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Industrial Sheet Metal Uses

Industrial Sheet Metal Uses

H&S Manufacturing Co. is a leading provider of custom manufacturing solutions for a broad range of industries and applications. We specialize in precision sheet metal fabrication, machining, mechanical and electromechanical assembly, and testing. We are pleased to offer a variety of custom industrial sheet metal fabrication services to meet the particular needs of nearly any application. 

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Industrial Sheet Metal Uses

Sheet Metal Fabrication and the Different Sheet Metal Forms

Sheet metal fabrication refers to a collection of manufacturing processes used to bend and form flat sheets of metal into a variety of products and components. These processes can be used to produce manufactured products from a wide range of sheet metal materials and forms. 

The four most common forms used in sheet metal fabrication are:

Cold Rolled Steel

Cold rolled steel is a form of sheet metal created by directing room-temperature steel through industrial rollers to create strong, thin sheets ideal for the fabrication of durable industrial components. 

Hot Rolled Steel

Hot rolled steel, as the name implies, is formed by forcing steel that has been heated to a high temperature through industrial rollers. Hot rolled steel is more difficult to work with than cold rolled steel, but it’s easier to handle in sheet form. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a form of sheet metal composed of an iron-chromium-nickel alloy. The chromium content of stainless steel makes it highly resistant to corrosion and rust.


Aluminum is one of the most popular sheet metal forms. Strong as steel, yet lightweight, aluminum is less expensive and highly resistant to corrosion and rust. 

Benefits of Industrial Sheet Metal Fabrication

Industrial sheet metal fabrication offers a variety of benefits over other manufacturing techniques. Some primary advantages include:

  • Exceptional Strength. Sheet metal is valued for its exceptional strength. It is available in a variety of metals and alloys, so you can select the ideal strength for your particular application. 
  • Resistance. Sheet metals are available in a variety of materials that are resistant to corrosion, moisture, and UV radiation. 
  • Lightweight. Sheet metal is thin and light, which makes it easier to fabricate, transport, and store. 
  • Superior Durability. Sheet metal is formed using compressive force, which makes it highly durable and capable of operating in high-pressure conditions. 
  • Excellent Ductility. Sheet metal is pliable, which makes it ideal for use in fabrication processes that require exceptional precision. 
  • Sustainable. Sheet metal is made from natural metals and alloys that are non-toxic and easy to recycle. 
  • Easy to Repair. Sheet metal is easy to repair due to its high level of ductility and weldability.
  • Widely Available. Sheet metal is a common material that is easy to obtain almost anywhere in the world. 
  • Low Cost. Since sheet metal is readily available and easy to transport, it is one of the least expensive manufacturing materials available on the market.
  • Top Quality. Sheet metal is a high-quality material, making it suitable for creating a wide range of products.
  • Quick Turnaround. Lead times for sheet metal fabrication are typically short.
  • Versatile Production. Sheet metal fabrication processes are easily automated, which makes it easy to adjust production speed and volume as necessary.
  • Various Finishes. Sheet metal can be finished using a variety of heat treatments, coatings, paints, and other finishing options, so you can choose the perfect finish for your needs. 
  • Multiple Fabrication Methods. There is an extensive selection of sheet metal fabrication methods that can be used to create quality metal products and components. Some of the most common fabrication methods include metal forming, cutting, welding, bending, and stretching.

Quality Industrial Sheet Metal Fabrication by H&S Manufacturing

Since 1968, H&S Manufacturing has been providing customers with superior precision products using the latest manufacturing and engineering technology available on the market. We use cutting-edge equipment to produce exceptional results for even highly complex parts within extremely tight tolerances. To learn more about our innovative industrial metal fabrication solutions, contact us today or request a quote

Why Turn to H&S for Contract Manufacturing Solutions?

Why Turn to H&S for Contract Manufacturing Solutions?


Since 1968, H&S Manufacturing has focused on continual improvement and building long-term relationships with customers, employees, and partners. Over the years, we’ve worked with clients across industries, including medical/healthcare, lighting, military/defense, electronics, communications, energy, and transportation, providing products for diverse applications that require quick turnaround times, tight tolerances, and high repeatability.

When you choose us for contract manufacturing solutions, you get high-level customer care, personalized attention, and a range of options. Our custom capabilities include precision sheet metal fabrication, machining, mechanical assembly, electro-mechanical assembly, and testing services, which come with competitive pricing and on-time delivery to meet or exceed your expectations. 

H&S Manufacturing Capabilities

Our extensive capabilities are backed with top-of-the-line equipment and a team of skilled employees who hold themselves and their work to the highest standards. These capabilities include:

Precision Machining

Our ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR compliant facility features a variety of specialized equipment, including vertical and horizontal CNC machining centers, vertical mills, and drill presses. We specialize in manufacturing custom parts to exacting specifications, offering services such as: 

  • Milling
  • Drilling
  • Boring
  • Tapping
  • Lapping
  • Welding
  • Silk screening
  • Plating
  • Heat treating
  • Painting

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Sheet Metal Fabrication

We offer high-quality custom sheet metal fabrication services for industries such as defense, lighting, and medical. Our modern equipment and extensive experience allow us to maintain tight tolerances, with bend tolerances of ±.005″, hole to hole tolerances of ±.005″, hole to bend tolerances of ±.015″, and hole to edge tolerances of ±.010″. Our custom sheet metal fabrication capabilities include:

  • Shearing
  • Punching
  • Laser Cutting
  • Notching
  • Forming/Bending
  • Extruding
  • Louvers
  • Lances
  • Graining
  • Grinding
  • Deburring
  • Sand Blasting

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Laser Cutting

Our advanced turbine driven, RF excited, fast axial flow CO2 lasers feature an impressive maximum power output of 2500 watts for efficient processing. We can achieve position accuracy of ±.001″ and repeatability to ±.001″. Our 3 axes cutting capabilities allow us to work with a variety of materials, including thin metals, steel, heavy plate, aluminum, and more. 

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Custom Form in Place Gaskets

We have a 3 axis (XYZ) robot for rapid, accurate form in place liquid dispensing of silicon-based materials for custom gasketing. Bead sizes as small as .030″ x .030″ allow us to create precise custom gaskets for a wide range of applications and industries. We can manufacture highly durable EMI shielding components that offer excellent electrical and thermal performance.

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Custom Box Builds

Our custom assembly solutions take you from part fabrication to final assembly including enclosures. We specialize in electromechanical assemblies, handling components including power supplies, fans, cable wiring and harnesses, brackets, chassis, and boards. Our custom box build capabilities can accommodate production volumes ranging from prototype orders to large runs.

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Our certifications, including ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D, are evidence of our commitment to holding ourselves to the highest industry standards for quality, safety, and efficiency. We are ITAR compliant and meet the standards for Mil-Spec, RoHS, and Reach. It’s our ongoing mission to maintain top-of-the-line equipment and the most efficient processes to ensure we can deliver the best results for our clients.


Our precise visual and CMM inspection capabilities include a Micro-Vu video measuring system, a Micro-Vu Optical Comparator, and four Brown and Sharpe Micro-Hites. 

Contract Manufacturing Solutions from H&S Manufacturing

Over the years, H&S Manufacturing has adapted and grown to meet ever-evolving industry trends and customer demands. Our team of expert employees, decades of experience, and advanced equipment allow us to offer a wide range of high-quality contract manufacturing solutions to meet the needs of various industries. To learn more about our custom manufacturing capabilities, contact us today.