Choosing Your Fabricator
Metalworking involves forming metal, cutting, and joining. In the metal work business, the engineer’s plans are marked to the pieces for machining or manufacturing.
The Process in general
Metal forming could also be called deforming. Mechanical forces modify the metal. In rolling the metal is passed through a pair of rollers. If extrusion is used, the material is pushed under great stress through an orifice. Metal can also be stamped by a press. Metal can be formed by bending and shearing. In all of these cases, heavy equipment is involved. Cutting is the removal of excess material by chipping, burning and other processes such as turning, milling, drilling, grinding and sawing. Welders can be used, water-jet, and lasers. Joining can be done by welding, brazing, soldering, or riveting.
Look for experience in both longevity and the work you need accomplished. If they have been in business for many years, they should have references. Also, what is the area of expertise? Some fabricators specialize.
Where is the company located? Can they serve your metal work needs in your area? They need not be a local company. Depending on your needs, the work can be done remotely, or a crew sent to your site. Your needs determine the location.
What certifications does the company hold? What are the training requirements of employees? What reviews are available for their work from independent sources? Can you look at other similar work they have done? Take your time to ensure you employ the business that will give you a quality service or product. According to Katherine Hawkins in her article “Tips for Choosing a Product Manufacturer”, do your homework. Before making a commitment, take the time and effort to tour the facility. Get to know the business, its abilities, and its people. Choosing wisely take effort.