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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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Putting together a plasma cutting system

July 27, 2015

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Choosing a plasma power supply is one thing; putting together an entire system is something else altogether. A complete plan includes an X-Y table, CNC system, software, and fume control.

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Putting heavy-duty cutting on the table

May 28, 2015

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Thermal cutting of plate can produce a haze in the shop, but does it have to be that way? Table options can help to clean up the plasma and oxyfuel cutting process and create a better work environment for fabricators.

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Plasma cutting torches: the long and short of it

April 2, 2015

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Plasma cutting torches have come a long way from the first-generation squared-off, clunky hunks of plastic that looked like a child’s toy hammer. Today’s high-tech torches come in various models for different applications.

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Taking plasma cutting training to the next level

January 21, 2015

During their visits to welder-education facilities, Hypertherm associates observed a lack of consistent, comprehensive, accurate training in plasma cutting. Not all welding instructors had the knowledge or resources to teach the technology. The company decided to help.

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Redefining shipbuilding and fabricating with new plasma cutting equipment

January 15, 2015

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Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, added a plasma cutting machine to its fabricating operations, which helps it to make more of its own parts without relying on subcontractors that don't always meet delivery dates.

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Improved plasma cutting of stainless steel

December 17, 2014

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New equipment technology and better understanding of gas selection make it possible to cut stainless steel productively using the plasma cutting process.

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The evolution of plasma cutting

January 17, 2014

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Metal fabricators with plasma cutting equipment that is 10 years or older may be surprised to learn just how far plasma cutting has come. The technology has evolved to the point that outside edges are smoother than ever, and precision holes can be cut to accommodate fasteners.

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Plasma cutting for tube, pipe, profiles - TheFabricator.com

Plasma cutting for tube, pipe, profiles

July 11, 2013

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Initially used for nonferrous cutting operations, plasma developed into a useful means for cutting 2-D sheet and plate steel when the water-injected plasma process was developed in the late 1960s. As technology developments improved the edge quality, cutting speed, consumable parts life, and long-term operating cost, it became competitive with other thermal cutting processes. In recent years, improved control technology has enabled plasma to be a contender in the realm of 3-D cutting, making it an option for tube, pipe, and profiles.

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Introduction to plasma marking

March 4, 2013

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Fabricators mark parts for various reasons using different technologies, each with its own benefits. This article describes several marking options and further discusses plasma marking.

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Better plasma cutting on stainless steel

February 1, 2013

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Penn Stainless Products, Quakertown, Pa., wanted to upgrade its plasma cutting operations so that it could cut thicker stainless steel plate. It found that plasma technology advancements could deliver the thicker cut and additional benefits as well.

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Plasma gouging: It’s a gash - TheFabricator.com

Plasma gouging: It’s a gash

July 23, 2012

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More welders are realizing the benefits of using plasma technology to perform gouging in heavy industrial applications where versatility, speed, and safety are important.

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Choosing the right shielding for the best plasma cut - TheFabricator.com

Choosing the right shielding for the best plasma cut

June 8, 2012

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The methods used to shield the plasma arc from the atmosphere have evolved. The concept of using tap water to generate the secondary gas has been around for more than three decades, but high-precision plasma cutting using the nitrogen-water process was developed less than a decade ago.

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Heavy piercing with plasma - TheFabricator.com

Heavy piercing with plasma

January 4, 2012

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High-density plasma arc cutting can effectively cut thick plate. The most challenging aspect, in fact, is that initial pierce. To that end, a few basic strategies help overcome this challenge, allowing the plasma to pierce through inches of metal as effectively as possible.

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Biselado con plasma: ¿qué pueden dar las máquinas de la actualidad? - TheFabricator.com

Biselado con plasma: ¿qué pueden dar las máquinas de la actualidad?

December 1, 2011

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Como puede decírselo cualquier fabricante de metal, un taller es tan eficiente como todos sus procesos en conjunto—no sólo uno.

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Plasma beveling: What can today's machines deliver?

June 2, 2011

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Plasma beveling technology has progressed in recent years to the point where the degree of taper has been reduced greatly and the ability to achieve predictable results, cut after cut, is possible. Having said that, a knowledgeable equipment operator can have a tremendous impact on optimizing the equipment's performance.

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