Using a fabrication specialist

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A fabrication specialist is a company that specialises in precision engineering, coded welding and metalwork. They are an invaluable resource when you need to produce high-quality, defect-free parts for machinery and equipment, or have products made to specific designs, maintaining a level of high-quality and accuracy of dimensions and angles.

Services offered by fabrication specialists usually include tube bending and ISOcontainer conversions, amongst many other things. A decent fabrication specialist will be equipped with all the necessary production machinery needed for modern sheet metal production; this includes powerful laser cutters capable of processing large sheets of metal. This, combined with CNC brake presses and CNC punch presses helps to allow fabrication specialists to work metal with precision and accuracy; ideally to a degree of 0.1mm. Modern fabrication specialists’ equipment is usually computer controlled, allowing a fine degree of control of folded angles, the accuracy of which can be determined to a fraction of a degree.

A good fabrication specialist knows that their abilities lie within the skills of their staff; and the technological capabilities at their disposal. For this reason, it’s essential for a good fabrication specialist to hire skilled craftsmen, with the ability to work machines, and ‘hand form’ complex shapes using steel and aluminium. On top of this, good metalworkers will be able to TIG weld steel and aluminium to a degree of 0.5mm.

As anyone who’s used precision engineering in the past will know; metalwork doesn’t end at the design. A good fabrication specialist will offer services such as powder coating and painting; this service in itself is a specialist service, which requires different methods to approach different designs and metals. A good fabrication specialist should use both powder coating (in which the metal is statically charged and powdered paint sticks to the metal, which is then heated), and wet spray painting, in order to offer a diverse range and maximum control over the finish. When it comes to decorative finishes on steel products; a good fabrication specialist should offer graining, textured materials, coloured materials and polishing. For coloured finished on aluminium products, the entire product can be anodised to produce the right decorative finish. Some fabrication specialists will also offer printed information -such as logos and slogans- which can be added to the product.

For customers using precision engineering, they want to know that the fabrication specialist they choose can begin working as soon as possible; this means that once suitable designs have been drawn up, they can begin work without hesitation. The efficiency of a fabrication specialist is often boosted by their use of cutting-edge technology; including programmable machines, which not only maintain accuracy when bending metals to certain angles, but also ensure dimensions of length, width, depth, and thickness are kept within suitable parameters of accuracy. Using programmable machines also speeds up the fabrication process itself, whilst maintain a high standard of quality.

If you’re looking to have an ISO container converted or repurposed, a good fabrication specialist should be able to provide you with a range of different purposes for your container; whether it’s turning the container into a water filtration unit, an aerospace flight communication centre (for military or civilian use), a mobile workshop, a machinery enclosure, or even use as an office. Fabrication specialists can add door, windows, electricity, internal insulation, heating, lighting and even air conditions to an ISO container, making it far more comfortable and allowing it to be repurposed for a great many uses, whilst maintaining that all-essential element of portability and compactness.

Bruce Reyes

Bruce Reyes