We recently had a beverage dispensing equipment customer that asked us to manufacture a grill component. When we analyzed the project, however, we realized there was a large potential for warpage when the component was completed. With our customer's ultimate satisfaction uppermost in our mind, we went to work on the solution. The geometry of the initial cast design provided by the customer contained a high length versus cross section ratio, a situation that can lead to a warp in the product after cooling. So we mustered all of our casting design capabilities and developed an alternate cast design—at a lower cost—that would avoid the potential warping while providing the same function at the point of application. Working from customer specifications and 2D CAD drawing models, we used 304 stainless steel and worked it with our vertical turning lathes, horizontal machining centers, and gantry lathes to final dimensions of 29" long and 3.5" wide. The grill components were finished to 32Ra and very exacting tolerances of ±0.001". Linear, angular, and positioning testing and inspection accompanied the entire manufacturing process, although we also have CMM inspection capabilities if needed. Four business days after securing their release, we were able to deliver 2,000 of these grill components to our customer's doorstep in Glendale Heights, IL.
When we speak to our clients we have one primary goal: high quality results. We were not content to simply manufacture sub-par or defective components. Instead we corrected the problem first before delivering the results that were expected. Contact CAB Worldwide if you are interested in this kind of service.