Custom Fabrication and Welding News

More Space Means More Capacity for Heavy Fabrication

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Nov 30, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Swanton Welding Company just increased capacity once again.

In our Heavy Fabrication facility located in Wauseon, Ohio, we added an additional 50,000 square feet of space. This brings the total square footage of this location to 115,000 square feet.

What Does This Mean For You?

This additional capacity in our heavy fabrication facility allows us to take on more projects including those very large in size and with short lead times. Take a look at a video tour of our heavy fabrication facility.

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Topics: Heavy Metal Fabrication, Custom Metal Fabrication, CAD

How to Estimate Steel Requirements for Your Project

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 29, 2016 12:47:58 PM

Projects that involve steel can vary a great deal in terms of price based on a variety of different factors. In fact, the price can vary a great deal on just a day to day basis. Taking the proper steps to construct an estimate is critical to coming up with an accurate price for any proje
ct involving steel.

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Topics: Steel

Structural Steel Fabrication and Today’s Construction Market

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The construction market is a living beast. You can perform a simple search online and see this for yourself. Do so and you'll find hundreds upon hundreds of results discussing current trends, what's in and what's out and what to watch out for next year. However, no matter what changes time may bring to the industry there are certain things that never go out of style. Structural steel fabrication is one of those perennially useful methods that makes up a large part of the foundation of construction, welding and fabrication.

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Topics: Steel

How Much Time Does Your Fabrication Process Require?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The whole purpose of outsourcing your metal fabrication process is to leverage resources and skills you can afford to host in your own production line. In this case, the time to delivery is crucial, as it will help you plan the rest of your project. This gives rise to the biggest question everyone has in mind before signing a contract: how long will the fabrication process require?

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Topics: Custom Fabrication

We Introduce Our New Sales Manager Mark Tschirhart

Posted by Steve Clymer on Nov 17, 2016 10:46:56 AM

At Swanton Welding, our 60-year history of serving our customers with the highest level of workmanship, expertise, and professionalism speaks for itself. We happily represent the men and women that put hard work into our company each day. They consist of many gifted, hardworking individuals who bring their very best to what they do.

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Topics: Swanton Welding, Custom Fabrication

How Much More Durable is Powder Coating Than Paint

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 16, 2016 10:57:12 AM

Since the 1950's, powder coating has become a popular process for both decorative and protective finishes in manufacturing. In fact, it is used in nearly every major manufacturing business today. These include furniture, architecture, automotive, and appliances. It is available in a large range of textures and colors.

The Process

In order to understand why powder coating is a better choice over wet painting, it is important that you know how it works. Organic powder is applied to the object in an electrostatic manner, which means it uses charged particles to paint a piece more efficiently. These pieces are metal parts that require the decorative and protective finish mentioned above.

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Topics: Paint

Understanding the Difference Between Galvanized and Stainless Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Because stainless and galvanized steel have a similar look, they are often mistaken for each other. But the two types of steel are markedly different in terms of strength, weight and composition. In order to find proper use for each type of steel, you need to be able to tell the two apart, as both are used for different applications.

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Topics: Steel

Knowing When Stairs Need to Be Included in Your Fabrication Project

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are several rules that need to be followed while deciding whether or not to add stairs to a fabrication project, as set forth by OSHA. Let's take a look at some of the rules in greater detail:

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Topics: Stairs

How Economical is Structural Steel Compared to Other Materials?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 11, 2016 2:57:33 PM

Today, a wide range of building materials and architectural methods are available to anyone seeking to create a custom construction project. But which of these alternatives is the best - and how can you tell? Well, one important metric in all design builds is economical efficiency. Let’s take a look at how structural steel stacks up against some of the other most industrially important building materials out there on the market.

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Topics: Steel

Which Kinds of Projects Require Powder Coating?

Posted by Steve Clymer on Nov 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Powder coating is something that the average person sees every day but simply does not recognize. This extremely durable finish can be found just about everywhere. It is used to coat everything from household appliances and backyard furniture to bicycle frames and car bodies. Powder coating is also an incredibly useful and valuable industrial coating.

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Topics: Powder Coating