With the rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in recent years, many aspects of manufacture and fabrication will likely be revolutionised in the not-too-distant future. The fully automated laser welding machine, for example, could be on the horizon sooner than you think: able to decide for itself where and how to weld, to identify[...]
To many non-specialists, manufacturing and fabrication are simply two workshop-based processes that use various techniques to assemble or produce metal products. Often, the two terms are used interchangeably, with little awareness of the differences. While many of the methods used in manufacturing and fabrication may be similar, the difference[...]
The quality of the weld is extremely important in any fabrication project, as it guarantees the integrity, durability, and longevity of any structure. Quality control checks during and after welding are vital to ensure that high standards have been achieved. Any weakness in the weld, from tiny holes to splits or cracks, could be disastrous in[...]
The fabrication of sheet metal is a highly specialised task, requiring expert knowledge, skills, and equipment. If you’re planning to outsource the architectural steelwork for a civil engineering, commercial, or construction project, it’s vital to employ the services of a competent fabricator who can guarantee high-quality finishing that[...]
Traditional galvanisation and newer hot zinc spray technologies are standard anti-corrosion treatments for vulnerable metals. However, they may not always be desirable or even necessary. Several other corrosion-resistant treatments are found in the form of coatings. The suitability of these will depend on several factors, such as aesthetics,[...]
The COVID-19 lockdown has seen dramatic changes in public behaviour and restricted daily routines. Great uncertainty remains over when life will return to normal. In response, all businesses are having to consider not just changed working patterns but also infrastructural changes to support their employees.
Security is a major concern for every business. Whether the premises are used for commercial activities, residential properties, education, or high security, protective gates maintain the perimeter while providing controlled points of access. There are several different options available. Here’s a quick overview.
Preventing the spread of Covid-19 is a priority for the steelwork industry. Understanding how to operate successfully within the context of the virus means that operations can resume, and people can stay safe. The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) has revised its safety measures. Here’s what you need to know.
Steel is a great choice for outdoor railings of all kinds. Architectural steel has superior strength which guarantees reliable performance and is a material which lends itself to a variety of aesthetic approaches. Furthermore, the durability of steel makes it an extremely cost-effective option over the medium and longer-term.
For those with little background knowledge, the term ‘sandblasting’ would seem deceptively simple to understand. In fact, it is not uncommon to find sandblasting used as an inclusive term covering a whole range of procedures used to clean, shape or otherwise prepare surfaces, which involve the use of several different abrasive particles[...]