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The Impact of Carbon Upon Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The transformation of steel is possible with carbon. The carbon content of steel changes the properties of steel for different applications. Tensile properties can create anything from bendable aluminum steel to shock-resistant armor plate by using a measured percentile of carbon in steel.

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Topics: Steel

Frequently Asked Questions About Structural Steel Fabrication

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

Structural steel is all around us, it's one of the most widely used materials in modern construction. Despite this, few are aware of the details involved when working with this versatile product. The purpose of this article is to help you form a better understanding of the industry and how it works by answering some commonly asked questions.

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication

Fabricating Structural Steel Stairs and Platforms

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Structural steel platforms and stairs are used in essentially every commercial building of any height in the United States. Fabricating them takes a combination of technical skill, the proper tools, and a good deal of practical experience. There are many ways to manufacture the end product, but here is a quick rundown on how the best structural steel companies process their fabrication projects in order to ensure that it runs as smoothly and as cost-efficiently as possible.

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication, Steel, Stairs, Platforms

How Long Do Structural Steel Products Operate at Peak Functionality?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Products made with structural steel are built for the long haul. Steel buildings tend to last much longer than structures made with alternatives like wood, brick, concrete and stone. Though there is no way to pinpoint the exact lifespan of products made with steel, it can be stated without hesitation that steel structures tend to operate at peak functionality long beyond property owner expectations.

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication, Steel

Facts About Structural Steel Fabrication and Durability

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication

How Is Structural Steel Made in the United States?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 9, 2017 11:50:30 AM

For more than 5,000 years, the human race has profited immensely from the use of metals for one reason or another. This benefit was increased enormously with the development of steelmaking, especially as it refers to the creation of structural steel in the 19th century by the Henry Bessemer's reconditioning process. The technology of modern steelmaking has continued to progress into the 21st century. Here is a quick history of how it all came to be and where it stands now:

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication, Steel

7 Benefits of Using Powder Coatings in Fabrication

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jan 5, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Powder coating is an extremely popular means of painting your parts with a variety of colors and finishes available. It provides a number of benefits over traditional painting methods which can enhance the value and viability of the finish in a wide range of applications. From the cost of coating to the durability and environmental impact, powder is a very effective way to provide a high quality  on your parts.

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Topics: Finishes

The Big Equipment Used to Complete the Big Projects of Structural Steel Fabrication

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Dec 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Large structural steel fabrication projects require a couple different components to properly be produced. You need to have a skilled team of fabricators that can interpret the blueprints and visualize the project. You need to have facilities that are equipped to handle the large footprint that some of these projects require. Finally, you need to have the proper equipment.

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication

Employee Spotlight: Jan Sulewski

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Dec 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Our most valuable resource is our people. We'd like to put the spotlight on another key member of the Swanton Welding team, Jan Sulewski.

Jan is our Controller and manages the finances for all three of the Swanton Welding locations. As you might imagine, her day to day is quite busy managing all the tasks related to accounting, invoicing, paying bills, collections, banking, assisting with large quotes, packing slips, setting up trucks, and anything else that needs to be tackled. Jan is the very definition of a team player and is willing to help where ever and when ever needed.

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Topics: Employees

What is Structural Steel and What Structures Can It Create(facts)?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Dec 22, 2016 10:12:32 AM

Structural steel is a construction material suitable for and used in making a variety of structural shapes. These steel shapes are classified into hot rolled and cold-formed structural steel sections. During the rolling process, it is not possible to produce these steel sections to the exact dimensions that are specified, therefore, you can bolt and weld them together in order to create a structural frame. These structural frame pieces can then be erected, braced, and secured together to make a structural framework.

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Topics: Steel