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Using Computerized Plasma Cutters in Steel Fabrication

Industrial fabricating shops are responsible for creating individual orders for a variety of different companies. In order to create parts, signage, and other components, these shops use machines that can be specifically programmed to cut parts to the exact dimensions needed. Computerized plasma cutters provide the necessary accuracy, and power, to fill these orders quickly, and accurately.

The Process of Plasma Cutting

Computerized plasma cutters specialize in cutting through metal sheet, according to pre-programmed patterns. These patterns can be changed, and reused as necessary, for repeat /bulk orders. Once programmed, the machine cuts the design out of the source metal using superheated gas-based plasma. At a rate of up to three-hundred-inches per minute, the new piece is cut, and made ready for the next stage of assembly.

Benefits of Plasma Cutting

Computerized plasma cutting is a flexible way to serve a variety of industrial needs with a single machine. The software used to design, and cut, metal pieces enables machine operators to alter the initial patterns to create a more-accurate cut on the metal. When it is time to cut the metal, Xycorp Inc. machines are capable of cutting through up to two-and-a-half inches of steel, without stopping. Our machines can give you a more exact cut of metal without requiring any extra alterations.

Even though the metal has been cut quickly, the piece’s final quality will not suffer. Modern plasma-cutting prevents impurities from accumulating on the metal. This ensures a clean finished product, with minimal extra-finishing services required.

Long-Lasting Machinery

Unlike other equipment, computerized plasma cutters are built by with longevity in mind to ensure they will not break, or be damaged by frequent use. At Xycorp Inc., we build sturdy plasma tables, designed to withstand repeated high-production and high-temperature usage. Computer systems can be upgraded, and customized, to use patterns suited to a variety of different industrial needs. If a component breaks, technicians can do remote online troubleshooting, so you can continue to fill your orders.

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Computerized numerically controlled (CNC) machines are responsible for making metal parts accurately and quickly. In order to keep your shop’s equipment up-to-date, look for a CNC plasma table. Xycorp has the perfect CNC plasma table for sale, and it can be a great alternative to other, more expensive CNC cutting devices.

How Plasma Cutting Works

Using a customized program, based on Cartesian graphing, you can input an order’s exact measurements into the machine’s computer before cutting into the metal sheet. Once the design has been finalized, the machine will convert gas into plasma, cutting the steel to your exact specifications. At Xycorp, Inc., we offer plasma tables capable of cutting steel at up to three hundred inches per minute, capable finishing your custom piece in a matter of minutes, depending on its dimensions.

Advantages of Plasma Cutting

Plasma tables cut more quickly, and efficiently, than traditional laser cutters. With only a small amount of training, anyone can create high-quality industrial pieces. The computer modules run an embedded Windows-based software, that allows for better control of the final product’s dimensions and design. Also, our plasma cutter has superior motion-control features that reduce the risk for errors. Patterns can be saved, and reused for repeat customers, and can be adjusted to decrease blemishes/impurities in the final product. This will create a better quality product, in a shorter amount of time.

Plasma cutting technology can be adjusted based on the thickness of the metal. Whether cutting through aluminum plate, or up to two inches of stainless steel, the super-heated gas creates an accurate model of your piece in a short amount of time.

At Xycorp, Inc., we offer several variants of our CNC plasma table for sale, and support for existing plasma cutting machines. If your machine requires repairs or upgrades, it can easily be fixed, or altered, by a technician. The computer’s software can be upgraded to use a variety of additional programs. These updates can be performed in house, or by any experienced technician.

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It is certainly no secret that today’s businesses are looking to make every dollar stretch. They are also looking to get the best efforts from their employees. When it is time for companies to look for a new CNC plasma cutting machine, we at Xycorp advise they consider machine with cutting quality, versatility and durability. It is a capital decision, and one that should be made wisely.

Buying the Right CNC Plasma Cutting Machine

The buying decision will affect a company’s bottom line for years to come. Companies in the market looking to buy a CNC plasma cutting machine should ask the following.

  1. How durable is the machine? For heavy-duty cutting, a fully-welded design is crucial for proving the stable platform required of high-precision cutting. It makes no sense to cut corners and buy a plasma machine that will only have to be replaced in a few years.
  2. Is the machine accurate from part to part? Again, this is a critical element. Inaccurate cuts have to be made again. This results in a loss of time and money.
  3. Can the cutting machine handle today’s complex and precise cutting needs? It must. It must also be adaptable for additional software capability and upgrades. Versatility is the key that allows a machine to grow with your business.
  4. Can the machine cut fast? The plasma cutting machine needs to cut fast and accurate. Otherwise, profits will disappear down the drain. There must be substantial gains in productivity as a result of software that is easy to use and compatibility with the nesting software.
  5. Does the manufacturer or distributor provide exceptional customer service? Customer service is critical. Businesses need to know that questions will be answered and that downtime will be kept to a minimum when repairs are needed.

Customer Service

This is a full, not partial, commitment to customer service. Your machine’s design, construction, and maintenance contract have a direct bearing on profit. Therefore, the machine must have customer support for the lifetime of the machine. Downtime is unacceptable in an industry that never sleeps. Consider the XCS 3000 Series that we offer at XCS Plasma. It is an investment that will allow you to realize a robust return on investment.

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