The use of plasma cutting became widespread in the metal cutting industry around the 80s though the technology has been around since the early 60s.
Today, we are seeing an increasing trend of in-house production processes using CNC plasma cutting systems, especially in the case of metal fabrication companies. Having a CNC cutting system in-house means the ability to customise the cutting of metal parts, reducing outsourcing expenses and the luxury of flexible production schedules. Custom metal fabricators are discovering the advantages of owning a plasma cutting system which are now more affordable than before.
How Does the Plasma Cutter Table Work?
The CNC plasma cutter is attached to a table that is hooked up to a computer running sophisticated but easy to use CNC software. You can programme the computer as per the required cutting application and the computer then issues commands to the cutter automatically. The result? Clean, customized cuts at faster speeds, which result in faster production and in turn benefits for the business.
Industries Using CNC Plasma Cutting Systems
CNC plasma cutting is very widely used in the HVAC industry. Plasma cutting enables HVAC businesses to produce precise cuts in the duct work according to required specifications. The rapid replication of parts by means of plasma cutting helps to meet the requirements for bigger projects.
Transportation and Automotive Industry
Be it a tractor repair business or a custom auto body shop, there is a vital need to cut custom metal parts in the transportation and automotive sector. Owning an in-house CNC plasma cutting system can make the designing and customising of these automotive parts very simple and easy for fabricators and workshops.
Metal Art and Custom Displays
CNC plasma cutting has become very popular in metal art as they provide the flexibility to design and create CAD drawings that can be cut from sheet metal. This saves metal artists the laborious task of cutting by hand to get precise results.
In the recent years, companies have discovered many ways and means of creating innovative metal signage’s for several businesses using CNC plasma technology. Today CNC plasma cutting is being used widely by custom display companies for producing decorative metalwork including wall art, outdoor garden art, commercial and residential signage or retail merchandising displays.
CNC plasma cutting technology is seeing widespread usage in the energy sector. They are being used to fabricate various components used in the industry including electrical boxes for coal mining, natural gas filters, filter separators, brackets for electrical switches, etc.
Construction and Maintenance
CNC plasma cutting has an extensive range of uses in the construction industry, be it cutting parts for fencing, brackets or base plates, the usage of plasma cutting is quite widespread. Big or small, plasma cutters are being used by construction projects in many ways to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of businesses.
As we have seen, many specialized industries are just discovering how productive it can be to own an in-house plasma cutting system to meet all their metal cutting and fabrication needs.