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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Plasma cutting electrode has high silver content

May 10, 2005

Thermacut Inc. offers its SilverEX®-Electrodes, which feature pure silver combined with special alloys. With a large hafnium insert, the electrodes are designed to enhance mechanized plasma...

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Making a clear-cut decision

May 10, 2005

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Deciding what automated cutting equipment is best for your small or medium shop depends on many factors: part size, part thickness, part accuracy, parts quantity, computer skills, and machine payback, or return on investment.

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Plasma/oxyfuel cutting machine has 1,000-IPM jog speed

April 12, 2005

MG Systems and Welding's EdgeMaster dual side drive plasma and oxyfuel cutting machine travels at a jog speed of 1,000 IPM.Available in widths from 8 ft. to 12 ft. and lengths from 10 ft. to 80 ft.,...

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Plasma systems available with automatic, manual controls

January 11, 2005

InnerLogic Inc. has introduced four new plasma cutting machines, the fully automatic FineLine 150PC and 260PC and the ProLine 2150 and 2260 with manual controls.The 150-amp FineLine 150PC cuts most...

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Cutting machine CNC introduced

November 9, 2004

Messer MG Systems and Welding has introduced the Global Control, a professional-grade Microsoft.NET CNC for its cutting machines.The control features a simple operator interface with a 15-in....

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Optimizing consumable life in mechanized plasma cutting

October 12, 2004

If you don't stay on top of torch maintenance and replacing consumables, an efficient cutting process can quickly become a lot more expensive to operate.

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Hypertherm plasma systems receive China's CCC certification

July 13, 2004

Hypertherm® Inc. has announced that 14 of its plasma systems have received China's CCC certification. The national product marking system, which confirms that products comply with all Chinese...

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Plasma pleases plenty

June 8, 2004

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Technological developments in lasers are positioning them as an attractive alternative to plasma. But fabricators are still sticking with plasma cutting for many applications where speed and cost-effective operation are concerns.

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Gouging: The other plasma process

June 8, 2004

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Plasma gouging, although not necessarily as well-known as plasma cutting, is one of four methods of gouging that can be used for a variety of industrial applications. Different techniques bring about different results, depending on the application.

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Making plasma cutting easier

August 28, 2003

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For many people, the world of plasma cutting is a complex and daunting place, with a cryptic set of rules that can be mastered only by highly trained technicians after weeks of training. For every change of material or thickness being cut, a long process ensues of resetting gas mixtures, tweaking pierce heights and pierce delays, and manually calibrating every last parameter to ensure a reliable result.

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Mechanized plasma cutting for HVAC applications

March 13, 2003

Just 20 years ago most heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) ductwork was cut by hand with snips and shears. Cutting out HVAC fittings was slow and labor-intensive. It took an experienced tinsmith with strong hands to slice through galvanized steel all day. It took even more skill to get the cuts and bends just right to coax flat panels of sheet metal into precise 3-D forms.

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Plasma arc cutting torche

Cut it out: How fabricators use plasma cutters every day

August 29, 2002

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Many fabricators use plasma arc cutting torches every day, either to replace or complement saws, cut-off wheels, snips, and oxyfuel rigs. It can be used in a variety of applications—installing or remvoving HVAC/R equipment, plumbing systems, and industrial equipment; reparing equpment and systems; and cutting shapes consistently.

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Estimating your cutting costs

July 25, 2002

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In comparing cutting costs associated with precision plasma, punch-plasma, and laser cutting, it's important to account for labor costs, operating costs, and depreciation. All three of these processes have benefits and drawbacks cost-wise, depending on how they're deployed.

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Exploring dry cutting technologies

June 13, 2002

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The evolution of high power dry plasma technology and other cutting methods, such as conventional dual gas PAC, water injection PAC, high precision PAC, and laser for metal fabrication. Variables such as, process speed, cut quality, productivity, and cost per foot are discussed in detail.

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Cut to the chase

April 15, 2002

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This article outlines some of the benefits, limitations, and applications of plasma arc cutting. It also provides questions to ask when considering the process for your business.

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