Metal is one of the most important substances known to people. Steel, iron, copper and all the rest are fundamental aspects of modern society that some would argue we can’t live without. Metal is used for everything from your coffeemaker to your cell phone to the high rise you visit for work each day. It’s in our cars and our homes. Some of us even have a fair amount of metal in our mouths.
Of course, the metal we need for everyday life doesn’t come out of the ground shaped correctly and ready to use. Transforming this basic substance into something usable takes some effort. In the hands of a talented machinist, though, there truly is no end to the shapes and purposes to which metal can be applied.
Take, for example, beam rolling in Phoenix, AZ. This unique process can be instrumental in turning useless metal bits and scraps into something awe-inspiring.
What is beam rolling?
The term “beam rolling” is a bit misleading. A more accurate name might be “beam bending,” because that’s a little bit closer to what actually happens. In this process, a machinist starts with a straight beam of metal. That beam is run through two massive metal wheels that can add bends to any degree. So, what begins as a straight piece of metal comes out with a uniform curve.
A talented machinist can actually use their machinery to undo the beam rolling process and turn a bent piece of metal back into a straight one.
Why bend metal?
You’re undoubtedly familiar with I-beams, the basic building block of civil engineering and modern construction. These long strips of metal are named for their peculiar shape. That is, they look like a capital serif-font “I” (i.e., a capital letter with the top and bottom platforms attached). Steel I-beams are renowned for their ability to hold a lot of weight.
Of course, when it comes to sheer utility, a straight piece of metal will only get you so far. Beam rolling in Phoenix, AZ is designed to open up the possibilities of your I-beam. By shaping I-beams to meet their needs, contractors can add support in weak areas of a given structure, and they can make steel fit into areas previously thought impossible. Even more impressive, creative builders can also use bent I-beams to create visually pleasing structures that are as sturdy as they are beautiful.
Trust the experts
If you’re in need of the best beam rolling in Phoenix, AZ, then turn to Metal Pro Inc. For the past two decades, our team of experienced machinists has offered unparalleled service. All told, our staff has nearly half a century of combined experience in metal fabrication of every sort that we can’t wait to put to use for residential and commercial customers alike.
For welding, plasma welding, fire cutting, shearing, press braking services and so much more, you can count on Metal Pro Inc. We’re ready and waiting to tackle any and all of your metal fabrication needs. No job is too large!