With a cumulative experience of over 75 years, our team of experts specializes in manufacturing steel forms for precast concrete products designed for a wide spectrum of applications including, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional development, as well as underground infrastructure. We take responsibility to our clients seriously. We believe in being transparent and accountable for our work, and we are committed to delivering high-quality products and services that meet or exceed industry standards.
Strong client relationships are valued. We believe that open communications and collaboration are essential to achieving successful outcomes. That's why we work closely with our clients throughout the entire form-building process to ensure that we meet their needs and exceed expectations.
Precision Behind Steel Form Manufacturing in the Precast Concrete Industry
Key to the production of high-quality precast concrete structures are steel forms which shape and maintain the integrity of these structures.
Steel form design begins where the blueprint for the form is carefully drafted, taking into consideration the specific precast concrete structure it will create. Precision is paramount in this phase, as any miscalculation can result in costly errors during production. Designers use advanced software and engineering expertise to develop detailed plans that include precise measurements and structural requirements.
Once the design is finalized, the next step is selecting the steel due to its exceptional strength, durability, and resistance to the extreme conditions encountered during concrete pouring and curing. High-grade steel is chosen to ensure the form can withstand the immense pressure and weight of the concrete.
Fabrication begins with cutting and shaping the steel sheets or plates according to the design specifications. This often involves CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinery, which provides unparalleled precision and consistency. The steel pieces are meticulously welded together to create the three-dimensional structure of the form, ensuring that it can withstand the rigors of producing a precast concrete structure.
To create a smooth surface finish on the steel form, grinding and polishing takes place. A smooth surface is crucial to prevent concrete from adhering to the surface of the form, making demolding easier and resulting in a pristine concrete finish. In some cases, coatings or release agents are applied to further aid in demolding.
Before the steel form is ready for use, it undergoes rigorous quality control and testing procedures. These tests ensure that the form meets the precise tolerances and structural requirements outlined in the design phase including industry standards. Any deviations or imperfections are corrected, ensuring that the form is ready to deliver consistent and reliable results.
One of the advantages of steel forms is their versatility. They can be customized to produce a wide variety of precast concrete products, from structural components like beams and columns to intricate architectural details. This adaptability is achieved through fine-tuning the design and fabrication process, allowing manufacturers like Infra-Tech SW to cater to the unique needs of clients.