Custom Fabrication and Welding News

Conveyor Fabrication Project for a Diamond Mine in Madagascar

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on May 25 2017

One of the best parts of being a custom fabricator with the capabilities we have is working on projects that are sent to all corners of the globe for the most interesting of uses. This particular conveyor fabrication project was completed and shipped to the customer back in 2008.

Project Details

The end product was a tunnel belt conveyor for a diamond mine in Madagascar that moved mined earth approximately 2 miles over several peninsulas to the main land for processing. Swanton Welding fabricated 

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Which Tools Are Most Essential for Performing Sandblasting Properly?

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Dec 11 2016

Sandblasting is one of the most effective ways of cleaning and stripping metal surfaces there is. The process involves propelling abrasive materials at an object for the purpose of altering it's texture or removing surface contaminants. Sand is one possible material but there are many more each with their own particular uses. It is an extremely valuable resource for any welding/fabrication company. However, it's important that you do it correctly and utilize the proper tools. Otherwise you might end up ruining your project or even injuring yourself. The sandblasting process is much quicker than attempting to clean or remove paint from a large surface by hand, saving you time, money and effort. However, the process is only as effective as the tools you use to carry it out.

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The Benefits of Sandblasting for Your Custom Metal Fabrication Project

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Nov 04 2016

Completing a custom metal fabrication job is far more complex than manufacturing a regular metal part. The measurements have to be precise, and all of the procedures have to be carefully chosen (including the kind of finish that would suit the part being made). It has been found that  sandblasting offers a distinct advantage for most custom metal fabrication jobs.

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What's the Difference Between SP6 and SP10 Sand Blasting?

Posted by Steve Clymer on Sep 16 2016

The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and NACE International issued joint standards which apply to the usage of blast cleaning abrasives to achieve varied degrees of steel surface cleaning before a lining system or protective coating is applied.  Inspectors, applicators, coating and lining specifiers, and others employ these standards in determining the correct grade of surface cleanliness for a project.

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Sandblasting and Painting vs. Painting Alone

Posted by Steve Clymer on Aug 19 2016

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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Why Flying Optics Give a Competitive Edge

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 15 2016

New technologies and equipment are continually improving the metal fabricating industry. For businesses to thrive in this competitive industry they must embrace the latest trends in the field. One of the most recent cutting techniques in the industry involves the usage of flying optics laser systems. A metal fabrication business that embraces this type of cutting system can gain a competitive edge over its competitors.

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Different Types of Abrasive (Sand) Blasting

Posted by Steve Clymer on Apr 14 2016

Abrasive blasting which is also commonly referred to as sand blasting is a process in which a medium is used to smoothen out or polish a rough surface.  In a world full of machinery and metal parts, rust and corrosion are a common pestilence. Thankfully, abrasive blasting is a quick and efficient solution to getting these metal parts functioning and looking their optimum best. This process can also be used to prepare surfaces that need repainting.

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