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Look Around: Welding and Fabrication is Everywhere

What is Welding and Fabrication?

Welding, in simple terms, is the permanent joining of two metals. Welding is used to make or repair many of the objects, buildings or transport around us, and without it, our world would look and operate very differently.

Fabrication is the manufacturing of sheet metals to mould them into new forms. Welding is used as a process within metal fabrication. Welding and fabrication have been prevalent processes in the history of metal works, becoming in high demand in the Industrial Revolution. It was required to build railway tracks, telegraph lines, weapons, tools and the printing press. The making of these all relied on machines, and still do for the necessary pressure, cutting, bending and forming operations.

Uses of Welding and Fabrication in Everyday Life

Mass production relies heavily on welding and fabrication. Manufacturing machines need to be built and endure repetitive use to meet the demands of all industries. Therefore systems and equipment in the production line are heavily relied upon to efficiently produce the things we use or see in everyday life. The following sectors rely on welding and fabrication as the foundation for their products.

Technology

A part of modern society and an industry that has transformed everyday life is technology. Metal provides the casing for many electronic gadgets and even the making of these electronics requires so many machines made out of metal themselves. From design to prototyping, cutting and punching, all parts of the process require machines in manufacturing that produce our mobile phones, laptops, desktops and TVs.

Transport

Without the transport sector, our world would look unrecognisable. As a society, transport is a necessity and all vehicles play a significant part in this. Steel fabrication produces components manufacturers use to make cars, aircraft, boats, trains, ships, trucks, space shuttles and trams. The demand for vehicles and the repairing of them is significant. Without transport, our society would be greatly impacted. As a part of the transportation sector, shipbuilding as a major part of trade and travel also, relies on welding and fabrication.

Construction

Construction provides the homes we live in, the bridges to cross rivers and office buildings or skyscrapers. Steel as the most commonly fabricated material, plays a crucial part in construction and building the world around us. It’s a durable material that’s reliable for many project needs. A part of construction or infrastructure also is pipework. Imagine a world without plumbing! Welding and fabrication are crucial for all of us relying on water use, sewage systems and heating.

Tourist Attractions

Economically, many countries rely on tourists visiting attractions, famous sculptures and artwork that’s made out of fabricated metal. Give the London Eye, for example, the steel and welding involved in the design and building of this produced an attraction visited all year round by tourists. Many statues made from metal and historical artefacts are also famous pieces that draw tourists in.

Energy Sector

In the energy industry, welding and fabrication are utilised in the construction and maintenance of power plants, oil rigs, pipelines, and renewable energy infrastructure like wind turbines and solar panels. These methods are becoming more in demand due to the need for more efficient energy production as a result of global warming.

Agriculture

Farming has adapted to meet the high demands of mass production. So, machinery and equipment used in agriculture have become significant for harvesting crops, feeding animals and supplying the meat and dairy industry. Crops are now able to grow all year around with greenhouses designed to provide specific environments and this means we can eat and cook however and whenever we like with certain foods.

Consumer Goods

Perhaps you’d have more of an idea of the uses of fabrication in everyday use with the consumer goods in your home and your daily routines or practises. The electricity required to boil your kettle or watch the news on the TV in the morning both require welding and fabrication. What about the plumbing involved in bringing you a warm shower? The pots and pans in your kitchen will have been moulded into shape with fabricating techniques. Certain furnishings in your home may have been welded and certainly, any tools or equipment you rely on in your house or garden will have been made with machinery or welded together.

Everywhere You Look There is Metal Fabrication

Overall, welding and fabrication are indispensable processes that contribute significantly to the functionality, safety, and aesthetics of numerous products and structures in everyday life. Without these methods, our world would not have developed the way it has and our lives would be very different.

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