Four Benefits of Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is the cutting through electrically conductive materials and is widely used in many industries.

FREMONT, CA: The recent innovations in plasma cutting technology are altering the impact that plasma can have on the bottom line. High-definition plasma cutting now provides high-quality cuts at quicker speeds and can help shop owners mitigate costs associated with overtime and defects. Plasma cutting is a high-tech cutting manner that leverages an ionized, focused jet of gas to slice through thin sheet metal. Here are the advantages of plasma cutting technology.

• Increased Cutting Speeds

When leveraged on metal up to 2 inches thick, plasma cutting is capable of speeds twice as fast as cutting by Oxyfuel. The thinner the metal improved the speed advantages. Thinner metals enable cutting speeds that are up to 12+ times quicker than Oxyfuel. Cutting many parts in less time translates directly to enhanced operations and increased productivity.

• Diminished Dross

If cuts are made harnessing Oxyfuel, consolidated trash is created by the chemical reactions between the steel and oxygen. This material adheres to cuts and needs chiseling or grinding to be removed. In contrast, high definition plasma cutting deploys electrically charged high-temp gas, which melts metal and blows the molten metal away from the cut. Since minimal dross is created and the operation itself removes excess metal, chiseling is usually not necessary.

• Raised Inside Piercing Speed

Several cutting applications need inside piercing. When Oxyfuel pierces a half-inch thick piece of steel, the procedure may take more than half a minute because metal requires preheating to about 1830 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternately, high-definition plasma pierces the same half-inch metal piece in two seconds, which significantly raises the shop's productivity rates.

• Eliminated Plate Warping

High definition plasma technology's fast cutting speeds significantly mitigate the amount of heat transferred to the material. Leveraging high definition plasma cutting avoids plate warping of thin, 18 gauge to ¼ inch materials – an issue commonly impacting materials that are cut more slowly by Oxyfuel.

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