When any metal undergoes various processes to take the form of structures or machines, it is known as Metal Fabrication. It is the designing and manufacturing of quality metal products in accordance to specified configurations.
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What is Metal Fabrication?
When any metal undergoes various processes to take the form of structures or
machines, it is known as Metal Fabrication. It is the designing and manufacturing
of quality metal products in accordance to specified configurations. The
standard processes of metal fabrication include shearing using shear blades,
machining, welding, rolling, grinding, etc. The computer controlled procedures
can be laser cutting, punching, bending, and forming. Being automated by
programming codes, these procedures offer clear-cut specifications along with
precision. Metal Fabrication is a value added process where the value of the
metal increases as it undergoes various procedures.
How does it work?
Metal fabricators are specialized in the field to execute the work with utmost
care and perfection. Most of the large scale manufacturing units have in-house
fabricators. If not, they are frequently in contact with other fabrication units,
also known as fab shops. Fabricators bid on jobs by providing drawings and the
whole plan of the project. The work may vary from building of a hand railing,
machinery parts, to whole structures for buildings. Once the agreement is
finalized, the real work starts.
Apposite skills and strategic planning is required for the work. All the stages to
be executed are pre-planned and sorted. The raw materials are ordered which
commonly include plate metal, formed metal, expanded metal, welding wire,
hardware, castings and fittings, as is appropriate for the given work. Engineers
are also involved from the beginning when the work is outsourced by a
Fabrication alters a mere heap of metals to high-end machineries and building
structures. The task includes intricate procedures and is executed by
professionals. Firstly, the metal is cut using tools like laser cutters, bandsaws,
burn tables, water jet cutters, CNC machines, etc. Another process common
during the fabrication is forming or shaping of metals. The shape of the raw
material is modified using tools like punches or dies under this process. Rolling
machines and tube bending machines are used for the making of round sections
of the metals.
After the primary processes, the task of compilation or assembling is done. The
product formed by the previous process is welded together to get the desired
shape, size and functionality. The metal is cooled down so that it can be
sandblasted and painted. The final product is tested for quality assurance and
shipped over to the client. To ensure quality it is important to keep the cutting
tools in top working condition. For example laser cutting machines should be
regularly serviced and all the laser parts and consumables are regularly replaced.
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