Hi. My name is Malich and I’m the Planning Manager at InterConnect Wiring where Connections Matter. Today we’ll be looking at what sheet metal is and why an electrical wiring interconnection system company would be interested in sheet metal.
WIRING HARNESSES – AIRCRAFT REWIRING – COCKPIT PANELS – CONSOLE WIRING
WHAT IS SHEET METAL AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
So what is sheet metal? Well sheet metal is, again as it sounds, a piece of sheet metal. But it’s used in a variety of different projections here at InterConnect Wiring, from cockpit panels, fairings, circuit panels, all kinds of things. And you might be asking yourself, why are we, a wiring harness company, interested in making this (sheet metal)?
After the supply chain crisis that COVID-19 brought on, (ordering) parts became a very long leetime and (was) expensive due to the labor shortage. So we decided – why not just make it ourselves? So we invested in the machinery, the tooling, and the experience into making what we call sheet metal. This will be cut on a router, finished on a finisher, and bent by a brake press. Then we’ll measure it and make sure it conforms to the drawing, paint it, prime and install it in our wiring harnesses.
In our previous shot, you saw where we would cut the bare sheet metal and finish it, or smooth it out. Here behind me is the machine that would take a straight part and it would make it into bent parts where it may get a couple of bends or maybe turn into a box.
So we just looked at the brake press where you would see how we fold and bend the parts, if needed. Now we’re in our CMM room where we would measure the parts and make sure they’re conforming to the drawing or the print provided. We have a visual inspector, a hardness tester, and then our CMM that would take probe points using these joysticks to measure the parts.
Thank you for watching. My name is Malich, Planning Manager at InterConnect Wiring where Connections Matter. Be sure to visit our website for more vlogs, blogs and updates.