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  • Metalshop Project: Adjustable Rackmount Tray

    The newest project to come out of our metalshop: a rackmount tray with adjustable sides. The sides can be adjusted via the slider to different widths, in accordance with the customer's needs.

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    Got a metalworking project for us? Inquire at Our in-house metalwork and design team can help you get what you need!

  • Metalshop Project: Rackmount for touchscreen monitor

    New project for our in-house metal shop: Designing and fabricating a rackmount for a touchscreen monitor.


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  • Custom Panels for Recording Studio - Populating the connectors

    Continuing work on populating the custom panels that our metalshop is building for a recording studio!

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  • Another successful metal shop design!

    Our metal shop just dropped of one of our first external orders!

    The client wanted some chassis built with computer-like ventilation grills, to host vintage amplifiers. These were designed, prototyped and built in our in-house metalshop.

    We can't wait to do more custom designs like these for our clients! Visit our metalwork and design page to see what we can do for you:

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  • Building our NAB booth - final installation!

    The inspiration for our NAB Booth:

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    How we made it happen...

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  • Moving forward with building our NAB 2015 booth

    When we last touched on the matter on our new booth for NAB 2015, we had already decided on a theme, and had some preliminary plans drawn up. However, it was still only an idea storming around our heads, a tentative gameplan yet to be followed through on. Now, though, it was time to put that plan into action.

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  • The beginning of the booth - sketching out a plan

    As we established in our last post about NAB, it was clear that a new direction was needed when preparing for NAB 2015, and our change of location gave us a great excuse to do exactly that. Creativity, resourcefulness and a whole lot of forethought on part of our design team, allowed us to come up with a spectacular booth design for 2015. But Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was our booth (although Rome presumably took longer, all things considered.)

    Taking inspiration from this Harley Davidson booth design by Maya Bakalars, we decided to go with a retro theme, which would further highlight our roots as the longest-standing broadcast manufacturer in Canada. We wanted to incorporate vintage elements such as a record player, while integrating that with our forward-thinking product solutions for modern-day applications. We knew from early on, also, that we wanted to feature the colour green considerably, as that is the Ward-Beck colour. We're going back, and we're going green!

    Some preliminary sketches helped us pin down the idea of what direction we wanted to go, in regards to design and aesthetic.

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  • It begins with a brainstorm...

    NAB 2015 is fast approaching! Time for the yearly rush, getting everything organized and in place before the broadcasting industry's greatest tradeshow rolls around.  This year, we were moved to an awesome new location (Booth# C2541), and the new location meant a whole new booth and a whole new booth design!

    It was clear that a fresh approach was need for NAB 2015, and we were in sore need of inspiration! Off to Google we went, therefore, looking at what others had done with 20 x 10 exhibition spaces. We searched many sites, looking for that spark of inspiration. The one below, for Harley Davidson, caught our attention: Continue reading

  • Tool of the Day: Bending Machine (A short journey into the metalwork behind Ward-Beck product packaging)

    In contrast to our last tool of the day, this one is quite large.

    Many of our hall mark Ward-Beck products are encased within metal packaging. The lightweight aluminum we use for this purpose is a lot easier to carry than heavier metal like steel, and affords a degree of protection and durability that plastic casing often cannot.

    However, as is the nature of the beast, the raw metal has to go through a lot of steps before becoming the final packaging that you see in products such as our PODs and AMS monitors.

    Before anything can happen, of course, the packaging design has to be finalized by R & D, and sent off to get cast. Once the metal pieces that make up the packaging arrive, in the various shapes and sizes needed, it is time to get to work. One of the initial processes involves using a bending machine to get these metal pieces into the right shape.

    The tool you see below is a bending machine. Dave, the manager of the Ward-Beck metal shop, was kind enough to take us around the various machines in the metal shop, and show us how this one in particular worked.

    The pieces of metal are fed through the bending machine, and various bending tools are used to twist the metal into the desired shape. For this machine, there is a top tool and a bottom tool inserted into the machine. When the machine is at work, these two tools press together on the metal to bend it. Below, you can two bending tools already inserted into the machine, ready to work their magic. Inset, you can also see some of the different varieties of top and bottom tools we have available for use.

    Here is an animation of the bending machine at work, demonstrated once again by Dave Adams.

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