Five Benefits of Plasma Cutting

Posted by Boyd Metals on June 16, 2016

The recent advances in plasma cutting technology are changing the impact that plasma can have on your bottom line. High definition plasma cutting now offers high-quality cuts at faster speeds and can help shop owners reduce costs associated with overtime and defects.

Some benefits of plasma cutting are:

Increased Cutting Speeds

Plasma cutting, when used on metal up to 2” thick, is capable of speeds twice as fast as cutting by oxyfuel. The thinner the metal the better the speed benefits. Thinner metals allow for cutting speeds that are up to 12+ times faster than oxyfuel. Cutting more parts in less time translates directly to improved operations and increased productivity.

Diminished Dross

If cuts are made using Oxyfuel, a consolidated dross (oxide slag) is created by the chemical reactions between the steel and oxygen. This material adheres to cuts and always requires chiseling or grinding to be removed. In contrast, high definition plasma cutting employs electrically charged high-temp gas which melts metal and blows the molten metal away from the cut. Since minimal dross is created and the process itself removes excess metal, chiseling or grinding is typically not necessary.

Raised Inside Piercing Speed

Many cutting applications require inside piercing. When you use oxyfuel to pierce a ½”  thick piece of steel, the process may take more than half a minute because metal demands preheating to about 1830 degrees Fahrenheit (1000ºC). Alternately, high definition plasma pierces the same ½”  metal piece in two seconds, which significantly increases your shop's productivity rates.

Eliminated Plate Warping

High definition plasma technology's fast cutting speeds dramatically reduce the amount of heat that is transferred to the material. Using high definition plasma cutting avoids plate warping of thin (18 gauge to ¼”) materials – a problem commonly affecting materials that are cut more slowly by oxyfuel.

Expanded Versatility

Plasma cutting technology utilizes an electric arc process capable of cutting any electrically conductive material. Stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and all non-ferrous materials are included in this list. Because of this, plasma can cut a stack of multiple plates with ease. You can't do this with oxyfuel.

If you're not looking to invest in plasma cutting equipment just yet, let us handle your plasma cutting needs instead. At Boyd Metals, it is one of the many routine processing services we provide. We deliver exactly what you need – exactly when you need it. Our team is here to provide your first-step metal processing and in-house priming services.

Purchasing plasma cutting machinery and training an operator to abide by OSHA safety guidelines could take a large chunk of your budget. Fortunately, your business can enjoy high-cut quality, swift and efficient cut speeds, reduced rework and increased productivity by outsourcing your plasma cutting needs to Boyd Metals. Call us today to learn more about the advantages and the affordability of plasma cutting technology.

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