Custom metal fabrication techniques to maximize the overall value

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Custom metal fabrication techniques to maximize the overall value

Custom metal fabrication techniques to maximize the overall value

Custom metal fabrication techniques to maximize the overall value: Every custom metal fabrication starts with research. This allows us to determine the best materials and methods to create our unique designs at an effective cost. The custom metal fabrication process from design to delivery is designed to deliver durable, high quality results that deliver long-term value.

These are just a few examples of custom fabrication techniques that can produce high-quality fabrications that have long-term value.

Set design objectives

To achieve the desired result, which adds value, metal construction design must be followed. What is the purpose of fabrication? Perhaps it is an industrial solution that allows access to the roof of two oil tanks with multiple entry points. Perhaps you have a unique bulk storage solution that requires multiple components such as insulated skirts and ground access.

Full-service fabricators can use standard industrial drawings or engineering drawings to create detailed designs that will yield the best results for complex fabrications. This may involve refining and testing your design to meet industry-specific regulations or requirements.

This is a great process for custom metal fabrication such as:

  • Silos, feed and grain tanks, silos and hoppers may include dry solids metering or other material handling functionality.
  • Liquid food storage with quality control capabilities, such as the ability to heat syrup and keep it liquid.
  • Wrap spiral staircase built with cross-over platforms to access storage units at different heights.
  • MTC Shape Cutting, Pro Nest or AutoCAD files can be used to start custom manufacturing. Or, you can use an old-fashioned, handmade plan. The right engineering knowledge can help ensure that the project meets all value-added specifications even before actual construction.

Metal cutting and forming

The metal fabricator must determine the best method for cutting the material. Laser cutting is a good choice for delicate metal fabrication and heavy steel plates with tight tolerances. Lasers are not suitable for metallic compounds and materials containing impurities due to spray reactions and possible surface defects.

Plasma machines equipped with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) can be used to create complex shapes from steel metal. Plasma tables are used to create circular holes to create complex shapes from thick metal plates.

For structural steel projects that require large beams as backbones, sawing is more appropriate. Plate shears, which are better suited for carbon steel ductwork and durable metal cans, are best for cutting simple shapes.

Forging can be done by metal bending, punching, angle rolling or plate and angle rolling. Choosing the right machinery is important for the desired results.

This tool may include:

  • Hydraulic press brake, both mechanical and CNC hydraulic.
  • Machines for plate rolling and angle rolling
  • CNC punching machine and beam punch.
  • Multi-function ironworkers are available for punching, shearing and bending.
  • The right machinery is critical to metalworking success, whether you’re looking for thick carbon-steel plates or copper filigree. Full-service metal fabricators will have the tools needed to get the job done efficiently, which can help save time and money.

Custom welding and assembling

Metal fabrication can be accomplished using custom welding and assembly methods. Certified welders, custom fabricators with documented quality control programs (QC), are more likely to add value.

Ask for documentation from the welder’s certification before partnering with a metal fabricator. These credentials should include:

  • Conforms to Canadian Welding Bureau standards
  • Welding Process Specification, (WPS), which conforms to ASME Section 9 and Weld Practice which conforms to the API-650 standard.
  • American Welding Society AWSD1.1 qualifies you to weld structural metal.
  • To ensure that the final construction project works, all assemblies and subassemblies must be tested together.
  • As part of a structured QC program, the entire assembly process must be documented and photographed.

It is important that fabrication components are shipped in their complete form, especially for ladders and carts. Larger fabrications should be shipped with larger sub-assemblies that can be quickly assembled on site. This custom assembly process can significantly reduce project time and labor costs.

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