Custom Fabrication and Welding News

Reinforcing Your Concrete Silo/Storage with Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 21, 2017 8:08:00 AM


Concrete silos provide adequate storage for fodder and forage. You may have invested in concrete silos for holding grain, coal, sawdust and other materials because of the cheaper price or lack of information about steel silos. You may be experiencing issues with the strength and integrity of your concrete silos that are putting your business at risk. Instead of paying to completely replace the silos, consider reinforcing them with steel. Steel silo reinforcements can save you money and give you peace of mind.

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Topics: Steel

What is 5 Axis CNC Machining?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining refers to the process of removing material with high-speed precision machines that make use of a wide range of cutting tools.

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Topics: CNC

Weld Fume Management

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When establishing a work environment that is not only compliant but comfortable, weld fume management is non-negotiable. Additionally, it is a valuable component to establishing and maintaining an edge over your competition. The skilled workers that you rely on to help grow your business efficiently and accurately will value the fact that you invest in managing your welding fumes. Ultimately, that is just what welding fume management is; an investment.

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Topics: Welding

Hot Rolled Steel vs. Cold Rolled Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When approaching a company for a quote on material costs for producing a product, you will want to know the differences between metals. One important difference to understand is hot rolled steel and cold rolled steel.

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Topics: Steel

What is Fatigue in Welded Steel?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Fatigue causes over 90 percent of failures in engineering components with welded steel parts. Fatigues on stationary equipment is a huge concern, however, it is crucial in mobile equipment, which experience unpredictable loads, making them susceptible to fatigue failures.

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Topics: Steel

Employee Spotlight: Nick Nijakowski

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Nick is responsible for conducting all of the weld inspections here at Swanton. Within those inspections, he is responsible for ensuring the overall quality of every weld which he inspects. This makes Nick, an invaluable member of our team. He spends his days inspecting fabricates and just about anything else that is needed.

In addition to his daily inspections, you can find Nick helping with project estimates, finding code requirements, and acting in a hands-on role with welding procedures for new jobs. Not stopping there, Nick Nijakowski extends himself generously to provide training to other employees so that they can become certified welders or fork truck operators themselves.

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Topics: Employeees

Understanding the Characteristics of Effective Bin Storage Fabrication

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 7, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Storage may not be the most exciting aspect of your business, but it’s nonetheless one of the most critical. Inadequate storage solutions waste money through inefficiency, lost goods, and excessive upkeep. To make sure the bin storage you’re having fabricated matches the needs of your business, and thus eliminates those sources of waste, you need to understand what makes good storage good.

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Topics: Storage

Five Advantages of Robotic Welding

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The demand for robotic welding and manufacturing is on the rise. In 2016 the demand for robotics in the metal industry rose by 39 percent. The increase in reliance on industrial robotics is a growing trend as companies compete to remain competitive globally. As business dynamics change, businesses must outdo bidders from all over the world. Cost, quality, efficiency and turnover time influence decision-making in business. This leads manufacturers and welders to look for solutions and alternatives that improve efficiencies.  

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Topics: Robotic Welding

Filler Metal Selection Basics When it Comes to Weathering Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A weathering effect is produced by the alloying of small amounts copper, nickel and chromium to a steel substrate. Not only does the underlying steel take on a pleasing brownish tinge but also develops a corrosion resistant patina. Weathered steel is used extensively in outdoor applications where rain, sleet and snow are expected and where the finished steel product will be visible to the naked eye. In addition, the weld joints between the steel components and the associated metal filler must also be subjected to the weathering process to match or complement the steel base metal. Here is a quick rundown on how it works:

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Topics: Steel

Understanding Your Spray Booth Filtration System

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A spray booth is a sealed environment built for the specific purpose of applying spray paint, usually for motor vehicles. A spray booth is sealed to prevent dust and other particles from contaminating the air inside. These particles will affect the final paint finish. Clean air is blown into the spray booth using fans and then extracted using another set of fans. There are two types of airflow systems used in spray booths. A cross draft system moves air horizontally across the area from one end to the other. A down draft system moves air from the ceiling to the floor.

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Topics: Maintenance