Custom Fabrication and Welding News

Welding Carbon Steel to Stainless Steel

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Jan 03 2018

Stainless steel can be the steel of choice for many applications, but when it comes to heavy fabrication, the cost of creating large pieces entirely from stainless can be cost prohibitive.

Creating non-essential parts and framework from a lower costing carbon steel can help reduce the overall costs of larger fabrication projects.

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Project Spotlight: Truck Dump Platform Project

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Dec 27 2017

Building a massive metal device to lift semi trucks in the air and tilt them several degrees safely and securely is no easy feat. But Swanton Welding didn’t just fabricate one, the company created two at the same time.

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Reducing Costs Without Cutting Corners In Structural Steel Fabrication

Posted by Steve Clymer on Dec 22 2017

Companies are always looking for ways to increase profits and decrease spending.  But it is extremely important to save money where you can without compromising the quality or integrity of the product.

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The Science Behind Painting

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Dec 20 2017

Paint is the most commonly used material to protect steel and other metals.This is mainly done for two reasons; for appearance and for corrosion prevention. Why would you want your huge financial investment to look bad and just rust away?

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Employee Spotlight: Kody Kessler

Posted by Steve Clymer on Dec 14 2017

Key qualities of a successful project manager include integrity, vision, enthusiasm, competence, composure and team building. Swanton Welding project manager, Kody Kessler, embodies all of these traits and many more.

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Quality Control: Know Your Steel

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 30 2017

The absolute last thing you want in a fabrication project is for a steel structure to fatigue and fail. Quality steel could be the secret to successfully avoiding this.  However, quality steel is much more than meets the eye.

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Your Essential Guide to Fabricated Storage Tanks

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Nov 22 2017

The term “storage tank” has a remarkably broad definition. While it sounds simple enough, a storage tank will vary from person to person and industry to industry.  Custom fabricated storage tanks can be designed and built to contain organic liquids, non-organic liquids, vapors, or solids. These custom tanks are specifically designed and built with a customer’s need and usage in mind. Industries where storage tanks can be found are typically industries consuming or producing good, liquids, and or vapors. Industries like petroleum either in producing or manufacturing petroleum, chemical engineering and or manufacturing, and the agriculture industry for bulk storage. 

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Employee Spotlight: Toby Curtis

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 20 2017

A key role is understanding what the customer wants from start to finish is the project manager. The project manager communicates all the needs from the customer’s vision to the shop floor, and then to final delivery. Understanding the complex nature of metal fabrication takes years of experience. Toby Curtis, a Swanton Welding project manager, has this experience and knowledge based off his 23 year career as a Swanton Welding employee. He works with Swanton clients once their fabrication project moves from the estimating department into production.

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The Coal Mining Industry Relies on Steel Fabricators

Posted by Steve Clymer on Nov 17 2017

Mining uses many different devices, from conveyors to elevator lifts. These mechanisms require strength and flexibility, which steel can provide. Here are some things steel fabrication can provide for mining companies.

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Swanton Welding: The Next Generation in Machining

Posted by Steve Clymer on Nov 06 2017

 

Ever-changing demands in the industry require advancements in machining processes and tools that can perform the job faster, better, and with more precision. We aim to stay ahead of the curve, getting the best equipment available to fill the needs of our customers. The newest addition to our machine arsenal is the Mazak VCN-530C, which addresses our most immediate and consistent machining needs.

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