Industrial Applications of Structural Steel

Industrial Applications of Structural Steel Structural steel is an exceptionally strong material that is also tensile, resistant to corrosion, and affordable. Small wonder that it is the most commonly used metal for structural applications across a range of industries, including construction, transportation, mining, shipbuilding, and energy. Let’s look at some examples of these applications.

Construction

Thanks to its high strength-to-weight ratio, structural steel is capable of supporting enormous weight, which is why it is used to construct buildings and bridges. Components such as beams, frames, bars, girders, and plates are fabricated with a beam machine to meet the specs in the architect’s blueprints.

Transportation & Shipbuilding

Structural steel’s flexibility, tensile strength, and resistance to corrosion make it the prime material in the manufacturing of trucks, trains, and ships. In fact, it is particularly useful in shipbuilding because it does not rust and can withstand high external pressures. Beam machines and coping machines can easily mold the material into a wide range of shapes for ladders, flooring, staircases, and other components of ships.

Mining

The malleable structural steel material is used to create mining infrastructure, from common spaces like workshops and offices to equipment like mining screens and bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boilers. Additionally, structural steel cleans up easily, another advantage for mining applications.

Energy

Transmission towers, wind turbines, pipelines, and other equipment used by the energy sector are built with or contain structural steel in their design. Structural steel can also be found in components like transformer cores, oil and gas wells, and electromagnets.

Structural Steel & Plate Fabrication

Professional steel fabricators equipped with high-performance beam machines have a wide berth of products they can craft for clients serving all these industries and more. Indeed, with the right technology, the possibilities are virtually endless. If you own a structural steel fabrication shop, and you’re looking to take your business to the next level, consider harnessing the power of BeamCut, the industry’s most advanced CNC plasma cutting technology for structural steel and plate fabrication.

State-of-the-Art Features

BeamCut is equipped with a six-axis FANUC robotic arm that can bevel 360 degrees and process any shape or profile, including pipes and HSS. It is three times stronger and lasts three times longer than the industry standard, and it’s powered by Hypertherm’s legendary X-Definition plasma. Photo-laser profiling and linear-laser measuring, both included standard, ensure precise cuts every time.

Automated Operations

BeamCut’s CNC software is a cinch to use and comes fully loaded with a shapes library and CAD. Optimize your materials and reduce waste by manually calibrating cutting tolerances, nesting parts, and tracking robotic cut paths to work out kinks in the design before the work begins. Then, it’s only a matter of pressing the start button for BeamCut to handle every step of the structural steel and plate fabrication process. Indeed, this remarkable robotic plasma cutting technology requires only one technician to operate, helping to save on labor costs.

Learn More About the Power of BeamCut

No matter which industry your structural steel fabrication business serves, you can count on BeamCut to elevate your processing capabilities. In fact, this revolutionary CNC beam machine can reduce your production time by as much as 80%, delivering a significant return on investment. Plus, it includes free and unlimited lifetime support from our specialized team. Contact us today to learn more.