Metal fabrication is a very involved process. From cutting to welding to polishing, there are many different operations involved in the metal fabrication process. Although there are different companies that can handle different parts of the job, for the best product it’s better to deal with a single, all-encompassing metal fabrication company. Here are some reasons why you should use one metal fabrication company to handle your entire project.
Every time you get in a car, pick up the phone, handle a tool or turn on an electronic appliance, you are looking at the result of custom metal fabrication.
Our economy relies on metal fabrication processes. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to run our electrical systems or create the parts that keep our houses, kitchens, businesses, computers, and vehicles operational. However, it is difficult for many of us to understand what precision metal fabrication entails, as well as all of the areas of our lives it affects.
This article will explain the essentials of metal fabrication: its definition, history, process, benefits, types, and applications. By the end, you will have a more in-depth understanding of how crucial this process is to civilization and how many different parts of our lives it touches.
What Is Metal Fabrication?
Metal fabrication is the process of manufacturing sheet metal and other flat metals to make it conform to specific shapes. It takes place through cutting, stamping, shaping, folding and welding.
Welding stainless steel has its challenges and differences. Though not as difficult to weld as some metals, stainless steel has specific properties that vary from other more common steels that should be addressed before welding.
Stainless steel is a nonferrous metal alloy of iron, carbon, and a minimum of 10.5% chromium. It’s known for its strength and corrosion resistance. The many different grades of stainless steel are determined by the degree and combination of other elements mixed with the iron, carbon, and chromium such as nickel, niobium, molybdenum, and titanium. The addition of chromium to the alloy–which is resistant to rust and tarnishing—also gives the metal its familiar shine.
Choosing a metal fabrication shop for any industry or business can be a daunting task. Companies large or small want exceptional quality at competitive prices. Getting price quotes from several sources is always wise, but it’s good to note before making a decision that any price discrepancies may reflect the use of higher quality metals or a greater degree of precision cutting tools and the like. Meaning higher costs up front may translate into better products and fewer costly mistakes over the long term.
Pricing aside, because metal fabrication companies vary in what services they provide, companies seeking out those services should be aware that not all fabrication companies are built the same. Some companies may offer a variety of services while others specialize in only a handful.
Custom metal fabrication is as much a service as it is an art. With that in mind, below are several options to consider before selecting a metal fabrication shop for your company’s needs.
Tips to avoid cuts, burns, and eye injuries in welding and other metalworking environments
Q: I am in charge of our company’s safety talks. Which welding safety topics should I cover?
A: When the proper safety measures and training are in place, welding and cutting are safe occupations. When these measures are unknown or ignored, you can find yourself in some very hazardous, even deadly situations.
In this industry, the most common avoidable accidents are burns, cuts, and eye injuries. The Standards New Zealand (NZS) 4781:1973 Code of practice for safety in welding and cutting is the industry standard for safety, and every company that welds or cuts should have a copy of this document on hand. It is available from several sources as a free download if you search it on Google. You can take individual topics outlined in this standard and discuss them during your safety meetings.