Metal Fabrication Services vs. Welding

Is There A Difference Between Industrial Welding and Metal Fabrication Services?

Customers who are new to the world of industrial fabrication often wonder what the difference is between welding services and metal fabrication services. Technically speaking, welding is a specific form of fabrication – one of many unique fabrication processes used to build raw metal material into functional parts and assemblies.

In contrast, metal fabrication as a whole refers to any number of specific services which include welding, as well as metal shaping, bending, cutting, and rolling, along with custom turnkey assembly and metal finishing operations.

What Are Metal Fabrication Services?

The field of industrial fabrication services includes a long list of processes utilized to manufacture metal parts. Metal fabrication encompasses the entire production process – from the initial cutting and shaping of material to the final finished products.

Custom industrial fabricators are responsible for transforming your concepts and designs into functional products. To do so requires diverse and flexible manufacturing capabilities, as well as the engineering expertise to choose the optimal fabrication process.

Examples of Industrial Metal Fabrication Services

  • Welding services
  • Metalworking services
    • Shaping
    • Rolling
    • Cutting
    • Bending
  • Metal finishing

Welding vs. Other Metal Fabrication Processes

Custom welding is one of the most common metal fabrication services required throughout the industry. Essentially, the welding process uses extremely high heat to melt joints and fuse metal components together. Welding allows for the production of complex parts and assemblies which are not possible through other industrial fabrication techniques.

At Sawyer, we use a multitude of different welding processes to deliver the most efficient and reliable custom welded parts possible. Our welding processes include:

  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW/Stick Electrode)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Weld Overlay (WOL)

ASME and NBIC Compliant Welding Services

Sawyer’s complete welding and fabrication services are carried out in compliance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC). Based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, our state-of-the-art production facility will meet your most challenging industrial welding requirements while supporting your project with a complete range of value-added fabrication capabilities.

Sawyer Fabrication’s team of skilled craftsmen are experienced with a wide variety of these steel types and can customize any project you have in mind. Contact us today to find out more.

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