You've got to cut off 24 thirty foot I beams to size, drill 12 bolt holes in all of them, cope both ends of half of them, cut 36 angle clips – each with four bolt holes, burn out six large connector plates with a dozen bolt holes plus piece marks on each. Sounds like your bandsaw, beam drill line, angle line, burning table and marking machine will be busy for quite a while. Not to mention all your operators, layout men and material handlers. Is this really the best way to run a fab shop?
Not anymore. The newest generation of structural steel fabrication machinery lets you run this entire project on one single machine. You'll need one operator, one material handler, no measuring or layout and no changing out drill bits or saw blades. PythonX is a fully CNC robotic plasma cutting system that makes traditional structural steel fabricating equipment obsolete . . . and can make your fab shop 500% more productive.
Sound complicated? It's actually simpler than what you're probably doing now. The PythonX machine control can read part detail files generated by programs like Tekla, SDS/2 and StruCad and use them to automatically lay out the most efficient cutting sequence for the workpiece. No operator programming needed. In one pass, the PythonX high-definition Hypertherm plasma torch performs all cut offs, copes, marking, hole/slot drilling, notching, flange flush cuts, weld prep bevel cuts and miter cuts needed for beam, channel, angle, HSS or plate.
PythonX handles a greater variety of structural sections and sizes than any conventional single-purpose fabricating machine. From large W36x300 beams down to 3"x3" angle, it typically processes 95% of a structural fabrication shop's material requirements.
PythonX can pierce material up to 1.25" thick for holes and slots. It can edge cut material up to 2" thick for cut-to-length, copes and notches. On thick column sections where a traditional bandsaw may "wander" through the cut and start to break off teeth, PythonX gives you perfectly square cuts that easily meet an 80%+ bearing requirement.
Accuracy is sometimes difficult to achieve with traditional fabrication equipment. Not so with PythonX. It produces parts that are within 1/32" (0.8 mm) tolerance over their length, and it holds that tolerance over time because the positional repeatability of the robot arm is actually 0.0026" (0.07 mm).
PythonX can even compensate for material dimensional problems. Its 'electronic touch' sensing precisely measures the actual dimensions of the workpiece, so it can recalculate the cutting path to make corrections for bent or imperfect shapes. Cambered, convex, concave, bent or web not centered on the flange are all defects that can be compensated for thanks to PythonX's probe/measure feature. That reduces rework in the shop and material rejections at the job site.
Too good to believe? Let us show you. We'd be pleased to send you a free PythonX DVD or to set up a live demonstration of this incredible fabricating workhorse.