Pure Ingenuity is the subject of a feature article in the latest issue of Canadian Fabricating and Welding: Pure Ingenuity adds to fabricating sophistication with 14-axis press brake.
At Pure Ingenuity, we are dedicated to constantly improving our fabrication techniques. We continue to deliver products with the superior fit and finish our customers demand, and we strive to do so ever more efficiently, minimizing scrap, lead times, and costs. This is why we are so excited about adding an LVD Strippit Easyform press brake to our equipment lineup. This advanced CNC machine measures the bend angle and adjusts in real-time. State of the art software takes our solid models and accesses our tooling database to generate flat patterns for our laser to cut. Consistently accurate flat patterns and bend angles measured and corrected in real-time mean that the first part made is a good part, every time.
Leveraging our new capabilities will allow the engineers and fabricators at Pure Ingenuity to turn solid models into high quality finished parts faster than ever. Contact us to discuss the value this could add to your next project.
Here at Pure Ingenuity, our engineering staff is constantly expanding. Continuous improvement through off-site training courses has helped broaden our depth of knowledge in the manufacturing field so that we can stay in tune with our customers’ needs and expectations. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of Pressure Vessel design and manufacture, an extremely complex and diligently regulated industry that requires a comprehensive knowledge of ASME, CSA and TSSA codes and practices. Fortunately, Pure Ingenuity is now entering our tenth year of designing, manufacturing, and repairing TSSA certified CRN registered pressure vessels, fittings and piping. We have TSSA certified welders and registered procedures for pressure welding of stainless steel, mild steel, and our latest upgrade, Hastelloy 256C (UNS-10276).
As Pure Ingenuity’s resident TSSA expert and pressure vessel specialist, I’m available for all facets of consulting and design to facilitate your manufacturing needs, and would be glad to assist you at your convenience.
Steve Dean, MSc P.Eng.
On behalf of The Pure Ingenuity Team
One of the more complex problems facing corporate engineers today is how to go about properly designing a tank/vessel that has to be able to withstand pressure and/or vacuum. The design process is often long and complicated and while software exists to aid engineers in their calculations, the $10,000 plus cost to purchase the software is not a viable alternative for every company. Another hurdle for engineers is obtaining Certification with the governing board of pressure vessels, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), which is required in order to design and/or manufacture these devices.
At Pure Ingenuity, we are certified to manufacture pressure and vacuum vessels, fittings, pressure and power piping. We are also able to repair and modify existing pressure vessels to suit our customers’ needs. Many vessels can be purchased on the Internet that are U-stamped and registered with the National Board, but are not registered with the appropriate Canadian association. Our in house expertise with pressure vessels means we can quickly and cost-effectively get your vessel re-registered for safe use north of the border.
Does your company have a problem that’s got you under pressure? Contact Pure Ingenuity for help.
Challenging Environment, Challenging Design
The new Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL), part of the Toronto Rehab Hospital in downtown Toronto, is now open after 4 years of planning and development. CEAL is the only facility of its kind in the world. Combining virtual reality with a state-of-the-art 6-degree-of-freedom motion platform, this massive underground lab features the world’s first hydraulic motion simulator that can mimic everyday environmental challenges faced by older people and those with disabling injury or illness.
Pure Ingenuity was contracted to design an access drawbridge for the lab, capable of bearing triple the normal OSHA recommended loading, with the ability to pivot out of the way of the motion platform`s displacement envelope. A lightweight aluminum design with hydraulic lift was envisioned, and built with a collapsible railing and canopy to maintain safety guidelines. Concept, design, solid modelling, fabrication drawings, manufacture, installation and controls were all part of the scope, which was completed and installed at the underground facility.
During the design phase, other projects came to the fore, including an aluminum staircase with adjustable ramp and force plates to study how falls on stairs happen, and what can be done to prevent them. Pure Ingenuity is proud to have met the engineering challenges presented by CEAL – an incredibly advanced project in the field of rehabilitative medicine, and one which has huge implications on the quality of life for elderly people and patients recovering from disability or illness.
At Pure Ingenuity, we try to couple sound engineering design with the most productive fabrication techniques – which is why we are pleased to announce the arrival of our brand new Trumpf 1030 laser. This is an advanced machine with advanced software, able to cut 5’ x 10’ sheets of steel, stainless steel and aluminum with amazing accuracy and speed. The laser’s parts nesting capability minimizes scrap and cutting time, enhancing productivity while reducing costs. This new capability will help us to shorten lead times, improve product fit and finish and deliver superior results for you.
On behalf of The Pure Ingenuity Team
Working at the speed of light
With higher accuracy and lower cutting costs than plasma or water-jet, the Trumpf 1030 laser is an incredibly fast and accurate machine for cutting a variety of materials in a wide range of thicknesses. In the past, we often sent work out to be laser cut, which meant we could be waiting days for a part to be returned. With the addition of our own laser we’ve cut that waiting time from days to hours. We can now cut a prototype, test it, revise it if necessary, and use it in production – all in the same day. Whether it’s a straight-forward or complex piece, we can cut it all in a fraction of the time it takes using traditional methods.
The best way to leverage the productivity gains attained with laser cutting is to incorporate them during the product design stage. Slots and notches added to sheet metal parts, during the design stage can act as assembly jigs which improve accuracy and reduce build time. Accurate fit up means welding is more precise so the part is less distorted and the finishing time is reduced. We will be showing examples of this technique in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime contact Matt Kicul to discuss the advantages of laser cutting in your next project.
Show me the…dough
A large Toronto baked goods and frozen dough facility needed to transfer a 30” wide web of dough from one production line to another.
The lines were travelling in the same direction, but were located 14’ apart. The solution was to flip the dough up over a 45 degree nose-bar onto a set of stepped belts to turn it 90 degrees, pass it over a belt conveyor to cover most of the span and then drop it over another 45 degree conveyor to turn it back on its way.
Using our experience and expertise designing food handling machinery, and our customer’s conceptual layout we designed two 45 deg. belts and a fabric belt to fit between the existing lines. The two 45s were designed to bolt on to the side frames of the existing lines while the fabric belt was put on casters and crafted with a folding nose bar to allow for easy removal and cleaning.
Capitalizing on the talents of our experienced fabricators, we were able to cut, form, weld and assemble stainless steel conveyor bodies, frames, scrapers, pans and trays. Many high tolerance, machined parts were produced by our highly skilled machinists to create the stepped, multi-belt design of the 45 degree conveyors. The result was that our customer attained production flexibility saving them time and money.
Skills used in this project:
- Solid modelling and mechanical engineering
- Design for food contact
- Sheet metal fabrication
- Sanitary welding and finishing
- Precision CNC machining