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Handrailing Fabrication, Steel Staircase

When Would You Use A Grained Finish On Stainless Steel?

Regardless of whether stainless steel is for commercial or domestic use, in decorative or structural elements, the surface finish is a critical component.

A grained, or brushed, finish is achieved by creating parallel lines of rough ‘grains’ on a stainless steel surface, in one direction only. The grain makes the surface less susceptible to[...]

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Powder Coating

Are There Any Limitations On Powder Coating Colours?

Powder coatings create protective and decorative finishes on metals. Due to its high quality and durability, powder coating is a popular choice for many different applications.

The colour selection is virtually unlimited with a variety of finishes available including fluorescent, glossy, iridescent, high gloss and glitter. Also, colours tend to[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication, Steel Staircase

What Types Of Staircase Make The Best Use Of Steel Fabrication?

We all use staircases, generally without giving too much thought to their design and structure. Yet any staircase must fulfil at least two primary requirements: First, and most important, it must be fit for purpose – i.e. function as and when required, and provide essential safety and security so that users are not exposed to undue risk of[...]

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Powder Coating

Which Metals Are Compatible With Powder Coating?

Where there is a compatible metal surface, powder coating is an economic and eco-friendly alternative to liquid-based paints. The benefits of powder coating include the creation of a hard, long-lasting surface, offering solid resistance to heat and chemicals, as well as protection against corrosion and extreme weather.

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GLW Engineering COVID-19 Update: Business As Usual, As Far As Possible

During this difficult period for Britain and the world, we at GLW Engineering will remain committed to delivering the same custom-built, quality steel fabrications that we always have. Components and architectural commissions can still be purchased from GLW, although implementation may, of course, have to wait until Q4 2020 (at the earliest).[...]

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Stainless Or Carbon: Which Steel Is Better For Trolleys?

If you’re looking to purchase metal trolleys, you may be pondering what kind of metal to use – or whether it makes much difference. The first point is: it does matter which material you use, because different metals have different properties. So, bearing in mind that carbon steel and stainless steel are the two most popular options for[...]

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Plasma Cutting

What Are The Advantages Of Plasma Cutting?

Plasma cutting is a state-of-the-art technique employed to cut metals with superior precision and accuracy. Though once an expensive option, recent advances mean the plasma-cutting process can now deliver ultra-sharp cutting performance with optimal efficiency, which makes the pricing extremely competitive.

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Powder Coating

Meet Us At The 2020 Parson Drove Custom and Classic Vehicle Show and Shine

The fourteenth Parsons Drove Custom and Classic Vehicle Show and Shine takes place on the 18th and 19th of July, 2020 – and, as a local business, we'll be attending this popular event. So, what makes this show so special? How can you make sure that you don't miss out on the chance to discuss your next restoration project with us while you're[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication, Handrailing Fabrication

How Is CAD Used In Bespoke Metal Fabrication?

Computer-aided design (CAD) has revolutionised the bespoke metal fabrication industry. Designers and engineers need no longer rely on technical drawings – precisely, but painstakingly, created by hand – to turn their customer’s bespoke metalwork designs into reality. They can turn, instead, to fast, versatile and sophisticated CAD software.[...]

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Structural Steel Fabrication

Will EU Steel Fabrication Standards Still Apply In The UK Following Brexit?

The quick answer is yes – for the foreseeable future at least, and beyond this for companies trading with the EU. The main regulatory regime affecting the fabrication and assembly of steel structures is the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), a piece of European Union (EU) legislation that was incorporated into UK law in July 2014. The CPR[...]

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