Custom Fabrication and Welding News

Now is a Great Time to Have a Domestic Fabrication and Machining Partner

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jun 30 2020

Metal fabrication is essential in a wide variety of industries across the country. However, some look abroad when needing custom equipment fabricated, structural steel, weldments, assemblies, and production fabrications. While partnering with a company overseas may cost you less up front, you may pay for it in the long run. This is especially true during a global pandemic.

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Fabrication Resources in the Midwest

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jun 25 2020

When you think of the midwestern United States, a few things come to mind. A strong work ethic, great hospitality, and beautiful wide-open spaces. Of course being America's breadbasket is an important aspect, but the Midwest also plays a huge role in the country’s manufacturing industry.

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Project Spotlight: Fulton County Hospital Office Addition

Posted by Steve Clymer on Apr 20 2018


What does it take to support a four-story medical office building?

It takes structural steel, and a supplier you can trust to deliver a quality product on time at a competitive price.

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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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Steel Fabrication Spotlight: 2-Solvent Separation Distillation

Posted by Mark Tschirhart on Sep 18 2017

Solvents play an important role in industrial manufacturing, processing, and certain lab applications. They can expedite or retard drying times, thin out solutions, clean/disinfect raw materials, and boost fuel performance. Custom distillation equipment gives companies the ability to separate crucial solvents for cost savings and workflow efficiency.  

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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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What is the Structural Steel Fabrication Process?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 19 2017

Structural steel fabrication is a multifaceted process that requires specialized knowledge, skills, and resources to complete successfully.To create structural steel beams, components, or equipment, a good metal fabricator follows a specific process:

Step 1: Ideation

The ideation stage can be as creative or as standard as the client desires. When you partner with a fabricator who provides custom structural steel solutions, you have the freedom to order unique pieces specific to your project. Whether you need beautiful, handcrafted ornamental rails or straightforward caged ladders, a custom fabricator can adhere to your exact needs.

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Fabricating Structural Steel Trusses

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 19 2017

The truss of a structure is its main framework, consisting of posts, rafters, struts, or bridges. Trusses typically contain of five or more triangular units, using straight components connected at joints, or nodes.Trusses can be made of different materials and take a variety of architectural shapes.

Many structures rely on steel trusses for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability. Steel is also one of the most flexible and versatile materials for fabrication.

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Why Are I Beams Used in Structural Steel Construction?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 18 2017

The I-beam, also called the H-beam, wide beam, W-beam, universal beam (UB), and rolled steel joist, is the shape of choice for structural steel builds. The design and structure of the I beam makes it uniquely capable of handling a variety of loads.

Engineers use I beams widely in construction, forming columns and beams of many different lengths, sizes, and specifications. Understanding the I beam is a basic necessity for the modern civil engineer or construction worker.

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The Various Types of Structural Steel Shapes

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 18 2017

Structural steel is one of the most flexible and versatile building materials on earth. Engineers have used structural steel to accomplish feats thought impossible, building massive skyscrapers and expansive bridges that have remained for hundreds of years.

To grasp the full potential of structural steel, one must understand its various shapes, sizes, and potential uses. Here is an overview of the many faces of structural steel.

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