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Fabricating vs Forging

Metalworking is not limited to fabricating. Forging is another form by which metal is manipulated. Both forging and fabricating have their strengths and weaknesses, and one method may be better suited for your needs than the other. Let’s break down the differences between the two methods.

From the Floor - Rolled Tanker Cylinders

AT&F is big in the maritime industry. Shipbuilding is a process marked by compliance to established standards. So when AT&F was approached to form hawse pipes for the anchor system on heavy tanker ships, we put our expertise to work. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standardizes the engineering of various grades of steel for shipbuilding, and the hawse pipes are no exception. The ABS-A carbon steel was cut, rolled, and tested to the specifications of the customer, but before shipping the parts out, an inspector from ABS visited our facility and spent two days verifying that every job had been done in accordance with ABS standards. After careful inspection the pieces were stamped, approved and sent off to the customer.

From the Floor - Heavy Cylinder Processing

When it comes to thick plate rolling, AT&F has you covered. If you've been following the blog, you'll remember a while ago when we posted photos of thick wall cylinder rolling. This is another one in the set of cylinders being prepared to ship to the customer to assemble a huge pressure vessel to produce low-calorie sweetener. This cylinder is unique because it is mostly comprised of standard carbon steel with a 1/4″ thick layer of 304 Stainless Steel cladding. Due to weight, the customer chose to ship the large cylinders one at a time and weld them in the field.

Fourth-Generation Company is Strong as Steel

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Heavy Equipment Investment at AT&F Wisconsin

AT&F, a global leader in the steel fabricating industry, is investing in new cutting technology to be installed in its Wisconsin facility. The new high definition plasma cutting machine boasts an innovative five-axis bevel head, capable of cutting up to 2 inches (50mm) thick. It has the latest in CNC controls and supporting software resulting in superior small diameter hole cutting accuracy. The ability to cut contour bevels creates opportunities for design-related enhancements to weldments and other fabricated structures.

From the Floor – Thick Wall Cylinder Rolling

When customers face big challenges they search for a supplier of big ideas and big solutions. AT&F recently rolled nearly 9” thick flat plates into cylinders for just such a customer. The pressure vessel shell segments are a combination of 1/4" thick 304 Stainless Steel plate and 8 ½” thick carbon steel backer plate fused by the explosion cladding process. AT&F used the largest plate roll in North America to roll the thick flat plate into cylinder segments in just a few hours at its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

AT&F is BIG in Bridge – Awarded AISC certification

CLEVELAND (May 8, 2015) — AT&F, one of the world’s leading large-scale metal fabricators, has been awarded certification by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). This now allows AT&F to perform work on a variety of bridge projects requiring an AISC-certified contractor and expands the ways in which AT&F can serve its customers.

Steel Fabrication Facility Expansion in India

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Heavy Plate Rolling Fabricator AT&F Announces Equipment Upgrades


CLEVELAND, Ohio – November 12, 2012 – AT&F, a custom
steel fabricator in Cleveland, Ohio announces equipment upgrades to one of its large rolling systems.  Originally installed in 1977, the company has fabricated thousands of cylinders for AT&F customers.  After 35 years of service, the
large heavy plate rolling machine has undergone a major upgrade.

ISO 9001:2008 Certification Steel Fabricator

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Certification to the latest ISO Standard Reinforces AT&F Customer Commitment