Three Usages of Structural Steel Pipe

Three Usages of Structural Steel Pipe Structural steel pipes are hollow cylindrical tubes that are strong enough to transport chemicals and bear heavy weight loads, which is why they have numerous applications across a range of industries. Indeed, steel pipe is used in structural, manufacturing, and transportation applications. Let’s take a closer look at each.

Structural Applications

Steel pipe is commonly used in the construction of buildings to provide extra strength and support. For instance, structural steel pipe can be used as end-bearing and friction piles, which are driven into the earth before a foundation is laid during construction to help transfer the heavy load of the building. Additionally, construction companies will often build scaffolding using steel pipe for workers to access various areas of the structure that is being built.

Manufacturing Applications

In the manufacturing industry, steel pipe can be used in numerous ways. It can be attached to stairways and walkways as guard rails to improve safety. It can also be used to channel raw materials into a work area for processing, and it can be fabricated to be a vital part of machinery and equipment.

Transportation Applications

Perhaps the most common usage of structural steel pipe is to transport substances from one place to another. Due to its inherent strength, steel pipes can handle hazardous materials without degrading, which is why they’re commonly used in oil and gas exploration and other chemical applications.

Fabricating Structural Steel Pipe

Structural steel fabricators who specialize in pipe and are looking for a way to elevate their business can rely on BeamCut, one of the most advanced CNC plasma cutting machines for structural steel plate and pipe fabrication. BeamCut’s 360-degree beveling, six-axis FANUC robotic arm can process any shape or profile in the industry, including pipe and HSS. In fact, BeamCut uses hydraulic clamps (included standard) that firmly hold round materials in place to prevent them from moving. It is also available with an optional round tube cutter.

Improve Cut Quality

BeamCut is powered by Hypertherm X-Definition plasma and features user-friendly CNC software for automated processing. The CNC software allows you to run cutting simulations to identify any errors before they’re made. And, with photo-laser profiling and linear-laser measuring, both included standard, BeamCut produces perfect cuts every time.

Speed Up Turnarounds

BeamCut’s convenient CNC software automates every step of the fabrication process to improve turnaround times. In fact, BeamCut will replace your shop’s punches, drill lines, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations, allowing all of these operations to be completed in a single pass. This benefit will allow you to maintain a lean workforce as BeamCut requires only one technician to operate, and it will reduce waste in your shop by minimizing material handling.

Lifetime Support

As if these state-of-the-art features weren’t enough, BeamCut includes free and unlimited support from our knowledgeable professionals for life. To learn more about how this remarkable CNC plasma-cutting beam machine can improve your shop’s production of structural steel pipe, contact us today.