Analysing the Structural fabrication business is a bit like reading tree rings: They’re all there for those who want to read them.
The older,“inner-ring” shops are still alive and well, serving various small construction projects. There you’ll find plate and beams being fabricated the old-fashioned way, with fitters reading blueprints and applying layout marks (copes, hole locations, etc.) with steel tape, squares, and soapstone; using a mag drill or ironworker to drill or punch the holes; and drawing the hole centre locations by hand. People wield plasma and oxyfuel torches to cut weld preps, then grind for a while (sometimes a long while) before the piece finally moves on to welding.
Then you have the larger operations, the “outer rings,” which are evolving into something extraordinarily different. Fabrication data from the 3-D model is downloaded directly to the machines in the shop. After blast cleaning, automation moves the beams (with no overhead crane) to some truly advanced machinery.
Structural fabrication refers to the cutting, bending, and assembling of steel to create different products. During structural steel fabrication, several pieces of steel are combined together to form different structures of predefined sizes and shapes intended for assembly into buildings, industrial equipment, tools, and various other final products.
What isn’t structural steel fabrication? It doesn’t mean any type of welding that strengthens or repairs steel. Structural fabrication is a special skill that requires experience transforming raw components into products that meet and exceed various standards and codes.
The process of Structural fabrication involves grinding, welding, cutting, bending, drilling, punching, burning or melting and other general crafting methods using various high-quality tools and CNC equipment.
The entire Structural fabrication process is systematic and requires utmost planning, precision, and knowledge. Steel fabricators are well aware of all the crucial steps and measures that need to be taken care of in the fabrication process. Structural fabrication is usually fabricated to create structures like beams, trusses, hollow sections, angles and plates.
These steel members must be accurately fabricated before assembling them together. All component parts of these members are fitted-up temporarily with rivets, bolts, or small amounts of welds. Various fastening methods are employed to deliver different types of finishes. Finishing is generally performed by milling, sawing or other suitable methods.