Oxyfuel Cutting Articles

The oxyfuel cutting technology area discusses oxyfuel equipment, cutting tips, gases, and how to get the most out of this versatile, capable process.

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Choosing a gas for oxyfuel cutting

February 27, 2017 | By Phil Evans

Fuel gases have been used in manufacturing for decades, but how much do fabricators know about what has become such a common part of the manufacturing process? Phil Evans, a certified welding inspector and educator, discusses the basics.

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Technology Spotlight: Clearing out the blowback slag

January 18, 2017 | By Dan Davis

Working all over the world, Van Steel has seen a similar sight at fabrication facilities and construction sites: drums and buckets filled with oxyfuel and plasma cutting tips that have been thrown away because it was easier to do that than clean out the blowback slag. He has developed a tool to make that job easier.

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Staying safe while using oxyfuel torches

August 3, 2016 | By Dave Marquard, Kurt Tarkany

The mere presence of oxygen in any sort of industrial application raises the chances of a catastrophic incident. Oxygen safety devices can help to reduce that likelihood.

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Eliminating oxyfuel hazards in your shop

September 2, 2015 | By John Karpus

Keeping these tips in mind during safety and performance audits can help you keep the shop floor safe even when potentially dangerous fabricating activities are taking place.

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Oxyfuel cutting thick, fast—and safely

August 11, 2015 | By Tim Heston

An oxyfuel cutting gas from MagneGas Corp. cuts thick plate with a highly concentrated flame. The gas—created from liquid biomass via plasma gasification—has in a mechanized setup cut 3.5-in.-thick plate at 18 IPM. The company also says that the gas is especially safe because it’s lighter than air.

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Plasma and oxyfuel: A productive combination

October 13, 2014 | By Douglas Shuda

Gaining flexibility to match individual plate fabrication requirements using both mechanized oxyfuel and plasma cutting can make plate cutting far more efficient. As these technologies advance, fabricators can produce their parts smarter, faster, with the highest quality, and at lower cost. Regardless, the choice to use these technologies on separate machines or on one system is as individual as the application requirements.

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Plasma or oxyfuel? - TheFabricator.com

Plasma or oxyfuel?

June 3, 2013 | By Nakhleh Hussary, Ph.D., David Pryor

When purchasing a new automated cutting table or retrofitting an existing one, which process is best--oxyfuel or plasma? The nature of the application and cutting process both play a role.

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Burning the torch on both sides - TheFabricator.com

Burning the torch on both sides

November 14, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

For a project involving structural columns made of 4-in. plate, Owen Steel Co. Inc., Columbia, S.C., had two choices when it came to cutting difficult transition bevels. First, it could use a manually guided track torch system and bevel one side of the plate at a time, which would open the door to distortion. Or second, it could find a mechanized cutting system that would allow both sides of the plate to be beveled simultaneously.

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The X's and O's of oxyfuel

January 15, 2010 | By David Bell

If properly used and well-maintained, this equipment can cut, heat, and weld metals safely. But damaged, worn, or improperly handled equipment can lead to safety hazards such as fire and explosions that can cause serious injury or death. To know how to handle and care for the equipment and devices found in oxyfuel cutting and welding, you have to first be familiar with them and the kind of care they need.

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Check valves and Flashback Arresters

The importance of exercising oxyfuel welding safety

February 10, 2009 | By David Pryor

To ensure safe oxyfuel welding and cutting, equipment manufacturers design torches with safeguards. However, nothing takes the place of the welder's knowledge and attention to safe practices. This article discusses common oxyfuel hazards and how to avoid them.

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Select a torch tip when using oxyfuel

August 8, 2007

There has been much discussion on the value of plasma-arc and laser-beam processes for cutting and welding, but oxyfuel is still the most commonly used method. The products are very robust and easy to use. The cost of entry to use this method is relatively modest – only several hundred dollars...

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Safety: The burning issue in oxyfuel torch use

September 13, 2005 | By John Uccellini

While flashback arrestors help prevent backfires and flashbacks in oxyfuel torches, no device replaces the necessity for safe operating practices and properly maintained oxyfuel torch equipment.

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Practicing safe oxyfuel cutting

January 10, 2002 | By Chet Strickland

This article provides tips for safe oxyfuel cutting and welding. It offers specific practices for using cylinder valves, regulators, hoses, tips, and torches.

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