Custom Steel Fabrication of an Industrial Process Structure for the Refrigerant Industry

Industrial Process Structure
Industrial Process Structure

A customer in the refrigerant industry contracted TMI Contractors for the custom fabrication of an industrial process structure expansion. This consisted of multiple floors of structural steel, galvanized grating and floor plate, handrails, ladders, and stairs. TMI expanded upon the customer supplied engineering designs with professional structural detailing and 3D modeling.

All required steel components were precision cut, drilled, and formed at our state-of-the-art facility utilizing a range of equipment while maintaining tight tolerances of +0 and -1/16" throughout. 530,000 pounds of structural steel was furnished for this project, in a number of material shapes including steel W shape beams, I beams, channels, plates, pipe, angles, and round bar. Serrated bar grating was also used. The floor plate and grating was galvanized for longevity and corrosion protection, and all handrails and ladders were finished with a 2-coat paint system of epoxy and urethane, furnished in OSHA stipulated safety yellow.

Our quality assurance protocol dictates the 100% complete inspection of all members. Testing procedures included a layout and dimensional check, visual weld inspections, ultrasonic weld tests, and blast profile readings. Painted items were tested for quality with WFT and DFT coating thickness measurements along with performing temperature, dew point, and humidity readings 3 times per shift. Field erection took place in southeastern US, with the aid of a prepared 3D model. The project was complete within 3 months, a rapid turnaround time attributed to our ability to perform the detailing, fabrication, and finishing work in-house. The finished structure measured 68' in length and 50' in width, and was 7 stories tall. For more information about this process structure addition or our other large-scale manufacturing abilities please see the table below or contact us directly.

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Custom Steel Fabrication Project Highlights

Product Name
Industrial Process Structure Expansion
Product Description
Multiple floors of structural steel with galvanized grating, handrail, ladders, and stairs.
Custom Fabrication Capabilities Applied/Processes
Primary:
Structural Detailing
Structural Steel Fabrication
Miscellaneous Steel Fabrication

Secondary:
Sandblasting
Painting (2-Part: Epoxy, Urethane)
Shipping
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
Bandsaws
Cutting Torches
Hydraulic Punches
Magnetic Drills
Stick and MIG Welders
Cold Saw
Ironworker
Shear
Rolling Machine
Grating Saw
Burning Table
Grinders
Overall Structure Dimensions
Length: 68 ft.
Width: 50 ft.
(7 Stories Tall)
Tightest Tolerances
+0 and -1/16"
Materials Used
Steel W Shape Beams
Steel I Shape Beams
Steel Channels
Steel Plates
Steel Pipe
Steel Angle
Steel Floor Plate
Steel Round Bar
Serrated Bar Grating
Thickness: 1/8" to 3"
Material Finish
2-Coat Paint System for Structure and Safety Items (Handrail and Ladders)
  • Epoxy
  • Urethane
Galvanized Grating and Floor Plate
In process testing/inspection performed
  • 100 % Layout and Dimension Check
  • Visual Weld Inspection
  • UT Test on Full Penetration Welds
  • Blast Profile Readings
  • WFT and DFT Readings on Painted items
  • Temperature, Dew Point, and Humidity readings three times per shift for painting.
Industry for Use
Refrigerant
Delivery/Turnaround Time
530,000#'s in 3 Months
Delivery Location
Southeastern United States
Standards Met
Customer Specifications
AISC, AWS, PIP
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