Applications of Plasma Cutting Technique

  • Over time, the industrial environment of the South African manufacturing and production companies have become more streamlined and accurate, with an increasing emphasis on “in-house” professionals. Especially in the metal fabrication industry, it is a cost-effective method which is aimed at increased efficiency and as a result increased productivity. Nowadays, the use of plasma cutting services is in demand, especially around the heavily industrialised districts of Gauteng and Jo-Berg. South African companies are finding out the benefits that efficient plasma cutting services can deliver. They are used in a wide variety of applications across several industries. In this article, we will discuss the various applications of plasma cutting services in Gauteng. (Information Credit: http://www.plasmacut.co.za/services)

     

    1. Materials involved: The emergence of plasma cutting equipment can be traced back decades ago when manufacturers needed cutting of specific materials which were not possible to be processed by using the technology available at the time. Materials such as aluminium, copper, or any high-alloyed steel, could now be easily handled by plasma cutting, because of their superior cutting speeds and pronounced accuracy. Plasma cutting can also be used for cutting all conductive materials, making it a truly versatile cutting procedure.

     

    2. Area of Use: Since plasma is a thermally high heated, electrically conductive gas, the neutral atoms dissolve into electrons and ions when ionisation energy is added. In other words, this makes them capable of operating even at very high temperatures or in strong electric fields.  This makes it an ideal candidate for several plasma applications besides the conventional dry plasma cutting techniques. Some other process variants are:

     

    • Underwater Plasma Cutting
    • Silent Cut
    • Plasma Marking
    • Hi-Focus Neo
    • Contour Cut Plasma Cutting

     

    3. Cutting Applications: Because plasma cutting allows products to be processed with a high degree of accuracy, it is used in a variety of applications, in both 2D and 3D cutting tasks. Some examples include:

     

    • Bevel Cutting: Bevel Cuts demand superior cutting techniques and plasma cutting services accomplish this with precision.
    • Cutting of Gratings: Plasma cutting is useful for cutting interrupted structures and insulating materials.
    • Hole Cutting: Plasma Cutting is used extensively in various applications of hole cutting.
    • Plasma Gouging: Gouging, a method where electrically conductive materials are removed, can be done using plasma cutting techniques.

     

    4. Industrial Applications: Modern plasma cutting systems are capable of performing a variety of applications, making them suitable for a plethora of manufacturing industries.

     

    • HVAC: Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, known together as HVAC comprise of several delicate yet small components, which require effective processing according to specifications.
    • Metal Art: Sculpting art using metal requires artists to produce delicate and intricate designs, perfectly replicating what they have developed on their CAD sheets. Plasma cutting results in a drastic reduction of labour, as the need for hand cutting labour intensive processes is removed.
    • Automobile: The automobile industry has extensively used plasma cutting techniques for an extended period. It is used mainly in vehicular outfitting as well as customisation.

     

    The benefits of plasma cutting cannot be undermined in the present industrial landscape. As more and more manufacturing industries are moving towards precision and cost-cutting, plasma cutting services are growing exponentially in popularity.