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Sheet Metal Fabricators Tips
Sheet metal fabrication companies assemble structures and edifices by torching, sawing, and hammering light gauge metals and then joining the custom cut pieces together via systems of welding, riveting and fastening. The metals typically used are stainless steel, aluminum, copper, bronze and galvanized iron. Here are a few tips to finding a reliable sheet metal fabricator:

Tip #1: Make sure the fabrication company outlines exactly what services it provides in house.
Strictly speaking, metal fabrication consists of cutting, bending and assembling metal pieces into a cohesive structure. While other aspects of metalworking such as machining (power-cutting metals using specialized equipment), powder coating (application of a dry thermoplastic powder that is heated and dried into a finish more durable than paint), tubing and wire manufacture are often handled on site by sheet metal fabrication companies, they are also frequently done by third party sub-contractors. The fabrication company should take full responsibility for the quality of the work done by their sub-contractors.

Tip #2: Make sure that the fabrication company is properly certified.
The only sheet metalworking certification is the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) certificate. While many fabricators have years of experience, having certification shows that the company is strict about being in compliance with industry standards.

Tip #3: Make sure your design specifications are clearly defined.
Many fabricators offer free consultations. Take the time to have precise blueprints drawn; don’t just bring in a photo of the piece you’re hoping for. Walk through all of your project’s specs including how the part will ultimately be used and the environment in which it will be used. This foresight will save you time and money, and a good metal fabricator will let you know if your design will needlessly increase your production costs.

Tip #4: Look for fabricators that offer warranties for their work.
Even though sheet metal fabricators produce work in accordance with customer specifications, a good fabricator will offer some kind of warranty or guarantee. Have your fabricator give you a copy of that guarantee before any work begins.

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Prototek Precision Sheet Metal Write review for this local business
244 Burnham Intervale Rd, Contoocook, NH 03229
(603) 746-2001  
Beginning in 1987, we have been specializing in quick-turn prototypes for the precision sheet metal fabrication markets. Sheet metal fabricators available for all your needs.
Progressive Tool Corp Write review for this local business
55 Hudson Dr, Southwick, MA 01077
(413) 569-1256  
and D Metal A Write review for this local business
555 Southampton Rd, Westfield, MA 01085
(413) 485-7505  
Mtg Inc Write review for this local business
85 Servistar Industrial Way, Westfield, MA 01085
(413) 562-4337  
North Eastern Sheet Metal Co Inc Write review for this local business
32 Lawnacre Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 292-6883  
Accent On Industrial Metal, Inc Write review for this local business
179 Page Blvd, Springfield, MA 01104
(413) 785-1654  
M & E Mechanical Contractors Inc Write review for this local business
1 Allen St, Springfield, MA 01108
(413) 781-0014  
Francis Heating & Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Con Write review for this local business
514 S East St, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 532-0110  
Leduc R R Corp Write review for this local business
100 Bobala Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 536-4329  
Metal Men Write review for this local business
87 Montcalm St, Chicopee, MA 01020
(413) 533-0513  
Sullivan Metals Co Inc Write review for this local business
68 Jackson St, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 532-3903  
Martin Ken Heating & Air Conditioning Write review for this local business
173 Shaker Rd, East Longmeadow, MA 01028
(413) 525-3496  
Mahan Slate Roofing Co Write review for this local business
32 Verge St, Springfield, MA 01129
(413) 788-9529  
R & L Sheet Metal Fabricators Write review for this local business
15 Arthur St, Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 527-0274  
Kleeberg Sheet Metal Inc Write review for this local business
65 Westover Rd, Ludlow, MA 01056
(413) 589-1854  
Industrial Sheet Metal Write review for this local business
9 West St, West Hatfield, MA 01088
(413) 247-0123  
Connecticut Metalworks Write review for this local business
309 Pane Rd, Newington, CT 06111
(860) 665-7702  
Footprints Shoes & Accessories Write review for this local business
79 Costello Rd, Newington, CT 06111
(860) 666-3100  
National Heating Write review for this local business
235 Triangle St, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 549-4507  
Carlson Heating & Air Conditioning Inc Write review for this local business
79 Pike Rd, Sheffield, MA 01257
(413) 229-3328  
Michael J. Williams Heating & Air Conditdioning Write review for this local business
70 Yorkshire Dr, Hebron, CT 06248
(508) 949-0035  
Southbridge Sheet Metal Works Write review for this local business
441 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566
(508) 347-7800  
McGee Welding Corp Write review for this local business
21 Falls Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 755-5095  
A B & F Sheet Metal Products Write review for this local business
327 Sandbank Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 272-9340  
Shedd Inc Write review for this local business
730 Tyler St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 684-4555  

Sheet metal fabricators are responsible for many different kinds of structures and construction projects. Experts in this field can form and cut with great precision a wide variety of metals. Aluminum, copper, steel--most persons in this area are trained to fabricate these materials according to designs provided by their clients. Fabricators are trained in the use of many different tools for this purpose, among them lasers and machinery that can bend and stamp materials into appropriate shape. But before you hire a professional to help with your plate metal job, there are some important questions to keep in mind.

  • What is their educational background?
    Sheet metal fabricators are not required to have college-level eduction, but there are some relevant certifications that you may wish to look for. The American Welding Association (AWA) is a non-profit organization that offers certifications in several fields. For individuals, they offer a Certified Welder program. A company that fabricates metals can enter the Certified Welding Fabricator program. Also, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers a Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) certification. This tests an applicant's skills in a variety of areas, including laser cutting and use of a punch press.

  • Should I supply the metal myself?
    Usually the sheet metal fabricator will provide the necessary materials, but many people do not realize that it is possible--and less expensive--to purchase the metal yourself. There are many places where you can buy plate metal or other related materials, so you should shop around for the best deal and arrange to have the metal sent to the fabricator.

  • What kind of warranty do they offer?
    A twelve-month warranty is standard among businesses specializing in sheet metal fabrication.


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