Benefits of Structural Steel

structural steel framework of a bridgeStructural steel is a versatile building material that is widely used in constructing buildings, bridges, ships, and other structures. In fact, according to research published by the American Institute of Steel Construction, 47% of materials required for new construction projects are made up of structural steel. Why is structural steel such an important building material? Let’s take a closer look at its many benefits.

Impressive Strength

Simply put, structural steel is one of the most durable materials on the market. It’s even stronger than concrete! It can withstand wear and tear from decades of use, as well as damage from long-term exposure to the elements. Indeed, structural steel has an extremely long lifespan, making it perfect for permanent structures.

Easy to Fabricate

Compared to other types of metals, structural steel can be easily cut and shaped to meet both structural support and aesthetic design requirements. Typically, structural steel beams and plates are fabricated using state-of-the-art cutting technology, such as a CNC plasma cutting machine.

Cost Savings

Structural steel is a relatively inexpensive material. Its low cost helps architects and builders keep projects on budget.

Environmentally Friendly

Modern architecture is all about sustainability. Another great benefit of structural steel is that it can be endlessly recycled. Steel beams and girders in an older building that is scheduled to be demolished can be salvaged and repurposed for a new project, keeping waste out of the landfill and preventing the need for builders to purchase brand-new structural steel.

Structural Steel and Plate Fabrication Technology

As mentioned above, CNC plasma cutting is a popular method for fabricating structural steel. And when it comes to delivering perfectly processed beams and plates for their customers, professional fabricators rely on the awesome power of BeamCut, the industry’s most advanced structural steel fabrication technology.

Advanced Features to Improve Cut Quality and Turnaround Times

BeamCut is equipped with state-of-the-art features, including a:

  • Six-axis FANUC robotic arm that can bevel 360 degrees and process any shape or profile in the industry
  • Hypertherm X-Definition plasma system—the most powerful of its kind
  • Non-proprietary, all-in-one CNC interface that helps minimize cutting mistakes and wasted materials

BeamCut comes fully loaded with a shapes library and also features CAD technology for custom profiles. Thanks to its automated operations, BeamCut only requires one technician to operate and can reduce production time by as much as 80%—an impressive return on investment!

Other Benefits of This Remarkable CNC Plasma Cutting Solution

BeamCut will replace your shop’s punches, drill lines, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations, performing all the tasks of these tools in one pass and freeing up much-needed space in your shop. It also includes a safety enclosure that exceeds OSHA standards for air quality and safety inspections.

For more information about BeamCut and how it can take your structural steel and plate fabrication shop to the next level of success, contact us today. When you do, be sure to ask about the free and unlimited lifetime support you’ll receive with your purchase.