A metal fabrication company manufactures, assembles and repairs a variety of metallic products or components using steel or other types of metals. Services offered vary from company to company; while some focus on smaller production runs with more options for customization, others deal in large production runs at cheaper prices. There are those that handle a wide range of metal working services while some focus on only a few services. That means not every metal fabrication and stamping service will suit your needs.
Before choosing a metal fabrication partner, there are a number of important factors you must consider. Let’s take a look at a few of those considerations:
Consider whether the metal fabrication company’s facilities are big enough to meet your project needs without any production problems. What fabrication services does the prospective company specifically offer? Maybe you only need a simple service, or you may need a number of manufacturing capabilities, such as cutting and forming, fastening, welding, metal finishing, installation, etc. Do you want a single run or large runs? If what you need is a single run, consider dealing with smaller fabricators whose services are more customized.
What about customization options and design services? If you don’t come with a ready prototype, is the company able to design one for you? Ask the prospective fabricator whether they can do production based on drawing (printed or digital). Consider also the kind of materials the manufacturer works with. This is a key consideration since not every fabricator works with the same types of metal. Some fabricators may also not be able to handle the size and thickness of your raw metal.
When it comes to manufacturing, experience in the industry does matter. From the employees’ level of experience to the number of years in operation, you want to be sure that the company has enough experience to avoid costly mistakes during production. Have your prospective manufacturer talk about their processes as well as production standards. Find out if they have worked on similar projects before. Also don’t be afraid to ask for references–an established metal fabrication and framing company can provide you with plenty.
It’s a good idea to compare prices offered by different manufacturers. Consider obtaining quotes from a number of manufacturers so you can get better pricing for your project, rather that settling on the first one you find. This does not, however, mean that you should ignore quality of materials and production. Some companies may be pricier because they use metals of a higher quality, or because they use more accurate cutting tools. While dealing with a bulk fabricator could be cheaper, it might not be what’s needed for this particular project.
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