Custom Fabrication and Welding News

A Crash Course on the Press Brake: Three Styles of Metal Bending

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 26, 2016 12:18:00 PM

If you’re not immersed in the metal fabrication business day-in and day-out, you may get a little overwhelmed by the amount of terminology that you’re hearing and reading about from the fabricator. How are you supposed to know the differ


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Topics: Bending

5 Reasons to Say ‘Yes’ to Structural Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Structural Steel, wood, and reinforced concrete: there are many different materials that can be used to complete a commercial or industrial building project. When you’re in the midst of a building project, there are many factors to consider when selecting the specifics of the plan. But with a little research and careful planning, many of these decisions don’t have to be difficult ones.

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Topics: Steel

Overcoming a Major Obstacle in Sheet Metal Bending

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 24, 2016 12:29:39 PM

When it comes to sheet metal fabrication, there are always a number of issues to be concerned about. Some of those issues are caused by human error; miscalculations or straying from the job specifications are just a few examples. Others are not so avoidable. Sometimes, there are simply other forces that come into play that affect the outcome of the project. One of these most anticipated, yet very common problems of sheet metal fabrication is the issue of springback.

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Topics: Bending

4 Things Every Press Brake Operator Should Know In Their Sleep

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 19, 2016 11:54:51 AM

There are welding and fabricating companies all across the country boasting about their capabilities. Some of these companies truly are experts in their field, while others simply employ good marketing companies to promote their services. When it comes down to it, an exceptional metal fabrication company can be accurately identified by the standard of work that they produce day-in and day-out. As the old saying goes, “Actions really do speak louder than words,” and in the world of metal fabrication, a major component of a successful project is the operators and fabricators who work tirelessly to complete the job.

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Topics: Heavy Metal Fabrication

The Transformation of the Press Brake: How it Revolutionized Fabrication

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 14, 2016 12:50:07 PM

Advancements in technology are responsible for the growth and expansion of nearly every industry around, from the automotive industry to the travel industry and everything in between. Metal fabrication is no exception. Fabrication technologies over the last 50+ years have changed the way metal forming and welding has looked. One such tool that has changed dramatically over the decades is the Press Brake. The changes that have been made have allowed for greater productivity, decreased costs, and increased consumer satisfaction; three goals that every metal fabricator aims for.

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Topics: Heavy Metal Fabrication

Water Tank Fabrication and the Parmigiani 4 Rolling Machine: The Perfect Combination

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 6, 2016 9:15:00 AM

Constructing welded steel water tanks is a highly specified process, and must be accomplished while meeting very strict standards set in place by the American National Standards Institute and the American Water Works Association. Corners can’t be cut; safety standards can’t be compromised; quality materials shouldn’t be sacrificed to save money. If these irresponsible fabrication choices occur, the products, and those depending on them, are put at risk. Manufacturers who utilize the best tools, with the most skilled fabricators, can help to ensure that every project is completed with excellence and high standards.

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Topics: Custom Metal Fabrication, Rolling

Swanton Main Facility Video

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM


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Topics: Swanton Welding, Custom Metal Fabrication

Metal Rolling With Excellence: 3 Factors For Success

Posted by Steve Clymer on Oct 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Metal rolling and bending are highly specialized, multi-faceted processes that almost all metal products will undergo at some point in their fabrication and choosing a fabricator to make this happen is a decision that should be carefully considered. Not all fabricators or formers will produce exceptionally high quality metal forms simply because they say they can. It takes a combination of the right tools and the most skilled fabricators to successfully form metal into a wide range of circular forms for a diverse range of applications. When the right combination is found, metal rolling can increase production rates and provide close control over the fabrication process.

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Topics: Custom Metal Fabrication, Bending, Custom Fabrication, Rolling

Wauseon Swanton Welding Heavy Fabrication Facility

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Sep 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM


The Swanton Welding Heavy Fabrication Facility is located just outside of Wauseon, Ohio.

The facility can handle small and medium sized fabrication, as well as large fabrication projects. The specialized features used for larger fabrication projects are overhead cranes and the large floor space.

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Topics: Swanton Welding, Company Information, Structural Steel Fabrication

Employee Spotlight: Johnny Sulewski

Posted by Steve Clymer on Sep 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

For 60 years, Swanton Welding has been focused on providing each and every one of our customers with high-quality service, expert workmanship, and true professionalism. This is accomplished through the daily, ongoing efforts of the truly talented men and women of Swanton Welding who dedicate themselves to bringing their best, day in and day out.

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Topics: Employees