For many companies and applications, fabrication is more than an answer to various needs. It plays an integral role within the production, assembly, and more of parts. In addition it aids in assemblies, tooling, and the general production of equipment to mention just a few possibilities.
From medical devices all the way to the components in aircraft and automotive manufacturing processes, fabrication is heavily relied upon. However, this means that there are many questions about the various different types of fabrication as well. Here we will explain some of the types and uses and answer many of the most frequently asked questions we have received over the years.
For heavy fabrication, the capabilities include metal forming, cuts by lasers, shearing, basic welding services and more. Projects of any size from the prototype stage to complete production runs can be handled through heavy fabrication. Some example projects are structural assemblies, frame construction for heavy duty projects, fabrication of heavy plates, and much more. Mill operations from small to large be done. Material capabilities can include most alloys, carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.
Question: What are some previous examples of heavy fabrication as requested by clients?
Answer: Some of our previously produced items include frames for tow motors, large tanks, and construction sidewalls.
Regarding The Fabrication Of Sheet Metal
Beginning at prototyping and finishing with production, sheet metal fabrication includes many different phases. These range from forming, punching, shearing, welding and much more. Also included is light gauge and heavy gauge construction for plates and frames. Clients in the automotive, medical, consumer product, and aerospace industries are served by precision sheet metal fabrication. Run for both close tolerance large fabrication and large volume production are also possible.
Question: Which types of materials can the lasers cut through? In addition, what is the maximum thickness that this material can be before it cannot be cut?
Answer: Steel can be cut up to .886 of an inch, stainless steel up to .7 of an inch, aluminum can be cut at up to .630 of an inch.
Regarding General Welding
When a project requires either close tolerance with extensive fixturing or simple production welding, it will generally use some form of precision welding to achieve these needs. No matter the size of a project, it will be done to very exacting specifications. Even on more complex projects simple weldments are possible. Large frames do not preclude this simplicity either.
The use of 2-station robotic welding can save both money and time. This is because it enable continuous and simultaneous production to take place.
Question: What is the meaning of the terms “Mig” and “Tig” in regards to welding?
Answer: Mig is short for Metal Inert Gas welding. This is a common use, high deposition rate process. The process involves wire being fed consistently from a spool during the welding process. This is sometimes referred to as “semi-automatic welding.”
Tig is short for Gas Tungsten Arc welding. This process involves forming an arc between the metal being welded and a tungsten electrode. This process is generally used when high quality and precision are necessary.