Structural steel is the "backbone" of multi-story structures the world over. The immense weight and size of many structural steel beams make transport over long distance uneconomical, therefore, structural steel fabrication centers are located within a short distance (100 miles) of the bulk of their customers.
That means there are a LOT of structural steel fabrication shops, and the majority of them do not achieve a truly high volume of output. Lacking high volume, it's always been tough to get high productivity and a competitive cost advantage.
Until now. The PythonX Structural Steel Fabrication System uses advanced robotic and plasma cutting technology to bring unprecedented productivity to virtually any fabrication shop, regardless of size. With PythonX, structural steel beam, channel, angle, plate and HSS is fabricated very quickly and accurately in one single pass through this extraordinary steel beam fabricating machine.
PythonX not only turns out excellent fabricated steel beams quickly, it also drastically reduces the labor content of those finished beams. Its intelligent automation eliminates the need to measure and layout cuts on the workpiece. It eliminates the need to program the cuts into the CNC control. Its versatility – being able to produce all the required cuts holes and piece marks in a single pass – eliminates a great deal of material handling that burdens the fabrication shop.
The Genius of PythonX is that this one machine is a replacement for the beam drill line, bandsaw, angle line, and on and on. PythonX can perform virtually all the cutting, drilling and marking operations a structural steel fabrication shop performs on steel beams.
If you no longer need those traditional fabrication machines, you don't need the floorspace they occupy. You don't need the extra space and labor involved in moving 'beams-in-process' between those machines. You won't have the rework associated with layout or programming mistakes made when using those traditional machines.
That's why we say PythonX "Squeezes The Cost Out of Structural Fabrication." It squeezes out labor cost, squeezes down floorspace requirements and puts the squeeze on rework. That gives you the freedom to expand capacity without adding new personnel or a new expansion to your building.
PythonX fabricates a greater range of structural sections and sizes than any traditional fabricating machine. From small 3"x3" angle to W36x300 structural steel beams to thick-walled square tube, it has the capability to process 95% of a structural fabrication shop's typical material requirements.
PythonX's 'electronic touch' sensing capability even allows it to compensate for beam dimensional anomalies. The torch head accurately measures the location and dimensions of the beam, using this information to recalculate the cutting path to correct for out-of-spec material. This lets PythonX salvage bent, cambered and other defective steel beams so as to reduce rework in the fab shop and material rejection at the job site.
The PythonX Hypertherm plasma torch can edge cut material up to 2" thick for cut-to-length, copes and notches. It can pierce material up to 1.25" thick for holes and slots. A traditional bandsaw can "wander" when cutting thick column sections where and start to break off teeth. By contrast, PythonX gives you consistently square cuts that easily meet an 80%+ bearing requirement.
Consistent accuracy can be difficult with traditional fabrication machines, but it's 'no problem' with PythonX. It is accurate to within 1/32" over the length of the beam, and it maintains that accuracy over time because its positional repeatability is 0.0026".
The growing fraternity of PythonX users agree that its advanced technology helps them operate their businesses for productively and more profitably. Contact Burlington Automation to learn how it can do the same for you. We'll provide a free DVD with videos of PythonX making virtually any cut you can think of, or arrange for a live 'in person' demo.