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.
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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!