Safety First in Steel Fabricating Shop

At J & J Burning and Fabricating Company, we place a great emphasis on the safety of our employees. In an effort to keep the inherently dangerous world of a steel fabricating facility as safe as possible, we have enlisted Safety Consultants from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to assist us in refining our practices.

Partnering with these outside experts has been vital in keeping both management and manufacturing employees in a “Safety First” mindset. Using both MIOSHA mandated and our own internal records, we track all injuries and accidents. Each one is investigated, recorded, and discussed at our monthly safety meetings. We try to learn from past mistakes and revise practices or update equipment to ensure that the same mistake does not happen twice. We also have two shop supervisors who were certified through a MIOSHA General Industry Safety course. They have been able to take what they learned and tailor it to meet the needs of our metal fabricating environment.

The national Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to set and enforce regulations to ensure that all private sector workers in the United States have safe and healthy working conditions. OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. MIOSHA is our statewide branch. According to the State of Michigan website, MIOSHA works with employers and employees to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Health and safety activities include setting and enforcing standards; providing safety and health training and education; and working with partners to develop innovative programs to prevent workplace hazards.

With a concentrated effort, J & J Burning has reduced injuries by 88% in the last three years. We are very proud of the fact that we have an injury rating below the steel fabrication industry average.

Safety Reminder

Safety Reminder

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Precision Fabrication and Assembly

Fully fabricated, machined and assembled frams for the Glass Manufacturing Industry.

Fully fabricated, machined and assembled frames for the Glass Manufacturing Industry.

J & J Burning and Fabricating Company fabricated and assembled 40 Overhead Cooler Cart Frames for a world leader in architectural and automotive glass manufacturing. These precision steel fabrications are made from certified A36 plate, channel, beam and angle, along with ASTM A500 steel tubes. Each one of the 350 pound frames is made up of 46 separate details and welded by the experienced team of AWS D1.1 certified welders at J & J Burning. After machining, 137 additional details were assembled to the frames. The complete project was delivered to the customer on-time and defect-free.
Cooler Cart Frames for a global leader in glass manufacturing.

Cooler Cart Frames for a global leader in glass manufacturing.

These intricately assembled frames are critical components of a float glass line. Float glass is a sheet of glass made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal, typically tin, although lead and various low melting point alloys were used in the past. This method gives the sheet uniform thickness and very flat surfaces. The glass flows onto the tin surface forming a floating ribbon with perfectly smooth surfaces on both sides and an even thickness. As the glass flows along the tin bath, the temperature is gradually reduced from 1100 °C until the sheet can be lifted from the tin onto rollers at approximately 600 °C. The glass ribbon is pulled off the bath by rollers at a controlled speed. Variation in the flow speed and roller speed enables glass sheets of varying thickness to be formed.

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Perspectives from a Steel Fabricator

According to the American Iron & Steel Institute, the steel industry supports over one million jobs in the United States and every one job in our industry supports seven jobs in the overall national economy. What happens in the steel market is therefore not just important to those of us directly involved in steel fabrication, but to virtually every person in our country.

At the end of last month, raw steel output in the United States hit an eight month high. The mills operated on an average capacity utilization of 78.4% and made 1,885,000 net tons of steel. For comparison, during this same week last year, the mills operated at 76.2% capacity and produced 1,827,000 tons.

With the steel mills producing more steel and utilizing a greater percentage of their overall capacity, one may think that supply is abundant and prices are level. However, from our vantage point as a steel fabricating company, we see just the opposite. Mill lead times are out 10-12 weeks, which is the longest in several years. Prices have climbed $130 per ton and the amount of foreign material available is not enough to have any real effect on the domestic market. All of this, coupled with the still frozen waterways, has created some challenges for steel fabricators and end users trying to secure the material needed to manufacture parts. However, it is also an indicator that the market is gaining strength, which is certainly good news across the country.

J & J Burning has been a leading steel fabricator for 56 years. We have established strong relationships with many steel suppliers and will continue to have access to the material needed to fill orders
at competitive prices despite the pressures in the market.

Domestic Steel Plate Prices December 2009 - Present

Domestic Steel Plate Prices
December 2009 – Present

Domestic Steel Mill Capacity Utilization January 2008 - Present

Domestic Steel Mill
Capacity Utilization
January 2008 – Present

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