How to Take a Lean Approach to Structural Steel Fabrication

a technician operating a plasma cutterA global pandemic, natural disasters, material shortages—economic turbulence is an ever-present issue that professional fabricators must navigate to ensure a profitable business. When economic storms arise, a lot of structural steel fabrication companies take a lean manufacturing approach to keep operating costs low while still hitting their production goals. A key way to maintain costs and turnaround times is by investing in the right equipment, such as a BeamCut CNC plasma cutter. BeamCut is state-of-the-art robotic plasma cutting technology that can help you achieve your lean manufacturing goals and take your structural steel and plate fabrication shop to the next level of success.

Eliminate Wasted Materials

If wasted materials are piling up at your shop due to an imprecise cutting table or a novice employee, you likely see visions of dollar signs floating away into the sky. BeamCut removes errors from the cutting process, thereby eliminating wasted materials and associated costs. And it’s all thanks to the user-friendly CNC software, which allows you to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths before the work begins.

Minimize Material Handling

Material handling always comes with the risk of accidental damage to the material or injury to the employee. BeamCut will allow you to minimize material handling in your shop because it only requires one technician to operate. And because operations are automated, all that’s required after the start button is pushed is to load the material on one end of BeamCut and unload it, perfectly processed, at the other.

Save on Labor Costs

In addition to requiring only one staff member to operate, BeamCut will replace your shop’s drill lines, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations. Indeed, it will handle all of these processes in one pass, freeing up space in your shop and eliminating the need for hiring multiple specialists. With this impressive CNC plasma cutting machine, you can maintain a lean workforce until you are at a level where you are comfortable expanding your team.

Speed Up Production

BeamCut’s automated CNC controls not only optimize materials by minimizing handling and costly cutting mistakes, but they also speed up production. If you are still fabricating by hand or using a lower-end cutting table, you will see a significant improvement after upgrading to this remarkable CNC beam machine. In fact, BeamCut removes production pinch points and reduces turnaround times by as much as 80%, an impressive return on investment!

Improve Craftsmanship

To ensure BeamCut delivers nothing short of perfection on every project, it is equipped with the following state-of-the-art features:

  • FANUC robotics – The six-axis robotic arm can bevel 360 degrees and cut any shape or profile in the industry.
  • Hypertherm plasma – The X-Definition plasma system is one of the most powerful of its kind.
  • CNC software – BeamCut comes with a fully loaded library of profiles and can also import hand-drawn shapes from the CAD software.

Lifetime Support From a Team of Experts

For more information about how BeamCut can help your structural steel and plate fabrication shop maintain lean operations, contact us today. When you do, be sure to ask about the free and unlimited lifetime support you’ll receive with your purchase.