Fabricating Structural Steel for Rigid Frame Construction

Fabricating Structural Steel for Rigid Frame ConstructionRigid frame construction, also called fixed frame construction, is a steel framework of columns and beams that form a structure with a large interior space that can be utilized for nearly any application. Rigid frame buildings are used as sports venues, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail stores, and gymnasiums to name just a handful of examples. Blueprints of rigid frame construction projects will typically feature a single-span or multi-span frame.

Single-Span Frames

Single-span buildings have a solitary, end-to-end framework that requires no internal columns and can span up to 120 feet in width. Therefore, this structure is ideal for applications that rely on a fully open interior space. Aircraft hangars, e.g., are typically constructed with a single-span frame to provide plenty of room for equipment storage and maintenance.

Multi-Span Frames

Multi-span frames are for buildings that require a width of more than 120 feet. Also called a post-and-beam structure, the framework consists of internal columns that support the beams above. The larger frame is better suited for use as a warehouse, sports stadium, and even office space.

How to Fabricate Structural Steel for Rigid Frame Construction

As a professional structural steel fabricator, you’ve likely produced numerous columns and beams for rigid frame construction projects. Now you’re looking to optimize production and advance the capabilities of your business to get ahead of your competitors. As the industry’s most advanced beam machine for structural steel fabrication, BeamCut is the solution you’re looking for. Here’s what BeamCut can help you achieve:

Improved Cut Accuracy

The state-of-the-art, six-axis robotic arm from the automation experts at FANUC can bevel 360 degrees and process nearly any shape or profile required by the blueprints, even HSS and pipe. The robotic arm is three times stronger and lasts three times longer than the industry standard, and it’s powered by Hypertherm’s legendary X-Definition plasma. And with photo-laser profiling and linear-laser measuring, both included standard, precise cuts are produced every time.

Reduced Waste

BeamCut’s user-friendly CNC controls allow you to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths to eliminate any cutting mistakes. This helps to reduce waste and related costs.

Automated Production

Once the kinks are worked out in the CNC software, it’s only a matter of loading the material and pressing the start button for BeamCut to process perfect beams and columns for single-span and multi-span frames. In fact, only one technician is needed to operate this remarkable CNC plasma-cutting beam machine, allowing you to maintain a lean workforce and save on labor costs.

Support When You Need Us

With your structural steel fabrication shop equipped with the power of BeamCut, production time can be reduced by as much as 80%. That’s a significant return on investment! Plus, BeamCut comes with free and unlimited support for life, so if you ever need assistance, we’ll be available to help.

Contact us today to learn more about how BeamCut’s advanced robotic plasma cutting technology can take your structural steel fabrication business to the next level of success.