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Plasma cutting is a process that is offered at many different machining facilities. It costs more than other methods of cutting steel and other materials, but there are many different advantages that it provides. Take a look at the three main advantages of the plasma cutting process and see if investing in the tools would be right for your steel services company.
1. Easy to Use
The operator training for plasma cutting is very low, low enough so that even people who do-it-yourselfers can learn how to operate a hand-held plasma cutter. This is important because it reveals the fact that you will not have to pay a great deal of money in order to train any of your technicians. This will reduce the cost that you will need to pay in order to get the plasma cutting process fully operational. It will also help ensure that your technicians are not hurt by the plasma cutter.
2. Increases Production
One of the main characteristics of using the plasma cutting process to cut steel is that it will allow you to process more steel in an hour than if you were using other methods such as laser cutting. They tend to be very efficient, able to cut up to 20 meters per minute. This is a very important advantage because it will allow you to increase the number of order that you are able to take, reduce the amount of time that you need to pay people to complete the orders, and subsequently increase the amount of money that you make from each order. Using a plasma cutter has the potential to significantly increase your profits.
3. Able to Cut Many Different Widths
Finally, there are limits to the width of steel that lasers can cut. Plasma cutters are able to cut steel up to 80 mm in thickness efficiently whereas the laser cutting process is most effective for steel that has a width up to 10 mm. You want to make sure that you have both types of cutting processes on hand so that you can complete any project, but it is doubly important to be able to cut very large widths, since companies are often willing to pay top dollar to have their thick steel cut.
For more information about the advantages of purchasing the equipment to implement the plasma cutting process, contact another machine shop that has the technology. They will be able to give you an estimate of how much you will spend, as well as any advantages that they have gained from getting the devices.