An Overview of the Marine Metal Fabrication Process

October 25, 2018 5:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you interested in working with a marine welding company for an upcoming project? You might be wondering what all goes into the marine metal fabrication process, and what you can expect out of working with a company with experience in marine welding in Umatilla County, OR.

Here’s a quick overview of the marine metal fabrication process to give you a little better of an idea of what you can expect:

  • Bidding: Before the work on your project can actually begin, you need to go through the bidding phase. This is especially true if you have multiple marine fabricators you’re looking into working with and need to narrow down your selection. Contact these various welders with an outline of your project, and each of them will submit a bid, which includes a quote for the project, drawings, general plans and information about the timeline for completion. Based on all of this information, you can select the welder you think will be the best fit for the job.
  • Design and planning: Once you’ve got an agreement with your welder, the actual work can begin. The drawings will go through a couple rounds of edits to refine them as much as possible based on your input. Once the design is finalized, the company can proceed to gather the required materials for the project.
  • Fulfillment: This is the phase of the project in which the designs are executed and the project is completed. The processes used in creating the project could involve CNC machining, metal stamping and cutting, welding of various components and joints, forming and shaping metal, plasma or laser cutting, tube rolling and bending and much more. In a marine setting, this work becomes significantly more difficult—underwater welding is a very specialized skill that requires a lot of training. It is a dangerous job, yet one that is in very high demand these days.
  • Final checks: Every single project that gets welded must go through rigorous quality control processes to ensure it meets the standards necessary for long-term durability and quality, as well as all other standards you put into place as the client. This is especially important when performing marine metal fabrication—a failure to notice a defect could be catastrophic in a marine setting.
  • Installation: Once the project is completed and you have verified the welder has met all your desired specifications, the installation process can begin. Depending on the type and size of the project, that work could take place either inside the machine shop or in the marine setting. Once installation is complete, the welder will perform a final examination to insure the end result is as high-quality as possible.

For more information about what you can expect out of the marine metal fabrication process and working with a company that specializes in marine welding in Umatilla County, OR, we encourage you to contact our team at NW Metal Fabricators Inc. with any questions you have, and we will be happy to answer them.

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