Steel Girders vs. Beams: What’s the Difference?
Steel girders and beams make up the primary support system of buildings, bridges, ships, and other large structures. Both are fabricated to transfer weight-bearing force into support columns and down into the foundation, but is there a difference between a girder and a beam, or are these two names for the same thing?
It All Boils Down to Size
Yes, there is a difference between a girder and a beam, and that difference is simply size. Girders are large horizontal beams that act as the primary support for a building, to which all other smaller beams are connected, forming the structure’s “skeleton.” That’s the easiest way to picture the difference: girders are oversized beams. In fact, all girders are beams, but not all beams are girders.
An Additional Note on Size
While it’s easy to label a large beam a girder, there is no industry standard of measurements that officially make a beam a girder. Rather, the intended use of the beam is what signifies it as being a girder. If the beam is fabricated to be big enough to support other smaller beams, it is a girder.
Fabricating Girders & Beams
Both beams and girders need to be precisely manufactured to support the weight of a structure. This includes exact measurements for the flanges and webs. Structural steel fabricators rely on state-of-the-art, CNC plasma-cutting technology like BeamCut to ensure their work is spot on.
Leading Robotic Plasma Cutting Technology
If you’re a steel fabricator that specializes in beam and girder fabrication and you’re looking for a way to get ahead of your competitors, you’ll want BeamCut on your side. This all-in-one, fully automated plasma cutting system features leading FANUC robotics, the latest X-Definition Hypertherm plasma, and user-friendly CNC software to help you achieve the highest standards of craftsmanship you demand for your shop.
BeamCut’s six-axis FANUC robotic arm can bevel 360 degrees and cut any shape of girder and beam, even HSS. And, it is designed to be three times stronger and last three times longer than the industry standard.
X-Definition Hypertherm Plasma
The advanced robotic arm is fueled by Hypertherm’s powerful XPR300 plasma. Combine this with photo-laser profiling and linear-laser measuring, both included standard, and you can bet your fabrication will be precise.
Automated CNC Software
BeamCut’s CNC software is state-of-the-art and exceptionally easy to use. You’ll be able to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths before the work begins to eliminate programming mistakes and wasted materials.
Helping Your Business Get Ahead
Because BeamCut replaces punches, drill lines, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations, you’ll be able to free up space in your shop, minimize material handling, and maintain a lean workforce. With its all-in-one design, BeamCut can help reduce your production time by as much as 80%, delivering a substantial return on investment!
Contact Us Today
To learn more about how BeamCut can improve your production of steel girders and beams, contact us today. With your purchase, we’ll include turnkey installation and onsite training, plus we’ll be available for free internet and phone support for life.