AMF Makes Top Level Guard Rail Look Easy!
All Metals Fabrication is the undisputed Utah & Intermountain West leader in high-end commercial building guard rail.
We specialize in commercial work that includes:
Stainless Steel Rail
Custom Architectural Designer Rail
We set ourselves apart from the competition in several ways. A few key items are as follows:
AMF in-house 60’ Foot Tube Laser
AMF is the only railing shop in five regional states that utilizes a full time, in house and under-one-roof, tube laser.
This machine, combined with our flat sheet laser, creates unparalleled accuracy, speed and service.
Translation, materials crank through our shop faster and better.
Compared to traditional plasma cutting or saw cutting methods, laser cutting technology, particularly tube laser technology, is vastly superior, which means not only faster production but better quality.
Better quality means straighter railing runs, better lines, tighter tolerances and much better quality of welds (no more globs of weld with spatter everywhere).
AMF boasts a weld team with just over 20 full time completely certified and tested TIG wilders. TIG welding is known as an artistic-like skill and important for both stainless steel and aluminum railing systems.
Most shops might employ a man or two that can do this high-end welding—AMF has a couple of dozen which enables us to do multiple large jobs simultaneously.
This large group of skilled craftsmen have welded and installed railing in the most high-end of commercial buildings: Museums, Sporting Arenas, Hospitals, Universities, High Schools, etc.
High-end railing is very often a centerpiece of architectural design which is VERY different than scabbing up back-end staircases welded to structural stringers.
Railing quality should include straight lines, artistic welds and craftsmanship that states this work was not scabbed together. Craftsmanship is becoming a lost art in the construction world as the pace has quickened and the labor cheapened.
There are still elements of construction that require craftsmanship and we believe railing is one of them. Get the job done right and enjoy a visual treat that will last as long as the building.
Take a minute to check out some of our work on display—we sell and fabricate world class high end railing and craftsmanship simultaneously and look forward to hearing from you.
Stainless Steel Craftsmanship, in the Construction Industry, is not for the Faint of Heart
Please consider the type of quality you are seeking when determining who will be doing your work.
Weld quality is a huge issue—both in appearance but also functionality (meaning will the weld actually hold together?)
Most architectural items like railing or decorative features look best with TIG welds. TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas welding. This type of welding allows for a very clean, almost decorative, weld bead but can be very challenging to do, particularly out in the field. Tungsten is the weld rod that gets ‘melted’ into the product as shown in the picture below.
Traditional weld shops are often very ill equipped to handle this type of welding, which brings up another key issue and that is capacity. Qualified TIG welders are hard to find…AMF, because of our niche in stainless steel and aluminum work, boasts approximately 20 full-time certified TIG welders. Our stainless-steel work is seen on railing, decorative hoods, signs, counter-tops, wall wraps, benches, steeples, sun shades, etc., etc.
Stainless Contamination is also a huge issue. Typical shops are notorious for contaminating stainless steel with carbon steel filings, meaning that rust will eventually appear on the surface of expensive, supposedly rust-free, material.
How does this happen? Two very common ways are as follows:
1) Stainless materials are worked-on with tools that are normally used for steel-only fabrication. This might happen when the parts are cut, formed, ground or even transported (something as simple as steel forklift tines contaminate stainless steel).
2) Stainless materials are stored around other carbon steel parts—filings, grindings and shavings find their way (like dust) on to the stainless material and then rest on the stainless waiting for water or atmospheric conditions to start the rusting process.
Ultimately, high quality stainless steel craftsmanship is a real thing—not all stainless steel parts are created equal.
It is important to remember that Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel are NOT FRIENDS!
Weld quality, capacity, and contamination are three key items to consider when determining who does your work. All three can be very critical to making your job successful. Contact us with questions and see what we can do to make your stainless steel work look and function amazingly well.
Architectural Metal Fabrication: Our Process
At All Metals Fabrication, we specialize in high-end metal work. Our talented team includes sales, estimating, project management, engineering, fabrication and installation crews, all working together to build your vision. The result? Complex and beautiful architectural metal fabrication projects built with unsurpassed craftsmanship.
We pride ourselves in our commitment to outstanding workmanship and process control. Our clients are at the center of everything we do — and our architectural metal fabrication process is focused on supporting the client from initial sales and estimating, to design and engineering, all the way through completion.
Sales: All Metals Fabrication employs industry experts who are long on experience and short on sales tactics. In other words, our salespeople know their stuff, and they won’t give our clients the hard sell. Instead, our sales team works with our clients to educate, collaborate and create winning, creative architectural solutions.
Estimating: Our bidding specialists focus exclusively on estimating metal fabrication projects, backed by the knowledge and skills necessary to break down complex projects into meticulous details. When All Metals Fab bids on an architectural project, our clients can have confidence in knowing that our estimators won’t cut corners.
Shop Drawings: A key to success in the engineering and design process, we make sure that shop drawings are correct the first time around. We make shop drawings a big deal because they ARE a big deal!
Project Management: Diplomas look great on the wall, but at All Metals Fabrication we also value experience — and our project managers have both. Armed with tactical, hands-on experience, our project managers understand how to translate a metal fabrication project’s story from shop drawings to real life application.
Fabrication and Installation: All Metals Fabrication employs some of the most experienced metal fabrication professionals in the industry. Certified in their respective fields and OSHA trained, our craftsmen are passionate about their profession — and it shows in every architectural detail. View our architectural showcase here.
Send us your drawings for a quote today!
Waterjet Safety: Why It’s Important
Waterjet cutting is relatively safe compared to other cutting technologies, but it still comes with its own set of hazards and special safety practices. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when working with waterjets:
Eyes, ears and fingers. Waterjet cutting doesn’t present the same problems as welding and forming, but that doesn’t mean you should be any less careful working with the equipment. While it is generally hard to get your fingers under the actual waterjet stream, you can cut yourself on any of the slats used for holding materials during the jet cutting process. These slats often do not get cleaned as regularly and can create a perfect environment for dangerous bacteria to grow. Do yourself a favor and practice waterjet safety by wearing protective gloves whenever you are removing or loading a new piece onto the machine.
When cutting on a waterjet machine it is also important to wear protective goggles and head wear. If you’re used to the sounds that a jet cutter makes, you might not realize how loud they actually are. Believe it or not, these machines do their work at speeds faster than sound can travel, which can damage your ear drums if you are not taking the proper safety precautions.
Familiarize yourself with the motion controls. A waterjet machine running at full speed can cover as much ground as 100 inches per minute. That’s surprisingly fast and the equivalent of trying to play a game of tag with a hungry cheetah. Keep your hands away from the machine whenever it is operating. If things aren’t cutting the way you would like them to, it is okay to stop and re-inspect everything. It is better to get something done a bit slower than to get hurt and not finish a job at all.
Additional things to keep in mind. If you are getting ready to work with a waterjet cutter, make sure your environment is supportive of what you are doing. Is the equipment you are going to use labeled with the proper safety precautions and instructions? If not, step away! Are you following all of your company’s procedures and protocols? If it has been a while since you’ve reviewed them, now would be a great time to do so.
Waterjet cutting can be a fun job, but if you are not careful it can come with a cost. Always do your homework before utilizing new machinery and make sure you are following the correct waterjet safety precautions at all times. Good luck, and have a blast!