Structural Steel Fabrication
Structural steel has a long list of benefits associated with it as a sustainable and highly reliable material for construction.
The fabrication and welding processes that Swanton Welding uses to transform structural steel into products used for construction and other industrial applications are complex and demanding. At Swanton, we always abide by our quality and customer service first mindset. We know that if you don’t do the job properly the viability of the material could be compromised.
Structural steel welding and fabrication takes special expertise, and Swanton Welding has invested in our equipment and proper training for our welders and fabricators. This is what has helped us become the structural steel fabricator of choice in the Midwest.
Structural Steel Benefits
Structural steel is a beneficial material for a wide range of applications. The material weighs far less when compared to many other metals, and it is more economical.
Utilizing structural steel for your fabrication project can lend products a great deal of strength. For this reason, it is a very popular material for large-scale construction projects. Steel is also quite malleable, allowing it to be fabricated to fit your specifications. Structural steel is an alloy, and as such, it can be adapted to give it different properties.
This makes it useful for a tremendous array of structural projects.
Adaptability with Welding
Steel is a naturally strong material, but proper welding and fabrication techniques can heighten this trait. Steel would not be as reliable for high-pressure applications like columns and I-beams in commercially designed buildings if not for the intervention of welding and fabrication.
Not every welding team can use steel to its full potential, but here at Swanton Welding we have the experience necessary to create structural steel projects that are ideal for construction and design projects. Our experienced structural steel team can fabricate and weld your project to meet your specifications.
Because of the diverse service offerings within our 3 facilities, we can keep more of your total project and assembly in house. There is no need to send your project to a subcontractor because we have the right tools, equipment, experience, and skills to fabricate, roll, weld, and create your structural steel fabrication project.
Common Structural Steel Shapes
I shaped with flanged cross-sections.
Zig Zag Shape created with half flanges going in opposite directions.
An “L” shaped cross-section.
A “T” shaped cross-section.
A rectangular cross-section piece but not wide enough to be a sheet.
A round shape like rebar or dowel.
Steel Fabrication and Welding
The success of any major construction project is highly dependent upon successful welding techniques. Refinements and advancements in technology for welding techniques have allowed architectural designs to be more complex and stylized than ever before.
It’s important to us as a company to invest in professional development for our own employees to learn new welding techniques. We also make sure our equipment and machine operators are trained and we regularly invest in new equipment to help our fabrication become more efficient.
At Swanton Welding, we believe it’s important to stay on top of industry trends in regards to welds and materials. We employ a Certified Welding Inspector to help Swanton Welding stay at the forefront of innovation in the weldings and structural steel fabrication industry.
Swanton’s Structural Steel Capabilities
We have a wide variety of equipment and tools to help us fabricate structural steel for many applications. Our skilled operators are trained and certified.
40’ Ficep Beam Line – Fully automated
Uses CNC control for accurate sawing to length and hole drilling in beams, channels, angles and flat bar.
5 CO2 laser cutting machines
(Gaseous) 4,000 watt power supply, 80”x160” table
Flow water jets
Can manage parts up to 6’ x 12’ and 6’ thick
Welding is the Future
Welded structural steel is a stronger and more cost-effective solution, but there are other advantages to using welded structural steel. By utilizing arc welding processes with structural steel products we can reduce the weight of your building by at least a third.
Of course, improper arc welding can negate all of these advantages, which is why Swanton Welding has taken the time to find experienced and highly knowledgeable welders to join our team. Education and experience make all the difference when it comes to welding structural steel.
The types of welding that are needed for each individual project may be diverse and challenging, but our team is up to the test. Swanton Welding is proficient and experienced in all of the types of welding used in conjunction with structural steel.
Having a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) inspector on staff at your fabrication company shows that the company is willing to make an investment to get the job done right. Swanton Welding has a dedicated Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) in-house that inspects every project.
Swanton’s in-house certified welding inspector has the ability to ensure that your fabrication project adheres to all the requirements and relevant welding codes, before, during, and after your project is completed.
Our CWI inspects the requirements and welding codes of a project before any work is completed. They also review all the documents and testing records of anyone working on the project to make sure they are certified to perform the work – before the work begins. These checks and balances help ensure your fabrication project has the right people, material, and certifications all lined up before work begins.
An inspector follows the project throughout, helping make adjustments to make sure that Swanton Welding’s high-quality standards are met.
Having a CWI on staff helps us continue to maintain best practices and safety standards for our staff and your fabrication project.
Structural Steel Projects
- Bridges and Overpasses
- Large, Industrial Buildings
- High Rise Towers
- Freight cars
- Construction equipment
- Truck parts
- Crane booms
- Transmission towers
- Truck frames
The Quality of Structural Steel
There are many different choices when it comes to structural steel. The lower the carbon content in the steel that is chosen determines the ease of welding. Lower carbon content equals a faster rate of production on construction projects, but it can also make the material more difficult to work with. Swanton Welding is able to offer structural steel solutions that are both efficiently made and highly effective. We will work for you to determine the perfect type of structural steel for your project. The processes used to design structural steel can also change the cost.
However, structural steel is a cost-effective material when used properly. Steel is an excellent, highly-sustainable material, but it is far more effective in the hands of experienced and well-educated fabricators who understand its properties and potential benefits.
Overall, steel holds a huge number of advantages to contractors and others who intended to utilize it for industrial applications. Experts have found that even reinforcing older buildings with new welding processes can significantly improve the strength of the building.
Imagine the benefits of using expertly welded structural steel from the start for your construction project.
Finishing Services – Industrial Painting, Powder Coating and Blasting
There is no need to subcontract our finishing services for your fabrication project. At Swanton Welding, we can handle the finishing your project needs before arriving at its destination. We can handle all industrial paint, powder coating, or blasting jobs with our high-performance equipment and provide you with the required profile for your project.
Paint & Powder Coat Booth Sizes
- 75’ x 32’ x 28’
- 50’ x 14’ x 16’
- 48’ x 14’ x 14’
Powder Coat Line
- 2’ x 4’ x 6’ (up to 250lbs)
- 60’ x 16’ x 14’
- Continuous Reclaim System
- 120 PSI operating pressure
- Blasts carbon steel, stainless and aluminum
- Media: G80 Steel Grit & G80 Australian Garnet
Swanton Welding offers a diverse range of services for many industries. With our quality certifications and our skilled workforce, we are able to complete fabrication projects that help keep America strong.
- Construction mining
- Oil & gas, industrial
- Alternative energy
- Food and beverage
Integrated Manufacturing & Fabrication Teams, All Under One Name… Swanton Welding
Swanton Welding is different. Our diverse range of talents and skills set our services apart from other metal fabricators. Swanton Welding offers our customers comprehensive fabrication services at an affordable price. From robots creating widgets to skilled fabricators handcrafting oversized pieces with precision, Swanton Welding is the team your project deserves. Our footprint in the south and midwest enables us to work on almost any fabrication project.
Since 1956, Swanton Welding has been providing our customers with the highest quality services for their metal fabrication needs. Swanton Welding’s experienced team of fabricators, welders, painters, and technicians have enabled Swanton Welding to be the comprehensive fabrication team your project needs.