The metal fabrication industry has always been a cornerstone of manufacturing, playing a pivotal role in the creation of countless products that drive our modern world. However, like all industries, it has not been immune to change. From labor shortages to reshoring parts internationally, the landscape is shifting rapidly without any sign of slowing down.
For businesses that have relied on traditional practices, such as the standard press brake, these changes can be daunting. But with change comes opportunity, and those willing to adapt will find themselves at the forefront of the industry.
Understanding the Changes
RAS Systems has been a keen observer of these industry shifts. We recognize that a standard press brake, while reliable, might not be enough to keep businesses competitive in today’s fast-paced environment. Here’s a closer look at some of the significant changes we’re seeing:
Labor Dynamics: The labor market is evolving. With changing career preferences and a global shift in job roles, there’s a dwindling supply of qualified operators. This global concern has businesses scrambling to optimize their workforce and ensure that jobs are completed efficiently.
Reshoring of Parts: Large businesses are predominately sourcing offshore for their high-volume production of simple parts. This makes sense, as these international metal fabrication businesses produce a large amount of product for a lower price and can ship mass quantities to the companies that need them without concern.
Demand for Precision: In regions like North America, to adapt to the reshoring of high-volume jobs, there’s a growing demand for custom, precision parts. These are often required in smaller batches, tailored for specific businesses. Using a standard press brake for such tasks can be tiresome and tedious, taking a long time to complete. This can be expensive, especially when batch sizes are small.
The Path Forward with RAS Systems
So, how should businesses adapt? The answer lies in embracing innovation and staying ahead of the curve. At RAS Systems, we offer:
Advanced Folding Machines: Our machines come with state-of-the-art technology, ensuring you remain at the forefront of innovation. With mid to high levels of automation and up-and-down folding capabilities, these machines ensure you’re prepared to handle a diverse range of part production. Allow our automated machines to help you fold faster, with less reliance on operators.
Bendex Software: Say goodbye to relying solely on engineering expertise. Our Bendex software allows for the easy design and fabrication of complex parts, ensuring you can meet demands quickly for any batch size. Learn more about Bendex in our blog, The Evolution of Modern Software in Folding Machines.
Continuous Updates: We’re committed to providing the latest tools to support our customers. Whether you’ve been in the industry for decades or are a newcomer, evaluating your production mix and seeing where improvements can be made is essential. For a deeper dive into the differences between traditional and modern methods, check out our Folder vs. Press Brakes blog, which highlights the differences and benefits of transitioning to a folding machine.
Take the Next Step
Ready to embrace the future of metal fabrication? Contact the RAS Systems team today. Let’s explore how our cutting-edge equipment can drive your business forward in these changing times.
RAS Systems LLC was founded in 1992 near Atlanta, Georgia, and is a market leader in North America and worldwide for metal cutting, bending, and forming machines and the software that controls them. Its major markets are roofing and architectural, HVAC, electrical enclosures, machine covers and housings, signage, appliances, elevators, lighting fixtures, industrial kitchen equipment, metal furniture, steel doors and windows, and other precision sheet metal fabrication. If you have any questions regarding folding machines, please contact us for more information or request a quote today!