Choosing the right metal fabricator to work with on your project is absolutely vital. The success or failure of the item you are making could be entirely dependent on the quality of the welds. As well as this, the dependency and cost of the manufacturer can have a serious impact on the project in multiple ways. Therefore, it is worth spending some time when decided which welder to work with.
Below are 4 actions you can take to help you decide which welder to work with.
Keep an eye out for bad signs
We assume you will be visiting the site before the work is undertaken, when there keep an eye out for faults. Are the team wearing PPE, do they treat their work with respect and pride, is the workplace clean and tidy? For specific welding issues look out for sufficient prep. If a welder just dives into the work without properly preparing the surfaces this is a big red flag.
Keep cost in mind
This does not mean simply going for the cheapest quote, in fact it means the complete opposite. While spending less money in the short term might be appealing, it will likely inevitably bite you in the long term when the welds fail and you have to repair/replace them. If a price is much lower than competitors then there is likely something else going on. As the old adage goes: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Carry out research
Make sure you find a few welders and metal fabricators to visit. The more the better. This will better enable you to determine what a good and bad welder looks like. Then, if you have the time, carry out research into each organisation. See who they have worked with in the past and try and find example of their work or case studies.
Ask the right questions
Carry out research into similar successful projects beforehand. Then list a number of questions and observations based off the project and ask them to every fabricator you meet. If they cannot answer correctly or with confidence it may be worth considering somebody else.
Shaw Metal Solutions offer welding services to a range of clients, and we feel confident that we easily pass the above check points. To find out more about our services just call us on 01422 359 791.