How Structural Steel Differs From Normal Steel
Fabricators work with many types of steel, but those specializing in structural steel work with a material that differs from normal steel. Considering how structural steel is used—namely, to create the framework of large structures—it makes sense that it has different properties. So how does structural steel differ from normal steel?
It Is Stronger
To boost its strength, structural steel is often combined with alloys such as manganese. This improves its machinability and binding power, giving it the strength needed to support the weight of a super structure.
It Can Be Shaped
Structural steel is flexible, allowing it to be easily molded into popular profiles, such as I-beams and HSS, for construction projects.
It Is Durable
Even with the versatile nature of its flexible design, structural steel is extremely durable and moisture resistant, making it an ideal material for a range of industries, from shipbuilding to equipment manufacturing.
It Is Resistant to Temperature Fluctuations
Structural steel expands and contracts less than other types of steel, helping to regulate the interior temperature and minimize the effect the changing seasons have on the structure of a building.
It Is a “Green” Product
Thanks to structural steel’s metallurgic properties, it is naturally resistant to degradation over time, ensuring a lengthy lifespan. Plus, it is recyclable—oftentimes, the steel support system of a demolished building will be retained and refabricated for another construction project.
How BeamCut Is Revolutionizing the Structural Steel Fabrication Industry
BeamCut is the most advanced CNC plasma cutting technology on the market. This remarkable system was designed to help professional structural steel fabricators attain new levels of success with their business, thanks to the following state-of-the-art features:
Six-Axis FANUC Robotic Arm
BeamCut’s advanced FANUC robotic arm is three times stronger and lasts three times as long as the industry norm. It can bevel 360 degrees, making easy work of HSS and tubing.
Hypertherm XPR300 Plasma
Fueled by the latest X-Definition plasma from Hypertherm, BeamCut is powerful enough to cut any shape or profile in the industry.
Advanced CAD/CAM/CNC Software
BeamCut’s CNC software is easy to use and comes loaded with a bank of common profiles. Manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths in the 3-D simulation to eliminate programming mistakes and wasted materials.
Fully Automated Fabrications
Armed with these industry-leading features, structural steel fabricators can enjoy the many benefits of automated production.
More Space in Your Shop
BeamCut replaces traditional drill lines, punches, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations.
Only one technician is needed to set the profile, load the material, and press the start button, allowing you to maintain a lean workforce and save on costs.
Fewer Wasted Materials
BeamCut can help prevent cutting mistakes with its 3-D simulation software, and it minimizes material handling and the risk of damage that comes with it.
Helping You Achieve Success
BeamCut’s automated, all-in-one design will help to improve your productivity, quality of work, and on-time deliveries. In fact, it can reduce your production time by as much as 80%, delivering a substantial return on investment. And, you can rely on us for support—your new BeamCut system includes turnkey installation and onsite training wherever your shop is located in the U.S., as well as free internet and phone support for life.
Learn more about BeamCut by contacting us today.