Video camera aligns, monitors cutting process

December 12, 2006

MG Systems and Welding has introduced a video camera feature that can be used as an alignment tool and monitor the cutting process.

The camera, offered as an option for the company's TMC4500ST, MPC2000, Titan II, and MetalMaster Plus plasma and oxyfuel cutting machines, can monitor the operation on machines that are wide or long, allowing the operator to get a birds-eye view of the cutting process without leaving the operator panel. It simplifies setup, reduces cycle time, and eliminates scrap, the manufacturer states.

To align the part program to the same angle as the plate, the operator turns the crosshair on and captures two, three, or five points along the edge of the plate. The crosshair is turned off for an unobstructed, glare-free view of the cutting process. The image is displayed on the 15-in. TFT color screen of the Global Control Plus.

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