Beyond being a strong kind of metal present in many aspects of life, what do you really know about steel? Did you know that it involves an amalgam of iron and carbon that comes to be inside a furnace?
Large steel fabrication companies use either the intense heat of an open hearth furnace or the more advanced heating capabilities of a modern electric arc furnace that allows the fabricated metal varying characteristics in terms of density and ductility. During the furnace portion of the fabrication process, a small amount of carbon is introduced, enabling engineers to manipulate these properties.
Thanks to advancements in metallurgical science, large steel fabrication companies have been able to take the amalgamation process to a higher level by allowing the introduction of exotic metals. Really tough steel alloys have since come forth from the endeavor. These days, there are numerous kinds of steel, from the popular stainless steel to the high-tensile alloys used in complex structural projects. Engineers in the steel industry are familiar with the numerical code assigned to classifications in the steel family and are knowledgeable about picking the right grade of steel for their projects.
There is definitely more to steel than meets the eye. It is definitely a most prolific material, present in many areas of life. You can find it in accessories, in cutlery, in vehicles, in houses, in industrial structures—pretty much in the literal and figurative nuts and bolts of everyday life. Steel is particularly essential in the construction industry as it’s a very relevant feature in any structural job. Steel typically used for construction is easy to weld and does not become brittle after some time.
At the large steel fabrication plant, steel is made and prepared to cater to a wide variety of construction projects. The process often starts at the stockyard where raw materials are stored prior to moving on to the fabrication lines for processing. When fabrication begins, the metal is usually cut and shaped. Different sections are quickly built and then holes are pre-punched and drilled. Other parts of the process are welding and coating. For tubular sections, profiling or saddling may also be necessary. These steps relate to standard fabrication. When it comes to specialist fabrication, the process may very well include added steps such as: bending of tubes, sections, and plates; tee-splitting; press braking, etc.
We see steel everywhere. Even when we don’t see it, we know it’s there. It definitely has a significant presence in modern life, and steel fabricators are the ones who make sure that it is ready to serve its many purposes in this world.