When it comes to welding and fabrication, all companies seek for high quality products while ensuring reduced costs. Another goal is to increase productivity. To achieve the three would mean investing more time and resources. With the right use of welding equipment coupled with detailed employee training, these will all be achieved. However, in performing the correct welding and fabrication processes, there are key tips to keep in mind.
Here is a list of top 10 welding and fabrication tips for any company to keep their standards high and expenses low.
1) Welding Operator Training. Proper training is a commitment of both the employers and employees. While it may cause money in the beginning, the long-term benefits include reduced time on operations and increased productivity. No matter how updated one’s shop may be, more expenses will be incurred if the welders are not fully equipped with ample knowledge and experience to do the job right.
2) Proper Filler Metal Storage. Properly storing filler metals allow fabrication shops avoid unnecessary expenses. Ensuring that these filler metals are stored away from water, oil, grease, dust and other elements due to cutting processes is crucial. Once they are damaged because of wrong storage and yet are still used, poor weld quality occurs. Storage temperature should also be put into consideration.
3) Proper Filler Metal Handling. Handling of filler metals also affects the performance of a fabrication shop. Employees must keep these metals in good condition by wearing gloves from their packaging and preparing them for welding.
4) Clean and Safe Working Environment. The work environment has to be clean, compliant to industry guidelines, and comfortable for the employees. In any operation, reducing the weld fume should also be a priority. The best solutions should of course complement the budget and space of any company’s fabrication facility. Employees should also be taught about proper weld positioning, use of helmets, masks, and more.
5) Keeping Correct Weld Data. In order to simplify deployment and management, many welding equipment manufacturers today have weld information management capabilities embedded directly into power sources. There are also cloud-based weld information management systems available that can easily be viewed via the internet. Measurements of arc-on time, deposition rates, welding current and voltage, and others, help companies assess their processes and costs. When these data from previous projects are stored properly, companies can also easily access them in the future anytime, anywhere.
6) Prioritize Cost-efficiency. As for cost-effective measures for welding and fabrication operations, there are advantages and disadvantages for choosing between cheap and expensive equipment. We know that cheap is never good as quality is questionable. For the expensive ones, being fooled for its promise of quality can sometimes happen. Always rely on the most trusted brands. If the positive reviews are worth the price, then go ahead and buy it.
7) The Right Equipment. Speaking of making sure that you choose cost-efficiency over plain money-saving, the right equipment is everything. You don’t want to spend time on unnecessary repairs that will likely jeopardize your productivity goals.
8) The Right Foreman. Choosing the right foreman for a project is crucial. You need to have someone who knows how to lead people and motivate them to work as if they are running the company. He must have the experience and knowledge to drive a team in achieving your goals.
9) Large Facility. Without the facility to accommodate all welding and fabrication operations, you will not get the right customers that will grow your business. In fact, it is an important factor for many companies in choosing the metal fabrication company for their projects.
10) Preventive Maintenance. Always, and we mean always, set a preventive maintenance schedule. You don’t want to incur repair or replacement costs that you have not calculated ahead only because you did not set times for periodic and routine preventive maintenance activities for your facility, equipment, and tools.
Again, these tips may mean additional expenses, resources, and time. When you think ahead and focus on the end goal, they are not so hard to follow. You will have a good business and clients would always want to work with you.