Types of Structural Steel Access Components in Buildings

upward-looking view of steel staircase, balusters, and handrailsStructural steel is not only used in the frame of buildings, forming piles, trusses, and other key structural supports, but it is also commonly used in access components. In fact, steel that is used to make stairs, handrails, and other elements that allow people and materials to be transported through a building is often referred to as access steel. Like structural steel, access steel must be precisely fabricated to meet blueprint designs and OSHA safety requirements, so it’s imperative that professional steel fabricators have the right equipment to deliver perfectly processed materials.

Examples of Access Components

Like steel structural supports, access steel must be sturdy enough to bear the anticipated weight load. But unlike steel supports, access steel also must be engineered to accommodate a wide variety of human activities associated with moving through a building. Here are some examples:

  • Assembled stairs – Steel staircases consist of two materials: the stringers and the treads. These are typically fabricated separately, then welded or bolted together to form a completed set of stairs. Sets of assembled stairs are then put together at the jobsite.
  • Stair towers – These are finished modules of assembled staircases that form the entire stair structure to be added to the building.
  • Platforms – Platforms with steel bar grating are utilized in many different types of buildings, from oil refineries and manufacturing plants to waste management systems and mining facilities.
  • Handrails – Both staircases and platforms require handrails to be OSHA compliant, so fabricating tubes for handrails should be in the wheelhouse of any professional steel fabricator.
  • Ladders – Some access areas are smaller in size than others and may require ladders rather than staircases. Steel ladders need to be precisely fabricated to meet OSHA safety requirements.
  • Bar grating – Utilized as a flooring element that is strong enough to support the weight of people and materials, steel bar grating comes in a variety of styles, such as heavy-duty trench bar grating.

Structural Steel & Plate Fabrication Technology

No matter the nature of their operations, companies across every industry strive to maintain a safe work environment. In fact, OSHA has very clear safety standards when it comes to stairs, platforms, ladders, and other access components of a building. That’s why it’s so important that structural steel fabricators deliver perfectly processed materials. To ensure perfection, a lot of structural steel and plate fabrication companies rely on the power of BeamCut, the industry’s most advanced robotic plasma cutting technology.

Advanced Robotics

BeamCut is equipped with a six-axis FANUC robotic arm that is three times stronger and lasts three times longer than the industry standard. These advanced robotics can process any shape or profile in the industry, including HSS and pipe.

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BeamCut features Hypertherm X-Definition plasma, one of the most powerful plasma systems on the market.

User-Friendly CNC Controls

BeamCut’s CNC software is a cinch to use and helps eliminate costly cutting mistakes by allowing you to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cut paths before the work begins. It also comes fully loaded with a shapes library.

Improve Production at Your Shop

With the power of this advanced beam and coping machine on your side, you can reduce production time in your shop by as much as 80%. That’s a significant return on investment!

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