26 Jan Constructing metalwork for electronic ballasts
This month we’ve been manufacturing metal components that form part of an electronic ballast. It may look simple enough, but consider this unit has:
- 15 fixing holes
- 10 automatically inserted threaded machine studs and clinch nuts
- 12 varying holes to pick up for circuit boards and electronic components
- Over 8 tight bends
A fairly basic looking metal part is in fact quite a complex design and construction.
- Firstly it’ll be laid out for production by our CAD team
- Then off to our CNC metal laser cutter to cut the profile and internal cut-outs
- Once cut, it’s off to our Pemserter and press brake team to bend it into shape, and then insert the clinch fasteners
- Once completed the powder coating department use high temperature masking products to protect the threads of all the fasteners and then its through the conveyor pre-treatment line and through the powder coat process
- It’s then inspected for perfect paint finish, packed and despatched, via our own transport team, to the customer
All under one roof at our sheet metal factory in Oldham, Manchester.