Custom Fabrication and Welding News

What does a Heavy Fabrication Facility look like?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Aug 26, 2016 11:59:35 AM

Heavy fabrication facilities, like the one operated by Swanton Welding, are mammoth buildings containing heavy equipment and large teams of dedicated workers. They are used for the kinds of projects that smaller fabrication companies cannot even attempt to accomplish: huge products that test the skill and knowledge of the fabrication team charged with their creation. If you want to understand what makes these facilities so special you need to take the time to learn about the equipment and personnel they utilize. Here are a few examples of the kinds of elements you would find during a visit to Swanton Welding’s heavy fabrication facility.

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Topics: Swanton Welding, Heavy Metal Fabrication

Laser Cutting: The Right Choice for Your Next Metal Fabrication

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 25, 2016 9:25:55 AM

When it comes to cutting sheet metal, there are numerous methods to consider. Plasma, water, and laser cutters are all great choices and can make the metal fabrication process significantly more efficient.  While there are pros and cons to consider about each individual method, our goal here is to brag about the benefits of laser cutters in the steel fabrication process.

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Topics: Cutting, Laser

Breaking Down the Basics of Ductwork Fabrication

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Aug 24, 2016 9:58:33 AM

Finding the Right Ductwork Manufacturer

There is a significant degree of importance placed on the ductwork system of any commercial or industrial property. The fabrication and installation of this type of system must closely adhere to all industry standards in order to ensure complete structural and functional dependability. The ductwork is responsible for conducting huge amounts of heated air and excessive dust throughout the building. These two components bring potential risks that must be considered.

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Topics: Duct, Ductwork

Fun Facts About Steel

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 23, 2016 2:23:16 PM

Steel is one of the most diverse and useful materials available today. It’s used in a variety of settings and can serve in a number of capacities. Steel also has plenty of competition on the market today. Wood, metal composites, and Fiber Reinforced Plastics are also excellent building material options, depending on the application. But by and large, structural steel truly is one of the most efficient, dependable, choices around. If you’re looking for a tad more information to help convince you why steel is so great, here are twelve facts you need to know about steel that could help you make up your mind.

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Topics: Steel

6 Important Questions to Ask Your Structural Steel Fabricator

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 22, 2016 2:31:31 PM

Steel fabrication has come a long way in recent years, but the effectiveness and impact of new techniques are limited without the right fabricator. Structural steel fabricators can cut, drill, form and weld this versatile metal to match your specific needs, transforming it into components that will then be used to complete your project.  The following questions will help you find a reliable structural steel fabricator.

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Topics: Structural Steel Fabrication, Steel

Sandblasting and Painting vs. Painting Alone

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 19, 2016 2:42:52 PM

The visual aesthetics and protective properties of a proper finishing for your metal fabrication project cannot be overvalued. As such finding the right paint, as well as the right method to apply it, is essential. You want your paint to look great, but you also want something that will withstand the battery and exposure your final product will encounter. That is where an examination and comparison of sandblasting and painting versus painting alone techniques can be helpful.

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Topics: Finishes, Custom Metal Fabrication, Paint, Custom Fabrication, Sandblasting

Horizontal vs. Vertical Milling: Which Is Best For Your Metalwork Job?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Aug 17, 2016 2:04:53 PM

Milling is one of the most commonly used processes in the metal fabrication industry today, offering skilled tradesmen a method for expertly cutting and shaping rolled steel. Although there are many different types of milling centers being used across the industry, they are generally categorized as vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers. Vertical Mills features spindles (cutting elements) that are aligned vertically. Horizontal Mills have a spindle that is parallel to the ground. Although the job of both machine types is the same, the production method of job completion looks a little differently. There are pros and cons to both machining choices, and it’s important to note that milling capabilities can vary between the two categories. But, when the right machining center is combined with the best operators, your specific metalwork job will be completed with precision craftsmanship.

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Topics: Custom Metal Fabrication, Cutting

Metal Rolling With Precision: Why It Should Matter To You

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 16, 2016 4:40:16 PM

Metal Rolling, the process of reducing and unifying the thickness of metal, is an art form. Although the work is done with the help of highly specialized machines, the task is still a multi-step process that requires skill, dexterity, and forethought from the operators. With the right combination of equipment, skill, and metal materials, a boundless list of highly adaptable and superior products can be created and used.

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Topics: Rolling

The Impact of the Clean Air Act Upon Welding Companies

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Aug 11, 2016 2:48:18 PM

The Clean Air Act refers to legislation designed to curb airborne environmental pollutants, creating cleaner and healthier air. While the legislation has had impacts on obvious businesses, such as those that burn or create coal, there have also been impacts on ancillary industries, including the field of welding.

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Topics: Welding

Project Spotlight: Fabricated Stainless Steel Catalytic Converter

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 9, 2016 5:29:27 PM

When using stainless steel piping during the fabrication process, you typically find a seam running down the side of the pipe. As the steel is forged and twisted onto itself, the bonding point completing the circle creates this seem. While strong, the seam is the weakest point of any welded material.

To produce a seamless stainless steel cylinder, several varying options are often used, including injection molding. Clients looking for the strongest metal available should not only consider the quality of the metal but a lack of seams as well. Seamless tubes are a very important part of the construction of stainless steel catalytic converters.

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Topics: Projects