Custom Fabrication and Welding News

Managing Material Cost Fluctuations

Posted by Steve Clymer on Jun 28 2016

The prices of raw materials are currently fluctuating at unprecedented levels both in the United States and elsewhere in the world.  Since pricing is affected by the tightening of supply markets, this trend shows no indication of changing anytime soon.  In an article from the firm A. T. Kearney, entitled “Raw Material Strategy—Volatility is Here to Stay”, they state, “In today’s roller coaster ride of raw material pricing, firms that master the volatility can improve earnings by 2 to 5 percentage points, increase the security of supply, and improve supply chain operations.” As such, many welding and fabrication companies are raising their prices, and in the process are alienating their clients. However, there are ways to avoid this.

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Finishing Your Products - Painting vs Powder Coating

Posted by Steve Clymer on Mar 22 2016

When it comes to completing your welding/fabrication project, the choice of painting versus powder coating is often a tough one. In the end, both are worth your consideration, as both have unique pros and cons. Whether you are leaning towards a paint finish or powder coating, this information is bound to help you make the right decision. 

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The Most Common Materials Used in Metal Fabrication

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Mar 18 2016

Methods for metal fabrication range in complexity with respect to the desired qualities of the end product and the composition of the materials in use. Strength, conductivity, hardness and resistance to corrosion are all commonly desired properties. Through varying techniques in cutting, bending and welding, these metals can be used in a variety of products ranging from appliances and toys, to larger structures like furnaces, duct-work and heavy machinery.

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