What Types of Steel Are Used in Shipbuilding?
While there is a plethora of materials used in shipbuilding, steel remains the most widely used. And for good reason: Steel is strong enough to withstand the fatigue that a lifetime spent on the open seas will thrust upon it. In the shipbuilding industry, steel is categorized by four grades of toughness:
Grade A Steel
This mild steel is used for ship structures measuring less than 20 mm, such as bulkheads.
Grade B Steel
This slightly stronger steel is used for structures measuring 20 to 25 mm.
Grade D Steel
Grade D steel is strong enough to resist cracks and is used for structures that measure more than 25 mm thick.
Grade E Steel
This type of steel is heat treated for the ultimate strength and is used for structures measuring 50 mm or more, making it the ideal material for high-stress parts of the ship, such as the keel.
For shipbuilding specifically, there is another type of steel called Arctic D. This special grade is formulated to hold strong even in extremely low temperatures and is often used for icebreakers.
Fabricating Steel for Shipbuilding
When you factor in all the different types of steel used in shipbuilding, as well as all the shapes and sizes of steel that are required, powerful technology is needed to provide the proper fabrication. Fabrication technology has come a long way over the decades, and today there is one system that leads the steel fabrication industry: BeamCut.
Industry-Leading Fabrication Technology
BeamCut is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art features to deliver accurate, precise, and timely fabrication for professionals who serve the shipbuilding industry. If you’re such a professional, BeamCut can help your company stand apart from your competition, provide a significant return on investment, and take your business to a whole new level of success. BeamCut features:
Advanced FANUC Robotics
With a six-axis FANUC robotic arm, there is no shape or profile in the shipbuilding industry that BeamCut can’t cut. Even round HSS and pipes are easily handled by the 360-degree beveling robotics.
XPR300 Plasma Technology
Equipped with the latest X-Definition plasma from Hypertherm, BeamCut is unrivaled in cutting strength.
User-Friendly CAD/CAM/CNC Software
BeamCut’s easy-to-use CNC software will allow you to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths to eliminate programming errors and wasted materials — all on one interface.
Photo-Laser Profiling & Linear-Laser Measuring
These two great features are included with our standard package and will ensure only the most accurate cuts.
Lean Manufacturing for Your Fabrication Shop
BeamCut handles every step of the fabrication process in one pass and can therefore replace your drill lines, punches, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations, freeing up space in your shop. And, because only one technician is needed to operate it, BeamCut can help you maintain a lean workforce, saving on costs. By offering all-in-one operations, BeamCut can reduce your production time by as much as 80%.
Here at BeamCut Systems, the success of your steel fabrication for shipbuilding is our top priority. That’s why we’ll include free remote support for life with your purchase. To learn more about how BeamCut is the right choice for your steel fabrication company, contact us today.