Structural Steel vs. Galvanized Steel

Structural Steel vs. Galvanized Steel

Structural Steel vs Galvanized SteelWhile structural steel and galvanized steel are both used in industrial construction projects, structural steel is more common. Structural steel offers numerous advantages over galvanized steel thanks to its flexible composition. For instance, structural steel is mostly composed of iron but can also have chromium, carbon, and other metals added to it to adjust for tensile and shear strength. Galvanized steel, on the other hand, has a rigid composition consisting of steel dipped in zinc. Because its composition can’t be altered, galvanized steel has limited applications.

Structural Steel Is More Durable

The stronger composition of structural steel increases its strength-to-weight ratio. So not only can it support heavier loads than galvanized steel, but it also weighs less. Again, galvanized steel’s rigid makeup works against it as its strength-to-weight ratio is unchangeable. Furthermore, the zinc coating of galvanized steel can react to other metals, such as yellow brass or copper, weakening the material and putting it at risk of damage. For this reason, galvanized steel is unusable for underground applications. Structural steel, conversely, contains no radioactive metals.

Structural Steel Is Safer

In addition to its radioactive nature, galvanized steel poses another danger: lead poisoning. The lead in galvanized steel can seep into the water or other liquid flowing through the pipe, creating a health hazard. And because lead corrodes quickly, damage can easily spread throughout the material. Structural steel poses no such risks as it does not contain lead.

Fabrication of Structural Steel

Structural steel’s flexible composition makes it a vital commodity for construction projects of nearly every size. A myriad of components are often required for an array of applications. Examples of these structural steel components include steel beams, steel pipes, steel pipe shoes, steel trusses, and more. Professional structural steel fabricators should be able to fabricate any and all of these components to provide optimal service for their customers. And to do that, they need advanced robotic plasma cutting technology on their side.

Why Steel Fabricators Choose BeamCut

If you’re a professional steel fabricator, you’ll want to know about BeamCut. This remarkable CNC plasma cutting technology was designed to elevate your business by improving the quality of your work and reducing your production time.

Improving the Quality of Your Fabrications

BeamCut’s user-friendly CNC software helps eliminate costly mistakes by allowing you to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cut paths before the work begins. Plus, with state-of-the-art features such as a six-axis FANUC robotic arm and the latest X-Definition plasma from Hypertherm, BeamCut delivers perfect cuts every time.

Reducing Your Production Time

BeamCut is fully automated and will complete every step of the fabrication in one pass. In fact, it only requires one technician to operate, allowing you to save on labor costs. With the power of this remarkable robotic plasma cutting system, your shop will benefit from a reduced production time by as much as 80%. That’s a substantial return on investment!

Learn More About BeamCut

For more information about how BeamCut, the industry’s leading structural steel fabrication technology, can help take your business to the next level, contact us today.