Why Thickness Matters in Sheet Metal & Plate Fabrication

edges of two pieces of connecting steel platesArchitectural blueprints can call for a wide range of steel sheet and plate materials. These materials can vary in thickness—indeed, this measurement is what differentiates steel sheet from plate—depending on the application. And just like any measurement of structural steel that is outlined in the blueprints, thickness must be 100% accurate.

How Thick Are Metal Sheets & Plates?

Steel sheets are thinner than plates and typically measure from 0.5 mm to 6 mm. Anything thicker than 6 mm is considered plate.

Examples of Sheet Metal & Plate Applications in Construction Projects

Both sheet metal and steel plate have numerous applications when constructing buildings, bridges, ships, and other structures. Structural steel is exceptionally malleable, which makes thin steel sheets endlessly customizable. They can be used as staircase treads, benches, roofing, signs, sculptures, and many other components. Steel plate is often used for structural support, such as in beams, girders, pipes, platforms, and other heavy-duty applications.

Ensuring Accurate Fabrications of Metal Sheet & Plate

The thickness of metal sheets and plates as required by architectural blueprints must be precise in order for the materials to be functional and efficient. To ensure perfection, structural steel and plate fabrication companies rely on the power of BeamCut, the industry’s most advanced CNC plasma cutting technology.

How BeamCut Delivers Exceptional Performance

Equipped with state-of-the-art features, BeamCut optimizes steel sheet and plate production by preventing costly cutting mistakes and speeding up production by as much as 80%. Standard features include:

Advanced FANUC Robotics

BeamCut’s six-axis, 360-degree beveling robotic arm—engineered to be three times stronger and last three times longer than the industry standard—can cut any shape or profile required by the blueprints.

X-Definition Plasma

Powered by Hypertherm’s impressive XPR300 plasma system, BeamCut can process steel sheet and plate of any thickness.

User-Friendly CNC Software

BeamCut’s nonproprietary CNC software is a cinch to use and includes both CAM and CAD. It also features a fully loaded library of all the industry’s most popular sheet and plate profiles. Additionally, the CNC software helps to eliminate cutting mistakes and wasted materials by allowing fabricators to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cut paths before the work begins, all on one easy-to-use interface.

Benefits of BeamCut

BeamCut’s leading features and automated operations deliver numerous benefits for companies that specialize in steel sheet and plate fabrication. In fact, BeamCut:

  • Replaces punches, drill lines, band saws, coping and grinding stations, and layout and marking stations—freeing up shop space
  • Performs every fabrication step in one pass, helping to reduce labor costs
  • Minimizes material handling, improving shop safety
  • Removes production pinch points, speeding up turnaround times
  • Delivers a substantial ROI

Learn More About This Remarkable CNC Plasma Cutting Technology

BeamCut will improve and support your structural steel sheet and plate production, now and into the future. That’s because your purchase includes free and unlimited lifetime support. To learn more about the benefits of BeamCut, contact us today.