Category Archives: Steel Frame Construction

A Beginner’s Guide to Steel Fabrication

A Beginner’s Guide to Steel Fabrication

Steel FabricationAlmost 2 million tons of steel are produced every year. You can find steel, which is an alloy manufactured by mixing iron and carbon, in everything from skyscrapers to pieces of artwork. Yet, most people don’t have the slightest clue how steel is fabricated. Here is a beginner’s guide to help you understand the process.

Step 1: A steel structure is designed.

Before a company can start the process of fabricating steel, it’s important for the company to work with whoever is ordering it to come up with a design for it. Many steel fabricators use Computer Assisted Design programs to map out what a steel structure is going to look like when it’s all done. This allows everyone to get on the same page. It also allows a steel fabrication company to pass along accurate blueprints for steel structures to their metalworkers so that they can complete the next step.

Step 2: A steel structure is created.

After clear plans are in place for a steel structure, metalworkers will begin the process of creating it. Metalworkers will use a variety of tools that are capable of bending and reshaping steel to fabricate the steel structures that have been requested. These tools rely on heat, pressure, and even force to alter the shape of steel. The metalworkers also use CNC equipment that is specifically designed to create steel components quickly by making cuts and bending steel with precision.

Step 3: A steel structure is finished and assembled.

Once a steel structure has been shaped, steel fabricators can finish off the process by adding the final touches to it. In some cases, a client will request for steel to be painted or sandblasted. In others, pieces of steel will need to be welded together. The goal is for a steel fabricator to deliver a finished product to a customer so that they can put it into place after it’s delivered to them.

Steel fabrication should only be conducted by those with a wealth of experience. If you need steel services completed, R.G. Smith Company would be more than happy to provide you with them. We can design and fabricate almost anything using steel. Call us at 330-456-3415 or 419-524-4778 to find out how we can help you.


The Advantages of Steel Frame Construction

The Advantages of Steel Frame Construction

Most people associate steel with building skyscrapers, hangars, and other large buildings. However, the truth is you can use steel frame construction to put together just about any structure, since steel holds numerous advantages over other building materials. Check out the benefits of steel frame construction below. It’ll allow you to build your structure quickly.… Continue Reading

Expanding or Reorganizing? Let Us Help

As a business owner, expanding or reorganizing your building or plant can be a headache. There are many factors to consider and finding a reliable contractor is a tough task. But, don’t worry – RG Smith Company is here to help! Through high quality steel erection services, RG Smith will help you improve your facility… Continue Reading

AISC Names IDEAS2 Winners

The American Institute of Steel Construction recently named the winners of the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program, known as IDEAS2. This program honors excellence in steel-frame building design and is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the United States. If you… Continue Reading

Thinking of Expanding? Now’s the Time to Start Planning

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Construction Workers Deserve Safe Work Environment

The health and safety of all construction workers should be of the utmost importance to every construction and contracting organization around the globe. Owners and foremen should put the interest of the workers and their safety above all else. Unfortunately, not all organizations value these principles the same.   The standards prescribed by the United… Continue Reading

The Differences in Wood & Steel Frame Construction

There are advantages to structures designed on both wood and steel framing. Different structural sizes and budgets are fundamental to deciding on the appropriate building material. But whatever’s practical for your purposes determines the best material for your structure.   Large facilities requiring expansive space are better suited for the strength of steal I-beam construction,… Continue Reading