Why Are Ships Made of Steel?

Why Are Ships Made of Steel?Steel is used almost exclusively in the main structure of ships and has been a primary element of shipbuilding for more than a century. It makes for an optimal material when building ships because, even though it is heavy, it is also pliable and strong. Combine these traits with its relatively low cost, and it’s clear why steel is integral to the shipbuilding industry.

Mild Steel for the Hull

The hull of a ship is crafted from a mild steel that is blended with carbon and manganese. This steel also has low quantities of sulphur and phosphorus, which can otherwise make the material more difficult to fabricate and allow it to crack during the rolling process.

High-Tensile Steel for the Scantlings

For stress-bearing structural components, such as the deck on container ships, a stronger steel is used. This high-tensile steel also helps to reduce the scantlings, optimizing the use of the material.

Other Parts of the Ship Commonly Made From Steel

Steel has numerous applications in shipbuilding. In addition to the hull and the scantlings, it is used in manufacturing:

  • Stringer plates
  • Gunwales
  • Main deck plating
  • Bottom plating
  • Keel
  • Deck and upper strakes of longitudinal bulkheads
  • Derrick booms
  • Crosstrees

Fabricating Structural Steel for the Shipbuilding Industry

The demand for steel fabrication in the shipbuilding industry is high. If you own a fabrication shop and specialize in fabricating steel parts for shipbuilding, you want a reliable CNC plasma cutting machine to help you stay ahead in a crowded field. BeamCut was designed with the success of your business in mind. In fact, with the industry’s most state-of-the-art features and fully automated operations, BeamCut offers numerous advantages for professional steel fabricators.

State-of-the-Art Features

BeamCut’s advanced features can help improve the quality of your work, reduce your turnaround times, and help you save on overhead. These features include:

FANUC Robotics

With a 360-degree beveling, six-axis FANUC robotic arm, BeamCut can process any shape or profile in the shipbuilding industry.

X-Definition Plasma

Equipped with the latest X-Definition plasma from Hypertherm, BeamCut is one of the most powerful robotic plasma cutting systems on the market.

CNC Software

BeamCut’s easy-to-use CNC software allows you to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cut paths before the work even begins to eliminate mistakes.

Automated Operations

BeamCut replaces punches, drill lines, band saws, marking and layout stations, and coping and grinding stations, performing all of these fabrication processes in one pass. In fact, BeamCut only requires one technician to operate, allowing you to maintain a lean workforce. With its all-in-one operations, BeamCut can help remove pinch points in your production and reduce turnaround times by as much as 80%—an impressive return on investment!

To learn more about BeamCut and why it’s the optimal CNC plasma cutting technology for steel fabricators serving the shipbuilding industry, contact us today. When you do, be sure to ask about the free and unlimited lifetime support that you’ll receive with your purchase.