Steel Fabrication Construction

Steel fabrication has a large market across the world and the UK’s fabrication companies are in constant high demand because of the number of different projects in which the process of steel fabrication is needed. Although we may not realise it, our lives are dominated by steel fabrication construction projects, from our cars to the buildings in which we work and study. Most of our everyday uses and sights require the cutting, burning, forming, welding and assembly of steel.

The construction industry relies heavily on the process of steel fabrication with new buildings being designed and erected every day.

What services does a steel fabrication company provide?

A steel fabrication construction company is involved heavily in the entire process of a steel frame building, colleges, universities, tower blocks and sports stadiums are all predominantly steel frame constructions and the expertise of those in the industry is essential.

Many construction companies will employ a steel fabrication company to work alongside building engineers to produce the drawings of how the building is to look and be constructed. Steel fabrication companies will generally have a team of draughtsmen who can produce detailed 2D and 3D drawings and modelling systems which are in line with the engineering requirements. After the details and drawings are given the all clear, they are used in the fabrication process, which will effectively bring the drawings to life.
The fabrication process involves the cutting, forming and welding of the steel. This is done using many different techniques and combines man power alongside state of the art computer technology and machinery.

The cutting part of the steel fabrication process will involve using different techniques to achieve the shape and size of the steel sheet, plate or bar. Common methods of cutting are shearing, notching and punching.

The forming of the steel also involves using different methods depending on the type of steel and the shape required. Common forming processes involve roll forming, stamping and press braking, all which are able to manipulate the shape of the steel to create the shape required.

Welding is often classed as the biggest part of the steel fabrication construction process; this is also done using different methods. Common welding techniques include MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding.

Once the steel has been formed and assembled to the engineering requirements, it can then be delivered to the site and constructed. Steel fabrication construction companies are able to provide fully experienced workers will full qualifications and CSCS cards to install the steel to the builder’s requirements.

Prefabrication of steel

Some steel fabrication construction projects may use the practice of prefabrication when assembling a building. Unlike the traditional method of delivering materials to a site to be assembled on the job, prefabrication involves assembling parts of a building at a steel fabrication shop and yard. The prefabricated parts are delivered to site and lifted in place by crane and bolted together. This process is a common one, in the construction of buildings, ships and other vehicles.





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