The world would be a very different place today if it were not for metals and metal fabricators. The manufacturing industry itself requires machinery (that is often made of metal) to make the products we use every day. How is this machinery made? By metal fabrication, of course!

What is Metal Fabrication?

Metal fabrication is the art and science of building metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. The process takes raw metals and transforms them into necessary parts or products. Depending on the desired result, the entire metal fabrication process may involve carefully created hand-wrought designs or the use  of cutting-edge, computer-aided machinery.

How Metal Fabrication Evolved

The story of metal fabrication goes back many thousands of years, way back to 5000 BC, when humans discovered metals. While gold and silver were the easiest to find and manipulate. However, it was when humans discovered copper that the art of metal fabrication really took off. They realized that when copper was beaten, it got harder and changed shape. They used this property to create useful things like knives. It laid a foundation for metal fabrication as we know it today. 

Leaping forward to the industrial revolution, steam power mechanized how metals were cut and processed and various fabrication processes evolved significantly.

Industrial Metal Fabrication

Industrial metal fabrication is used to create and assemble heavy equipment or machinery for industrial use. It utilizes raw metal materials, such as sheets or plates, to build equipment, tools, and machinery and plays a crucial role in creating components for machinery used in construction, mining, and other industrial sectors.

Industrial metal fabricators like A Touch of Brass often work on custom projects to meet their clients specialized needs.

Benefits of Custom Industrial Metal Fabrication

Precision, reliability, and durability are vital properties when it comes to industrial machinery and processes. Custom industrial metal fabrication can provide them by tailoring products to fit unique needs. A few benefits of custom industrial metal fabrication include:

  • Tailored Solutions: Not all factory spaces or workshops are created equal. Awkward corners and shapes can make it difficult to install standard systems. Safety systems also need to meet exacting standards. For example, woodworking dust collecting systems need different ventilation systems depending on the size of the space. Industrial metal fabricators work closely with manufacturers to create custom systems to meet their rigorous needs. 
  • Compatibility: While off-the-shelf products might work for general needs, they might not always be compatible with complex manufacturing machinery. It can also be difficult to find OEM parts for older machinery. Custom metal fabricators can produce parts with high degrees of precision for seamless integration with machines.
  • Durability and Cost-Savings: Industrial metal fabricators know their metals! They use metals and alloys that are ideal for the loads they need to bear, stressors, and function.  This means that custom industrial metal fabrications last for a long time, saving you money in terms of repairs and replacements in the long run.

You can learn more about the benefits of custom metal fabrication here.

Industrial Metal Fabrication Processes

Industrial metal fabrication involves everything from the design of a product to its final installation. 

  • Design: The design process is where industrial metal fabricators assess needs, design the required product, and assess the various components needed. They may also be able to suggest workflow changes to make processes more efficient.
  • Fabrication: Custom metal fabricators may fabricate systems in their workshops or in-situ, i.e., at the manufacturing unit itself. There are various processes used in the fabrication process. High precision is achieved using CNC tools, or Computerized Numerical Controls. The fabricated parts are then finished using appropriate techniques like grinding, heat treated to increase durability or plated as required.

Choosing an Industrial Metal Fabricator

Choosing an industrial metal fabricator is not an easy task. You need to make sure that they have the necessary experience to design the products you need as well as the capability and infrastructure necessary to fabricate them. 

With over 40 years experience designing and installing dust collection systems, booths, and ventilation, A Touch of Brass has the expertise to create practical solutions to make your shop safer and more productive. Whether you need ventilation systems, a custom automotive paint booth, non-shelf parts, or simply custom shelving, we can fabricate it for you. What more is that we provide service and maintenance too, so you know that your systems are always cared for and function efficiently.

Get in touch and tell us what you need!