At Advantage Manufacturing, we offer portable aluminum welding in Alberta at competitive prices. We are one of the few aluminum manufacturers to offer mobile welding services to cater to the unique needs of projects that involve complex logistics.
What is the difference between fabrication and manufacturing?
Fabrication is the process of combining diverse and standardized parts of metal to construct a product. In this process, we assemble standard parts of the metal to build a final product. On the other hand, manufacturing involves working with raw materials in a large-scale industrial unit to produce an end product. During manufacturing, the experts create steel parts for easy assembling and fabrication. The fabricated steel product becomes an integral building block in creating a robust and long-lasting end product like a building, a ship, or an automobile.
For example, manufacturing various physical parts of the ship using stainless steel metal is called manufacturing, while the process of assembling these parts to build a ship is called a fabrication. Automobile manufacturers and construction contractors usually rely on fabricators during the production and improvement stages of their projects.
Difference between aluminum and stainless steel
While both metals can look very similar to each other, they are entirely different from each other and possess unique qualities. Some of the critical differences between the two include:
- Strength - Stainless steel is stronger than aluminum and weighs three times heavier than aluminum. This is why we use stainless steel in building bridges and buildings and aluminum in building aircraft.
- Corrosion - Stainless steel comes from a combination of metals such as iron, nickel, manganese, chromium, and copper, which makes it 100% corrosion resistant. On the other hand, aluminum can get oxidized in rare cases. One of the disadvantages of this meral is that in acidic environments, aluminum can corrode rapidly as a result of oxidization.
- Thermal conductivity - Car manufacturers use aluminum in car radiators and air conditioners for their thermal conductivity. On the contrary, stainless steel does not conduct heat like aluminum.
Aluminum is less expensive than stainless steel and is a soft metal that is easy to cut and form. On the other hand, stainless steel can be tough to work with, and it can be challenging to cut or form it.
Tips for choosing an aluminum grade
Aluminum comes in different grades, and you may select the grade based on the intent of use. Before choosing an aluminum grade, make sure to consider factors like weldability, machining, strength, corrosion resistance, and heat treating. This way, you will be able to get the best aluminum for your end-use application.
Alloy 1100 is best suited for metal spinning purposes, and Alloy 2011 works great for general machining. Similarly, aerospace industries choose Alloy 2024 for its high strength and easy workability. Lastly, Alloy 6061 and 6063 are more suited for structural and architectural applications and are ideal for their high corrosion resistance, strength, and weldability qualities.
Advantage Manufacturing is one of the few certified welders to offer first-class portable aluminum welding in Alberta. Contact our metal experts today for details on our services.Portable Aluminum Welding Alberta
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