Plasma Cutting Systems

Harnessing the Power of CNC Software for Plasma Cutting

What if you could get real time orchestration between the power source, the accessories connected to it and all of the other key elements of your cutting system? 
Plasma Cutting Systems: Articles

Plasma Cutting Comes of Age

Plasma cutting is a viable solution for many more applications since the switch from the tungsten electrode to the Hafnium electrode that can operate with nitrogen, oxygen, air, or blends of these gases.
Evolving from a rough and cranky process to a reliable and productive technology, high-density plasma cutting has become a metal fabricating success story.

Heavy Fabrication Shapes Up to Meet Demand for Natural Gas

Chart uses its new heavy-duty plasma shape cutting machine to process a wide range of material thicknesses and sheet sizes ranging from 6 in x 6 in up to 10 ft wide x 40 ft long, cutting carbon steel up to 4 in thick, and processing aluminum and stainless steel in thicknesses up to 3 in.
Chart Energy & Chemicals installed an Avenger 3 plasma precision shape cutting machine from ESAB that added new beveling and marking capabilities and enabled the shop to slash its processing times, increase its capacity, and eliminate a second shift.

The Umbilical Cord of CNC Plasma Tables

Arclight CNC plasma tables are easy to operate, requiring only a basic knowledge of computers.
The igus 240 series Energy Chain is central to making plasma tables from Arclight function as they should by effectively guiding and protecting machine cables for overall optimal system performance.

In the Market for a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine?

High end plasma cutting machines are designed for long term use in high production, with a typical expected life expectancy of more than 20 years. Modern drive technology allows these large machines to cut with the same or better levels of accuracy as seen on smaller precision machines. Automatic raise/lower water tables and self-cleaning zoned downdraft cutting tables are the norm for fume control.
Technology can make it difficult to choose the proper system to best fit your current application and also meet your future needs. Here are some important considerations that will help you make the correct selections for your application.

What You Must Know About Piercing Thicker Plate with Plasma

When piercing with a plasma torch, the plasma arc attaches to the top surface of the plate and transfers enough energy to melt the metal near the top. As this molten material is removed, the arc transfers the energy to the bottom of the pierce hole and melts deeper into the plate. This process continues as the arc penetrates deeper into the plate until it is through.
The ability to pierce metal plate is a necessity for many fabricators and steel processing centers. This back-to-basics tutorial explains why using plasma, rather than oxyfuel, is most desirable as it means faster piercing times, faster cut speeds, and a cleaner finished product that translates into higher productivity and profitability.


Plasma Cutting Systems: Industry News

Praxair Becomes Distributor for LubeCorp

The industrial gases supplier now offers GreenCut Plasma to treat water tables in CNC plasma arc cutting systems.

Roberts Oxygen Becomes Distributor for LubeCorp

The welding distributor joins a growing list of companies that are reselling treatment for CNC plasma arc cutting systems.

ESAB Cutting Systems Redesigns Website for North America

The site features a simple hierarchical structure, new drop down menus, and more robust search functionality to quickly find in-depth content and resources in the fewest clicks possible.


Plasma Cutting Systems: Products

Laser, Waterjet, Plasma Cutting Systems

An Eagle fiber laser cutting head with laser beam from MSS Lasers is one of the most advanced systems in the market, with linear drives on all three axes and a low inertia carbon fiber transverse bridge construction that can accelerate up to 6G with achieve cutting speeds in excess of 100 m/min.
A yearend review of some of the current advances and application capabilities in each of these metal cutting technologies.

Combination Plasma Head is Ideal for Job Shops

Each plasma head is independently programmable, allowing the plasma system to economically cut gauge steel using low amperage consumables, while still able to tackle heavy plate steel with high-definition plasma precision. 
The combination plasma head for MultiCam 3000 and 6000 series CNC plasma machines uses a Hypertherm Powermax mechanized plasma head mounted beside a high-definition Hypertherm torch that is ideal for production cutting of diverse materials.

Portable, Economical Oxyfuel/Plasma Cutting System

Crossbow features a motorized lifter to support either oxyfuel or plasma torches. The Arc Voltage Height Control ensures the plasma torch will automatically maintain a consistent cutting height. Ohmic touch initial height sensing finds the plate surface, sets the piercing height during automated plasma cutting, detects torch crashes by sensing the plate during cutting and shuts down the plasma system accordingly. 
The compact Crossbow oxyfuel/plasma CNC cutting system from ESAB is ideal for trade schools, small fab shops, maintenance and repair shops, or for portable use within large facilities or at construction sites.