James Caudle of J&B Specialty Tool, Inc. has invented a tool that out performs all other traditional lay-out tools and methods. The Beam Gauge tool can also be used for quality control in the shop and out in the field.Structural steel fabrication and erection is a billion dollar industry nationally.
In the U.S. there are over 7000 companies that are involved one way or another, so why not have a tool that will help save time, help to reduce waste and save money by increasing efficiency.
The beam gauge tool is two to three times faster and more accurate then all previous methods of laying out the holes in the web. The beam gauge tool contacts the outside of the flange at the center line of the web, as shown on structural blueprints for fabricators.Beams typically are not square.
Generally, layout people measure from the top of the flange to get the first hole gauge. If the flange is tipped in or out, the holes will already be off. Which creates a problem for erectors because when things don’t line up, jobs cannot be completed on time, throwing everyone off down the line.
The beam gauge tool was awarded the 2003 hot products award by Modern Steel Construction and received the Peoples Choice award at the trade show in Long Beach, Calif. in 2004.
Along with the Beam gauge tool, James Caudle introduced a 2 foot adjustable, stand-alone bevel square for laying out stairs, handrails, plates and beams.