Shorter lead times
West Star offers the industry’s shortest lead times on custom stainless steel products, including response times of less than 48 hours. Our 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility—the largest on the West Coast—lets us easily scale capacity and fabricate multiple projects simultaneously. Our automated equipment also fabricates “lights out” to maintain your tighter schedules. Unlike competitors, we never overbook our production. And we coordinate shipping so everything arrives complete and on time.
West Star eliminates worry over installation problems by using the industry’s most advanced equipment. Our precision lasers cut clean, de-burred edges so that pieces fit together perfectly, saving time on welding and polishing. Our computerized press brakes also form stainless steel to immeasurable tolerances without warping, so there’s no need for “hammering.” Everything is exactly designed to field dimensions.
West Star also ensures precision when incorporating outside-vendor equipment, such as warmers, heat lamps and millwork items. We work hand in hand with on-site superintendents and millwork vendors to ensure every part of your installation is perfect.
West Star designs products using advanced CAD/CAM software. We cut lead times and costs by emailing you an electronic “prototype” so you can review details—including any specified artistic touches—and provide input before fabrication.
This CAD/CAM data is then used to program our lasers to begin production right away. No further layout time is needed. (If desired, we can also stage your product and equipment and let your people field test flow and functionality.)
In addition to custom products, West Star has an enormous library of standard items ready for fabrication at a moment’s notice. Call for details.
West Star’s experienced project managers—most with 15 or more years at our company—will ensure your project runs smoothly and on time, despite schedule changes or the number of locations. We’ll coordinate all parties involved in your project, attend job site meetings, take care of equipment staging, do final walk-throughs and much more. And we make ourselves available to answer questions at every stage of your project.
Our production steps
West Star provides quotes on stainless steel equipment and refrigeration by reviewing top-down, 2-D floor plans provided by the restaurant designer or architect. These drawings are conceptual in nature. They may specify “NSF,” but often, not every item required for certification is shown (e.g., third-party cooking equipment may be called out but not specified). These drawings do, however, have most of the dimensions for us to provide an accurate quote in writing.
West Star uses AutoCAD to convert your custom 2-D drawings into 3-D designs. At this point, our experts also engineer your product to be NSF or UL certified and look for any problems with your initial design. For instance, we often find that a sink is not above a building’s actual drain location or is accidentally placed overtop an under-the-counter refrigerator. Our designers compensate for these problems so everything works in the real world while still adhering to your architect’s conceptual design.
Making sure your concept meets certifications is just one of the engineering requirements for final design. We also may have to split a long counter in two so that its legs land in the proper place. We make decisions on details such as types of faucets needed, the size of casters on rolling cabinets, and others. Your end product also has to be designed to fit on a truck (and maybe on small elevators). This is where West Star knows best.
Once the AutoCAD design is complete, we send you red-line drawings for review and approval. This is when you should let us know if anything on your end has changed (e.g., the drain was moved or you need a backsplash, etc.). A change order or purchase order may be required.
West Star’s first step in the fabrication process is layout. This is when we flatten your product’s 3-D AutoCAD drawing so it can be measured for sheet-metal cutting. A bill of materials for custom jobs also is created at this time.
Although rare, there are times when unforeseeable structural and NSF issues reveal themselves at the start of fabrication. For instance, additional cross-bracing may be needed for structural integrity where, say, a soda machine is supposed to go. The glass on a sneeze guard might need to be thicker in order to fit. Or, a material substitution could be warranted because of on-site humidity. Not every issue requires a price increase, but may necessitate another approval from you.
Once you’re satisfied with the final changes, we begin quality-controlled fabrication in full force: laser cutting, brake bending, welding, assembly, polishing and, finally, crating or packaging for shipment.
West Star will gladly stage any third-party-buyout equipment (e.g., dishwashers and ovens) that you want shipped together with your stainless steel order. You also have the option to have third-party equipment seamlessly incorporated into your stainless steel products during fabrication (e.g., a dishwashing machine built into the dishwashing-station counter).
When you’re ready to ship, West Star will gladly arrange for delivery or freight. Or you can make arrangements to have a third-party shipping company pick up your order at our factory via will-call.