Industrial Cutting Machinery
Posted on: 8th January 2019
In the UK manufacturing industry there are several different high quality cutting machines used to cut everything from metal, stones, plastics.
Each material has an optimal cutting machine and understanding how these machines operate can help you determine the right machine for your needs.
Here are three of the most popular industrial cutting machines and their typical uses.
Plasma Cutting Machines
Plasma cutting machines are an effective means of precisely cutting thin and thick materials. If you have a need to cut through electrically conductive materials, these specialised cutters use an accelerated jet of hot plasma in the form of a plasma torch, to get the job done. The typical materials that plasma arc cutters excel at cutting are steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, copper, and other conductive metals.
Plasma cutting machines are common in many industries, steel fabrication, sheet metal work, structural steelwork. Plasma cutters are high speed cutting machines, providing precision cuts with quality often to rival Fiber Laser, they are also often a lower cost cutting option to Fiber laser. The result is that they are widespread in large metalworking workshops, combined with low cost, plasma cutting see’s widespread use from large-scale steel fabrication workshops too small 2 or 3 man metalworking businesses.
Waterjet Cutting Machines
One of the most widely used types of cutting machines is the Waterjet. These precision cutters use a high pressure stream of water that has added abrasive materials to cut through materials. The speed of the water actually creates friction and heat and is ideal for a number of materials that require cutting. Perfect choices for a plastics, composites, tile, stone, foam, leather, composites, soft metals,
Fiber Laser Cutting Machines
The use of Laser cutting machines has steadily grown for the past 40 years. This industry is now mature with many types of Laser cutting machines utilised across many industries. There are a large variety of types and intensity of lasers available, and they all work under the same principals.
Each machine uses a focused beam of computer controlled light to melt, burn, or vaporise material instantly. Laser cutting machines are very highly regarded because they create fast, precise, cutting and high-quality surface finishes.
Fiber laser cutting machines are newer types of laser cutters and have quickly gained in popularity with many different types of manufacturing companies, because these machines offer lower maintenance costs when compared to the older CO2 generation of Laser cutters.
Fiber Laser cutting machines are manufactures for certain types of cutting. They are ideal for cutting non-reflective materials, such as steel sheet & plate. They have increased in power and are now available up to 12Kw and can often be allied with a 24 x 7 pallet loading system, or a ‘RADIAL’ loading system for cutting larger and thicker metal sheets.
Many large manufacturers have each of these different machines in operation for different types of cutting.