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Steel Fabrication Standard Terms

Steel fabrication is the preferred method of joining raw materials together to form a product. It is used in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other essential structures. Here are some of the most common terms you may hear associated with steel fabrication.

MIG Welding

MIG welding uses a consumable electrode continuously fed through a welding gun from a spool or drum. It melts into filler metal to form the weld. MIG is ideal for various steel fabrication materials, including stainless, carbon, and alloy steel in a wide range of thicknesses. MIG welding is useful for fusing different materials.

TIG Welding

An alternative option to MIG welding, TIG welding uses nonsummable tungsten, which does not melt. Rather than becoming filler metal – although filler metal may be added in a separate process – the two metals are fused. TIG welding is practical at welding lighter weight materials, such as aluminum, together.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has unique mechanical and physical properties that can assist fabricators, making it an ideal choice for structural applications. It is corrosion and fire-resistant. It is also a sustainable choice, as it is 100% recyclable. Sections made from sheet, strip, and plate or hollow structural sections are primarily used in steel fabrication.

Galvanized Metal

Another type of steel that can be welded, but only after careful preparation, is galvanized metal. Galvanization refers to the addition of a protective layer of zinc over raw stainless steel. The zinc helps to protect the metal from rusting and oxidizing over time, thereby lengthening the manufactured product’s durability.

Hollow Structural Sections

According to the American Institute of Steel Construction, hollow structural sections (HSS) refer to durable tube steel sections typically manufactured in circular, rectangular, or square shapes. HSS sections conform to either A500 or A1085 ASTM specifications, often for structural steel applications, such as buildings.

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Vic’s Welding Co., LLC. is licensed and insured welding and metal fabrication company serving residential and commercial clients in the Valley since 1996. Our company is “U” and “R” stamp shop certified through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBI).

Vic’s Welding offers aluminum welding, stainless steel welding, structural steel welding, and many more services. Our welders are A.W.S., ASME certified and insured by SCF of Arizona, and all craftsmanship is guaranteed to follow your exact specifications and drawings. Schedule an appointment today at (623) 925-5695.

“Hollow Structural Sections.” The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
“New Structural Stainless Steel Standard Available for Public Review.” The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
“Structural Design.” The Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA).

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