Welding in hollow section

15 Jun Welding Skills

Contact our fabrication experts today on 01202 882211 or email us at to find out about the best steel fabrication Dorset has to offer.

Welding skills are classed as an art, it takes a lot of experience to get the right technique down. It is important to know what welders do and how they take steps to minimize weld distortion.

Welders cut, shape and join pieces of metal for both industrial and architectural projects. Key factors a welder should have are a skilful hand, a discerning eye, excellent Welding in hollow sectionmathematical skills, the ability to understand engineering drawings and, of course, knowledge about different types of metals and how to effectively operate different welding equipment and methodologies. High-end metal fabrication projects can be ruined by low-end welding skills, which is why, here at Rowtec, we take great pride in our work with our experienced welders.

Three of the most common welding fabrication processes used for metal fabrication are MIG, TIG and Stick Welding. The process used in a given project is determined by metal thickness, finish, location and application.


  • MIG welding is a great starting point for new welders and can be used with all types of metals and alloys. MIG welding is an arc welding process in which a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through the welding gun and into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together.


  • TIG is a more versatile welding process and requires a high level of skill. TIG welding can be sued to weld aluminium, copper, titanium etc; and even two dissimilar metals. This process is ideally suited to handling tricky welds such as S-Shapes, curves, corners or where the weld is going to be visible and where accuracy and finish is important.


  • As a manual welding process, Stick welding requires an even higher skill level. Stick welding, or shielded metal arc welding, has been around more than 100 years. Even though it’s an old welding process, it still plays an important role in manufacturing, with about 150 million to 200 million pounds of electrodes consumed in North America each year.
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04 Jun Sheet Steel Fabrication and Ironworks

It may seem that sheet steel fabrication and ironworks have similar jobs, both are classed as highly skilled trades, but both have different skill sets and utilize different tools and materials. Usually, ironwork is more structural and sheet metal fabrication is more functional.


An ironworks or iron works is a building site where iron Is smelted and where heavy iron and steel products are made. An integrated ironworks in the 19thcentury usually included one or more blast furnaces and a number of pudding furnaces or a foundry with or without other kinds of ironworks.

There are three main types of ironworkers:

  • Structural ironworkers erect the framework of bridges, buildings, stadiums, amusement park rides, bank vaults and other large scale industrial metal projects according to engineer blueprints.
  • Ornamental ironworkers, or finishers, are responsible for the more architectural metal elements such as window frames, stairways, catwalks, railings, fencing, gates and building entranceways. This ironwork requires a high skill in arc welding.
  • Reinforcing ironworkers, or rodbusters, is to strengthen structures. These are the workers who place a tie rebar, and reinforce concrete footings, slabs, bridge frame work and building structures.



These skilled tradesmen frequently work in metal fabrication shops or at manufacturing plants and specialise in fabrication, installation or maintenance, but may also perform tasks in all three areas. There is a long list of fabrications that can be produced by sheet metal workers, including roofs and rain gutters, heating and cooling systems, handrails, and more. When fabricating using sheet metal you have to take into consideration the thickness, tensile strength, manufacturing method and quality. There are as many types of sheet metal as there are types of metal, most commonly used ones are aluminium, steel, stainless steel, zinc, copper and a variety of alloys.

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Workshop Welding

18 May Welding In Dorset

Workshop WeldingHere at Rowtecour workshop is constantly busy with new materials coming in and finished products going out. We use both MIG and TIG welding within our workshop, MIG stands for ‘Metal Inert Gas’ and TIG means ‘Tungsten Inert Gas’.

Welding Definitions

MIG welding is an arc welding process in which a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through a welding gun and into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together. A shielding gas is also sent through the welding gun and protects the weld pool from contamination. The technical name for it is ‘Gas Metal Arc Welding’, or GMAW; the slang name for it is ‘Wire Welding’. We tend to use MIG welding for the majority of our projects here at Rowtec.

TIG welding, also known as ‘Gas Tungsten Arc Welding’ (GTAW), is an arc welding process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. The weld area and electrode are protected from oxidation or other atmosphere contamination by an inert shielding gas, argon or helium, and a filler metal is normally used, though some welds, known as autogenous welds do not require it.

Our Philosophy

Here at Rowtec, we will not let a product go out the door unless we are 100% happy with the quality of it, so you can count on us providing our best work each and every time. We take great care and attention when it comes to the production of work. We triple check all measurements and materials to guarantee the best end product for our clients. All of our fabricators have gained years of experience in this industry and provide quality work on every project thrown their way.

Contact Us Today

If you are after a quote or want to know a bit more information, call us today on 01202 882211 or send us an email to and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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Halfords and Carpet Right Shop Signs

04 May Steel Fabrication in Christchurch

Contact our fabrication experts today on 01202 882211 or email us at to find out about the best steel fabrication Dorset has to offer.

Steel Fabrication from RowtecHalfords and Carpet Right Shop Signs

Rowtec is known for creating and fabricating an array of different products and services. We have produced products from Carports for homeowners, to full industrial Steel Framed Buildings for companies and industrial estates. Alongside these jobs, we also provide smaller products to suit both residential and commercial needs, such as Staircases in an array of designs, including fully functional fire escapes, Garages and sheds, and even metal sculptures. One of our pieces can be found in the Therapeutic Garden of The Royal Bournemouth Hospital which received a Gold award in prestigious awards.

One of our latest projects has been creating new shops signs for Christchurch Retail Park. These are made up of very large pieces of steel, fabricated into different parts to slot together on site. We have previously fabricated shop signs for The Range and Dunelm Mill at Turbary Retail Park in Bournemouth; photos of these signs can be found in our Gallery.

Our Steel ServicesHalfords Shop Sign

Here at Rowtecwe pride ourselves on providing the best customer service with all of our work. We guarantee to take our client’s step by step through the process of the work to ensure that they are 100% happy with the production and finished product. All of our work comes with full design and drawings to ensure the product is correct and to the client’s satisfaction.

As well as the list of Services on our website, we offer a very wide range of steel fabrications. If you have any queries regarding a product or service which we have not listed on our website then please contact us as we can, most of the time, accommodate your preferences and needs.

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If you are after a quote or want to know a bit more information, call us today on 01202 882211 or send us an email to and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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Metal Water Sculpture | Bournemouth

21 May Steel Fabrication

Steel Fabrication.


For the best Steel Fabrication make sure to give Rowtec Ltd a call.

At Rowtec Ltd we have been supplying commercial and industrial companies for many years with high quality and robust steel fabrications. Over the years we have been constantly tailoring and improving the work that we produce to make sure that it has kept up and beyond the industries standards.


Our steel fabrication service.

We can understand that a lot of companies out there are highly dependent on work, similar if not exactly to what we do here, such as steel fabrications to make sure that their company runs smoothly and efficiently.


We can offer commercial and industrial clients a whole range of products such as:

We want to ensure that any products and/or services that we provide are professionally tailored to our client’s exact needs and specifications. We appreciate that there can be no margin of error with these type of products especially ones which involve improving the health and safety of employees in workspaces.

If you have any queries about products which we have not listed then please make sure to contact us anyway as we can, most of the time, accommodate your preferences and needs.


A company you can trust.

We like to make our customers feel valued and appreciated, this has come from many years of experience and dealing with clients which range from small businesses all the way up to large commercial and industrial clients. As a result, this makes us one of the best steel fabricators Dorset has to offer.

We offer a no hidden extras policy with any of our steel fabrication products, this is to make sure that none of our customers feels like they have been ripped off or are dealing with a rogue trader.


How we operate with Steel Fabrication.

We like to work very closely with all of our customers to make sure that every product that we deliver to them is exactly what they are in need of. We are always trying to improve the quality of services and/or products that we can offer our customers, this is why we constantly benchmark the performance of our engineers and company. So if you feel that there is any way for our company to improve then please do not hesitate to tell us as we will welcome tips and helpful advice.


Contact Us.

If you are in need of a Steel Fabrications or are just in the market for some information about the products and/or services that we offer then please make sure to get in touch with us either by phone or through an e-mail. We will always make sure to give you complete peace of mind with any of the work we do and you will not have to lift a finger.

Our phone number and e-mail address are as follows – 01202 882211 and

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