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Industrial Custom Steel & Sheet Metal Fabrication

Your Custom Project, Our Expertise

Custom steel fabrication projects are our wheelhouse. Your project is important, and we know how stressful it can be to find the right partner. Our job is to make your custom fabrication project a success and to achieve your metalwork project goals. From small parts to large – we've got you covered. You can count on us to provide:

  • Value
  • Reliable service
  • Quality metalworking
  • A friendly partnership
  • Expert advice

Your Metal Fabrication Needs – Our Solutions

Not every partner can provide you with the customization you need when it comes to your custom steel fabrication project. Here at Mechanical Fabrication Group, we work with the thinnest of gauges to the thickest of plates using a variety of sheet and structural metals. We take pride in our sheet metal work and know it's important to include a variety of methods to get your custom steel fabrication project just right. Our capabilities include:

  • Metal Sheering
  • Metal Bending
  • Metal Rolling
  • Saw burning
  • Welding for steel and aluminum

Contact us today to discuss your next project. Our skilled industrial metal fabricators can work from your drawings and specifications or help you design the right part for your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Requirements & Our Fabrication Standards

Our 10,000 square foot facility and over 25 years of experience support our strict standards for excellence. From fire trucks and signs to brackets and pipes. Our custom sheet metal processes help streamline the manufacturing of your fabrication project for faster turnaround times and help to keep costs affordable. However, faster doesn't mean skipping any steps throughout the customization operation. Our experienced team of technicians is serious when it comes to producing quality work to meet your high standards. When you're talking about industrial or commercial product lines – we understand it's got to be right the first time.

Repairs and Installations? Not A Problem.

If your shop or factory is in need of a custom air handling solution or other necessary operation - we've got that covered too! Our highly skilled team is ready to customize, fabricate, and install just about anything to fit your needs. Take a look at just a few of the projects that have required our expert experience.

  • Dust collection systems
  • Fume extractors
  • Air exhaust systems
  • Duct work
  • Hearth and furnace covers
  • Steel trays
  • Hoppers
  • Stainless steel hoods
  • Annealing baskets
  • Equipment guarding
  • No bake flask assemblies
  • Pressure test fixtures

Perhaps you're thinking of expanding your storage facility? Our structural steel fabrication services and onsite welding will give you peace of mind and more room.

Your Custom Designs or Ours?

It all starts with a good design and whether it's your design, or you need a custom design created – we're happy to work with you to help create one. Once the design is final, we'll take your custom steel fabrication specifications and expertly develop the right application. We can also reverse-engineer your process from existing fabrications.

Contact us today for more information or give us a call at (717) 351-0437 to speak with one of our friendly service attendants.

Have a drawing, and you'd like to get our opinion? Bring it with you, and we'll give you a FREE estimate on your custom steel fabrication process.

All About the Custom Steel Fabrication Process

Custom steel fabrication is an intricate process which involves a variety of industrial equipment for a successful outcome. There are three typical stages; cutting, forming or rolling, and assembly. Each step of the metalworking process is dependent on the next, so perfection is imperative at every level.

Cutting - Metal Fabrication

The type of cut you need for your custom steel fabrication project determines what tool is used or if a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine is required. Straight cuts are made using:

  • Saws
  • Shears
  • Plasmas
  • Lasers & Waterjet Available

Other more precise cuts such as curves or circular in nature cuts are made using notches, punches, or CNC machines. CNC machines are computer controlled which allows for improved precision. Notches and punches use high pressure to create holes or openings in any size metal.

Forming - Metal Fabrication

After the cutting stage, it's time to form the metal into its desired shape. A metal sheet is basically "baked" to get its shape using a press brake, forming or rolling machinery. Again, the size and thickness of the material determine the tool needed.

Assembly & Welding - Metal Fabrication

After forming all the pieces of the custom steel project, assembly is the next and last step in the metal fabrication process. Welding is a highly skilled technique using extreme heat to meld each piece of metal together and into a final product or part. The reason welding is so important is because this is one of the last stages that helps the project to be a success, turning fabricated parts into a single piece of metal. Mistakes at this stage can be very costly, and in some cases may require starting over again from scratch. Here are three metal fabrication mistakes you never want to see:

  • Poor weld penetration and strength
  • Bad appearance due to improper cleaning and fitting
  • Avoiding safety precautions and causing severe damage

Custom Fabrication Materials

Steel is one of the common materials used in metal fabrication projects. However, other materials can be used, such as:

  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Carbon steel

Any custom fabrication starts with the material and there are two types: structural and sheet metal. The piece of equipment is chosen based off the design. Structural metal comes already formed in a range of shapes and sizes. Common types include:

  • HSS
  • Channels
  • Beams
  • Angles

Sheet metal is available in very large rolls. Each roll has a different thickness. Plates are sheet metal, but thicker. Sheet metal is considered a plate – starting at 3/16" thickness.

What to Look For In a Metal Fabrication Shop

It's so important to perform your due diligence when choosing a custom fabrication shop for industrial or commercial needs. Inexperience, a bad attitude, and out dated equipment can leave you high and dry. Consider the following when it comes time for your next custom steel fabrication project.

Experience – A good partner is proud of their accomplishments and work history and will not hesitate to show off their knowledge and skills.

Capability – Depending on your industry your project may require specific standards set by a national or locally licensed organization. It's important to know that your shop can do whatever it takes, if necessary.

Materials – A product or part is only as good as its materials. Ensure your shop has the proper grade of steel or metal material.

Timing and Cost – Most custom steel fabrication projects have a deadline and time on important projects seems to pass very quickly, so make sure your shop understands your deadlines and agrees to meet them. Also, it's not just about getting the project done on time, but be sure your partner will hold to your budget or, better yet, help you come in under budget!

Contact us today to discuss your needs. We can work with your specifications or reverse-engineer your process to devise the right solution for your application.

Industrial Metal Fabrication
Industrial Metal Fabrication
Industrial Metal Fabrication
Past Projects

Mechanical Fabrication Group has been providing custom metal fabrication to industrial and commercial operations since 1996. See our past projects to learn more about our capabilities!

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