Metal Fabrication Is Transforming While Growing Rapidly
The metal fabrication industry is rapidly growing while simultaneously being transformed by high technology. Steel fabricators, for example, are embracing robotics, data-rich systems, software portfolio project management and the Internet of Things. The latter is facilitating the connection of warehouses with collaboration centers and enables firms to sense and control objects remotely.
This has greatly streamlined what has always been an inherently complicated industry.
Another development that is creating excitement for steel fabricators is 3D printing technology. Industry insiders call this “the future of metal fabricating.” As this technique evolves, the opportunity to increase customization, reduce waste and increase productivity are enormous.
The customer is the winner because all this technology allows providers to focus on customizing jobs to exact specifications for clients while offering superior customer support.
The infusion of groundbreaking technology into the realm of steel fabricators is coming at a time when the industry is experiencing robust growth. The global market for metal fabricators was valued at $16 billion in 2015. That is expected to leap forward to $24 billion by 2024.
So, this is an industry that is more competitive than ever today as thousands of high-quality metal fabricator compete for business. That’s good for those seeking a provider because customers will find no shortage of companies eager to please, offer competitive prices and produce superior quality work.
One of the key elements for those seeking a steel fabricator is experience. Do your homework and find out how long a provider you are considering has been in business. Also look at the range of their expertise and service. For example, welding is a core function of metal fabrication. There are several forms of welding, such as TIG (tungsten inert gas) or MIG (metal inert gas) welding. When checking out a prospect, picking an owner or manager’s brains about welding capability is one way to home in on the overall competence of the company. If they know welding in and out – that’s a good sign.
Other key functions are laser cutting, punching, folding, finishing, shearing and sawing. Don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about capabilities of the company you’re considering hiring.