Tips to Streamline Your Fabrication Project – From Weld Symbols to Design Optimization
Today’s custom fabrication projects tend to be very complex processes that require careful preliminary steps and detailed setup to ensure smooth, error-free production. This is especially true in the case of modern industrial welding services which often carry extremely specific requirements to ensure the integrity of the end product, as well as to meet various industry regulations and compliances.
Considering the complexity of the manufacturing process, there are a number of steps you can take to streamline fabrication and ensure all of your requirements are met when your custom designs meet the metal.
Four Key Elements to Get Your Custom Fabrication Project Off the Ground Smoothly:
1. Collaboration in Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
Collaborating with your fabricator early on in the product development process is crucial to establish a smooth path to production. The engineering experts at Alloy Fabrication can scrutinize every aspect of your product designs in the context of the specific production processes that will be used. This is a crucial step in design for manufacturability (DFM), which establishes the most efficient and simplified design solution possible to reduce costs and maximize quality.
2. Creating Detailed Drawings and Part Files
Once you arrive at a final design, every aspect must be properly translated into detailed drawings and part files. These drawings are essentially the blueprint for the products that our welders follow to a T. However, extraneous details and information can also be removed to make the drawings easier to follow – one of the many ways we streamline the fabrication process and minimize manufacturing errors.
3. Include All Proper Weld Symbols
It may seem like a basic step, but it’s important to stress how crucial proper use of weld symbols is to the custom fabrication process. Detailed weld symbols must be incorporated into your drawings to ensure all of your specifications are precisely met.
What Are Weld Symbols? Understanding the Basics:
Weld symbols are specific graphical symbols that fabrication companies use to provide clear and concise information about the weld type and the welding process to be applied for each unique joint. These symbols are typically used on engineering drawings, blueprints, and welding plans to communicate all of the crucial details to our welding team. Learn more about the proper use of weld symbols in our blog – How to Place Weld Symbols on a Drawing.
4. Embrace Lean, Local American Manufacturing
Alloy Fabrication is a lean local manufacturer serving the greater Reading, PA region. We can quickly review your designs and adapt to any revisions to ensure the overall production process remains efficient and optimized. We provide the rapid response, project support, and fabrication flexibility that only an experienced American manufacturer can provide.
Reading’s Premier Single-Source Fabrication and Machine Shop
Alloy Fabrication is a full-service American fabrication and machine shop specializing in custom welding and fabrication services. Our team is dedicated to the production of high-quality custom machined products which are built to your exact specifications and delivered on time, every time.