Manufacturing of sheet metal followsan industrial process, forming sheet metal into thin, flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking and it can be cut and bent into a variety of shapes. The finished products may have varying thicknesses, from an extremely thin foil or leaf to thicker than 6 mm plates.
Running a continuous sheet of metal through a roll slitter forms the sheet into coils. Apart from coils, sheet metal is also available in the form of flat pieces.
A traditional, non-linear measure known as the gauge is used to measure the thickness of a given piece of sheet metal; the thinner the metal, the larger is its gauge number. Steel sheet metal most commonly measures from 7 to 30 gauges. Metals like copper and aluminium are measured in ounces, which represents the thickness of 1 ounce of copper that is rolled out in an area of 1 square foot.
Titanium, nickel, tin, steel, copper, brass, aluminium are a few of the metals that can be made into sheet metals, while platinum, gold and silver are made into sheet metals mostly for decorative uses.
Sheet Metal Components manufacturers in India produce sheet metal that is used for car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs for buildings (architecture) and many other applications. Historically, sheet metal had an important role to play as it was used in plate armours worn by cavalry. Even today sheet metal continues to have many decorative uses, as being used in horse tacks. Laminated steel cores, or sheet metal with high magnetic permeability is used in electric machines and transformers.