Applications of Structural Steel Fabrication

Applications of Structural Steel Fabrication The art of structural steel and plate fabrication entails shaping raw materials into workable parts that will be used to construct buildings, bridges, ships, equipment, and other components required by companies serving a wide range of industries. Professional fabricators use state-of-the-art technology, such as a CNC plasma cutting system, to precisely transform raw steel into these vital building components. The applications of structural steel are almost too numerous to count, but let’s review some of the more common examples by industry:

Construction

When a new building is being planned, you can count on structural steel being a key material for the project. Blueprints will often call for steel beams, plates, and girders of varying size.

Bridge-Building

Though the final structure is different from a building, new bridges are designed by professional architects and require blueprints that will almost always include structural steel components.

Shipbuilding

Structural steel’s inherent strength and flexibility make it an ideal component of framing systems for ships. Ships are typically built in sections (a process called block construction), and each section can require beams, plates, and other perfectly fabricated steel components.

Mining

The mining industry utilizes a wide range of equipment, which can include massive excavators as well as on-site processing facilities, all of which require myriad structural steel materials. Examples include conveyors, staircases, and flooring.

Energy

Structural steel is used in almost every component of an oil rig, from pipelines and derrick legs to platforms, stairs, and riser handling systems. Additionally, as the search for reliable energy grows, so too does the construction of wind towers and turbines, which are almost always made of structural steel.

How Structural Steel Is Fabricated

These are only a handful of examples of the industries where perfectly fabricated structural steel parts are in high demand. How do professional fabricators keep up with this demand and ensure their products are fabricated to perfection? By using advanced technology like BeamCut.

What Is BeamCut?

BeamCut is the most advanced robotic plasma cutting system for structural steel and plate fabrication in the industry. This remarkable technology eliminates errors and waste by allowing the fabricator to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cut paths in a 3-D simulated environment before the work begins. BeamCut boasts some of the most powerful features in the industry, including:

FANUC Robotics

The FANUC robotic arm has six axes and can bevel 360 degrees, making short work of nearly any shape or profile the architectural blueprints may require, even pipe and HSS.

X-Definition Plasma

BeamCut is powered by Hypertherm’s legendary X-Definition plasma, which can easily slice through raw structural steel.

User-Friendly CNC Controls

BeamCut’s CNC software is a cinch to use and comes stocked with a robust shapes library. It also allows freehand shapes to be drawn in CAD.

Automated Operations

Thanks to its advanced CNC software and all-in-one design, BeamCut offers fully automated operations, helping to speed up turnaround and reduce labor costs. In fact, professional fabricators who are equipped with this remarkable beam and coping machine can see their production time reduced by as much as 80%, a substantial return on investment!

To learn more about how BeamCut can take your structural steel and plate fabrication capabilities to the next level, contact us today.