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Optimizing the use of plasma cutting consumables

Guest post by Jim Colt Today more than ever, the busy fabricating shop spends a fair amount of effort improving shop floor efficiency. When this involves a busy CNC plasma cutting operation, the focus is always on getting more and higher quality parts off the cutting table for each and every shift. Behind the scenes, […] Read more

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Then and now

How much has technology changed over the years? Take a look. Here we show you three different comparisons. First up, our MAX40 first introduced in 1986 (nearly 30 years ago!) vs. our Powermax30 XP, introduced last year. Fast forward two years to 1988. This is the year we introduced our MAX100, a state-of-the-art, cutting edge […] Read more

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Plasma cutting mobility

We thought we’d start a list of some jobs that require plasma cutting outside of the shop or in the field somewhere. Dismantling, Scrapping Agriculture maintenance Commercial building construction Pipeline construction Pipeline maintenance and repair Disaster recovery Highway / Bridge repair, construction Accident recovery Automotive parts salvage Any others?

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The advantages of laser cutting

Lasers are known for fast cut speeds and excellent cut quality on thin (gauge to 1/2″) metal. The disadvantage is the initial purchase price. Laser systems are expensive, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. When talking about lasers, there are two main categories: gas (CO2) and solid state (such as disc and fiber.) Of the […] Read more

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When should you use waterjet

Waterjet is the ideal process for a lot of jobs. It can cut nearly any material no matter the thickness and provides excellent cut quality with no heat affected zone. This makes waterjet a great choice for businesses needing to cut material like rubber, stone, and even metal. Here are some examples of when you […] Read more


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