Value Added Services

Assembly

Are you in the market for more than one manufactured part? Seaborn is happy to provide assembly and integration as part of the manufacturing process. Save yourself and your employees some time and let us put together what we can in our shop before shipping the finished parts back to you.

Seaborn will make sure your parts are put together correctly and that each individual part fits your exact specifications for it. We check high precision parts using a CMM, accurate to a 0.002mm or 0.00008”.

We have assembled and integrated simple components to full robotic cells. We make sure your specifications are followed from start to finish. Testing and verification can easily be incorporated into the process.

With our in house capabilities and working with a select dedicated group we can supply all your product needs. From custom wiring harness to P.C.B. , bearing, and actuators. Everything you need to bring your product to market quickly and cleanly.

We will work with you on product development and cost cutting. From concept through to prototype and field testing we can be your manufacturing partner every step of the way.

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Contract Manufacturing

At Seaborn we pride ourselves on our accuracy, reliability, and honesty. If those seem like things you’re looking for in a supplier, then ask us about setting up a contract. We strive to provide the highest quality manufacturing for our clients. If you chose us to be your partner we will work tirelessly to help your business grow. At Seaborn, your product’s success is our success. Seaborn strongly believes in the importance of maintaining good customer relationships and that means listening to our customers. We work closely with our customers to fulfil their wishes and make sure the product they get accomplishes everything they need it to.

With a formal commitment from both sides, Seaborn is able to make sure that your parts are produced at the best possible price and are ready when you need them. You can trust the quality of our work.

Laser & Stamped Engraving

After making the careful choice to go with Seaborn Manufacturing, you realize you need a label on your finished product. You might need your company’s name, or maybe the name of the part to help with final assembly. Seaborn is happy to help with all your laser engraving and stamping needs. We will carefully write whatever you need onto your finished product. When we say that we’ll take your project from start to finish, we mean it.

Remind your customers where their incredible products came from with a well-placed company name. Finishing touches, like a neatly written laser engraving on the side of your product, help bring the project together. Functionality can also be improved with the proper labeling of a product. A “this way up ^” sign could be a real time saver for your confused customer. Even simple labeling part “A” and “B” could help reduce assembly time for your employees and prevent the confusion of similar looking parts.

MTR Tracking

Seaborn offers mill test reporting (MTR) to reassure our clients of the quality of our metal. A MTR is a quality assurance document that certifies a material’s properties. The mill test report will specify the chemical and physical testing results. It also states the product made of metal is in compliance with an international standards organization specific standards.

Seaborn always uses top quality metals, in the alloy of your choosing. We want our customers to feel comfortable knowing we would never compromise on the quality of our metal to save costs.  Because running a mill test report is timely, we do charge for this service. We are happy to offer you peace of mind, knowing our metal is the top quality you deserve.

Plating

Anodizing

Anodized products have an extremely long life span and can reduce maintenance cost by protecting the product from wear. Anodizing oxidises the outer layer of the product which makes it less effected by water, air, and other elements. If anodizing interests you, we have a great relationship with highly skilled suppliers that can do this finish.

If you’re looking for a way to lower the maintenance time and money for your product, anodizing can help. Surface stains and production marks are virtually nonexistent with an anodized product. To clean most dirt, a simple rinse will be plenty for an anodized product. Anodizing has a lower initial finishing cost than many other finishes as well as lower maintenance costs to offer long term savings.

Anodizing is a safe process. An anodized finish is chemically stable, will not decompose; is non-toxic; and is heat-resistant. Anodizing is an extended version of a naturally occurring oxide process. It is not hazardous and produces no harmful or dangerous by-products.

Anodized coating can still be welded, but it has a higher melting point then the base metal. We prefer t do any welding before the anodizing process takes place. It cannot be bent as the anodized finish is very strong and brittle. Any bending or tube forming work must be done before the anodized coat is applied.

Anodizing offers a huge number of gloss and color finishes. Anodizing also allows the metal to maintain its metallic appearance, unlike many other finishes. If the look of anodized metal doesn’t appeal to you, it also provides a better surface for paints, primers, and glues than bare metal.

Ask us about giving your project an anodized finish. Our supplier are highly skilled and we’ve never had a customer complain about their work. Consider anodizing your next project to increase its durability.

Black Oxide

The black oxide process is a chemical conversion coating. This means that the black oxide is not deposited on the surface of the metal like nickel or zinc electroplating. The black oxide coating is made by a reaction between the iron on the surface of the ferrous metal and the oxidizing salts present in the black oxide solution. Because of this, most nonferrous metals cannot be blackened. Oil treatments are often used after the blackening process to increase corrosion resistance and to produce a deeper black color. Blackening cannot be done over top of aluminum, zinc, chrome, or other plating finishes. It can done on bronze, brass, and copper plating as well as steel.

Black oxide is one of the thinnest finishes, so if tight dimensions are a priority for you this coating may be a good solution. Black oxide is not completely corrosion resistant, but it has the ability to absorb a layer of wax or oil to increase the corrosion resistance.

Black oxide parts lose a maximum of 1% conductivity, making it a good fit for coating electrical components. We work closely with suppliers who know the blackening process like they know the back of their own hands. Black oxide can be applied selectively to only a portion of the product, but it is not an exact procedure. Areas that you don’t want to be blackened (usually for dimensional restriction reasons) can be masked during the blackening process. Let us know if you’d like your parts blackened before we ship them back to you.

Blackening is often done for aesthetic reasons. Black oxide greatly reduces light reflection and is suitable for a variety of applications. Black oxide is also a better surface for paint and primers than bare metal. It can help to reduce chipping and flaking after the paint is dried.

Unlike painted products, welding black oxide does not cause fumes. Blackened products can still be bent, twisted and formed which is not an option for many other coatings. Contact us today.

Galvanized

Galvanization is the process of applying a zinc coating to prevent rusting. Like most other forms of corrosion protection, the zinc acts as a barrier between the steel and the atmosphere around it. Galvanized steel can be welded, but it emits toxic fumes. Galvanized steel is suitable for high temperatures, right up to 200°C. Galvanized steel can be identified by the crystallization pattern that appears on the surface, often called spangle.

Galvanizing outlasts many different coatings like paint, and can reduce maintenance costs with the product. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a galvanized product to last 70 years. Even if your product is larger than the galvanizer’s tank, it can usually be half dipped in then removed and the other half dipped. There are design considerations if you want your product hot dip galvanized. For example, the fabricated steel must allow the flow of the cleaning chemicals and molten zinc metal over and through it. This means that holes put in the proper location for draining and venting of zinc. There are other design considerations for having your product galvanized. If galvanizing is something that interests you, contact us and we can send a comprehensive list of the design considerations. We are here to help you.

The two main methods of galvanizing are hot dip, and electro zinc coating. Hot dip requires the steel product to be dipped into a bath of molten zinc. Electro zinc coating involves running a current through a zinc/saline solution with a zinc anode and steel conductor.

Hot dip typically produces a much thicker layer of zinc on the product, this is important if there are strict dimensional constraints. Our experienced supplier know which method is best for your product. Ask us about having your product galvanized before we send it to you. 

Nickle Plate

Nickel electroplating is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of nickel onto a metal object. Because of nickel’s slow rate of oxidation at room temperature, it is considered corrosion-resistant. The nickel layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, and wear resistance. Nickel also allows you to solder many difficult metals together. Nickel is one of the most common forms of electroplating. It even provides a natural lubricity.

Nickel plating can provide a bright and shiny finish to your product, and will maintain its brilliant finish under many severe conditions. It is often chosen because of its ability to hide minor imperfections in the metal part it covers. This covering property is known as levelling. Our supplier is very experienced with nickel and knows all the tricks of the trade to get your nickel plating done right and done on time.

You should be aware that nickel will tarnish and corrode, especially after it has been scratched. Nickel is not as durable as some of the other finishes. It does, however, take more wear than zinc or copper. Nickel is one of four metals that is ferromagnetic at room temperature and can sometimes be used to plate when a magnetic quality is needed. Nickel can also be plated with little or no stress on the part.

Cost wise, nickel electroplating is typically more expensive than zinc. The raw metal is more expensive and a thicker layer is often used. Nickel is mostly used when appearance is crucial. We have a close relationship with highly skilled suppliers who work with nickel plating every day. If nickel plating, or any other metal plating, seems like the perfect finish to your product then Seaborn will make it happen. Contact us about giving your next project a nickel plated finish. We are happy to help.

Stocking Programs

Seaborn Manufacturing’s value added services includes stocking programs for clients who require it. Ask us how we can help you with some or all of your project needs, even the financial ones. Seaborn is proud to help clients by offering consignment, kanban, and stock and draw programs.

Consignment is when you receive the product you ordered from us, but we maintain ownership of the product until you’ve sold it. This dramatically reduces the risk for you! This program is not available for all clients because of the risk associated with maintaining ownership of the goods. If you are interested in consignment, contact us and see what we can do for you.

Kanban is an inventory control system used to achieve just in time delivery of products. This system can help cut costs by reducing warehousing. Kanban works to maintain a certain level of inventory, when you get below this level Seaborn is notified and immediately sends another batch of the goods. This process is often referred to as just in time delivery or stock and draw. Essentially, we become your warehouse. With Seaborn’s 20,000 sqr foot facility, we have more than enough space to hold your product until you need it.

If you have heard of another stocking program that interests you, feel free to give us a call. We won’t take on just any program, but if yours can be implemented for a reasonably low cost and minimal work then we will certainly consider adopting it. Let Seaborn help you to minimize your costs and risk, call us today to ask about our value added services.