Kokomo Metal Fabrication Company

If you’ve ever wondered how buildings are made, you should start by learning about steel erecting. When it comes to industrial construction, steel erection is literally the framework of the buildings and structures we work in and see as we drive down the road. This complex and critical construction process requires precision, strength, and expertise to mold the skylines of communities like Kokomo and beyond. At H&R Industrial, we exemplify this craft, bridging the gap between architectural vision and structural reality. So, what is involved in the steel erecting process? Let’s take a look.

H and R Industrial Kokomo Crane and Steel Erecting

The Foundations of Steel Erecting

At its core, steel erecting is the assembly and installation of steel beams, columns, and frames. Basically, it’s the elements that form the backbone of most industrial buildings. The process begins with detailing, where drafters, using advanced software, create shop drawings from architects’ designs. These drawings guide fabricators in cutting, drilling, and marking steel components in a process known as fabrication.

Fabrication is meticulous work that requires a deep understanding of structural integrity. At H&R Industrial, we pride ourselves on fabricating components that exceed industry standards, ensuring each piece’s precision down to the millimeter.

The Process of Assembly

With fabrication complete, the erection stage begins. This is where the true artistry of construction unfolds. Cranes, the workhorses of steel erecting, lift and guide components into position, where ironworkers bolt or weld them into place. This process isn’t just mechanical. It requires coordination between the crane operators and ironworkers. Teamwork truly gets the job done.

Rigging and Mobile Crane Operations

Rigging involves preparing steel components for lifting, requiring understanding load dynamics and crane capabilities. Effective rigging provides safety and keeps the process moving forward efficiently. Mobile cranes, often used in steel erection, offer versatility and power. Selecting the right crane, whether a telescopic crane for its reach or a crawler crane for its lifting capacity, is the key to the seamless installation of steel structures.

Connection: Bolting and Welding

Once lifted, steel components are connected through bolting or welding. High-strength bolts are tightened to exact specifications, a method known as torque control, so you’re sure to have structural integrity. Welding, on the other hand, fuses steel parts permanently, demanding skilled welders adept in techniques suited to structural steel. Some examples of techniques are shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) or flux-cored arc welding (FCAW).

At H&R Industrial, our craftsmen excel in bolting and welding. They are equipped with the knowledge and experience to choose and execute the best connection method for each project.

Why Precision Matters

Every step in steel erecting, from detailing to connection, is led by a dedication to precision. This isn’t just for structural integrity. It’s also about efficiency and safety. Misaligned beams, incorrect bolting, or poor welding can compromise a building’s safety and delay projects, which can incur additional costs.

With H&R Industrial, clients receive the assurance that their work adheres to the highest standards of precision and safety. Our projects, whether in Kokomo, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, or Bloomington, are a testament to our commitment to excellence. Each step of the steel erecting process is finely tuned to meet the demanding needs of modern construction.

Steel erecting is a discipline that marries strength with precision. When it comes down to it, it’s a craft that transforms raw steel into the frameworks of our future. At H&R Industrial, we understand the intricacies of this process. So, if you need a trusted crane and steel erecting partner for your industrial construction project in Kokomo or the surrounding area, contact H&R Industrial at (765) 868-8408 today!