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Powder Coating Benefits

Benefits of Powder Coating in Metal Fabrication

July 9, 2018 6:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Metal fabrication is a vital industry that supports the world’s infrastructure and economy. Virtually every aspect of civilization benefits from some form of product fabricated from metal. From household appliances to vehicles, no part of daily life would be the same without metals like carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Fabricated metal products are simply indispensable in today’s society, provided they’re properly finished. Importance of Metal Finishing Raw metal, on its own, has some drawbacks. Without proper finishing, exposed metals can tarnish and corrode. Unfinished parts fabricated from metal are eroded by salts, weakened by ultraviolet light and rusted by...
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Metal Fabrication Safety Best Practices | Summit Steel

Metal Fabrication Safety Best Practices

May 30, 2018 1:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Metal fabrication involves the implementation of various manufacturing processes such as bending, cutting, grinding, brazing and welding. These and other fabrication techniques can pose safety risks, especially if employees do not receive proper training or do not adhere to best practices. The failure to take steps to remove hazards from your workplace can also lead to OSHA violations that can result in financial penalties, or in extreme cases, criminal prosecution. While many metal fabrication operations believe they are doing everything possible to promote a safe work environment, overlooking even one area can have severe consequences. Metal Fabrication Workshop Safety Tips...
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Contract Manufacturer Advantages | Summit Steel

Benefits of Working With a Contract Manufacturer

May 25, 2018 12:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As the world of manufacturing grows more complex, and keeping up with tight production deadlines becomes more challenging than ever, many companies are exploring the advantages of outsourcing manufacturing processes. Known as contract manufacturing, this business practice entails the hiring of qualified third parties to perform functions that the manufacturer may not have the time, space, equipment or expertise to handle in-house. In this post, we will explore the numerous benefits of contract manufacturing to help you determine whether outsourcing makes sense for your business. Advantages of Contract Manufacturing Some advantages of contract manufacturing include: Reducing costs: One of the...
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Blanchard vs. Precision Grinding | Summit Steel

Blanchard Grinding vs. Precision Grinding

May 14, 2018 11:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Grinding is a finishing process that uses abrasive action to hone metal parts and components to the required dimensions as well as improve overall surface quality. Grinding shapes the surface by removing excess amounts of metal per project specifications. While numerous grinding techniques are deployed in manufacturing and metal finishing applications, two of the most common processes are Blanchard grinding and precision grinding. What Is Blanchard Grinding? Developed by the Blanchard Machine Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the early 1900s, Blanchard grinding offers a fast, cost-effective solution for removing large amounts of material over an expansive surface area. Also known...
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Top Welding Schools in PA | Summit Steel

Top Welding Schools in PA

May 4, 2018 2:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re a detail-oriented individual with a strong mechanical aptitude and would enjoy working in a manufacturing or construction environment, then becoming a welder could be an ideal career choice. Welders use handheld or remotely controlled equipment to join metal components together. You can also earn a solid living as a welder. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for welders as of 2016 was nearly $40,000, while the top 10 percent earned more than $60,000 per year. However, welding demands a unique skill set that requires specialized training. In addition to earning your high...
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Introducing Summit Steel’s New 6kW Fiber Laser

April 26, 2018 1:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In today’s fast-paced manufacturing world, finding ways to get products to market as quickly as possible is paramount. Many companies are turning to fiber laser applications to provide better service to their customers and gain a competitive edge. Summit Steel is proud to announce the acquisition of a state-of-the-art 6kW 3015 Fiber Laser from Bystronic, Inc. that enables us to cut various types of materials faster than ever. 6kW Fiber Laser Capabilities The Bystronic fiber laser delivers increased power and higher cutting precision than a 4kW fiber laser — for example, it can cut 1/8-inch stainless steel sheet metal up...
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CNC Machining Applications | Summit Steel

How CNC Machining Benefits Your Business and Bottom Line

January 31, 2018 7:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

CNC Machining Applications & Benefits CNC machining is a tried and trusted method of metal fabrication used for countless projects every day. Nearly anything that requires engineering or planned design most likely involves CNC machining in some way. All kinds of industries and businesses need quantities of large and small metal and plastic components that may become part of anything from automobiles to zoos. If you’re reading this on a computer or handheld device, it probably contains something created by CNC machining. If you drive a car or have machines in the garage, they are likely to have components produced...
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Getting Faster

March 31, 2017 1:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We continue to expand our capabilities, improve our manufacturing speeds and help our customers get their products to market faster by continuing to invest in technology. We are very happy to announce our newest addition at Summit, 6KW 3015 Fiber Laser. The containers are at our dock doors and the first section of our newest Fiber Laser Center, is off the truck and on the floor! More to follow, stay tuned………

CNC Machining vs. 3D Printing

January 12, 2017 9:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

3D printing has become the new fad among professionals and hobbyists alike, with new applications and possibilities arising in the science world each passing season. Printing a model as you would print a document is a fascinating prospect for many people both in and out of the manufacturing world. For specialists within the manufacturing industry, this widespread interest in 3D printing helps draw attention to current manufacturing practices, getting more people interested in the manufacturing industry and the possibilities still on the horizon. However, what exactly does 3D printing have to offer to the manufacturing world? 3D Printing, CNC and...
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Innovative Energy Sources and Technologies

December 6, 2016 3:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Renewable energy and technology are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in today’s society. In recent years, huge advances in alternative energy technology have brought us solar-powered houses, wind-powered businesses and everything in-between. It’s an exciting time for the alternative energy industry, with even more innovations just around the next technological corner. During these times of expansion, however, it can be worthwhile to take stock of the industry, where it’s been and where it’s going. To that end, let us guide you through the history of renewable energy, where it is now and some exciting new technologies we may be seeing...
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