Plasma Cutters

Beware of Bad Bargains

Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.
Plasma Cutters: Articles

This is Not Your Grandfather’s Plasma Cutting System

The plasma cut cleanly and quickly through 1/8 inch metal, just as simple as drawing a line. 
My previous experience with plasma cutting happened 30 years ago and was so awful that I never wanted to use one again. I vowed then and there to never use plasma again. Then I used one of the new units from Hypertherm.

What You Must Know Before Buying a Plasma Cutting System

If the gantry (the big heavy bar that slides up and down the length of the table) is too heavy, it makes the torch difficult to control with high speed and accuracy. A light-weight gantry, on the other hand, can produce amazingly accurate results at high speeds.(Click on top two photos to enlarge them)
Buying a CNC plasma cutting machine is not as easy as running down to the hardware store and picking one up. Megan McNew of PlasmaCam helps answer these questions to make your buying decision easier and save you considerable time and expense.

Gouging with Plasma

Huge dump trucks and other heavy equipment are in constant demand in mining, moving hundreds of thousands of tons of material a day. Maintenance crews are constantly busy fixing one thing or another. Gouging out old welds is a necessary first step before the the actual work of repairing a truck bed or replacing a mold board liner on a track dozer can begin. In the past, crews would reach for carbon arc, but not anymore. Today they are using plasma to make better repairs in less time.
The switch to plasma wasn’t exactly planned, but more welders are now realizing the benefits of gouging with plasma. 

Finishing Touch: Integrated Plasma Cutting

The newest PC-based CNC machines can control every plasma cutting function, resulting in dramatically longer consumable life (more than 10X the life of early plasma) as well as extremely nice cut quality and faster cutting speeds.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
As the next natural progression in the evolution of mechanized plasma cutting, Jim Colt of Hypertherm explains how many shops are changing the roles of their programmers and the operators by switching to integrated CNC plasma cutting systems that draw more expertise from the CAM database to achieve cut consistency, increased productivity and lower cutting costs.

Corporate Profile: The Lincoln Electric Company

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An overview of the company and its organization, products, services and capabilities.


Plasma Cutters: Industry News

ESAB Website Features Enhanced Distributor Locator

This enhanced feature makes it easier than ever to locate and contact the nearest authorized ESAB distributor for sales or service support anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added an enhanced distributor locator to its North American websites. 

Victor Technologies Unveils Plasma Design Center

Victor Technologies chief executive officer, Martin Quinn, uses a Victor® Thermal Dynamics® plasma system to cut a copper ribbon, officially opening the company’s new Design Center.
Victor's move showcases commitment to plasma cutting technology innovation and the firm's branded plasma cutting systems. 

ESAB Is Proud Sponsor of Operation Fearless

Operation Fearless was established to rebuild/restore Brown’s first car, which Brown had dreamed of one day passing down to his son.
ESAB is proud to help sponsor Operation Fearless, the 1991 Ford Bronco build project underway at the RK Motors Performance Center to honor fallen Navy SEAL hero Adam Brown.


Plasma Cutters: Products

Integrated Robotic Plasma Cutting Cell 

The cutting cell automatically cuts I-beam and square tubing. Parts cut accurately with true bevel angles provide consistent weld grooves, which simplifies downstream assembly and weld operations. Speeding up the cut process and mitigating rework from cut errors means less interruptions and higher productivity.
This flexible robotic cutting cell from ESAB automatically cuts, copes  and cuts to length branch pipes, I-beam and square tubing and trunk pipes with or without bevel.

Smart Voltage Height Control System for Plasma Arc Cutting

The SVHC system uses the PB-MB-1 plasma torch station to integrate the arc-voltage sample and hold feature, pneumatically balanced tool-tip sensing, magnetic breakaway crash protection, and an encoder for accurate Z-axis position control.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
This new system from ESAB integrates arc voltage height control, Z-axis motion control, and complete plasma process control to lead the way to higher productivity and lowest overall cost-per-part.

FABTECH 2011: Welding (Part Two)

The RAZOR robotic tube cutting and profiling system from Vernon Tool is ideal for high-production tube and pipe fabricators in heavy fabrication, agricultural, construction, vehicle and tube frame manufacturing.
The Big Show exhibited the latest advancements in arc, gas, resistance and laser welding for diverse material joining applications, including sheet metal, pipes and tubes, jewelry, plastics and other exotic materials. Now our Show-in-Site brings some more of those welding systems and related equipment to you!