How to Select Welding and Fabrication Services     Images credit: Owen's Welding Service Welding and fabrication services are businesses based upon their capabilities to provide customized metal processing. 'Metal fabrication' is a broad term—encompassing welding as well as blacksmithing, boilermaking, millwrighting, and ironworking. Capabilities are not typically limited to one service and CAD/CAM support, field operations, machining,...
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Q & A on Welding and Fabrication Services

We asked our users for their input on Welding and Fabrication Services. Here are the results of 84 users familiar with Welding and Fabrication Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing welding and fabrication services?
10 answers
Answers:
Today computer guided designs and tools are catching the imagination, but I have not really done any of these as I rely on my own designs.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
New technologies in equipment and knowledge are influencing welding and fabrication services.
~Hamdy Hassan Kashef K, Engineering Consultant, Alexandria, Egypt
Machinery technology Consumables new developments Support gear technology development
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
Robotic welding, Orbitral Welding, Laser welding, Plasma welding etc.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
Simple automation with better productivity w.r.t capital expenses
~Kamlesh Doshi, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Filler rod type and heat temperature
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia
Tig Mig machines
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
T I G Welding
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
Automation
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Robotics
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative welding and fabrication services?
11 answers
Answers:
Those companies involved in the use of more reliable support gear and the use of new products to ensure the quality in critical welding of special materials.
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
I really don't know as I use the conventional welding machine and go along with that.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
TDW, U MAX, Belleli, Tobaz, NSF, Mconnl dawal, etc.
~Hamdy Hassan Kashef K, Engineering Consultant, Alexandria, Egypt
Proarc, Usha, Sohal, Modi & Electra
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
Lincoln Electric Amada Salvanini
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Not my area of strength
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria
Lincoln and Migatronic
~Alexandre Salvestrini, Engineer, São Paulo, Brazil
L&T, TUV etc.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
Advani Oerlicon
~Kamlesh Doshi, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Miller & Lyncon
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
Kobelco
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
9 answers
Answers:
The most powerful, synthetized, most systems performed machinery available in the market with all the complementary gear for each one of those welding systems Computer programs willing to give accurate details in fabrication such as autocad 3d autocad lant and any other 3d modeling program
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
Multi Purpose Welding Machines ( three in one machine )
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
Able to afford integrating in our weld tech program.
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
I would like to see non ferrous materials welding.
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
Greater improvements in the delivery technologies.
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria
Design knowledge of Weld joint is a wish.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
More information about new technology.
~Hamdy Hassan Kashef K, Engineering Consultant, Alexandria, Egypt
Lesser fumes
~Kamlesh Doshi, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Mig machine
~Tyrone L, Automotive engine remanufacturing/ machine shop, Cambridge, Canada

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used welding and fabrication services for?
20 answers
Answers:
Custom skidded process equipment, compressors & generators, automatic OCTG pipe processing facilities, drilling rigs (onshore & offshore), oil & gas offshore structures, commercial & industrial buildings/ structures, ASME vessels, API tanks & ANSI piping systems.
~Engineering, Design, Corpus Christi, TX
Site Q.A/Q.C. & Inspection manager, QA/QC Welding & NDT Engineer for very special and critical material, Anti Acid & Anti Corrosion protection, Engineer for all types of piping-tanks-presser vessel and spherical tanks and Hot taping.
~Hamdy Hassan Kashef K, Engineering Consultant, Alexandria, Egypt
Manager for metal fabrication company with $120M in sales. 10 years experience as instructor of welding technology. Implemented welding tech program for career education.
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Chemical Piping B31.3, Steam Piping B31.1, Pressure Vessel Inspection for new fabrication ASME Section VIII Division 1, Structural both on and off shore, Naval Ships
~Engineering, Design, Corpus Christi, TX
I am handling SQA, Delhi Metro HVAC project, deals mainly with SS parts Welding and Fabrication. I am interested in Advanced learning in Welding.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
I used different welding machines in production of automobile parts, furniture manufacturing & structural purpose.
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
In water services, pipes and connecting up suction and discharge pipes of pumps. Also in fabrication of tanks.
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria
power plants petrochemical chemical plants mining ship vessels repair food processing furnace plants
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
Making Hand Made Sheet Metal Parts and Peripherals of Power Generating Equipments
~Kamlesh Doshi, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Pipe forming / welding, wrought iron gate manufacture, repair work
~Technical Support/Services, Ashton U Lyne, Great Britain
Machinery repair and mezzanine and stairway construction
~Engineering, Design, Nashville, TN
Welding Materials CrMo / SA516-60 / 317L / 309 / 316.
~Alexandre Salvestrini, Engineer, São Paulo, Brazil
Fabrication of chemical injection skids
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia
Building many medical device housings.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Bellevue, WA
Custom engineered products
~Manufacturing, Kansas City, MO
BHP vessels Mole vessels
~Quality Control/Assurance, Lahore, Pakistan
Marine Vechele Commercial
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
Manufacturing fans
~Engineering, Design, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Exhaust system
~Tyrone L, Automotive engine remanufacturing/ machine shop, Cambridge, Canada
As above..
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that welding and fabrication services have been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
This is a broad area. Any joining of two metals generally requires some form of welding process. Working with metals requires various equipment for preparation (fabrication).
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Welding is a technique that considered as an engineer project, this project is used for building bridges and most industries.
~Tyrone L, Automotive engine remanufacturing/ machine shop, Cambridge, Canada
None that I can think of now.
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
Hand Operated Gas Brazing
~Kamlesh Doshi, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Not to my knowledge
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria
House grill
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of welding and fabrication services?
10 answers
Answers:
The lack of control in the filler metal for stainless steel TIG welding did end up in a trial against a company in Argentina. Petrochemical power plants, blown up tanks and piping systems due to the lack of control in non destructive test or lack of interpretation resulting in loss of human lives and millions of dollars in Chile.
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
A shutter that was fabricated which when closed would not open and resulted in the place being closed up for about two days as the points which would allow the shutter to open were some how welded to the frame, due to loose connections in the shutters, which got welded to the frame when we were welding on the out side.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
The greatest thing about welding is: Know your skill very well, if you don't it can be a disaster that will lead to death or destruction.
~Tyrone L, Automotive engine remanufacturing/ machine shop, Cambridge, Canada
The duty-cycle time is short so most welders work continuously resulting in burning of lines or electric board.
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
Yes sure the welders using cellulosic electrodes should follow WPS and correct sequences to avoid cracks.
~Hamdy Hassan Kashef K, Engineering Consultant, Alexandria, Egypt
I saw many times people in trouble for those problems made by poor & low standard manufacturing.
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
Titanic Ship failed due to Wrong Welding selection in Cryogenic condition under the Sea.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
When I was in communications employment, failure of a mast.
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria
From a safety standpoint loss of body parts or even death.
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Careless in work
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia

FeaturesTop

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of welding and fabrication services?
10 answers
Answers:
If it is a project involving your management make sure to adopt the most accurate reliable qaqc guaranteed wps, if it is not, and there is a wps established then make sure that your welders possess the ability to fit it on these wps. Always choose the most reliable machinery, a few coins saved against the quality is a rope hanging from a tree right to your neck.
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
Proper Standard needs to be used. Qualified welders, supervisors and managers are good for the Welding process.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
Always know your metals and what the thicknesses will achieve.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
Make sure you look at the big picture and future projects.
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Cost with respect to productivity and recurring expenses
~Kamlesh Doshi, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
A welder has the world in their hands
~Tyrone L, Automotive engine remanufacturing/ machine shop, Cambridge, Canada
Always do a Perfect quality job.
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
Current setting is important
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia
My knowledge is limited
~Curt B, Maintenance Repair Service Tecnecians, Kingstown, St Vincent&The Grenadines
Seek expert opinion
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using welding and fabrication services?
8 answers
Answers:
Make sure from the welders have the ability to perform sound weldings in all of the welding systems to be used in a project by the presencial qualification´s test. Make sure the supervisor has the knowledge to direct a team of welders, make sure he understands the codes regulating these activities, and make sure he understands the HSE.
~MARIO PROVIDE, Builder/Contractor, HIJUELAS, CHILE
Welding is very important and should be of great help to those who are willing to learn such trade.
~Tyrone L, Automotive engine remanufacturing/ machine shop, Cambridge, Canada
Yes; I want to say all users should always purchase a standard quality machine.
~Mahendra M, Manufacturer, Delhi, India
Use your common sense and go in for what you know is good and reliable.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
Welding is a special Technology . Learning knowledge is important.
~Dhanabalan G., SQA Manager, Hosur, India
Close evaluation of the process you are trying to support.
~Rick M., Faculty/Staff, Itasca, IL
Buy the quality welding machine.
~Nazran I, General Management, Kl, Malaysia
Go for the best available.
~Obi O, Engineering Consultant, Lagos, Nigeria


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