But first, what is fabrication and what do steel fabricators do?
In the world of industry, the term “fabrication” often indicates the process of creating components from start to finish by combining semi-finished or raw materials, using one or more individual processes. These processes can include stamping, coating, cutting, welding, bending, and last but not least, assembling to meet the needs of a variety of projects and services. All the work is perfectly and precisely done by programmed technologies (namely Computer numerical control) which plays a vital role in ensuring both the quality standards of assembly production as well as high production volume.
The job of the steel fabricators (or the fabrication shop) is to take the already-manufactured materials such as steel, turn them into components by utilizing the above processes (mainly cutting, joining, and shaping) then assemble them all according to predefined sizes, and shapes intended to create metal structures suitable for the client’s needs.
These components are purposely made to create items such as household appliances, machines, tools, and engines. They can also be used for constructing buildings, and other steel products.Steel fabrication is a dangerous and highly specialized profession and so, in order to create quality items, components, and steel products, steel fabricators must acquire special skills for this typical line of work. This includes:
- Knowledge of equipment safety standards
- Knowledge of safety procedures
- Taking precise measurements
- Basic maths and design skills
- Attention to detail
Steel fabrications can be used in various appliances across many industries, including:
What are the benefits of structural steel fabrication?
Now that we’ve got an idea of what fabrication means, let’s move on to the meanings of the structural steel fabrication process and all of its benefits!In the world of the construction industry, structural steel plays a vital role as this is not only the foundation but also the material that creates most of our buildings, skyscrapers, and ships in modern days.
As the word “structure” deprived of structural has suggested, structural steel fabrication is steel that is made in predetermined dimensions and forms, created in the steel fabrication process. All in order to serve the purpose of constructing various constructions and large-scale industrial undertakings.
There are many materials used for construction purposes such as wood, concrete, steel, cement, aggregates, bricks, clay, metal and so on but steel and especially structural steel is the ultimate choice on the list. Structural steel fabrication offers a lot of advantages over any other material:
Inflation can cause fluctuation in price volatility, resulting in a rise in bids and everything related to the construction will cost higher than they were before. Choosing structural steel for your next project will help reduce its overall cost and enhance its value. By using steel, you can save up a lot on the budget as steel prices have remained stable and affordable for big and small businesses thanks to 4 principal factors: its price, shipping costs, durability and future construction development.
Structural steel is normally priced by weight and as of November 2022, steel prices in general continue to move lower with hot-rolled steel reaching roughly $626/ton and cold-rolled steel at around $879/ton. In addition, structural steel is relatively lightweight compared to other types of framing, which helps big time in reducing the shipping cost.
Not only that, structural steel also has great durability as it is regarded as one of the toughest and most durable building materials out there. The value of steel does not only show in the present but also in the future if and when a project will be modified or expanded. Then, steel framing systems can be reconfigured and expanded into new shapes since they are highly adaptable.
With pre-fabricated structural steel, the construction process will proceed faster since the process of cutting, welding, and fastening is no longer required on-site. Resulting in a reduced timeline and also in hours of labor significantly. Once the construction’s frame and envelope are completed rapidly, skilled trades can focus on completing the rest of the work more quicker. The faster the construction is built, the quicker businesses can start generating revenues and contributing to the economy.
Eco-friendly, sustainable and durable
The world we are living now is moving towards the goal of protecting nature for future generations using clean and sustainable products, materials, etc and steel is categorized within the list. As part of the solution to a cleaner environment, structural steel is not only eco-friendly but also sustainable and durable too! Firstly, steel is recyclable and it also has a low carbon effect which helps in greenhouse gas emissions.
Thanks to this feature, steel is considered a very “green” material as businesses can recycle and reuse steel over and over again, noting the fact that steel loses none of its strength or other physical properties even after repeated recycling. This has helped big time in reducing a large amount of industrial waste discharged into the environment!
Secondly, steel is very durable since it has the ability to withstand the wear and tear of weather conditions, even the fiercest storms. In fact, steel doesn’t catch fire so you won’t have to fret about any flames incidents. The material is so strong and durable that it can help resist various types of accidents that could possibly damage other materials.
Why Vivablast is leading the steel fabrication in Vietnam?
Established since 1994, Vivablast has been a leading industrial service provider, operating in Vietnam for more than 24 years and still counting. We provide professional integrated solutions and specialty services tailored to secure, protect and maintain plant assets and equipment in construction.
What makes Vivablast stand out is that we have great organizational capabilities as well as reasonable financial capabilities to undertake industrial projects with a large teams of highly trained steel fabricators, rich in operational experience.
Vivablast is positioned to provide the highest level of quality workmanship through the dedication and skill of our in-house fabricators. Moreover, our fabrication facility utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to handle every aspect of steel fabrication.Our facilities include:
- Steel Beam Assembler
- Overhead Cranes 10 tons, 5 tons, and 1.5 tons capacity
- 300 tons Hydraulic Press
- 3 Hydraulic Punch and Shearing Machinery
- Radial Arm Drilling
- Bandsaw – cold saw
- Cutting – cropping
- Pipe and Section steel Rolling
- Oxy Cutting Equipment
- Arc, Mig, and Innershield Welding
- Process Steel cleats and fittings including plasma cutting and laser cutting
In order to provide excellent steel fabrication solutions for our clients, Vivablast has been enhancing the fabrication capability in both facility and experience. For some steel cases which has severe damages, a replacement solution is clients’ best choice.
We are now capable of offering a full scope of steel fabrication at our workshop and mechanical solutions of re-installation and finishing at the clients’ site.In addition, we are well-versed in fabricating equipment, notably Gas Exhaust System and Non-pressure parts, with the support of our fabrication partners. We proudly hold the industry’s most coveted quality certifications, including:
- ISO 9001:2015
- AISC (Complex building fabrication)
- CWB (shops and welders)
- AWS (shops and welders)
And also have capabilities in:
- ASME Section I (Stamp)
- ASME Section VIII, div1 (U Stamp)
- ASME Section VIII, div2 (U2 Stamp)
All scopes are executed in compliance with international standards (latest ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001) and the client’s specifications.
All in all, structural steel is a wonderful alternative mostly used in construction and large-scale projects nowadays. Using structural steel can help businesses save up budget, reduce the amount of time for labor as well as implementation significantly. Another strong point worth noting is that steel is regarded as an environmentally friendly material and a durable one at its best.
In order to fabricate high-quality structural steel products that meet the customer’s expectations and are suitable for their projects, fabricators must be highly-skilled, rich in experience, and have great attention to detail.Are you searching for a steel fabrication solution for your business here in Vietnam? Contact Vivablast today for a consultation! We are more than happy to deliver our versatile solutions and technical expertise to support our clients’ industrial challenges.