PythonX Fabricates Complex Structural Steel Beam 88% Faster

Hamilton, Canada, April 01, 2009 --( A timed demonstration of complete fabrication of an eight foot W16x31 structural beam, using the PythonX CNC robotic fabrication system was recently videotaped and released to the public. The video can be streamed from the “Economics” page of the PythonX web site,

In the video, PythonX fabricates the following features in a single pass:

* Front Trim Miter Cut 1/4"
* 2 Copes on the front of the beam
* 3 Bolt Holes at front of beam
* 6 bolt hole angled cluster on web
* 4 layout marks on web
* 2 bolt holes on top flange
* 2 bolt holes on bottom flange
* 3 slots on web at rear of beam
* Piece Mark - 2 Lines - 9 letters total
* flange notch cut flush with web (both sides)
* Cope on rear of beam
* Notch cut on flange

Total Processing Time - 10 min 13 seconds

The PythonX Structural Fabrication System is the first system that was designed to utilize all the features available from detailing software not just some of the data. This includes coping data, bevel angles, layout marks, bolt hole positions, reference points and part marking which other machines don’t use. No programming of the cuts was required.

Structural steel fabricators who examined the beam design suggested that performing this fabrication using traditional manual methods would take roughly 120 minutes. Using a CNC drill line and bandsaw, plus manual torch for the copes and flange flush cuts, would take approximately 82 minutes (this does not include time for moving the beam between operations), therefore, PythonX completed the beam fabrication in less than 12% of the time expected for a shop using conventional automated equipment.

The PythonX robotic structural steel fabrication system is built and sold by Burlington Automation Corporation. See for details or contact:

Paul Kwiatkowski, Sales Manager
Burlington Automation
63 Innovation Drive
Hamilton , Ontario CANADA L7L 4W8
Phone: (905) 689-777

PythonX Robotic Structural Steel Fabrication System
Paul Kwiatkowski