Batch Processing and Other Manufacturing Niches: Tips and Blogs

Steel Fabrication Processes

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Steel Fabrication Processes

Fabrication processes can be done with almost any metal, but steel remains one of the most popular because of its versatility, durability and overall cost efficiency. Steel fabrication processes include bending, cutting and assembling the metal into structures such as house frames, hand rails, stairs, construction equipment, auto parts and much more. These processes are typically done in a fabrication shop and are completed using the aid of engineering drawings. Large shops can employ more than one process, such as welding and machining, while smaller shops may only concentrate on one process such as cutting. The most common steel fabrication processes include the following: Cutting The raw material, in this case steel, must be cut to size. This can be done using a variety of tools, including torching and sawing. The type of tool used will largely depend on the size of the raw materials you’re working with. For example, large sections of steel can be cut via a torch with little effort. Water jet cutters are also commonly used to cut steel. A newer method of cutting structural steel uses plasma and laser; robots move the cutting head in three dimensions around the raw material to be cut.  Bending Forming and bending is the process of material deformation and is typically applied to metals, including steel. The raw material is formed by applying force to an object. The force must be great enough that the original shape is changed to form the desired new shape. The forming and bending process can be controlled with tools such as dies or punches. Modern fabrication shops commonly use press brakes to air-bend or coin the metal sheets into form. Programming software allows for seamless and efficient press brakes, making the formation and bending process easier. Assembling Once the steel has been cut and formed to shape, it needs to cool. The cooling time will vary depending on the size and object it was formed into. Once it has cooled, it is sand blasted, primed and then painted. Additional manufacturing instructions are then completed if needed. The finished product is given a final inspection, and upon passing, it is shipped to the customer. Assembling is done by a variety of methods, including welding, riveting, binding with adhesives, or further bending via a crimped seam. Steel fabrication processes have come a long way with the introduction of technology and software. There is no doubt, however, that skill, patience and tenacity are needed when working with raw materials with the intent of crafting something valuable, such as equipment or hand rails for...

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Advice on how to effectively prepare and apply powder coat to your wheels

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice on how to effectively prepare and apply powder coat to your wheels

Despite being one of the smaller components of the exterior, a car’s wheels can really make or break its appearance. By having a nice set of rims and a great ride height adjustment, you can turn a car that is ready for the scrap heap into a head turner. The opposite case is also true: poor wheels will take away from a masterpiece of a vehicle. By using a powder coat, you will be able to give your set of wheels a great service and make them stand out. Here are some tips to do just that. Preparation Just like painting a car, powder coating requires that the surface be clean and has no materials that will cause the coating to not apply comprehensively. You should use a pressure washer in order to blast any of these excess substances off of your wheels. When you powder coat, you are building a high quality coating that will give a smooth and alluring look to the wheels. There are many different products available that you can use to help clean the wheels, including chemical and mechanical options. When the wheels have been washed down, use a solvent to remove any grime or grease. While doing this, you should wear a set of durable gloves in order to avoid damaging your hands as well as to prevent the oil that is found on your skin from causing imperfections on the wheels when they have been powder coated. Make sure that you have properly grounded the wheels and taped up any components that shouldn’t be powder coated. You should use a high temperature masking tape to mask off any holes where the wheels fit onto the vehicle, as you don’t want to have any problems refitting the wheels. Application Make sure that your wheels are properly protected before you apply the powder. Using an effective powder gun will provide a smooth and complete cover on the surfaces. You don’t want to have any missed spots or imperfections after you are done. Always add an extra layer of powder, as this will make future cleaning of dust and grime much easier. If you wish to get a very deep and wet looking finish, apply a high gloss powder as your second layer. Applying a coat of powder to the inside of the wheels will also protect them from corroding. You can use a more basic coating for the inside of the wheels, as they will not be seen once they are...

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