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Inside the Custom Metal Fabrication Project Process

Custom metal fabrication can be a complex process involving many types of different professionals. In order for the process to occur, a precision sheet metal fabrication is needed that allows for little errors. It is important for you to know the steps involved in the metal fabrication process, so that you can begin to customize your project. We look at the steps involved in custom metal fabrication:

The Steps during Custom Metal Fabrication:

There are generally 3 steps involved in the custom metal fabrication process, namely the design, the build finishing and assembly.

  1. The Design Process:

The design process takes into consideration the size, appearance and dimensions needed for the project goal. Whether you are building a shelf or a bookcase, this is an important first step, as designs have to be accurate to avoid mistakes on large custom metal fabrication projects, which can be expensive to correct. The customer should review and approve drawings of designs before any metal is cut.

  1. The Build Finishing:

This phase involves mechanical engineering, cutting up and forming involved in the project. Heavy-duty equipment is needed to handle the thick amount of steel involved in bigger custom projects.

Welding is done after the cutting of material, which is brought together according to the design. To design a custom metal fabrication, an expert such as an experienced welder should be consulted – especially one with working knowledge of certified welding procedures. This is important as welding codes have to be followed and the project has to be inspected before the finishing and final assembly.

  1. The Assembly Process:

This involves the preparation of the fabrication by use of a protective finishing, which prevents rusting. After preparing and assembling, the item is painted or primed. Taking fabricated metal products back to white metal is more work; however, it often ensures the best finish. With larger custom metal fabrication projects, it is best to transport projects to the installation site and assemble there.

Custom metal fabrication takes detailed planning and coordination. When choosing a custom metal fabricator, it is important to choose accordingly as he/she has to handle all three phases.

Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. is machinists who have been in business for over 45 years. We are the number one source for machining tools. Whether our clients have a small project or a larger project that needs to be done, we can handle it in an effective and efficient manner. Contact us today for your custom metal fabrication project needs!

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Three Important Uses for a Stainless Steel Grained Finish

So, you’ve decided that you’re going to opt for a durable, versatile stainless steel finish for your metal fabrication project. The question now is what type of finish is best suited to the purpose of the project? Here are three instances when choosing a stainless steel grained finish is almost certain to be the number one option:

Commercial Machinery

A grained finish is used in many commercial and residential applications, but it is most common when it comes to the manufacture of machinery that requires added strength and durability. It is easy to clean and is certain to stand the test of time. Plus, when it comes to machinery and equipment, the most important thing is that it is able to fulfill its function – aesthetic appeal is not required.

Industrial Applications

If something is going to be used regularly, the potential for damage is high. This is why a sturdy stainless steel finish is essential. A grained finish also will not show scratches or scuff marks as much as a shiny finish would. This is the main reason why a grained finish is almost always the go-to choice for all industrial applications and high traffic areas.

Protective Panels 

Protective panels, particularly in the food, beverage and chemical manufacturing industry, will often feature a grained stainless steel finish. This is due to the fact that it offers a strong, durable surface that will protect employees while they work – especially if they are working with chemicals.

 

Are you looking for a custom metal fabrication company to assist you with professional metal and steel fabrication? Look no further than Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. Contact us today for more information regarding our services.

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Your Guide to Stainless Steel Finishes

Think versatility and strength, and you will understand why countless business owners opt for stainless steel finishes when it comes to professional steel fabrication. The question is, if you are also considering stainless steel finishes, what are the options available to you? Just how much will you be able to tailor that end result to suit the purpose of your project? We have the facts for you below:

  • Why Stainless Steel?

As already mentioned, stainless steel promises versatility and strength. It is guaranteed to stand the test of time. In addition, it offers incredible value for money. The great news is that you can create a shiny, glamorous finish or a matte, minimalist finish using the stainless steel in your steel fabrication.

  • Hot Rolled or Cold Rolled

The result will depend on whether you have opted for hot rolled or cold rolled stainless steel. Stainless steel that comes straight from the mill will traditionally be hot rolled. Hot rolled stainless steel has a very basic aesthetic to it. It is generally matte and unpolished and a wonderful choice for welding projects of all types.

Cold rolled stainless steel is often a lot cheaper and has a grainier look to it. It can look dull, but is extremely durable; making it a great choice for projects that require stainless steel for added strength as opposed to creating an effect that is pleasing to the eye.

If a glossier look is what you are looking for in terms of steel fabrication, it is very easy to achieve using hot rolled steel. In these instances, it will simply be sent to a polisher before being incorporated into your project. It will have a shiny, mirror finish – the extent to which you will have full control over, too.

 

Keen to learn more about the experts specializing in steel fabrication and mechanical engineering? Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. is the contract manufacturing company you can count on.

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Metal fabrication

The Difference between Ironwork and Sheet Metal Fabrication

Contrary to popular belief, there is a big difference between ironwork and sheet metal fabrication. As leading specialists in metal fabrication in Oshawa, Ontario, we look at the main differences between the two below:

 

  • Sheet Metal Fabrication 

Sheet metal fabrication is all about working with metals in order to ensure peak functionality in terms of the final product. Many metals can be used in metal fabrication including stainless steel, copper, zinc and aluminum to name a few. Generally, sheet metal fabrication focuses on the creation of products that serve a purpose, such as car parts, gutters and roofs.

 

  • Ironwork 

The realm of ironwork focuses on the structural elements of a finished product, and is a little more complex. There are three types of ironwork, namely:

 

  1. Reinforcing Ironwork

In reinforcing ironwork, the focus is on strengthening structures.

 

  1. Ornamental Ironwork

In ornamental ironwork, the focus is on creating metal that can be used for architectural purposes.

 

  • Structural Ironwork

In structural ironwork, the focus is on creating sturdy frameworks.

 

Regardless of whether you are looking for a company that specializes in ironwork or sheet metal fabrication, you will need to find one that has many years of experience, along with the right equipment, to provide you with the results you are looking for. With over 40 years of experience and a specialization in custom metal fabrication and mechanical engineering, you can count on the team at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. For more information about why we are considered one of the best contract manufacturing companies in Ontario, do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

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Why the Lowest Bid isn’t Always the Best Bid

There is no doubt that we all love a good deal. Unfortunately, you should not buy some things cheap. In the case of mechanical engineering and steel fabrication related services, this could not be truer! While you will almost certainly be able to find contract manufacturing companies who will quote you a low price, you can also be almost certain that the quality of service they will provide will leave a lot to be desired. Here is why the lowest bid is not always the best bid:

 

  • Lack of Experience 

Contract manufacturing companies who are new to the industry will need a good way in which to draw new customers to them. They cannot compete with other companies from an experience perspective, so they will offer potential clients much lower prices instead. Unfortunately, experience is always a good thing when it comes to steel fabrication and mechanical engineering; it often leads to a much better final product.

 

  • Shoddy Workmanship 

Contract manufacturing companies who quote low prices will usually get a lot of business. More often than not, they cannot cope with the influx. However, instead of turning new clients away, they will do everything in their power to keep improving their bottom line, and the result of this is generally shoddy, rushed workmanship.

 

Ultimately, as with so many other things in life, when it comes to contract manufacturing companies, you get what you pay for. Choose the right company for your project and be sure that it will be money well spent – choose Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. With over 40 years of experience, we are true specialists in mechanical engineering and custom metal fabrication. Contact us today to learn more.

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