General Machining & Fabrication Guidelines For

Kaps-All Packaging Systems and Automate Technologies


In order to maintain consistent quality from our vendors, we have formulated these additional guidelines for use with all Kaps-All Packaging Systems, Inc. and Automate Technologies, L.L.C. part drawings. These guidelines are designed to help eliminate any confusion in what Kaps-All Packaging Systems, Inc. and Automate Technologies, L.L.C. expects from our vendors. Any parts made for Kaps-All Packaging Systems and/or Automate Technologies must conform to these guidelines as well as to any notes, which are on the part drawings. – unless otherwise noted.


Should you have any questions on “Quality” or “Fit and Finish”, call Kaps-All/Automate for clarification prior to making the parts.



1.      Price Quote Requests: When a Quote Request is issued, a new copy of the part drawing will be included. Make sure the drawing is the correct number and revision for the part being quoted. If you find any discrepancies, contact Kaps-all / Automate to clarify them.

a.      Include in your quote,

i.               The final delivered price for the finished parts.

ii.                 A firm delivery schedule from the time a Purchase Order is placed.


If you cannot manufacture the part as drawn, or within the time frame specified, please specify any variation in your quotation.


Also, if you have any suggestions to simplify the manufacture of the part, or if a quantity change would affect the price quoted, please advise Kaps-All/Automate.


2.   Purchase Orders: When a Purchase Order is issued a new copy of the part drawing will be included. Make sure the drawing number and revision matches the number and revision for the part being ordered. If you find any discrepancies, contact Kaps-all / Automate to clarify them, prior to manufacture.


3.   Delivery Dates: All purchase orders have a delivery date specified. If you cannot meet the specified delivery, contact Kaps-All / Automate immediately.


Blanket Orders: Some Purchase Orders will be blanket orders. The delivery schedule of the ordered parts will be specified. If you cannot meet the specified deliveries, contact Kaps-All / Automate immediately.


Parts Delivery / Shipping: All parts must be shipped / delivered to the address specified on the purchase order. Ship via the method specified on the purchase order. All shipments must be prepaid. No C.O.D. orders will be accepted. Kaps-All / Automate shipping receiving hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday thru Friday (except holidays). All deliveries must be signed for.

4.   General Appearance: All parts provided to us must be ready for immediate assembly without any rework. Our finished product is a reflection of both your pride and reputation and as well as ours.

All parts made for Kaps-All Packaging Systems, Inc. and Automate Technologies, L.L.C. must have a high quality appearance. In the material and finish, there must not be any pits, gouges, scratches, wording, visible plugs, cracks, unpolished welds and noticeable reworks, etc.


5.   Deburring: “Deburr all edges”, “Break all edges” and/or “Remove all burrs and sharp edges”. This means to machine, sand, file or polish the part to remove any burrs and to create a slight radius or chamfer of 0.015” Max. +/- 0.005” on all edges, holes, slots and corners (unless noted otherwise). These “deburred edges” must also be smooth.


6.   Painted parts: Clean all parts of grease, grime, oil and dirt. Steel and cast Iron parts must be primed with an appropriate primer (for the base material and the finish paint), then painted with two coats of paint. There are to be no bare spots, orange peel or runs in the paint. The finished surface should be smooth, glossy and clean. The insides of these parts must also be primed and painted (for corrosion protection). Do Not deliver parts unless they are completely dry.


The Gray paint is to be Delstar acrylic enamel number DAR 3452 or Sherwin-Williams “Silver” - Rex Number F63BXS6182-4342.

Delstar “Fleet Silver” Enamel (Mix number 33726 with 35 parts of 435 tint). Note: This paint, when mixed and applied properly, should have a light stainless steel look to it – Not a dark gray.


The White paint is to be Oxline 601 Non-Yellowing White Enamel.


7.   Polished Finish: If a polished finish is specified (ex. # 4 polish all sides) this means there should be a uniform straight-line grained finish. This finish is similar to a surface finish of “32G RMS”. The grain is to run in the direction of the long length of the part (unless indicated otherwise).


If this finish is specified on a non sheet metal part, the finish can be obtained by time-save sanding the part to a uniform grained 32 R.M.S. finish (as above).


Grained Finish

Ra (micro- inch)



Polish Number



Coarser than #4




Uniform Bright Finish

4 (industrial)



Brighter than #4 industrial

4 (Sanitary)



Semi-mirror Buff with some visible lines




Mirror finish completely buffed with no

visible lines


8.   Tumble Finish: “Vibratory tumble to a uniform matte finish” or “Tumble Finish” means to finish in a vibratory tumbler with plastic media.

A.  The parts should first have a smooth finish on all sides (32 RMS or better).

B.  Clean the part of any printing or words.

C.  Tumble finish the parts in a vibratory tumbler with plastic media until they have a uniform matte finish.

D.  When complete, there should be no writing or unfinished patches on the parts.


9.  Satin Finish: This finish is the same as “Tumble Finish”. See number 8 above.


10.  Anodizing: Sulfuric Anodize, Clear With Hot Water Seal AMS2471G (SAE) OR MIL8625E-Type II, Class 1

If the part has internal (female) threading, drill the pilot hole prior to anodizing. Thread/tap the hole after anodizing. Anodized parts must first be cleaned of any printing or words.

The parts must have smooth surfaces and a clean appearance.


Finished parts are to have a uniform finish that does not show any machining blemishes. Color: To be as noted on the drawing.


Royal Machine Style = Tumble finish with plastic media (in a Sweko Bowl), then Clear Anodize #4 as per Independence Plating


11.  Vibratory Sand, Orbital Sand or DA Finish: Sand all sides of the part to an even, uniform, matte finish. Sand the parts with a vibratory or orbital sander using 150 grit sandpaper. The surface finish should be 32 R.M.S. or better after sanding. Clean off all ink before sanding. There should be no words, printing, writing or unfinished patches on the parts when complete. Do not round over the edges of the part with the sanding (1/64” radius max.)


When noted, use a medium grade scotch brite pad or equivalent on the sander after sanding with sandpaper, to provide a smoother finish.


12.  Welded parts: All welds must be smooth, uniform and of high quality. They must be cleaned of burn marks. The parts must have a uniform finish after cleaning. There must be no stains or corrosion from cleaning fluids. Any sanding, grinding or polishing must blend into the surrounding finish (grain smoothness and direction). Any pits, pockets or uneven surfaces must be filled smooth to not allow bacterial growth.


13.  Slots: All slots must have smooth continuous sides. There must be no multi-punching and/or nibbling of slots. The slots can be milled, punched, water jet or laser cut.


14.  Nickel Plate: Make sure all parts are smooth (16 RMS or better) and thoroughly clean prior to plating to avoid blemishes and imperfections in the chrome finish. Nickel Plate to 0.0003” – 0.0005” thick, then Flash Chrome Plate.

15.  Chrome Plating: When chrome is specified, finish as noted below: Commercial Chrome – Chrome plate part with no prior finishing.

Wire wheel then chrome

Polished Nickel – Polish part to mirror finish, then Nickel Plate Polished Chrome – Polish part to mirror finish, then Chrome Plate Satin Nickel – Polish part to Satin finish, then Nickel Plate

Satin Chrome – Polish part to Satin finish, then Chrome Plate Tri-Chrome – Polish part to mirror finish, then Chrome Plate Hex-Chrome – Polish part to mirror finish, then Chrome Plate


16.  Black Oxide Finish: Make sure all parts are smooth (16 RMS or better) and thoroughly cleaned prior to finishing to avoid blemishes and imperfections in the finish. Finish to 0.0003” – 0.0005” thick. All machining must be done prior to oxiding.


17 A. Threads and Tapped Holes: All internal threads to be class 2B, unless specified otherwise. All external threads to be class 2A, unless specified otherwise. Any exposed external threads must have a protective covering to prevent damage from occurring in shipping. All tapped threaded holes must be “chased” prior to shipping and after all work on part is done. Check all tapped holes with an actual screw to verify the quality of your threads.


17 B. NPS Tapping: The tap must be passed through the plate you are tapping. If not possible, go at least a depth of ¾” of your tap length.


18.  Cleanliness: All parts must be clean and dry (unless a protective coating of grease is specified). All holes and tapped holes must be clean and free of chips, dust and oil. (Blow out with air)


19.  Labeling of Parts: There should be no manufacturers Part Numbers printed, labeled or engraved onto the parts unless noted otherwise.


20.  Material Substitutions: No changes, substitutions or equivalents are allowed unless approved in writing by Kaps-All or Automate. An example of this is using Polycarbonate sheet in place of the G.E. brand Lexan. This would be unacceptable. Use only brand names, etc. as per the drawings.


21.  Paper Covered Plastic and Polished Stainless Steel Parts: When specified, parts are to have a protective film (covering). Please note however that there are some protective coverings that are extremely thin and difficult to remove (especially after a period of time). Use only thick and easy to remove protective coverings. If we can’t remove the film easily, the parts may be returned to the vendor to be removed and recovered at vendors cost.

Check the drawing to see if one or both sides of the part require paper covering and cover as specified.

22.  Tolerances: Tolerances for manufacture of the parts are usually specified on each drawing. In general, dimensions using fractions have a wider tolerance than dimensions shown in decimal form. If the tolerance is not listed on the drawing, please contact Kaps- All / Automate for an updated drawing. For drilled, punched or slotted holes, use the drill/end mill size specified. The +/- tolerance does not apply to substituting a different size drill/end mill or punch.


23.  Weld Stud or Flangeless Weld Stud: A weld stud is a threaded stud which is welded to the material. Flangeless weld stud means that there is no flange. The threads go up to face of the base material.

 24.  Revisions: Make sure that the drawing you are using is the most up to date revision available. Make sure revision on purchase order matches your drawing.

25.  Quality Control: Please check all items thoroughly prior to delivery. If they are wrong in any way, we reserve the right to either fix the parts here at Kaps-All and will bill the vendor for time and material or return the parts to vendor for rework at which time, our time invested in assembly /disassembly, shipping etc. will be billed to vendor.

26.  Additional items may be added to this list in the future. However, to keep this list short, when in doubt use common sense. Never hesitate to call Kaps-All/Automate for clarification, suggestions, etc. prior to performing work.





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