Flame On, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Darryl and Lora Thomas. Since its inception, Flame On has provided customers with quality service and superior workmanship. Flame On has quickly become the premier heat straightening company in the United States.
At Flame On, we strive to offer premium service through innovation, efficiency, leadership, and high safety standards. By offering competitive pricing and performing quality work, we have attained the confidence of our clients in heat straightening time and time again. At Flame On, our goal is to achieve excellence in all phases of our work at all times. We pride ourselves on keeping repairs on time and on budget, resulting in high customer satisfaction.
Flame On specializes primarily in heat straightening, but can also be of assistance with structural steel repairs.
Flame On, Inc. is an experienced heat straightening company that offers professional service, quality repairs, competitive pricing, and, most importantly, dependability. Flame On is confident that we can help you with all of your heat straightening needs.
Heat straightening (also known as flame straightening) is the art of straightening damaged steel back into alignment by using heat. The proper application of heat straightening yields dramatic results. Damaged structures can be returned to their original strength and alignment at a fraction of the cost of replacement.
The art of heat straightening requires expertise and precision. Many factors need to be addressed in quick succession as heat is applied in controlled amounts to exact locations. It takes many years of continuous experience to master the skill of heat straightening. When attempted by the inexperienced, steel can be overheated and strained by excessive jacking forces. This is called hot working and is significantly different from heat straightening. Heat straightening can be applied multiple times to the same member with little or no adverse impact to the strength of properties of the steel. Proper heat straightening involves careful control of temperature and very limited amounts of jacking.
Heat straightening is a relatively simple process to understand. When steel is heated, it expands. As the steel cools, it contracts and returns to its original shape. When the steel is heated and restrained by outside forces and/or heating patterns, it takes on a new shape when it cools. Several different heating methods are used to restrain the movement of the steel. The most common are the vee heat, spot heat, and line heat. Various types of physical restraints are also used. These include 10 and 20 ton hydraulic jacks and 1.5 and 3 ton come-a-longs.
Financially, heat straightening is less costly than repairs involving replacement for several reasons. Heat straightening is a quicker and more efficient option, saving time and labor cost. Compared to replacement, the cost of materials and equipment required for heat straightening are minimal. Additionally, heat straightening repairs involve less impact on traffic congestion because traffic is left flowing during repairs. Heat straightening can also be performed at any time of the day, depending on traffic volumes. Unlike the permanent closures that frequently accompany replacement repairs, work zones can be removed at a moment's notice.
Flame On has straightened 36" beams that were 24" out of line and contained multiple cracks and tears to be within mill tolerance.
Typically two times in the exact impact location, more often than not the impact location is not in the same zone, allowing for additional straightening on the same beam.
Generally, traffic can be left unimpeded above the beam that is being straightened.
To ensure that no steel degradation occurs, Flame On keeps the heat temperature below a certain degree. This temperature is usually 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and is dependent on the type and age of the steel.
The heat straightening process can be used to straighten beams to be within the original mill tolerance.
Heat straightening can be performed from -30 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Flame On usually completes projects in 4-5 days from start to finish.
Flame On can repair damage in multiple lanes by switching lane closures or by working out of one lane. Traffic is shut down and rerouted in only the most extenuating circumstances.
A logging rig struck the thru-truss, causing major damage. The upper chord sagged in excess of 25 inches and the lower chord sagged over 15 inches.
Please contact us and describe how we may be of service. If possible, please attach pictures showing the extent of the damage.
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