How We Manufacture
Shufflebottom fabricates all of our steel-frame buildings at our factory in Llanelli, Wales. Learn about our fabrication process, from raw material to your finished building.
With storage space for over 1,000 tonnes of hot rolled steel, we can buy in bulk at the best possible prices and respond to our customers' requirements efficiently and quickly.
Stock lengths of steel are nestled from our CamData software and loaded onto one of our saws for optimal material usage.
Fabrication starts in our Hall 1 and Hall 4, where steel lengths are shot-blasted to meet Swedish Standard (SA) 2.5. before moving through a triple-head automated drill unit (pictured) and onto a vertical mitre bandsaw.
After the material has been drilled, this automated Vertical Mitre Band-saw cuts the material to length. Our automated machines are programmed directly from our drawing office, and this helps to eliminate error.
Our Automated Fittings and Angles Line is loaded with blank material selected from our separate Flats and Angles stock of up to 100 tonnes. Most of the welded-on components will be cut and punched on this line, ready for fabrication.
Fabrication takes place on one side of our two Fabrication Halls. Once the fabricated steel work has been checked by our Quality Control, it is moved to the opposite side of the Fabrication Hall where our accredited welders weld to engineer's details.
Here, a post-fabrication primer is applied to our fabricated steel. Our in-house coatings will usually be a High Build Epoxy Zinc Phosphate primer, though different coatings can be undertaken. Much of our steel work is also Galvanised.
In addition to designing and manufacturing structural steel work, we also have our own in-house roll-forming and sheet-metal machines for manufacturing single skin cladding profiles and flashings / trims for your buildings.
Using our own fleet of articulated, rigid and 7.5t lorries and 3.5t vehicles, we deliver all over Britain. The loading of our steel work is undertaken by use of side loader, with operatives on top of the trailers / beds wearing harnesses attached to over-head lanyards.
Using only trained erectors and cladding gangs, we erect buildings all over Britain and further afield.
From spacious green field sites to built-up inner-city plots with restricted space for delivery and erection, our workforce are fully briefed and aware of individual job method statements and risk assessments.