Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. As the international community becomes more environmentally conscious, the renewable energy sector will keep expanding. The clean energy industry continues to gain economic influence, with investment in the sector expected to exceed $2.6 trillion by 2025.
This explosive growth is increasing demand for specialized components to be used in solar, wind, geothermal, and other clean energy power plants.
Quality Renewable Energy Components
Keats Manufacturing is a top provider of complex precision metal stamped components, wire formed parts, and assembly services. With more than 60 years of experience, we are dedicated to creating accurate and uniform parts using state-of-the-art stamping press and four-slide equipment. We affirm our commitment to quality with a lifetime guarantee on our superior metal-stamped parts, which include:
- Terminals and Contacts
- Brackets and Clips
- Grounding Straps and Busbars
- Shields, Plates, and Cases
- Inserts and Retainers
- Clamps, Washers, and Springs
- Covers, Sleeves, and Bushings
- Heat Sinks
- Fan Blades
Common Renewable Industry Applications
Metal stamping is a versatile and highly accurate process that allows for the creation of durable precision components for a variety of renewable energy applications. Common clean energy applications that benefit from metal stamped parts include:
Solar Panel Wiring
Solar panels include specialized wiring systems that use metal-stamped mounting hardware, fixtures, and wiring clips to ensure organization and operational efficiency.
Inverter and Controller Enclosures
Inverters and controllers are used to convert raw renewable energy from solar panels and wind turbines into AC power for use in our daily lives. They are highly sensitive and must be protected from exposure to extreme temperatures, wind, moisture, and UV exposure common in outdoor environments.
Aluminum Frames and Support Posts
Metal stamped aluminum frames and support posts are a key element in both solar and wind arrays. As most renewable energy arrays are exposed to harsh outdoor conditions, it is important that frames, posts, and other supporting equipment be reliable, durable, and free of imperfections that could compromise the integrity of the support structure.
Solar trackers orient solar panels toward the sun as it moves each day. The improved level of solar exposure increases the energy output of the solar array for more efficient power production.
Brackets, Fixtures, Fasteners
Small but critical hardware components such as brackets, power supply fixtures, and fasteners are used in every renewable energy structure. Quality hardware ensures that equipment is secured and reliable, even in inclement weather.
Electronic Components and Connectors
Quality electronic components and connectors ensure that the energy harvested by clean energy power plants is directed smoothly and efficiently throughout the system. Connectors and other electronic components must be manufactured within extremely tight specifications in order to ensure optimal system operation.
Metal Stamping Materials
Metal stamped components can be manufactured using a wide range of materials, which vary depending on the components’ applications. Some of the more common materials used for metal-stamped parts in the renewable energy sector include:
- Phosphor Bronze
- Stainless Steel
Some of the additional/secondary services that Keats offers include:
Why Keats Manufacturing?
At Keats, we know that the renewable energy sector is an evolving industry, and corresponding developments in clean energy equipment will require innovation and flexibility. We are pleased to offer full-service, custom metal stamping from the initial design conceptualization through manufacturing and assembly. Our highly experienced engineers and specialists can produce unique and complicated metal stamped parts to specifications within extremely tight tolerances.
In addition to offering our metal stamping services, we offer a portfolio of secondary services, including:
- Product Assembly
We are dedicated to providing quality products that meet and exceed key industry standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and TS 16949 certifications. Our products are manufactured with consistency, speed, and efficiency, allowing us to provide superior products at the industry’s most competitive prices.
Through the use of CAD, appropriate tools, and stringent quality control, Keats ensures the uniformity of each component as it is produced. We make it a point to conduct regular CPK studies on our process to ensure a high level of repeatability.
Our state-of-the-art machinery and industry experience allow us to produce large orders for high-volume projects with the fastest speed and greatest efficiency. We streamline our production processes to minimize waste and optimize the use of raw materials to keep costs low and drive competitive pricing.
To learn more about metal-stamped parts and materials in the renewable energy industry, access our eBook, “Choosing the Best Raw Materials for Metal Stamping.”