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The Right Questions to Ask Your Supplier

At Wasatch Steel, we understand that not all of our clients will be experienced members of the metal-working community. We’re here to help regardless of your level of expertise, including for people who are beginners and requiring their very first steel services.

A big roadblock many people run into in these situations is simply not knowing the right kinds of questions to ask their steel (or other metal) supplier. This is vital within any metal-working process, steel or otherwise. Here are a few of the most basic questions to ask, plus responses to expect.

Which Material is Best?

Even if you’re fairly certain which kind of material you want to use, know that the details matter a lot here. Technical specifications may vary depending on factors like the country of origin for a particular material, meaning that not all carbon steel will be the exact same thing in some cases, for instance. Most materials can be closely matched, but chemical properties may differ in a way that’s important for you.

Before talking with a potential partner, review metal equivalents and prepare to adapt based on supply chains. A manufacturer like Wasatch Steel, with strategic sourcing expertise, is your best bet to meet your original specifications.

Do You Have the Capabilities?                          

What kinds of equipment are present at the facility, and are there limitations to this equipment? How is quality inspection performed? How much of the process is automated versus manual? These are the kinds of questions to ask your shop before starting any major work.

Which Manufacturing Process is Best?

Whether it’s shearing, cutting, punching, sawing, line burning or bending, you need to know which process you need. This will often relate to the scope of your project, plus the particulars. Any subprocesses like finishing, plating, treatments or painting can usually be done in-house, as well.

Regulatory Compliances

There are numerous regulatory concerns involved in steel, from product safety to material compliance. This is one area where only a seasoned supplier who understands these compliances will do – cutting corners here could torpedo your entire project and cost you thousands to recover.

To learn more about any of our steel services, or to find out about the right kinds of questions to ask as you start your project, talk to the pros at Wasatch Steel today.