Industrial plants and facilities need high quality, dependable fabricated equipment that meets their specs and gets the job done efficiently. There are numerous factors that affect fabrication quality including the initial design, the composition of materials used, the weld and assembly, and the expertise and capabilities of the fabrication company. Let’s take a closer look at each of these components and how they affect fabrication quality.
Any piece of equipment or product is only going to be as good as its design. If there are design flaws that make the product less efficient, less sturdy, or less functional, then it doesn’t matter how well the equipment is fabricated according to that design, it will never be able to meet its full potential. Since design is so important, this in turn makes it beneficial to work with a fabrication company that also has engineering experience. Regardless, it is imperative that new designs and design changes be meticulously modeled and tested to ensure that there are no serious flaws.
The Composition of Materials
The composition of the materials used in the fabrication process is also extremely important for yielding optimal quality. Different metal alloys and material compositions have very different properties that can significantly influence the way the finished product functions. Heat resistance, weight, conductivity, flexibility, and more are all heavily dependent on what the item is made out of. Some companies may suggest less expensive materials, and in some cases this might be fine, but it is imperative to understand how the composition of materials will affect end quality and functionality.
Weld and Assembly
Beyond a good design and high quality materials, another factor that influences the ultimate fabrication quality, is of course the welding and assembly process itself. Welds should have the proper penetration and the correct welding process and technique must be used for the particular alloy, position, and overall condition. The fabrication process should also be efficient and consistent, yielding reliable, high quality products.
Experience and Expertise
Closely related to the overall fabrication and assembly process is the experience and expertise of the fabrication company doing the job. A deeper level of technical expertise and experience results in better quality fabrication. There are also numerous certifications that can signal the quality and expertise of the company and its craftsmen including ASME and NCCER. Likewise, if the company is a Licensed Heavy Industrial Contractor or holds other professional licenses and accreditations that is typically a sign that the company has the experience and expertise necessary to produce high quality work.
The Fabrication Shop
Finally, the fabrication shop itself is also very important the quality of the finished fabricated equipment. Different shops have different capabilities and capacities and it is essential to make sure that the fabrication shop chosen has the resources necessary to get the job done right. State-of-the-art equipment, ample fabrication space, and ready access to transportation networks are all key factors that affect shop quality. Polaris is proud to offer dependable industrial fabrication services and to offer these services with an eye toward unbeatable quality and performance.