The Art and Science of Modern Industrial Steel Fabrication
Custom metal fabrication is both an art and a science, and industrial steel projects are no exception. Sure, the end products are often purely functional, utilitarian – in many cases even a bit ugly as far as aesthetics are concerned. The manufacturing process, though, is nevertheless an extremely delicate and complex artform that requires a wealth of knowledge along with precision craftsmanship every step of the way.
Modern industrial fabrication also relies on decades of scientific innovation – in the tools we use to build precision products as well as the steel materials that they’re made from. Below, we discuss more about the art and science that goes into steel fabrication for today’s many industrial applications.
The Biggest Innovations in Industrial Fabrication Equipment and Processes:
Increasingly Capable CNC Manufacturing Technology
From conventional milling and turning processes to specialized fabrication techniques like plasma cutting and laser cutting services, computer numerical control (CNC) systems have transformed the way we manufacture many industrial steel products. At Alloy Fabrication, our integrated CNC systems allow us to more easily access customers’ detailed part designs, load them onto the appropriate machine and ultimately bring the product to life – all while maintaining absolute precision and repeatability of all tolerances and specifications.
However, technological progress has not removed the art and craftsmanship from industrial fabrication. These advanced CNC systems and metalworking tools require highly skilled and experienced process engineers, machine operators, as well as quality control experts to continuously monitor the end result. And that’s not to mention all of the art and engineering that goes into designing the product itself…as well as orchestrating an optimized production process that best suits the supply chain of each unique industrial project that comes through our facility.
Advances in Steel Materials Science
Innovations in materials science allow us to fabricate stronger, more reliable and sustainable industrial products than ever before. For example, the development of advanced high-strength steel alloys has allowed for the creation of lighter and more durable structural steel fabrications. Likewise, specialized metal coatings and treatments substantially increase the service life of steel components in many applications, highly resisting oxidation, chemical corrosion, as well as common wear and tear.
Prefabrication and Modular Construction for Industrial Systems
Prefabrication techniques have gained popularity in many industrial applications, allowing for the efficient assembly of equipment on-site to reduce processing time and costs. For example, Alloy Fabrication has manufactured modular process skids that integrate numerous complex production processes into a mobile and/or space-saving configuration. In terms of science and technology, industrial processing equipment is more complex and complicated than ever before, but so are the design and manufacturing methods that we put into it.
More Capable, Precise, and Repeatable Steel Cutting Processes
State-of-the-art metal cutting machines allow us to accurately produce and reproduce the complex shapes and intricate designs required in many modern industrial projects. At Alloy Fabrication, we utilize 3D plasma cutting, laser cutting, as well as waterjet cutting services to offer the most efficient cutting method for various steel thicknesses and product designs. These extremely advanced metal cutting tools allow us to tackle a wider range of industrial fabrications with higher precision and faster turnaround than is possible with traditional equipment.
Superior Industrial Steel Fabrication Services Since 1987
Alloy Fabrication is proud to be one of the Pennsylvania region’s leading contract manufacturers. Our company has specialized in delivering superior American industrial fabrication services since 1987. From structural steel fabrication and tubular components and to complete modular process systems, we can manufacture virtually any industrial component in-house while ensuring unparalleled quality and customer service.