Sparkman Industries offers superior custom structural steel and pipe fabrication services to our partners in the greater Texas region and have proudly done so for three generations. Fabricating structural steel and oilfield piping is an exact process and leaves no room for error, and each step of production requires total precision. Our team of expert metalworkers has the extensive experience necessary to fabricate various steel grades (including stainless steel, carbon steel and exotic alloys) to your specifications with absolute accuracy, and our quality control procedures ensure superior quality and the best welds we can provide.
With over 50 years of experience in various fabrication procedures, we know how to get the job done right. Let us help you accelerate your project's development cycle and cut down your production time. Request a quote and let's get to work.
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We gave Sparkman Industries a shot on some of our work because our normal shops had failed us. And I am glad we did, Sparkman Industries has really helped us out with quality work.Gary Stockton - National Petroleum Oilfield Products
We have been using Sparkman Industries for their machining services for the last three years and have always been completely satisfied with their performance. They do an excellent job of communicating, are always punctual, offer competitive pricing and always do exactly what is asked of them.David Russell - Russell Oilfield
Great people to work with, fast turn arounds, quality work and a pleasure to do business with.Kirk Brown - K&C Manufcturing
Structural steel fabrication refers to the process of transforming raw structural steel materials into pre-engineered structural components that are used in construction projects. It involves cutting, shaping, bending, welding, and assembling steel pieces to create structural elements such as steel beams, columns, trusses, and frames. Fabricating structural steel is a highly technical process and the strength and versatility of steel grades means its applications are ubiquitous with large structure architecture across the construction industry. Further, energy industries rely on structural steel fabrication for offshore platforms, drilling rigs, pipelines, refineries, storage tanks, wind turbines and other infrastructure. Structural steel's high strength and corrosion resistance make it suitable for challenging environments in the oil and gas and other energy sectors.
The fabrication of structural steel typically involves several stages, each playing a crucial role in transforming raw materials into finished structural components.
This initial stage involves collaboration between architects, engineers, and fabricators to design and engineer the structural steel components in alignment with shop drawings. Design considerations include load-bearing requirements, structural calculations, and the specific dimensions and configurations of the components.
The appropriate structural steel materials are selected based on project specifications and engineering requirements. These materials may include carbon steel or alloy steel, depending on the desired strength, durability, and other characteristics. The selected steel is then prepared by cutting it into manageable lengths for further processing.
In this stage, the structural steel is cut to the required lengths using saws, shears, or CNC machining. Precision cutting ensures the accurate dimensions of the steel pieces. Additionally, shaping processes such as bending, rolling, and punching are performed to achieve the desired shapes and profiles of the structural components.
Welding is a critical stage in structural steel fabrication. Skilled welders use various welding techniques, such as arc welding or gas metal arc welding (MIG), to join the cut and shaped steel pieces together. Welding ensures the structural integrity and strength of the fabricated components.
The fabricated structural steel components undergo surface treatment to protect them from corrosion and enhance their appearance. Processes such as sandblasting or shot blasting are employed to clean the steel surfaces, removing any rust, mill scale, or contaminants. This is followed by the application of protective coatings such as primers and paints to inhibit corrosion and improve durability.
In this stage, the individual steel components are assembled and fit together according to the project specifications. Fit-up involves aligning the components accurately to ensure proper connections and overall structural integrity.
Throughout the fabrication process, quality control measures are implemented to ensure the compliance of the structural components with industry standards and project requirements. Regular inspections, non-destructive testing, and dimensional checks are performed to verify the quality and integrity of the fabricated steel components.
Once the fabrication is complete, the finished structural steel components are transported to the construction site. They are then carefully installed using a variety of industrial equipment and erected as part of the overall construction process, forming the framework and support for buildings, bridges, or other structures.