CNC Machining: The Smart Choice for Components

Farris Fab comes to you equipped with a variety of CNC mills and lathes. These customizable machining tools come with 100% accuracy that can handle any size component. Big or small, your job will be handled with extreme care that fits within the Farris Fab approval requirements.

CNC machining is a fully automated service that involves the production of parts via pre-programmed software. Dimensions are given and the software cuts away until you get the exact component you needed, with perfect dimensions. There are two types of CNC machines: Mills and Lathes. Farris Fab currently has 9 mills and 5 lathes for the maximum efficiency in completing your jobs! CNC mills are capable of running prompts which guide pieces across various sections of the machine. Basic machines will operate on a three-axis system, but some newer mills work with six axes. Some common CNC processes include welding, hole-punching, and laser cutting. On the other hand, Lathes are used to cut in a circular direction with indexable tools. With CNC tech, the precision on the circular cutting is unmatched. These machines are used to create complex designs that are not possible for manual versions of the machine. Mills and Lathes are actually very similar, but lathes only employ 2 axes on their designs.

CNC Machining produces components for a variety of industries, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Dental
  • Electronics
  • & More!

Conventional machining and CNC machining are two means to the same end. Both will start with a large piece of metal or plastic and they will shape and cut it down to the right dimensions for commercial use. The biggest difference is that CNC is automated, so speed, production rate, and accuracy are a major selling point for CNC Machining. Overall, CNC is cheaper and is used for mass production, while manual machining is for smaller jobs.

Overall, CNC machining has a variety of advantages over normal means. It requires less labor to execute tasks, as it is an automated service. CNC has more capabilities since it can create precise cuts that just aren’t possible with manual machining. This aspect also achieves a greater safety aspect as it doesn’t need to put others in danger during a cut. With many more advantages in store, there is no wonder why CNC Machining is the way to go when commissioning your components with Farris Fab!

Muratec Motorum 2558T

Adding Functionality, Power, and Speed to Farris’ Fabrication Abilities

The Muratec Motorum 2558 T is Farris Fab and Machine’s most recent cutting edge machine tool addition. This state-of-the-art- machine facilitates process integration, decreases power consumption, improves part accuracies, and faster punching rates.

This high volume punch is virtually unbeatable, it utilizes a advanced Fanuc CNC controls for sheet metal processing up to a quarter inch mild steel. Unlike lasers, the Motorum turret punch has the ability to do secondary operations, such as: forming, tapping, and deburring.

With the implementation of our newest machine, the Muratec Motorum 2558T we are able to reach optimum RAM speeds which leads to fast and accurate forms, while maintaining minimal distortion to the work piece.

The Muratec ram drive technology incorporates a toggle mechanism driven by the AC servo motor. A single rotation of the crank arm gives 2 punching strokes; therefore, exerting more power while using less energy. This innovative technology has resulted in accomplishing higher productivity, environmentally friendly operation, and energy efficiency.

Custom Metal Fabrication from Farris Fab

Custom Metal Fabrication from Farris Fab
Projects for custom metal fabrication are common for any business that deals with loose parts, structural projects, and metal equipment. Farris Fab has the tools to complete any custom metal fabrication project, no matter the scale! The expertise of any fabrication company is governed by their acquisition of raw materials, cutting/forming equipment, and assembly techniques. Farris Fab will not rest until you are satisfied with your parts!

The raw materials are what to start within custom metal fabrication. Some forms of material include plate metal, expanded metal, and welding wire/rods. Once the material is collected it has to be cut down to size. Farris Fab utilizes their laser cutting equipment to cut faster and more accurately while also being able to cut thicker materials. Even more exotic materials can be cut using their water jet cutting process, which involves highly pressurized water currents capable of slicing a variety of materials.

In custom metal fabrication, once the material is cut it can undergo forming or machining. Forming is the process that converts flat sheets into a 3 dimensional part. This process involves the metal being bent and formed without the removal of any material. It requires a great amount of force to form metal like this. Formed parts are used in a variety of industries, including jewelry, automotive, construction, aerospace, and much more.

Machining is different from forming in that it does involve the removal of material. Custom metal fabrication requires a variety of processes to get the right final product, and sometimes removal is the only way to achieve such a result. Often machining has been called subtractive manufacturing. Subtractive manufacturing is a common process in the world of custom metal fabrication. It is when raw material is cut and parts of the material are removed to create the desired shape. The most common components made by machining include gears, bolts, screws, and nuts, but there is no limit to the designs created by machining.

One of the main focuses of steel fabrication is welding. The custom fabricated parts are assembled and welded into place to create the desired product. Once the parts are in place it is re-checked for the accuracy of the welding. Farris has over 50 welders hired and trained within the company. There is even robotic welding equipment for large-scale projects.

Once a product has been assembled, the custom metal fabrication is complete. This is assuming there are no extra processes like sandblasting or painting are specified. Once the product has been inspected, the parts are shipped out. Farris Fab are experts in each part of the process and will work with you to ensure your custom metal fabrication is completed to your specifications!

Farris Stays Abreast of Latest Technology Trends

At Farris Fab and Machine we are devoted to staying well-informed of the newest technologies to ensure quality and exceed customer satisfaction. We are pleased to announce the addition of 2 state-of-the-art quality measuring tools, the 4 ft. span Faro arm and the 12 ft. span Faro Arm. The Faro Arm is a portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) that allows easy verification of product quality by performing 3D inspections, tool certifications, CAD comparisons, dimensional analysis, reverse engineering, and so much more.

Due to the Faro Arms portability, the tool can be brought to the site of the inspection; therefore, reducing non-value added material handling. The Faro Arm helps in reducing onsite measuring time, which ultimately reduces overall costs. These savings are then passed on to our customer.

It is our ongoing attention to quality and innovative technology that has made us one of the most prominent contract manufacturers in the Southeast. Our goal was to end the sole reliance on fixed CMMs and the Faro Arm has done just that. By offering high accuracy levels, improving measurement consistency, reducing inspection time, and generating automatic reports, this technology has contributed to our ongoing improvement processes, quality, and our continuous movement toward customer satisfaction.

Farris Fabrication & Machining Makes The Fabricator’s 2015 Top 40 List

“The Fabricator’s 2015 FAB 40 – The Growth of the One Stop Shop”

The FAB 40 list is created with the help of those metal fabricators willing to share their revenue numbers and company information with The FABRICATOR and its readership.

The first step in the information gathering occurred in February when an email was sent out to slightly more than 1,000 publication subscribers who also identified their companies as being part of the fabricated metal product sector, as defined by the North American Industry Classification System…