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Friday, 31 December 2021 14:33

All You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Fabrication

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Stainless steel fabrication is a process of transforming raw materials into a product or item that can be used in construction or assembly. Steel - an alloy of iron and other metals - is used in structural and fabrication operations: essentially, you form metal into a desired shape. 


How Does Steel Fabrication Work?

The steel fabrication process involves a skilled technician experienced in transforming raw elements into marketable items - there is no room for error. Industrial facilities use steel fabrication to produce everything - from vehicular parts to household appliances. 

Among a few basic fabrication methods, cutting, machining, and welding are the most common ones. By machining, we mean the use of a specialized piece of equipment, such as lathes, mills, and drills, to shave away parts of the metal to make it into the shape that is needed. Cutting, in turn, is an abrasive process that uses high-pressure water to cut virtually any material with a high level of precision and no distortion. Lastly, welding is the most popular form of fabrication - it is used to bend or combine pieces to make them a whole.

Machinists involved in the steel fabrication process need to first gauge the original shape of the raw material. Once the steel is processed, they determine its shape. The outcome is further determined by the software package and the equipment available in the machine shop; yet, most fabrication brands use cutting-edge technology. 

What are the basic raw materials used in stainless steel fabrication?

Knowing which raw materials to use can speed up the fabrication process, guaranteeing that workers have all necessary access to a supply of what they need to produce stainless steel products of high quality. 

The fabricators usually use plate metal to shape the pieces they are working. Besides, manufacturers make use of fittings - which are often necessary for creating and completing pieces - and castings used to add visual interest to the fabrication. While formed and expanded metal is used to let moisture flow off, flat metal remains the most popular choice to create visual interest and texture. 

Are you looking for custom fabrication of stainless steel products? Reach out to B&P Engineering, an industrial equipment producer offering custom manufacturing for OEM Manufacturers (non-standard stainless steel products and processing equipment). The team of B&P engineers provides contract and custom manufacturing services of apparatus, containers, reactors, and process equipment for the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.