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  • Product Spotlight - Custom Stainless Steel Backsplash

    9.15.2020

    Going Modern with a Stainless Steel Backsplash When shopping for a new backsplash your choices can become very overwhelming. There are so many types to choose from! One of the most trending choices in today’s market is a stainless steel backsplash. Not only does stainless steel give your kitchen a sleek modern look but it easy to clean. Stainless steel backsplashes have been popular in professional kitchens for a long time and some of the reasons for this are because it does not s...


    Going Modern with a Stainless Steel Backsplash

    When shopping for a new backsplash your choices can become very overwhelming. There are so many types to choose from! One of the most trending choices in today’s market is a stainless steel backsplash. Not only does stainless steel give your kitchen a sleek modern look but it easy to clean. Stainless steel backsplashes have been popular in professional kitchens for a long time and some of the reasons for this are because it does not scratch easily, it looks clean all the time and completely stain resistant. It’s for these very same reasons, many people are using stainless steel backsplashes in home kitchens today. Stainless Steel is also very complimentary to other mediums as well, such as wood, tile and various stones.

    Stainless steel backsplashes can also be utilized in other areas of the home like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Stainless steel is so versatile that it can even be used in offices and professional spaces. Our stainless steel backsplashes can be customized to fit in your existing spaces. They can also be customized with accessories like pictured.

    Stainless steel backsplashes are a perfect option for those who are looking to match their appliances with a portion of their kitchen. A popular place to install a stainless steel backsplash is behind the stove, or you can choose to extend it to the rest of your kitchen backsplash as well. It is a simple matter of preference as it looks great either way. Click here to let SFI help you in designing your own custom stainless steel backsplash for your home!



  • Looking for custom countertops for your kitchen? Here are 3 things to consider:

    1.20.2020

    There are many reasons why stainless steel is increasingly finding its way into homeowners’ kitchens in the form of custom countertops, casework, and cabinetry. Simply put, stainless steel is an attractive, durable, and long-lasting material that is easy to clean and care for. But you probably already knew all this, especially if you’re looking to find the right stainless steel countertop for your kitchen. Here are three things to think about when you’re looking for that...


    custom stainless steel kitchen countertops

    There are many reasons why stainless steel is increasingly finding its way into homeowners’ kitchens in the form of custom countertops, casework, and cabinetry. Simply put, stainless steel is an attractive, durable, and long-lasting material that is easy to clean and care for. But you probably already knew all this, especially if you’re looking to find the right stainless steel countertop for your kitchen.

    Here are three things to think about when you’re looking for that perfect countertop:

    1. 1. Grade
    2. Since stainless steel is an alloy, there are various grades which depend solely on the composition of the metal. The most common grade of stainless steel is Type 304, which is recognized as food-grade. Composed of high levels of nickel and chromium this grade offers resistance to heat, stains, and bacteria. Using Type 304, Stainless Fabricators delivers our customers stainless countertops that will stand up to the demands of kitchen life.

    3. 2. Style
    4. While stainless steel was once considered “cold” or “industrial” in appearance, homeowners are now recognizing its ability to appear elegant and modern. Its gleaming design and light reflectivity can make even the smallest kitchen appear large. With various edge styles available, homeowners can choose from: marine, squared, raised rolled, or bull nose edge to get the right look and functionality from their countertops.

    5. 3. Fit
    6. Stainless steel countertops are easily customizable and offer homeowners a countertop that fits seamlessly around sinks, columns, cooktops, and trash chutes. Homeowners can also choose to extend the stainless steel into a backsplash as well. Working with Stainless Fabricators ensures your countertops will complement your home perfectly and enhance the functionality of your kitchen.

    At Stainless Fabricators, we will work closely with you to understand your needs and then create a custom stainless steel countertop that checks everything off your list. Your custom countertop will be the perfect new addition to your kitchen and will be a focal point in your home for years to come.


  • Residential Kitchen Remodels with Stainless Steel Countertops

    1.06.2020



  • 8 reasons stainless steel is perfect for use in medical facilities

    11.25.2019

    Medical professionals are in the business of saving lives. Every product they use has this goal in mind. That's why hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices across the world rely on stainless steel as the material of choice for all types of equipment. Stainless steel has a unique set of features that makes it unbeatable for use in the healthcare field. These include: 1.  Antibacterial properties. Stainless steel's rigid, non-porous surface denies microorganisms a place to hide an...


    Medical professionals are in the business of saving lives. Every product they use has this goal in mind. That's why hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices across the world rely on stainless steel as the material of choice for all types of equipment. Stainless steel has a unique set of features that makes it unbeatable for use in the healthcare field. These include:

    • 1.  Antibacterial properties. Stainless steel's rigid, non-porous surface denies microorganisms a place to hide and fester.
    • 2.  High corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is resistant to rust and the effects of acids and other corrosives, making it ideal for healthcare settings.
    • 3.  Superior stain resistance, making it easy to clean and reuse as needed.
    • 4.  High heat resistance, enabling it to withstand the extreme temperatures used in modern sterilizing equipment.
    • 5.  Flexibility. Stainless steel is used for all types of medical applications, from surgeon scalpels to storage cabinets and rolling carts.
    • 6.  Recyclability. When it's long life is over, recyclers can turn used surgical steel instruments into other products, making stainless an environmentally responsible material.
    • 7.  Non-magnetic properties. This makes stainless steel ideal for medical implants and other sensitive uses.
    • 8.  Affordability. Not only is stainless steel perfect for the medical field, it's reasonably priced.

    Limitless Uses

    The medical industry uses stainless steel for all sorts of products. These include:

    • Casework
    • Countertops
    • Sinks
    • Chemical containers
    • Medical waste receptacles
    • And a host of other items, including trays, bowls, and many others

    As you can see, stainless steel is the perfect material for all types of medical equipment and instruments. But, to enjoy its full benefits, it's important to choose the right stainless steel fabricator. Stainless Fabricators Inc. uses only high-grade materials and the latest fabrication techniques. Plus, we're experts at integrating technology into every aspect of the manufacturing process. What does this mean for you? Simply the following:

    • Our stainless steel products not only meet but exceed the rigid standards set by private and public regulatory agencies.
    • You can use our products with confidence, knowing that they're made with precision and quality in mind.
    • Should you have a question or concern, we provide superior customer care.

    Call or email us today for a free, no-obligation consultation/estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.


  • In-Field Modifications ~ Custom Stainless Steel Laboratory Equipment

    11.18.2019

    After incurring the adverse challenges of incorrect field measurements Stainless Fabricators & Installation, Inc. successfully modified equipment on-site during installation to save the equipment, therefore saving our customer time and money. What was a potential monetary disaster that would have been the result of closing operations until new equipment could have been fabricated and a second install trip could have been made to install the new equipment was completely avoided by the e...


    After incurring the adverse challenges of incorrect field measurements Stainless Fabricators & Installation, Inc. successfully modified equipment on-site during installation to save the equipment, therefore saving our customer time and money. What was a potential monetary disaster that would have been the result of closing operations until new equipment could have been fabricated and a second install trip could have been made to install the new equipment was completely avoided by the expertise and hard work of the SFI install team.
     
    We had a trip scheduled to simply complete four field welds and polish them out in a laboratory. Unfortunately, when we arrived on site we discovered that the top shown below was too long, the left side column notch was 8" short, and the right side sink was not centered to the existing plumbing. In addition the duct work for the down draft unit had been installed prior to the top which also had to be modified on-site.
     
    This was an unfortunate situation that does not occur often, however, this is a perfect example of SFI's team always being prepared. The only way we were able to achieve this is because when SFI has install or field welding we send experienced fabricators that work in our production shop daily along with SFI's enclosed trailer of equipment and tools that are put together to handle most any situation or circumstance that may occur. SFI does not sub-contract out this type of work which gives us a leading advantage when encountering complicated situations.
     
    Take a look through the before and after pictures below to see the amazing save yourself. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This picture shows the left side of the top after cutting and extending the column notch and welding and polishing it to a # 4 finish.

     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    This picture shows the right side of the top after 16 inches of the top was cut away and the end splash was reused and welded back on to the end of the top.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This picture shows the center section of the top after being cut and welded at sink. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This shows part of the top that was cut off the right end of the center section and was added back to the left side of the center section.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This picture is the finished top after being cut, modified, re-welded, polished to a #4 finish, and installed.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This picture shows both sides of the top of the updraft unit after being cut to fit and tack welded. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This picture shows the finished top of the updraft unit after being cut down the center and re-welded to fit around the duct and polished. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a separate L-shaped top on this job that had two field welds and polishing prior to installation.


     

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  • 9 things to consider when selecting a stainless steel fabricator

    9.16.2019

    When you have a project that needs stainless steel fabrication as part of its specifications, it can seem like any decent metal shop should be able to do the job, right? Not necessarily. There are several aspects to any fabrication shop that can make it a good or bad choice to have your work done. Hiring the wrong fabrication company can lead to expensive mistakes or a product that doesn't work properly. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a stainless steel fabricator: ...


    Stainless Steel Fabricator

    When you have a project that needs stainless steel fabrication as part of its specifications, it can seem like any decent metal shop should be able to do the job, right? Not necessarily. There are several aspects to any fabrication shop that can make it a good or bad choice to have your work done. Hiring the wrong fabrication company can lead to expensive mistakes or a product that doesn't work properly. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a stainless steel fabricator:


    1. 1. Experience
    2. Make sure your fabricator has significant experience in fabricating items similar to what you need to have done so the product will work when needed most.

    3. 2. Design Capability
    4. Being able to go from concept to technical design is of vital importance to ensure your fabrication order matches what you need.

    5. 3. Quality
    6. You need a quality product that will work well for your needs. That won't happen if they can't meet your quality requirements.

    7. 4. Customer Service
    8. What do they do when something goes wrong? You don't want to be stuck with a product that doesn't work as required.

    9. 5. Consistency
    10. Does the company have quality control checks in place? If you need more than one item, this is vital to your final quality.

    11. 6. Production Capability
    12. Ask about any specific processes your project needs, such as welding, installation, and finishing.

    13. 7. Facilities
    14. If the fabricator doesn't have the capabilities to store materials, fabricate the product, and prepare it for delivery, they can't finish the product.

    15. 8. Material Capability
    16. Ensure they're capable of working with stainless steel and can work with the size and thickness of metal you need for your project.

    17. 9. Competitive Pricing
    18. Even the best fabricator in the world won't work if they can't meet your budget.

    By choosing the right stainless steel fabricator, you're ensuring that your project will be completed with high quality, on time and within budget. If you're still looking for a fabricator that can meet your needs, contact Stainless Fabricators Inc. today. With a combined experience of over 200 years, we're ready to meet your fabrication needs.


  • What are the different grades of stainless steel?

    9.09.2019

    Stainless steel is used in a variety of diverse applications. Prized because of its strength and non-corrosive properties, stainless steel can be found within environments such as the automotive and commercial food industries. In order to determine the type of stainless steel that is appropriate for a particular use, a designer first looks at its grade. Ferritic Stainless Steel Ferritic alloys have a low carbon content and contain over 10.5 percent chromium in their makeup. This grade is...


    different grades of stainless steel

    Stainless steel is used in a variety of diverse applications. Prized because of its strength and non-corrosive properties, stainless steel can be found within environments such as the automotive and commercial food industries. In order to determine the type of stainless steel that is appropriate for a particular use, a designer first looks at its grade.

    Ferritic Stainless Steel

    Ferritic alloys have a low carbon content and contain over 10.5 percent chromium in their makeup. This grade is a plain chromium and cannot be hardened effectively. It also can display magnetic properties and does not lend itself well to fabrication though it is marginally resistant to corrosion.

    Austenitic Stainless Steel

    The austenitic grade of stainless steel contains the 100 to 300 series. It is designed of 16 percent chromium and 6 percent nickel. Elements such as titanium, copper, and molybdenum can be added to increase certain proprieties. These elements seamlessly combine to make this grade of stainless steel highly resistant to both temperature and corrosion. It can also be fabricated using a diverse palette of techniques including welding, spinning, bending, punching, and more. The 300 series is designed of chrome and nickel and is the largest type produced in the world. In addition to a variety of construction applications, the 300 series is used for making appliances, kitchenware, cutlery and more.

    Precipitation Hardening Stainless Steel

    This type of stainless steel is an alloy of nickel and chromium. These alloys can be treated with a variety of solutions, making them very machinable. In addition, precipitation hardening stainless steel can possess a high level of tensile strength.

    Duplex Stainless Steel

    Comprised of a high level of chromium (between 18 and 28 percent) and moderate amounts of nickel (1 to 8 percent), duplex stainless steel is a combination of both ferritic and austenitic alloy structures. In addition to exhibiting great strength, this type of stainless steel also resists cracking, stress corrosion and attacks by ions. It is often used in industrial settings such as petrochemical, pulp and paper, desalination and marine.

    Martensitic Stainless Steel

    Martensitic stainless steel has a high carbon content of between 0.1 and 2 percent as well as chromium content of 11.5 and 18 percent. Displaying a significant resistance to abrasion and an ability to be hardened by heat, martensitic stainless steel does not resist corrosion as well as some other grades.


  • Residential Stainless Steel

    8.19.2019

    One of the hottest trends in the home today is the use of stainless steel. Stainless steel is not only a highly attractive option in residences, but the benefits of the material are also numerous. Explore the many uses of stainless steel around the home and get ready to revitalize! Stainless Fabricators specializes in the following for your residential needs: Kitchens Bathrooms Outdoor Kitchens Work Tables Mud Rooms Laundry Rooms ...


    One of the hottest trends in the home today is the use of stainless steel. Stainless steel is not only a highly attractive option in residences, but the benefits of the material are also numerous. Explore the many uses of stainless steel around the home and get ready to revitalize!


    Stainless Fabricators specializes in the following for your residential needs:


    • Kitchens
    • Bathrooms
    • Outdoor Kitchens
    • Work Tables
    • Mud Rooms
    • Laundry Rooms
    • Custom Residential Solutions

    From design to fabrication, let SFI turn your ideas into reality.  CONTACT US or request a FREE CUSTOM ESTIMATE today.



  • Metal Finishers

    8.05.2019

    Metal Finishers Metal finishers are the artist of any fabrication operation. Finishers master the finesse needed to perform the transformation of products from an unfinished state to a flawlessly completed product. What appears to be the simplest of tasks, if improperly done, can destroy the cosmetic appearance of the finished product. Often the artful skill of their workmanship provides the foundation of a superior paint finish but not in all cases. Our prominence in the finishing of S...



    Metal Finishers

    Metal finishers are the artist of any fabrication operation. Finishers master the finesse needed to perform the transformation of products from an unfinished state to a flawlessly completed product.

    What appears to be the simplest of tasks, if improperly done, can destroy the cosmetic appearance of the finished product. Often the artful skill of their workmanship provides the foundation of a superior paint finish but not in all cases. Our prominence in the finishing of Stainless Steel and Aluminum provides an insight to the expertise of our highly skilled finishers.

    The fabrication process presents many inherent opportunities for the finishers to prove themselves. The finisher is responsible for smoothing of welds, finishing of corners, removal of imperfections, and for safety reasons the removal of sharp edges. Often times, a finisher is, blessed or cursed however they choose to look at it, with the task of making the welder look amazing.

    With the simplest of tools the transformation to product is performed. Often the process begins with an Angle Grinder the most critical of the finishing operations. The angle grinder is a large bulky hand tools, requiring 2 hands to operate, and a disc spinning at 2,800 to 11,000 rpm. Various grits of sand paper are applied to the spinning disc providing flexibility in the amount of material and in the material type being finished. Mastering the correct amount of material to remove, angle of the tool, and correct application of pressure to achieve the desired results is the key to the artistry and the beginning process to a superior finish.

    Once the grinding operation is completed smoothing out the ground surfaces, removal of sharp edges, and an overall smoothing to the surface of the product is required. This is most often accomplished with the use of a Dual Action (DA) sander. Various grits of sandpaper can be applied to the random orbital pad providing flexibility in the material type to be finished and control in the smoothness of the surface to be finished.

    In areas that are difficult or cannot be reached with the traditional finishing equipment, a Belt Sander, characterized by a continuous loop of sand paper driven around an arm, maybe be used. Arms are interchangeable allowing extended reach areas, small reach areas, and various angles. Optional grits of belts can also be used to obtain various finishing requirements.

    As demonstrated in any process that is centered on the talent and ability of the craftsmen, our operators are assigned to the department that best suit their skills. This allows each finisher to demonstrate the commitment to their craft through the exceptional appearance of our finished product.

    Be sure to check out our PRODUCTS page to see the craftsmanship and talent of our finishers. Please click HERE to request your custom quote from SFI today.




  • Custom Metal Fabrication vs. Stock Metal Fabrication

    7.29.2019

    When developing a new product for market, custom metal fabrication provides the ideal solution for getting from concept to physical product. Custom metal fabrication can also be the best process for improving the design of an existing product to lower production costs, enhance quality, or address defects. Custom Metal Fabrication vs Stock Metal Fabrication In the fabrication process, a variety of metals are cut, shaped, or molded to create a variety of stock metal components includ...




    When developing a new product for market, custom metal fabrication provides the ideal solution for getting from concept to physical product. Custom metal fabrication can also be the best process for improving the design of an existing product to lower production costs, enhance quality, or address defects.

    Custom Metal Fabrication vs Stock Metal Fabrication

    In the fabrication process, a variety of metals are cut, shaped, or molded to create a variety of stock metal components including sheet metal, metal rods, and metal bars in a variety of dimensions and sizes. These stock metal components are widely available from most metal fabrication shops. Custom metal fabrication shops, however, have the ability to create non-standard metal products when manufacturers have unique specification needs. Custom metal fabrication services include both design and production assistance for built-to-order parts.

    Custom Metal Fabrication Concept Services
    All stages of the product development process can benefit from custom metal fabrication services.  This may involve assistance with the design of a single part for an assembly or a full production run of components. Widely used types of custom metal fabrication services include, concept and design, building of product, finishing, and assembly.
    Fabrication of a new product design should include considerable engineering and planning. Problems such as structural weaknesses or incorrect dimensions can result from insufficient planning, and ultimately compromise the quality of the product. These custom metal fabrication services can prevent such issues:
    •Computer-Aided Design (CAD) – CAD programs allow manufacturers to create a computer-generated three-dimensional representation of a product. This reveals potential structural weaknesses before actual production begins.
    •Tooling Design – Custom metal fabricators can develop specialized production tools that will enhance product quality or increase production efficiency.


    Custom Metal Fabrication Build Services
    Selecting the right fabrication method for a given project depends on the structure of the parts, the desired characteristics of the product, and the materials used to make it. Custom metal fabrication processes may include:
    •Assembly – Two or more components may need to be combined in an assembly.
    •Bending – Sheet and plate metal is transformed into custom V or U shapes, or channels.
    •Custom Finishing – Often a secondary finishing treatment is needed.
    •Drilling – Various drill bit designs can be used to bore circular holes into the metal.
    •Punching – Custom designed turrets punch the metal to create decorative features and more.
    •Welding – Through a combination of heat and pressure, two or more pieces of metal are joined.


    Are you in need of custom metal fabrication services? Be sure to visit our PRODUCTS page to view our capabilities and out PHOTO GALLERY to view photos of past projects. Stainless Fabricators is your experienced and equipped metal fabrication partner for both your custom metal fabrication and production fabrication. Contact us to discuss your project needs and get your custom quote today.