An industrial workshop is a very busy place. This is the environment where the parts needed by all kinds of businesses are fabricated on a daily basis. These businesses include manufacturing plants, ranches and farms, machinists’ shops, building and construction firms, and many others. Custom parts are also used extensively by auto garages and other places that work on cars and motorcycles. In short, there’s lots of work to be done every day. For this reason it’s vitally important that each workshop be stocked with all the tools and equipment they need to do their job.
Plasma tables, drills, and lathes are just a few of the items that a well-stocked industrial workshop will have within its walls. Work benches and tables of various heights, rotary and jig saws, presses, and computers with CAD software are some of the others that you are likely to find in a modern industrial shop. Let’s take a closer look at some of these items.
Lathes are machines that carve a piece of unfinished material into a precise shape. A lathe is typically horizontal though some vertical ones exist, too. A length of wood or metal is mounted on the lathe before the operator begins. A lathe may be “hands-on”, in which case the operator is directly involved in the shaping of the object. The operator uses sharp tools to carve down portions of the wood or metal. Because the material being carved is centered within the lathe, it is carved with perfect symmetry. Some lathes are run by computer. The shape that the material will be given is programmed and then run. The lathe does the carving while the operator stands by.
Drills may be used in two different ways. First, a drill may bore a hole into a piece of material such as wood, metal, ceramic, or even glass. Second, a drill can drive home screws and bolts into those prepared holes. Many of the drills used in professional workshop settings can do both even if the workshop typically uses only one of those functions. Depending on the drill bit selected, holes of various sizes can be made. Holes only a few millimeters across can be made with as much accuracy as ones several inches wide.
Plasma tables are some of the most interesting industrial tools. These tools use super hot plasma to cut sheet metal with a degree of precision unmatched by other devices. When turned on, an inert gas or compressed air is fed from a reservoir – such as a tank – through the nozzle. There the gas comes into contact with electricity which turns the gas into plasma. The heat of the plasma melts away the metal and the speed at which it exits the nozzle blows away the debris from the cutting path. Many modern plasma tables are operated by robots. This allows the operator to stand back and monitor the cutting from a distance. Like other computerized industrial tools, plasma tables can be programmed to perform a series of actions over and over again. Each cycle will produce parts that are exactly like every other.
Plasma tables and all the other mechanized tools inside an industrial workshop help provide today’s manufacturers with accurately made parts and a whole lot more. The next time you’re in one of these workshops, take a closer look at the drills, lathes, and tables you find there.