Sheet Metal Fabrication

What is Metal fabrication?

Fabrication and manufacturing are both industrial terms that refer to the process of construction or production, but they have key differences. Fabrication involves taking standardised parts and joining them together to form, or fabricate, a final structure. These standardised parts can be joined using a variety of techniques. Manufacturing is the process of turning raw materials into a finished product. So fabrication may often be an element of the manufacturing process.

The end results can range from heavy machinery and structural components to intricate parts for various industries. Skilled metalworkers, known as fabricators, undertake this complex task. Despite the rise of advanced technologies such as automation and robotics, human skills and expertise remain essential in the metal fabrication industry.

What are the benefits of sheet metal fabrication?

Fabrication allows one to build and assemble structures, or items quickly and cost-effectively. Using parts that have already been mass-produced, makes the fabrication of larger items, much easier and cheaper. If you need to create each part to make up your end product, the process would be infinitely slower and more expensive. You are limited by the available parts, so in some instances for highly unique items, fabrication may not be the best option. In general, fabrication is a good choice for where you need to make a structure or item that can be made from available parts that can be joined together. A good designer will be able to work with the available resources to create a final design.

More specifically, sheet metal fabrication has many benefits. Some of these include shaping and forming, cost-effectiveness due to its mass production capabilities, a high level of durability, and the strength of the final product. Its ability to create intricate designs with high precision makes it an ideal choice for a wide range of industries.


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    When should we choose fabrication?

    Fabrication is commonly chosen in the construction industry, for items such as pre-assembled balcony units for new builds, or modular utility rooms. The construction industry is fast-paced and using fabricated parts that can be swiftly assembled on-site enables them to keep to their tight build deadlines. Fabrication can also be used on both large-scale and small-scale projects. Fabrication is used by the ship-building industry for their steel grating, flooring, ladders, stairs, and platforms, as well as by the military for their battleships. On the other end of the scale, fabrication is used to make computer server cabinets and touch screen terminals, as used across a multitude of industries. Other vital sectors such as energy and mining also choose to use fabrication to make their essential items, such as wind turbines and mining trucks.

    Why choose IRS for your fabrication?

    When you come to the team at IRS, you can tap into our knowledge and experience. We have a range of skill sets across our teams from chemical, to structural, so that we always have the ability and resources to tackle your project. We are renowned for our “can-do” attitude and constantly seek better solutions for our customers. We have invested in both our equipment and our teams so that we can continue to maintain our excellent turnaround time no matter the size or scale of the project. We understand the importance of providing our customers with a reliable and efficient fabrication service, and how our part of the process sits within the larger picture. When you come to the team at IRS you can be confident that you will not be disappointed. If you would like a no-obligation discussion about your fabrication requirements, call the friendly and professional team at IRS today.