Four Links That Will Make You a Better Railing Fabricator
While the skills of a metal fabricator are well suited for being a railing fabricator, there are some other areas of expertise you should also work on to expand your skills as a railing fabricator.
Here are four links to sites that will make you a better railing fabricator.
If you are not already a member of NOMMA — join.
The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. Members produce the full spectrum of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel.
Their annual METALfab convention and trade show, which typically takes place every year in March or April at different cities around the U.S. They also publish a trade magazine, Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator, which goes out to 9,000 shops.
Education is key to NOMMA and the willingness of members to share information is impressive. Join their online discussion groups and you will be able to tap into the tribal knowledge of NOMMA members in relation to building codes and fabrication questions.
It might be considered tooting our own horn, but our blog is chock full of information on the building codes and metal fabrication. Subscribe to get updates relating to railings. Search the site and you may very well find an answer to your question.
While not specific to railings, The FABRICATOR contains information on welding, tube or pipe bending, press brake work, shop techniques and more.
The FABRICATOR is North America’s leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. The magazine delivers the news, technical articles, and case histories that enable fabricators to do their jobs more efficiently. The FABRICATOR has served the industry since 1971.
Published by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International®, in addition to their web site and publication, they also sponsor FABTECH.
FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs.
You may ask, what does the National Glass Association (NGA) have to do with metal fabrication? Actually, quite a bit. If you are fabricating contemporary railing systems, they are likely using glass for infills or structural balustrades.
If you are not comfortable with glass, the tendency is to sub the work out to a glazier, but if you educate yourself on glass, you will be able to do the work yourself and increase your profitability. Wagner can help you with any challenges you might find when working with glass.