”), which aim to streamline and organize work processes. By optimizing manufacturing efficiency, safety, and quality, these guidelines help companies produce the highest-quality spun metal products for their customers. Below, we’ve outlined three of the five steps of comprehensive lean manufacturing to improve upon our metal spinning and hydroforming processes.

  • Seiri, or Sort — The first “S” centers on decluttering, in which infrequently used tools and supplies are put in storage, unnecessary items find new homes, and essential equipment is designated to the most accessible areas. By isolating and removing any workplace obstacles, companies can streamline their processes and ensure accountability.
  • Seiton, or Set in Order — The second of the five “S” steps involves creating a smooth, straightforward workflow. Tool arrangements should be simple, and the right equipment should be easy to select. Under this approach, different departments may use different types of storage to best meet their specific needs. 
  • Seiso, or Shine — Clean, clean, clean! At Helander, we began our lean manufacturing implementation by cleaning and painting every single machine in our facility. We also set up a regular cleaning schedule, which includes both standard tidying and thorough machinery maintenance and inspection. The cleaner a space is, the easier it is to keep processes running safely and effectively.

Lean Manufacturing at Helander

To provide our customers with the best possible service available, the team at Helander proudly follows the five pillars of lean manufacturing to ensure safety and efficiency in everything we do, from polishing to welding.

To learn more about the 5S system of lean manufacturing — and to read about the sixth “S” we’ve added to our process — download our new eBook today.

The Versatility of Metal Spinning and Hydroforming

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Mon, Jan 09, 2017

An extremely versatile technique dating back to ancient times, metal spinning — also known as metal turning or spin forming — allows ductile metal to be formed into different shapes by rotating it on a spindle. 

Hydroforming is also utilized to form metal into varying shapes. The main difference with hydroforming is that it uses pressurized hydraulic fluids to shape a flat metal disc.

Without removing any of the material, and thereby keeping the metal strong, these process can turn malleable metals into high-performance parts for a wide range of applications and industries.

Below, we’ve outlined just a few of the many uses of metal-spun products.

 

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Consumer Food Equipment — Custom metal spinning for the food industry can create high-pressure cookers and smokers, as well as various decorative pieces in a range of sizes, materials, and finishes.

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Aerospace and Defense —– Metal spinning can form durable custom covers for military-grade engines, as well as high-performance parts with intricate design features for critical-use applications.

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Agriculture — Metal-spun components such as livestock feeding bowls and earthmoving equipment are popular in farming and agriculture applications.

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Oil — High-precision metal spinning can create large groups of parts that nest together for oil drilling applications.

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Furniture — To achieve the sleek, clean aesthetics necessary for modern metal furniture, metal-spun and hydroformed components are often used for various features such as table columns and chair bases.

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Commercial Lighting and Architecture — Drawing from a variety of materials including copper, brass, stainless steel, and aluminum, metal spinning can form light reflectors and door handles for commercial-scale buildings.

Green Energy.pngGreen Energy — Metal spinning and hydroforming is used in the alternative energy industry to fabricate stainless steel gas burner tubes, vessels, and electrical housings for solar, steam, wind, and fuel cell applications.

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Specialty Automotive — The hot rod industry requires specialized components to suit vintage and custom cars. Metal spinning combined with hydroforming can form vintage-style hubcaps, spring retainers, and other cylindrical parts to precise specifications.

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Filtration and Separation — Perforated baskets and cartridges can be metal spun for air filtration applications.

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Medical and Laboratory Equipment — Spinning can form medical-imaging ring housings, floats, and other components for high-tech medical applications while meeting strict industry specifications.

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Street, Sanitation, and Trucking — The flanged steel rings and ring housings used by street sweepers and sewer cleaning equipment can be metal spun to a range of thicknesses.

 

For over 80 years, Chicago, Illinois-based Helander Metal has provided diverse metal spinning capabilities for all of the above industries. Our metal spinning company has continued to evolve over time to match the ever-changing demands of these diverse sectors and serve our customers to the best of our ability. We proudly partner with companies of all sizes and industries to design precise parts for their unique needs.

To learn more about our metal spinning experience and past projects, download our free portfolio collection

Helander Receives Aerospace Industry Certifications

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, May 19, 2016

Helander Metal Spinning Company has been a staple of the industry for generations, producing prototypes and full production runs for industries ranging from high-end furniture, to medicine and aerospace.

Aerospace_1.jpgEven with our decades of experience, clients deserve confirmation that the work they receive is the best available. To that end, we make it a point to maintain certifications from the industry’s top organizations, including:

  • Nadcap — The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap), a certification program administered by PRI (Performance Review Institute), ensures that all contractors working within the industry meet stringent quality and safety criteria. The cooperative program aims to improve reliability and quality while reducing quality assurance costs. To become certified, a company must undergo a PRI on-site audit, which examines their execution of a particular industry specialty, such as chemical processing, heat treating, or conventional machining. Helander team received our latest certification in welding in November, 2015, reinforcing our inclusion on the Nadcap approved vendors list.
  • Honeywell SCA (Source Certifying Agent) — We employ a number of Source Certifying Agents (SCAs) to oversee production at Helander. All SCAs must register and take a detailed exam in order to qualify as an Agent. Serving as highly educated, highly trained process experts, SCAs act as the key contact point between our team and our customers. For example, we have an SCA certified in Honeywell processes who specifically manages our work with Honeywell and ensures that we maintain technical compliance with all Honeywell equipment, procedures, and requirements.
  • AS9100C — Helander holds AS9100 Rev. C certification in metal spinning services and hydroforming for the commercial, aerospace, and defense sectors. A standard quality management system used by contractors across the aerospace industry, AS9100 supplements our ISO 9001:2008 certificate and ensures consistent adherence to the industry’s most stringent standards of service, safety, and quality. We have been certified as consistently following the best existing practices, materials, and metal spinning processes outlined by all regulatory agencies associated with the commercial, aerospace, and defense fields.
Meeting Demanding Requirements Every Day

Our certifications demonstrate our deep commitment to quality, but we don’t stop there. Our team is dedicated to meeting the tight tolerances and fast turnaround times that our clients need to keep their projects on budget and on time.  

Working with titanium, stainless steel, aluminum, and more diverse metals, our experienced staff delivers certified quality products to customers around the world. For more information about our certifications or to inquire about we can help with your project, contact us directly.

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