Custom Fabrication and Welding News

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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The Most Famous Structural Steel Structures in the World

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 18 2017

Structural steel is an integral component in thousands of projects around the world. Its unparalleled strength, flexibility, and affordability make structural steel the element of choice in architectural wonders such as the Empire State Building and the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan.

Structures that have inspired millions around the world depend on structural steel for their long life and durability. Here are seven of the most famous structural steel builds around the world.

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How is a Girder Different From a Beam?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 18 2017

You may hear the words “girder” and “beam” used interchangeably, but important differences distinguish the two from one another. Understanding how a girder is different from a beam is a necessary skill for any builder, engineer, or construction worker.

Girders are the main horizontal supports of a structure, and support smaller beams. All girders are beams, but not all beams are girders. Here’s a look at the fundamental differences between these two elements.

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Why Work With a Custom Structural Steel Fabricator?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Apr 17 2017

Structural steel is one of the most widely used materials in construction today. Infallible strength, unparalleled flexibility, and long-lasting durability make structural steel an excellent material for a variety of applications.

Nearly every modern industry uses structural steel in some capacity, from commercial building foundations to airplanes. Working with a custom fabricator who has structural steel capabilities gives you the benefits of both organizations under one roof.

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