Custom Fabrication and Welding News

Differences in Stitch Welding Versus Seam Welding

Posted by Steve Clymer on Jan 04 2018

A fabricated structural steel product is only as good as the weld that keeps it together. Not only is it important for an engineer to determine the proper weld to use, but also the welding technique to implement. That can be a little trickier. 

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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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How Much Detail Do My Drawings Need for an Accurate Estimate?

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Aug 29 2017

It can be tempting to take initial drawings to a fabrication company for an estimate. Perhaps you are looking for a general idea of what a project might cost or you are against a deadline and need to get something for your customer to review.

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Does Galvanization Save Time on Fabrication Projects?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jun 13 2017

Galvanized steel is a better option for many reasons. After steel has been galvanized, it has a matte gray finish that blends in well, regardless of your surroundings. This process also extends the life of your steel and can save you time and money on your project.

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Examples of Heavy Fabrication Projects You See Everyday

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jun 12 2017

You may not realize it, but we are constantly surrounded by heavy fabrication projects. Below are some examples of these heavy fabrication projects you’ve likely passed on your way to work.

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The Benefits of a Laser Press Brake

Posted by Ken Brakefield on May 09 2017

Technology is speeding up the metal fabrication process across the board. The laser press brake is no exception. Today’s press brake operators can rely on computerization and laser technology to ensure precision and accuracy across a number of applications and metal materials. Evaluate technological capabilities when you search for project metal fabricators to expedite lead times and reduce project error rates.

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More Space Means More Capacity for Heavy Fabrication

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Nov 30 2016

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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4 Things Every Press Brake Operator Should Know In Their Sleep

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 19 2016

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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The Transformation of the Press Brake

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 14 2016

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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Project Spotlight: Structural Steel Accumulator Tower

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Sep 14 2016

Swanton Welding Company Inc., located in Ohio, recently completed work on the construction of two structural steel accumulator towers for a customer in the greater Detroit area.  Accumulator towers like these are important tools used in the coating of sheet metal.

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