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November 1, 2021

Why ISO Standards are so Important


ISOs are commonly held to be by-word for quality in business. Covering a vast range of management processes or approaches, ISO standards are held by millions of businesses worldwide, demonstrating holders’ capabilities, compliance and...

September 14, 2021

Supply chain challenges: Autumn 2021


How businesses are adapting and overcoming ongoing market challenges: Recovery and confidence in the UK’s economy are continuing to grow, national figures suggest. This week employers have reported an extra 241,000 staff added to...

September 9, 2021

Methods of Deburring


What is a Burr in Metalwork? When machining or modifying a metal workpiece, sometimes the process used leaves a small ridge or protrusion of metal known as a burr. For the part to be completed to a high standard, these will need to be...

September 2, 2021

Difference Between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals


What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals? The primary difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals is the presence of iron within ferrous metals, whereas non-ferrous metals do not include iron (or enough to be...

August 23, 2021

The Future of Modular Construction


There is a mini boom going on across the construction industry. New infrastructure projects are starting and projects previously delayed by lockdowns are busy playing catch up, as the sector swiftly recovers from the pandemic. But...

July 13, 2021

Steel Price as at Q3 2021


As we move further into Q3 of 2021, steel prices are yet to show any signs of re-tracing to early 2020 prices anytime soon. That said, with the global steel supply improving it is likely the sharp price increases we have been...

May 18, 2021

Common Metals Used in Sheet Metal Fabrication


There are a wide range of alloys and metals which come in sheet form and that are used in manufacturing and fabrication. Which material is used depends on a number of factors such as weldability, formability, strength, weight, cost and...

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April 29, 2021

Coded Welding


Coded welding (otherwise known as “code welding” or “welding codes” refers to welding processes using specific methods. A “coded welder” will have taken a Welder Approval Test in a specific welding configuration, with some codes being...

April 28, 2021

Steel Price as at Q2 2021


According to S and P Global Platts Iron Ore & Steel Outlook, iron ore prices were tipped to continue rising which can be seen to be the case in the chart from Trading Economics. In December 2020 we wrote an article on why steel...

April 28, 2021

How Robust is Your Supply Chain?


Coronavirus and Brexit have raised a red flag over the supply chains of many manufacturers within Britain, leading many to ask, “how robust is our supply chain?”. This is largely due to the over reliance on China and using key...

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April 23, 2021

What are the 5 types of Stainless Steel


What Makes Stainless Steel Stainless steel is the name for a range of steels used primarily because of its corrosion resistance. It is made up of chromium, iron and (in some cases) nickel, molybdenum and other metals. For a metal alloy...

March 16, 2021

Standard Wire Gauge Table

Technical Resources

SWG Size in mm Size offered   Standard Sheet thicknesses 1 7.620mm 8.0mm   0.5mm 2 7.010mm 6 or 8mm   0.6mm 3 6.401mm 6.0mm   0.7mm 4 5.893mm 6.0mm   0.9mm 5 5.385mm 5.0mm   1.2mm 6 4.877mm 5.0mm   1.5mm 7 4.470mm 5.0mm   2.0mm 8...

March 16, 2021

Bend Tolerance Chart

Technical Resources

Mild Steel and Stainless Steel Material Thickness Ideal V size Min length of fold Fold allowance for this V(~10%) Down 1 V size Min length of fold Fold allowance for this V(~18%) Down 2 V sizes Min length of fold Fold allowance for...

January 21, 2021

Bringing Manufacturing Back to Britain


“Almost two-thirds of Businesses asked intend to increasingly move supply back to the UK” Manufacturing in the U.K. counts for around 10% of the economy and 9% of employment; the U.K. is a primarily service driven economy, meaning...

January 19, 2021

What is Powder Coating?


Powder coating is the process of applying a free-flowing, dry powder to metals (mainly), although modern technology allows for other materials such as carbon fibre, plastics and MDF to be powder coated by using methods which require...

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December 14, 2020

Why is Steel Price Increasing


Steel prices have continued to increase (as at December 2020) following a downward period during the peak of the lockdown. This is a global trend which is not looking to slow down or reverse any time soon. We discuss in more detail why...

December 1, 2020

New Home for ADS Laser Cutting


Leicester’s Iconic Fox’s Glacier Mints factory in Braunstone Frith has been acquired by ourselves, ADS Laser Cutting – the premier metal laser cutting, folding, fabrication and metal finisher. Providing bespoke to volume...

October 13, 2020

A Guide to Abrasive Blasting


We discuss the history of abrasive blasting, what types there are and provide an overview of the abrasive materials used as blast media. What is Abrasive Blasting? There are several reasons why abrasive blasting would be used, commonly...

September 17, 2020

Busy as Ever Amid Pandemic


As the premier metal laser cutting, folding, fabrication and metal finishers we have managed to remain open during the peak of the Covid crisis, with our order book now being back to pre-lockdown levels. Starting off with 2 employees...

September 10, 2020

Exceeding Expectations Case Study

Case Studies

Challenge Faced Our customer was unable to cut plates efficiently for a project where heavy emphasis was placed on quality.  Solution ADS Provided Utilising the latest Laser Cutting technology, with our most recent investment being a...

August 26, 2020

Reacting to Tight Lead Times Case Study

Case Studies

Challenge Faced Our customer was awarded an “out of the blue” project, which required a wide range of processes including consultancy, design, manufacture and installation into a London Mayfair five-star hotel – all to be done...

Welding Symbol
August 7, 2020

Weld Symbols UK

Technical Resources

Welding is one technique used in sheet metal fabrication with weld symbols being used to enable designers to communicate with coded welders etc., by placing welding information onto drawings. Welding Standards BS EN 22553 is the...

August 5, 2020

Laser Cutting vs Plasma Cutting


There is a lot of debate in the metal cutting industry about which method of sheet metal cutting is better, Laser Cutting or Plasma Cutting. Here we give a summary of each option’s benefits and an insight into how each technique...

Welded Aluminium
July 15, 2020

Is it Difficult to Weld Aluminium?


Within welding, one process of sheet metal fabrication, aluminium is often referred to as one of the more difficult materials to work with. We discuss what makes aluminium difficult to weld and best practices for producing high quality...

July 3, 2020

Types of Fabrication Techniques


The history of metal fabrication, alternatively known as metalworking, dates back to ancient times with the development of civilisation largely being down to the discovery and deformation of metals. To begin with these metals were used...

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June 18, 2020

How Has Lockdown Changed Customer Visits


What is the Future for Customer Visits? As we now begin to come out of the other side of lockdown, with some parts of the world opening up fully and returning to some form of normality, the UK seems to be on a similar trajectory as...

June 11, 2020

What is Sheet Metal Bending


The sheet metal bending process, which is also referred to as forming, folding, edging, flanging and die bending, is a process of deforming sheets (by putting a bend or fold into it). Essentially turning a flat piece of metal into a...

June 1, 2020

The Day After Tomorrow


Co-Founders and Directors, Duncan and Stephen Keates, speak about how ADS Laser Cutting adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic to be able to stay open, servicing existing and new enquiries throughout and how these adaptations may become...

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April 17, 2020

Is There Pent Up Demand in UK Manufacturing?


Coronavirus: China manufacturing economy bounces back strongly after lockdown China’s official manufacturing PMI in March was 52, back from an all time low in February and higher than forecasts – South China Morning Post...

April 8, 2020

After the Virus


After The Virus….. What Can You Do? Sometimes when you are head down in a crisis, it is almost impossible to think beyond it. Businesses must now strive to lift their heads up and look forward. Clive Woodward, the only England Rugby...

April 1, 2020

High Quality Packaging Case Study

Case Studies

Established in January 2018, I and N Signs specialise in built-up lettering of varying styles and these can be built in both stainless steel and aluminium. Also specialising in folded aluminium fascia panels, projectors, frameworks,...

March 31, 2020

Covid 19 Free Express Delivery


Our team has adapted well to the current situation, of which we are very proud and as a company we are doing our bit to assist in the current crisis by prioritising enquiries from medical companies and offering our express service free...

March 27, 2020

Fully Open and Operating Against Covid-19


In light of recent events, we have found a spike in the number of enquiries coming in from the medical and pharmaceutical industries. These are not typically our core sectors, but the pandemic has affected not only our personal lives...

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Update


I wanted to send everyone a personal message. Here at ADS Laser Cutting Limited during these challenging times, our prime focus has been to ensure the safety of our staff and customers whilst continuing to metal laser cut, fold,...

February 26, 2020

Economic Impact of Coronavirus


The Coronavirus medical impact has been reported widely, but it is the Economic impact which is now challenging businesses worldwide. China’s economic growth is expected to slow to 4.5% in the first quarter of 2020, with this being the...

February 26, 2020

Design Service Case Study

Case Studies

Townsend Systems are a well-established family business who work closely with suppliers, designers and manufacturers to provide innovative products and solutions predominantly within the furniture industry. Challenge Townsend Systems...

Trumpf 10kw cutting sheet metal
February 26, 2020

Million Pound Investment to Grow and Create Jobs


While many businesses have not made investment decisions because of uncertainty and lack of confidence brought about by Brexit, we have invested in a new metal laser cutting machine from manufacturer Trumpf at a cost of £1m. The...

Charles Townes
February 13, 2020

How Does Laser Cutting Work?


Laser cutting is typically the first fabrication process within metalwork projects, and can be summarised as: A high intensity beam of infrared light being generated by a laser. The beam is focused onto the surface by different means...

January 28, 2020

Fabrication Materials List

Technical Resources

List of Materials Used in Fabrication Many materials can be used in fabrication. Primarily though, a range of metals are used for projects across a number of sectors. Some of the materials which are used in metal fabrication are: •...

July 15, 2019

Great feedback from a customer is always welcome!


People don’t say it enough. We’re quick on the phone to belly-ache if you’re 5 minutes late with something, even though we’re quite unreasonable in our expectations. But on this occasion, thanks very much for getting our stuff out to...

April 1, 2019

Exceeding Expectations in 2019


Can I express my huge thanks to you and your team for working together to get our order delivered to us today. You were even earlier than your own optimistic delivery date by one day, amazing! This has now given us extra time in which...

January 10, 2019

New investment in 2019


We are pleased to announce that we are now the proud owner of a Timesaver machine that will allow us to apply a brushed finish to your laser cut parts. The bed is 900mm wide. This will allow us to provide stainless steel and aluminium...

May 21, 2018

Andrew Edwards – Testimonial


Hello, Please find attached Purchase Order No. 4368 – Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries relating to this order. Thought you might like some feedback too….absolutely delighted with your service, excellent...

May 21, 2018

Darren Robinson – Testimonial


Morning Stu, I hope you are well. I just wanted to send you a quick message to say thank you very much for getting these galv panels turned around in such quick time for me. It is very much appreciated. When I consider that you didn’t...

September 5, 2016

ISO 9001 : 2015


We are proud to announce that ADS has achieved the Quality Management System which complies with ISO 9001 : 2015. This covers the following activities for a variety of materials: Laser Cutting Folding Fabrication Painting For more...

July 19, 2016

Phillip Woods – Testimonial


To all at ADS Just wanted to say a big thank you for the tremendous effort you went to, to get our job our on time, we handed the job over with an hour to spare! So any delays would have caused us a lot of problems. Please pass this...

June 13, 2016

ADS invest in Power Rollers


ADS is pleased to announce the delivery of Power Rollers in 2016. This will allow us to supply both cylindrical and cone shaped parts for many applications (such as ductwork and ventilation). We are able to roll up to 2000mm in length...

July 22, 2015

ADS Laser – Cutting Edge Design


At ADS Laser we are proud to be at the cutting edge of the industry and are often asked by our customers to assist with unusual or irregular projects. In 2014 we were approached by building and construction firm Ellis and Hughes who...

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February 9, 2015

ADS Laser Cutting Celebrates 10th Anniversary


We are pleased to announce that it has been 10 years since ADS  began servicing customers in Leicestershire and beyond! We wish to thank our customers for their continued support and are looking forward to the next 10 with the same...

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