This forum is primarily,
2.Frequented by mainly single handed bench jewellers.
3. Whose main way of working is by fabrication.
As far as im aware, this forum is not used by factory production companies.
There are basically 3 ways of working metal for jewellery,
- As Ive said above, fabrication,
- Wrought work.
The machinery? for each method is different.
in the 1st,
you do not need much in the way of machinery as such, what you do need is a lot of skill and a natural talent, with years of experience.
In the 2nd,
you need all of no1 plus the extra skills and experience in,
- Wax modelling
3.The expensive induction Vacumn casting machines.
In the 3rd,
You need all the skills in no1, plus the extra skills and experience in,
- Drop stamping machines
- Hyd press work
3.Die manfacture and use
- Continious production auto feed punch and die crank presses
- Draw benches
- A tool room
- Fly or manual screw presses and tooling.
Then the staff to work all of the above.
The number of staff will depend on how big your business plan is to be.
In addition to you office staff, sales staff and most importantly your design staff,
Then a suitable building into which this all has to fit, in addition to the essential services ,
1.electricity in single and 3 phase
3.waste management to meet you local regulations
4.telephone and internet connections.
5.Proper staff, both male and female facilities.
6. Mains gas or propane, plus oxygen supplies.
7. Suitable benches/work places for the workers.
8. Polishing equipment, with vacumn dust extraction and silver recovery.
To provide a “Turnkey” installation will depend upon what ideas you have, and how much money is available to pull this all together. My gut feeling is youll need at least half a million dollars just to start with.
Finally, there is the ongoing cost of the training suitable staff in the use of all this possible machinery.
“IF”, the staff have no engineering, hands on practical experience in jewellery making, which ever way of making, your machinery will just sit there rusting .
Finally theres the time frame for all this.
I do know whats involved in establishing a jewellery factory, and wish you well. I might just be willing to act a the consultant in this project, but my time is committed for the next 6 months on a major project, after that I might just be interested.
My time tho is expensive. As real know how always is.
Edward. Vladimir. Frater