The High-Tech Tools Needed in the Modern Industrial Steel Fabrication Shop
Today’s industrial steel fabricators utilize a full range of high-tech tools and state-of-the-art production equipment to manufacture complex components with precision and repeatability.
From relatively common CNC machines and automated material handling systems to advanced 3D plasma cutters which wouldn’t seem out of place in a science fiction story, modern industrial fabrication equipment is at the leading edge of what’s possible in the art of metalworking.
An Overview of Today’s Cutting-Edge Industrial Fabrication Technology
3D Digital Design and Programming
Accuracy and repeatability in industrial fabrication are achieved through meticulously laying out product designs via computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems. At Alloy, we use AutoCad Mechanical 2011 Drafting and SOLIDWORKS reader to seamlessly access customers’ designs, load them into the proper production machine, and ultimately bring the products to life. is conveniently located right up the road in Reading, PA, and you can reach out anytime to discuss your project directly with our team.
Precision CNC Machines
CAD/CAM software goes hand-in-hand with CNC machining equipment. Industrial steel fabricators like Alloy rely upon extremely capable CNC milling and turning systems to machine our customers’ complex product designs into quality metal products. Compared to manual machining, CNC machining services provide higher speed, higher capacity, and much higher repeatability from one product to the next.
Precision Metal Cutting Systems
CNC milling and turning aren’t the only precision metal cutting options available to modern fabrication shops. Perhaps the most high-tech option is 3D plasma cutting – an advanced CNC machine that generates ~40,000° F plasma jets to make accurate metal cuts with 0.01” accuracy. At Alloy, we also utilize highly accurate laser cutting and waterjet cutting systems to fully round out our precision metalworking capabilities.
Industrial Welding Equipment
No industrial fabrication shop would be complete without an integrated full-service welding department. Welding is how we join all of the precision machined/cut parts and components together into complete assemblies. Structural steel welding services and jobsite installation equipment welding are also commonly needed in today’s industrial sector.
Precision Metal Forming Equipment
In addition to machining, cutting, and welding, many industrial components need to be precisely formed into shape. That’s where metal forming and rolling services come into play. At Alloy, our 10’ x 120-ton press brake system accommodates a wide range of plate forming and 5/16” steel plate rolling requirements, offering highly accurate dimensionality and repeatability.
Material Handling Systems – Automated and Otherwise
In the modern fabrication facility, materials are constantly being transported, stored, pulled, and loaded into machines. Likewise, in-process and completed products are constantly being unloaded, reloaded, packaged, and sent out for delivery.
Staying lean, fast, and efficient requires some advanced material handling equipment, with many modern options incorporating automation features to reduce labor and improve workplace safety. Conventional systems for handling huge industrial products are still used as well, such as our facility’s 10-ton-capacity overhead crane system.
Quality American Steel Fabrication Services for the Industrial Market
Alloy Fabrication is proud to be one of the Pennsylvania region’s leading industrial fabrication shops, offering full-service contract manufacturing solutions since 1987. From structural steel fabrication to custom tanks, tubular components and other complex weldments, we can produce virtually any industrial component in-house while delivering unbeatable quality and customer service.