Laser Cutting

INTRODUCTION Laser cutting technology has been around for decades, in fact in 1965 the first production laser cutting machine was used to drill holes in diamond dies. Laser cutting was introduced into the Sheetmetal market back in the 1980s and quickly changed the way we manufacture parts. Managing director John Siciliano’s dream was to one day own his own laser cutter, in 2019 his dream is realised with his company’s procurement of a brand-new state of the art Fiber Laser. The Japanese made Amada ENSIS 3KW fiber can value add to QSM existing clients by delivering high quality cut parts on time and under budget. With QSM Fabrication’s experience in manufacturing we understand that there is lot that goes into the fabrication of a part. It doesn’t just start or stop at cutting. Before you can begin the cutting process there is drafting and programming of the laser cut part. With 3d modeling and CAD based software, a DXF file is programmed into the laser cutting machine as an NC file. Parts can literally take seconds to cut with a tolerance of 0.1mm. However, if the parts are programmed incorrectly, or the flat pattern development is incorrect, then the company will realise waste and downtime. QSM Fabrication helps with this issue and offers a solution by not only cutting, but also developing a correct flat pattern that can later be folded, rolled and welded to the correct tolerances. TYPES OF LASER TECHNOLOGY Fiber laser cutting technology is considered a revolutionary change because it has impacted the entire status quo in Sheetmetal fabrication.  And the opportunities are easy to realise. The primary advantages of cutting flat sheet metal with Fiber laser are derived from its monolithic Fiber to Fiber compact solid-state design configuration that is maintenance free and provides a lower cost of operation that can be achieve with comparable Co2 lasers. In CO2 lasers, the laser beam travels from the laser resonator, which creates the beam, through the machine’s beam path. It may be bounced in different directions by several mirrors, or beam benders, before it is finally focused onto the plate. These Mirrors deteriorate over time and affects the cutting quality and replacement costs are passed onto the customer. In contrast a fiber laser generates the beam inside a fiber core, so the delivery of the beam doesn’t require complicated or sensitive optics. The beam is generated and confined inside the small core of the fiber, this means that the beam is very straight, and that it can be focused on a very small dot. The Focal Point Energy comparison between a CO2 laser and a Fiber laser is outstanding. A 4400watt CO2 laser (7.5” Lens) delivers a focal point of 0.05cm diameter, however a Fiber laser using less than half the energy 2000watt (6” Lens) has a much smaller focal point of 0.015cm diameter. A Fiber Laser uses less power, is more accurate and the cutting quality is greater.  QSM LASER’S MACHINE As mentioned previously, QSM has procured a Japanese made Amada ENSIS-3015-RI Fiber Laser. What does that mean? That means the flat cutting bed size is 3000mm long x 1500mm wide, but Rotary Index (RI) can also process round, square, rectangle, C-channel, and angle iron, making it the most versatile Rotary Index laser cutting system available. The ENSIS beam control technology manipulates of the fibre laser beam so that it isperfectly matched to the material\thickness being processed, reducing the cost of consumables and increasing productivity and efficiency. The 3000watt power unit allows us to cut 20mm Carbon Steel, 12mm Stainless Steel, 12mm Aluminium, 6mm Brass and 6mm Copper.
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QSM is now offering NDT & Weld Testing Services

            A new addition to our range of quality services. QSM is now a NATA ISO/IEC 17025 independent testing laboratory. QSM aims to further assist and value-add to our clients by providing streamline and economical welding compliance support. QSM is now a NATA ISO/IEC 17025 independent testing laboratory and supplies quality Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing services with quick turnaround and competitive pricing. With QSM’s formal NATA ISO/IEC 17025 & ISO 9001 quality system adhering to all regulatory and statutory laws relating to testing activities and good professional practice, we offer fast and cost-effective NDT and Mechanical testing options. QSM understands companies cannot afford to wait for testing and results. One of the things that set us apart is the ability to conduct the testing and confirm results on most occasions the same day. Our technicians understand welding and we will work with you, to provide a service second to none. We’ll work with you to meet budget requirements, time constraints and design outcomes. There is no job considered too big or too small for our technicians. From Magnetic Particle inspection (MPI, MT), Ultrasonic Inspections (UT) of structural components or Mechanical Testing to qualifying welders & WPS’s, our professional staff come equipped with the knowledge, skill and equipment to complete the job first time every time. We now offer welding quality support. What does that mean for you? It means the same team of experts who offer you quality service in welding are on hand to help you with virtually all facets of welding to ensure the success of your project. Our welding quality management system and support services is divided into five distinct categories:  NDT & Mechanical Testing Services Weld Procedures Online Integrated Inspection & QA/QC Welding Consultancy Welder Qualifications (same day Welder Quals and Assessments) Welding Training
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4 Reasons Why QMS is a Must-have for Your Fabrication Company

Discover why a quality management system is important How much do you value the return on your investment? It’s probably of considerable importance to you, especially when the standard of the services you pay for has a direct impact on your business. In the fabrication industry, below par quality can compromise health and safety, risk machinery malfunction and result in the kind of finished products that do not meet the required standards. So how do you ensure that you are truly getting value for your hard-earned cash? A robust quality management system makes all the difference in fabrication. Read on to find out why every fabrication company should have one. What is a quality management system? A quality management system (QMS) is a formalised set of policies, processes and procedures required for meeting or exceeding customer and regulatory requirements and standards. It focuses on the planning and execution of the core business area of an organisation. What are the principles? An effective QMS will provide the following: Customer focus Effective leadership Employee involvement Process-centric approach Systematic approach to management Continuous improvement Factual approach to decision-making Foster mutually beneficial supplier relationships Why it’s important for your fabrication company to have a QMS   Consistent quality and service Implementing a quality management system makes a fabrication company more dependable and reliable. The standard of service is consistent because each process is continuously under the microscope. Every facet of the business is concerned with attaining measurable objectives that are continuously assessed. You are priority When customer satisfaction is placed firmly at the centre, company operations are geared towards giving you the quality you expect. You can rest assured that your fabrication company will take the time to understand your bespoke needs and deliver. Their standard of success depends on it. Reduction of mistakes, change of orders and defects Few things can be as frustrating as having to endure the whole process of ordering and waiting for the completion of your order because of careless mistakes. Implementing a QMS takes a systematic approach in which defects can be caught early in the process and corrected accordingly. Credibility and compliance A quality management system is also an indicator of credibility. It’s usually accompanied by a certification, which illustrates compliance. This guarantees that the organisation in question observes regulatory standards. Lastly, a compliant organisation is unlikely to suffer disruptions in service or be caught off-guard by auditors because of a poor reporting system. A good QMS will ensure high quality products and services, many satisfied clients and good ROI. QSM Fabrication has serviced the West Australian market for more than three decades, providing a host of quality solutions in metal fabrication. We hold ourselves to a high standard and always aspire to supply quality. Contact us today for advice and professional fabrication services.
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The benefits of using local steel companies

 With the economic boom probably past its peak, Western Australian steel fabricators are going through a bit of a rough patch. This is not because there is not enough steel fabrication work to go round but because a large percentage of that work is been shipped offshore. There is no shortage of steel fabrication skills in WA, quite the contrary actually, but local steel fabricators can’t seem to compete on a price level with overseas steel companies. It appears that local engineers are not getting the opportunities to participate in high-end engineering design projects even though we have some of the world’s finest steel fabricators right here in WA. The majority of projects are going overseas to London and USA amongst others. This is causing many steel workshops to close or retrench employees and run on a shoestring until the work comes in. A good example is the Chevron financed Gorgon gas project on Barrow Island, which was expected to keep steel workshops in WA busy for years. Now, while some work has trickled into the western state, most of it has been shipped overseas, like many other projects. Local steel workers are not taking this lying down, with strikes and protests calling for local or national government to subsidise the local industry in order to make them more price competitive. The local steel market is critical to the Western Australian economy and the shrinking of this industry can have a number of adverse effects on the state and its economy in general. Using local steel fabricators not only ensures the local economy remains vibrant, it keeps many people employed. Local steel fabricators are having more success in the smaller steel projects that require niche skills, which our industry has an abundance of. In addition to offering these specialised skills, local steel companies also offer lifestyle maintenance for their projects, something their overseas competitors do not. The problem is an interesting one, because while Australian steel fabricating companies often outperform foreign companies when competing in the global marketplace, they lose out due to pricing. It’s not just Australian companies that should be using local, but our high level of skill suggests there is a huge international market that would send their steel fabrication work to our shores, if we we’re just more affordable. Subsidised companies overseas enjoy a competitive edge and are able to outbid their competitors on price alone, because we all know that price will outsell skills every time. There are a number of reasons for contractors and developers to make use of our local, highly skilled steel companies. The economy The local steel economy is huge and when contractors invest in local, the money stays here. This leads to a stronger economy, keeps people in jobs and that money is then spent at local businesses.  The environment Using local lowers the delivery time, removes the enormous freight costs, lowers the carbon footprint of the entire project, and it means maintenance and supplies are close at hand. It also means contractors and fabricators can communicate in person as opposed to digitally. Easy transportation Products can be delivered via rail or road, quickly and easily. This means a much shorter supply time, and less waiting around for something to be delivered from thousands of kilometres away. Lower inventories Builders and construction companies do not have to hold large stocks of steel, cutting into their operation budget, because supplies are always just around the corner, usually a phone call away. They are easy to deliver, meaning companies can pay for what they need when they need it. Clearly, the local steel industry is as robust and strong as some of its products, but it often can’t compete with other countries because their governments understand the importance of attracting steel contracts. This is an enormous industry, and the advantages of government investing in it are numerous. The implications do not just affect the bottom line; it affects other businesses, and ultimately people’s lives. When you are looking for a steel company, you want to work with a skilled and knowledgeable company who have experience in a wide range of projects of all sizes.
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