Accurate Perforating Launches Enhanced Electronic Documentation

Want to save time, money and the environment?  Want to receive important order information automatically?  Or support our Green Initiative by reducing the use of printed materials and carbon footprint through eliminating transportation of the documents?   Well now you can. Through enhanced electronic documentation from Accurate Perforating, your company can receive all of the following documents electronically and directly to the appropriate contact within your organization.

>Order Acknowledgements

>Shipping Acknowledgements


You can specify the person or group of people who should receive each document.  This will increase the level of communications speed, order processing and reduce processing costs.  To learn more or sign up for Order Acknowledgement and Shipping Acknowledgement contact your Sales Representative or Account Manager.

To sign up for Electronic Invoicing contact Dee Tringl at  She will be happy to assist you.

Please forward this information to everyone in your organization that would benefit from these expanded services.  To keep up with the latest product, projects or service enhancements from Accurate Perforating please follow us on Facebook at

How do you see the future of fabricating?

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a line of metal enclosures painted yellow

I read the article “Fabricating the American Dream”  in the Fabricator last month, and it got me thinking.

Being a metal fabricator has changed significantly over the past decade. The skills required, the equipment used, and the pace of change look a whole lot different than they did just a few years ago. Indeed, a few years from now, we will look back in amazement at how much things have changed again. What doesn’t really change, though, is the value of a skilled metal fabricator. Companies are always looking for a well-rounded, skilled metal fabricator. But to achieve these skills takes time and effort on the part of the individual. The person must welcome change, have a desire to learn, and strive to be their best. For this effort, a person can expect career advancement and increasing pay. This is not to say there won’t be ups and downs. The economic reality is that people will get laid off and hired as the economy progresses, but the more skills you have, the more value you have to the company and the greater your stability. The future for Americans in the sheet metal fabrication industry is still promising, but several questions need to be answered.

Where can someone go to get training to get a start in the metal fabricating industry? It seems that vocational programs are disappearing from our high schools. Trade schools are few and far between. Share what you know and help an aspiring fabricator. Do companies still offer apprenticeship programs? How do you find them? What skills do you need to have to be considered? As Accurate Perforating looks to expand our value-added services to our customers, we face the same issues. With a limited availability of highly skilled labor, we offer a customized on-the-job training program. It’s not the ultimate solution for our industry, but it is a step in the right direction. Candidates for the training program must pass an aptitude test. This test quantifies the individual’s ability to perform job-specific math calculations and accurately read various measuring devices necessary for the position.

Join the conversation and share your thoughts and experiences. What is your company doing to fill positions? How did you get started? The future of metal fabricating could be in your hands.

Perforated Metal vs Expanded Metal

Perforated Metal vs. Expanded Metal—it is an age-old question that doesn't have a clear-cut answer. While we are clearly biased about which we think is best, we will take a brief dive into which product to choose: perforated metal or expanded metal.

What Is Perforated Metal?

different types of perforated metal

Around here, we joke that "we put holes in metal". And, at its core. that's correct. Perforated metal refers to a type of sheet metal or coil that has been punched or stamped with a pattern of circles, squares, slots, or other shapes. These patterns can vary widely, from simple round holes to more decorative designs. Perforated metal is commonly used in various industries and applications due to its versatility and functional properties. It can be made from different materials such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and others, depending on the specific requirements of the application. Perforated metal finds use in areas like architectural design, filtration systems, acoustic panels, ventilation, screening, and decorative purposes. Its perforations allow for airflow, light transmission, sound absorption, and visual appeal while maintaining structural integrity.


expanded metal

What is Expanded Metal?

Expanded metal is a type of sheet metal that has been slit and stretched to create a pattern of diamond-shaped openings. This stretching process results in a material that is stronger, lighter, and more rigid than the original sheet metal. Expanded metal can be made from various materials such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and others. One of expanded metal's key features is its versatility. It can be used in a wide range of applications, including fencing, grating, walkways, platforms, security screens, HVAC grilles, and decorative elements. The diamond-shaped openings allow for airflow, visibility, and drainage while providing structural support and security.

Deciding Between Perforated Metal Vs Expanded Metal

This decision is an ongoing predicament that many product designers, architects, and manufacturers are faced with today.

Far too often we hear that price solely determines many buyers’ selection process between the three. Price should be a factor when choosing one, but shouldn’t the selection of perforated, expanded, or wire also be about the application, the intended function, and the best product for the job?  When comparing the capabilities of the three across a variety of areas, perforated metal exceeds expanded and wire in meeting many of those requirements. However, while perforated metal does offer a vast array of functionality, expanded metal or expanded mesh uses less scrap and may be more economical in some cases.  A significant advantage of perforated metal is that it is typically stocked in a larger variety of hole patterns, materials, and gauges. 

Also, this chart below comes from the handbook of the Industrial Perforators Association (IPA). It compares the functional capabilities of these three product types.

This information should help to make the most logical decision of material for your next product or project. 

  Perforated Metal Expanded Metal Wire Cloth
Acoustical Capabilities:      
    Transparent to sound Yes Yes Yes
    Absorbs specific sound frequencies Yes No No
Radiation Containment      
    EMI/RFI Yes No No
    Microwaves Yes No No
    Allows Airflow Yes Yes Yes
    Control of flow rate Yes Yes Yes
    Control of particle size contained Yes Yes Yes
    Control of design Yes Yes Yes
    Control of lighting Yes No No
    Control of ventilation Yes No No
    Control of sound Yes No No
Fabricating/Structural Considerations:      
    "Open area" is part of a basic Yes No No
structural component and derives its       
strength and physical properties      
from it      
    "Open area" is separate and  Yes No No
attached to the structural component       
and has its own strength and physical