Plasma Cutting

Alone or assisted with water, plasma has proven itself to be one of the most efficient cutting processes for sheet, plate, tube, pipe, and profiles. Search this technology area for information on equipment, cutting tips, and gases.

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A check list for a plasma cutting table retrofit

January 10, 2017 | By Chris Kuzma

When considering a retrofit to an older plasma cutting table, a fabricator needs to consider equipment location, state of table components, the types of shielding gases and consumables that might be needed with a technology upgrade, and any possible training that may be needed.

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Contour bevel machine handles material up to 153 ft. long

January 9, 2017

Controlled Automation has introduced the isoMAX contour bevel machine, suitable for plate up to 23 ft. wide and 153 ft. long.The machine is equipped with up to two Orbital™ contour bevel plasma stations and up to four oxyfuel...

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PWTV: Plasma Cutting Tools Overview

PWTV: Plasma Cutting Tools Overview

December 19, 2016

Jim Colt of Hypertherm discusses different options for cutting tools, machines, ratings for various processes, and pierce/production ratings.

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PWTV: Plasma Cutting Fume Venting Overview

PWTV: Plasma Cutting Fume Venting Overview

December 19, 2016

From Harper College in Palatine, IL - Jim Colt of Hypertherm discusses the various ways to control fumes in your cutting operation.

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PWTV: Plasma Cutting Duty Cycles Overview

PWTV: Plasma Cutting Duty Cycles Overview

December 19, 2016

From the metal fabrication labs at Harper College, Jim Colt of Hypertherm gives an overview of plasma cutting duty cycles; environmental factors, capabilities, and other things to consider.

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PWTV: Plasma Cutting Consumables Overview

PWTV: Plasma Cutting Consumables Overview

December 19, 2016

Jim Colt, of Hypertherm, discusses air plasma torches, machine torches, the differences between them and the rate of wear for various consumables.

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Eight axes give robotic thermal cutting machine added flexibility

December 7, 2016

Voortman has updated its V808 robotic thermal cutting machine. It now is equipped with a new coping robot with six axes, and the company’s design adds two more overhead axes. This flexibility allows the system to cut every structural shape possible and process all four sides of material in a...

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Plasma machine offers 3-D plate cutting

December 7, 2016

Voortman has updated the V304 plate cutting machine for processing multiple types of material, such as mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. It can be equipped with up to two plasma (bevel) torches and up to six oxyfuel torches to allow for 3-D plasma bevel cutting, strip cutting, and weld...

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Plasma cutter offers high power-to-weight ratio

December 5, 2016

Thermal Dynamics®, an ESAB brand, has unveiled its new Cutmaster™ 60i hand-held air plasma cutting system. According to the company, the system provides the industry’s highest power-to-weight ratio in its class. It also incorporates an oversized digital interface. New functions include a gas...

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Plasma tables introduced

December 5, 2016

MegaFab has announced the addition of a new line of Piranha plasma tables. Each table is built on an all-welded frame and features a fully integrated CNC with a 10-in. LCD screen for cutting intricate shapes. Standard features include servomotors on the X and Y axes, dual side drive in the Y axis,...

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Filter bag, housing manufacturer finds faster cutting process for aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel

November 22, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

When industrial filter and filter housing manufacturer Filter Technology Inc. had one too many late and substandard shipments of steel components, it took matters into its own hands and started cutting pipe and making plate components using a band saw and machining centers. Then its staff went to FABTECH and saw a Soitaab plasma machine with a bed for flat parts and chucks for pipe.

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Silver-tipped copper electrodes last to a pit depth of 0.08 in.

November 7, 2016

Hypertherm has introduced SilverPlus® electrodes for its HyPerformance® HPR400XD® plasma cutting systems. According to the company, laboratory testing shows the electrodes last 50 percent longer than standard copper electrodes in most cutting applications. he electrodes are designed to last to a...

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Portable plasma cutter delivers 6.5 kW of output power

November 7, 2016

Hypertherm has released the Powermax45 XP® plasma cutting system, delivering 6.5 kW of output power for clean cutting of material up to 5/8 in. thick and severing of material nearly twice that thickness. A new low-amp process simplifies marking, scoring, and precision gouging. Eleven torch styles...

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CNC platform introduced for cutting applications

November 7, 2016

The EDGE® Connect CNC platform now is available from Hypertherm. It features the newest version of the company’s Phoenix™ software coupled with SureCut™ technology for cutting applications. The PLC Connect™ software-based operator’s console and embedded PLC allow for increased...

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Cleaning the plasma table while simultaneously cutting?

October 24, 2016 | By Dan Davis

SALSCO Inc. is a product manufacturer that has a lot in common with job shops: At any one time it has 250 line items of different components on its shop floor for its 38 different products. To stay on top of production demands, it needs all of its plasma cutting capacity. That's why it hurt when tables were taken offline for routine cleaning or fetching of parts that fell between the grates. Company President Salvatore J. Rizzo thought there could be a better way and designed a modular base that allows the plasma cutting table to cut while parts and debris are constantly removed from the bottom of the table.

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