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Custom Fabricated Stainless Steel Head Shield for the Nuclear Power Industry

Head Shield
Head Shield

At Harmony Metal Fabrication, we strive to be flexible in our metal manufacturing services, able to cost-effectively create small and large parts and products alike. This includes the ability to produce mission-critical safety devices, as we did for the nuclear power project highlighted here. The customer contracted us to create a large head shield for a nuclear reactor, capable of containing radiation adequately enough to protect repairs personnel.

The head shield was composed of 304 stainless steel which was manufactured with several high-accuracy cutting and fabrication procedures. These included sawing, shearing, plasma cutting, forming, rolling, welding, drilling, fitting, as well as supplemental insulation and assembly work. The equipment we used included a band saw, a press brake, plate rollers, a drill press, and our welding facility.

The final cap assembly was 14’ long and 4’ wide, with material 2” thick. Despite it weighing 4,500 lbs., we held tolerances throughout production at ±1/16.” Before shipping, we conducted a comprehensive final inspection of the head cap.

On a lead time of only 5 weeks, the customer received a complete safety solution for their nuclear reactor. Without our expertise and flexibility this project would not have been possible.

Harmony Metal Fabrication continues to welcome challenging projects like the one just discussed.  Contact us today to see how your manufacturing needs can be satisfied by our unparalleled services.

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Custom Fabricated Stainless Steel Project Highlights

Product Name
Head Shield
Product Description
This head shield is used to protect repair workers from radiation in the nuclear power industry.
Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Sawing
  • Shearing
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Forming
  • Rolling
  • Drilling
  • Welding
  • Fitting
High Temp Insulating
Manual Assembly
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
Band Saw
Press Brake
Plate Roll
Drill Press
Overall Part Dimensions
Material Thickness: 2”
Length: 14’
Width: 4’
Tightest Tolerances
Material Used
304 Stainless Steel
Material Finish
Color Clean
In Process Testing/Inspection Performed
Final Inspection
Estimated Part Weight
4,500 lbs.
Industry for Use
Nuclear Power
Turnaround Time
5 Weeks
Standards Met
3D CAD Drawing
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