Advanced steel processing technologies and machinery
Through modern machinery and emerging technologies, the steel processing industry is transitioning into a new and exciting phase.
While traditional methods will always remain at the foundation of metal processing, new advancements are:
- Reducing project inefficiencies
- Reducing supply chain concerns, and
- Reducing overall costs
Through investing in new technology and machinery, a select number of structural steel companies in Australia, and around the world, have now positioned themselves as industry leaders and innovators in the steel processing industry.
The intersection between technology and reality
New machinery allows industry innovators to tackle jobs with greater efficiency and reduced labour, and this is made possible through the intersection between technology and material-reality.
Modern steel processing machinery works seamlessly with advanced drafting and imaging technologies.
Essentially, information and data can be read by the new machinery and translated into reality with reduced inefficiencies and increased precision.
What does this mean for large construction projects?
Traditionally, a draftsperson or site engineer would be required to take manual measurements to draw-up a design layout which would then be used to determine required materials.
As any project manager would understand too well, these measurements and plans are open to human error often causing issues within the supply chain.
Contemporary steel industry innovators are now able to use advanced scanning and digital imaging technology to take a 3D snapshot of the site. This information is used by a draftsperson who then creates a complete digital representation of the worksite.
The data and information is fed to the new machinery, which cuts and processes a precise amount of material ready for transportation back to the site.
Traditionally, a small mistake in measurement could potentially cause a range of issues:
- Extending completion dates
- Blowing budgets
- Over or underestimating required materials
With new technology and machinery, human error is completely removed from the equation.
Simplifying the supply chain
A modern steel processing company can also simplify the supply chain by seeing the job from start to finish. The overall drafting, processing and erection phases no longer need to be separated. A modern structural steel company can streamline the initial supply chain process.
Reduced labour, reduced costs, competitive prices
While this unprecedented technology and machinery is a large investment for a steel processing company, it often means reduced costs and labour for the end user.
By reducing labour, human error and streamlining the supply chain process, and advanced metal processing company can provide a quote that is competitive, if not unbeatable.
The bottom line? It’s well worth your time and money to seek the services of an advanced steel processing company, or at the very least, get a quote.
Unique design projects
While the new technology and machinery provide a huge range of benefits to large-scale construction projects, it can also be used for more boutique and architectural work and design.
The same visual imaging and scanning technologies can be used to draft and model architectural and boutique jobs, cutting and shaping steel structures with a precision that cannot be matched through human labour alone.
BridgeFab is one of only a few advanced steel processing providers in Australia, investing in new state-of-the-art technology and machinery, and pushing the steel processing industry in this new and exciting direction.
If you’ve got any questions about the services provided by BridgeFab, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Other steel fabricators
BridgeFab is proud to be part of the growth and development of the steel processing industry in Australia, because of this, they are offering the new machinery and technology to other fabricators.
Steel Processing FAQs
Structural steel is made from raw materials, but can also be made from recycled steel. The material is a type of alloy that contains iron and carbon. In the case of steel being made from raw materials, iron is taken from iron ore and contains iron oxides. The raw materials are subjected to heating and cooling processes, after which they become hard and strong to form steel. There are a number of different grades of steel, which differ in terms of composition.
AOD refers to argon oxygen decarburization, which is a process that is used in the fabrication of steel and other high-grade alloy materials. After the metal has been melted, it is transferred to what is known as an AOD vessel where the refining process takes places. This refining process is made up of three key steps: decarburization, reduction and desulfurization. All of these steps are important when it comes to producing high quality steel suitable for use in a number of applications.
In order to recycle steel, a number of keys steps are required. First, the metal is collected and sorted. It is important that different types of steel are separated before they can be processed. During the processing stage, steel is sometimes shredded. This helps to speed up the melting process because small pieces of metal have a bigger surface to volume ratio than larger pieces. Small, shredded metals can be melted with relatively little energy, and often, steel is changed into small, easy-to-manage blocks. The steel is then melted in a large furnace before it is purified and solidified. In the solidifying stage, the steel is processed into shapes, such as bars, which can then be used in a range of applications.
Thanks to modern machinery and innovative technology, steel processing has advanced considerably and as such, project inefficiencies, overall costs and supply chain concerns have been reduced. Now, steel processing works together with drafting and imaging technologies so that information and data can be read by new machinery and be translated into reality with increased efficiency and precision.
Traditionally, a draftsperson or site engineer was required to take manual measurements to create a design layout and determine the required materials. Now, advanced scanning and digital imaging technology are used to take 3D snapshots of the site.
This information can then be used by the draftsperson to create a complete digital representation of the worksite. The data and information is fed to the machinery, which in turn cuts and processes a precise amount of material for transportation back to the site. This method removes human error from the process, and ensures that completion dates and budgets are adhered to.
New steel processing technology and machinery can be used for work on large scale construction projects, as well as boutique and architectural work and design.