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Steel fabrication: a history

A look into the history of steel fabrication…

There are a number of inventions throughout human history that a number of people would mark down as the most important; the wheel, the written word, books, transport, the Internet… One thing that is often overlooked, that’s been around for nearly as long as the written word, is steel fabrication. It was a major development in its day, allowing humans to create better tools, weapons, armour and more. Hunters would make better arrowheads to bring home more food and countries would use the technique to build their armies, but in the modern day, what exactly is steel fabrication used for?

It’s not uncommon to see steel fabrication at work in a number of huge industries in the modern day, which cover all forms of products. Examples of these industries are:

  • Technology
  • Arts and crafts
  • Manufacturing
  • Jewellery

Steel fabrication was one of the leading techniques of craftsmanship and the creation of weapons and tools in order to develop society. The technique proved so versatile that it led to somewhat of a specialisation. In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for miners to process ore into steel, allowing the steel to be turned into weapons or tools that they could sell on for profit.

In the modern industries, there are a number of different steps you can take in order to get ore from the earth and turn it into goods that can be used by millions worldwide. There are a number of types of metals that we use in our day to day lives, all of which are produced from the fabrication process. For example:

Iron and steel are often found in electronic appliances, devices and cars.

Silver is used in both electronic parts and ornamentation.

Gold is used in ornamentation, but it is also a vital part of some electrical equipment, due to the metals being a great conductor of electricity.

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Steel fabrication: how does it work?

You may have heard of steel fabrication, but do you know how it works?

Steel is an alloy, made from a combination of iron and a number of other metals including carbon, silicon, phosphorus and sulphur. There are varied amounts of these metals present in steel, but it’s commonly found that levels of carbon should be below two percent, with other metals in steel being below one percent. Steel can be cut, shaped and moulded into a range of products; which can all vary from household appliances to vehicle components.

The process in which steel is bent and shaped is widely known as steel fabrication. The birth of steel fabrication came in 1856, when Henry Bessemer, a British inventor, smelted steel. As time has gone on, steel fabrication has evolved into an incredibly advanced process, one that’s way more effective in the modern environment. To this day though, the skill and technique required in order to smelt steel rests at an incredibly high level.

The process behind steel fabrication

In steel fabrication, there are two existing methods that are used universally. The first method of steel fabrication is known as the ‘integration’ method, where the raw material found in steel are heated until they melt, and then being mixed together. Steel that is fabricated today is made using this method.

The second and final method is a process that’s used with recycled steel. This process is known as the Electric Arc Furnace Method, which is the quicker method out of the two. Recycled steel is placed into a furnace, then being melted and set, cut and bent into its final product.

When taken into account, both methods of steel fabrication require a huge amount of skill and precision in order to be done correctly. As of this blog being written, there are as many as three thousands types of steel known to man, with each type holding its own chemical properties, as well as its physical properties.

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How do hydraulic cylinders work?

How exactly do hydraulic cylinders work?

hydraulic cylindersHydraulic cylinders are a complicated technology; they work from a mixture of pressure and movement in the cylinders themselves, which gives the energy of motion. Pressure is formed in the cylinders through hydraulic fuel, which stores the pressure under the cylinders. The energy in the oils are converted to motion through this process. In a hydraulic system, a motor consists of at least one hydraulic cylinder, but there are usually more. A pump is used to control the oil-flow in the system, which is part of the generator in the hydraulic system.

A hydraulic cylinder is built from a barrel, piston and piston rod. The piston itself is put into position inside the barrel, being connected to the piston rod. The base of the cylinder, and the head, are responsible for the closure of the head and base of the barrel. The bottom of the cylinder and the piston rod are then mounted through brackets. The piston in the cylinder consists of a number of seals and rings.

The process begins with the piston rod moving outwards, which builds in motion as the hydraulic fluid enters the base of the cylinder. A reversal of this is possible, where hydraulic fluid goes back into the reservoir from being pushed by the piston.

Varying classifications of hydraulic cylinders:

Single Acting Cylinders:

In single cylinders, the process is rather simple: the fluid is pressurised from one side in both the expansion and retraction process. A spring is used to return the cylinder to its original position.

Double Acting Cylinders

In double acting cylinders, any pressure generated from the fluid can be applied in both directions, which gives more power compared to single cylinders. The springs used in single cylinders aren’t used in stroke applications that require a large process, as there are problems associated with the spring.

hydraulic cylinder

An example of a hydraulic cylinder

What should you consider when buying a hydraulic cylinder?

These specs will need to be classified, yet here’s what you should be looking at:

  • Stroke
  • Bore Diameter
  • Cylinder Type
  • Rod Diameter
  • Operating Pressure Levels

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What exactly is steel fabrication?

Steel fabrication is used in a number of objects, but what exactly is it?

Steel fabrication is a term that’s used to describe the process of the cutting, forming and the overall shaping of steel alloy, a process that’s done to create a product. Unlike welding, where items are either strengthened or repaired, steel fabrication takes numerous amounts of mental, attaching them together to form a predefined shape and size. A skilled technician is needed in order to carry out such a process, using their in depth experience and knowledge to create marketable objects from raw components. There’s usually very little room for any form of error in the process, as it’s one of the most common forms of item production. Industrial giants use steel fabrication as a way of creating all forms of products, from vehicular items to household appliances.

A steel fabrication machinist is employed to shape raw materials into various forms, depending on which product they are trying to produce. The process is usually completed using either heat, pressure or electricity, helping mould and form various shapes. Though most of this work is achieved through using heat as a way of steel fabrication, a small part of the process can occur through harnessing various electrical forms. Both processes share the function of firstly melting down any metals through extensively high temperatures, then using various other forms of treatment to form the various shapes.

Once the steel has gone through the processing stage, the next step in the process it to determine which specific shape the steel is going to be formed into. There are two specific factors that will have effect on the outcome, most commonly the software package that’s used and what equipment is at hand to those in the machine shop. Various equipment does different things, so a machinist with a wider range of tools will have a higher ability to form a shape. Cutting edge technology is often adapted by most steel fabrication companies as a way to offer the best service in the steel fabrication process. The cutting edge technology allows for the maintainence of high profiency, allowing for high quality items to be produced. This will also allow superior accuracy on the finished product.

The final outcome of the steel fabrication process is visible in the impeccable steel frames that harness modern businesses, as well as a high number of both industrial and commercial appliances taking from the works. The steel fabrication pieces are often used in other products, such as pipe supports and ladders, making it a mandatory process for modern items.