CNC plasma cutting machines are used for a wide variety of applications and are a critical tool in the industrial metal fabrication industry. The industrial metal fabrication industry is an umbrella term for a wide array of different businesses and services. One common characteristic in the industrial metal fabrication industry is that most businesses produce hundreds or even thousands of parts, components or materials that are then used by a wide variety of manufacturers. Industrial metal fabrication industry businesses include aerospace, automotive, commercial construction, residential construction, technology, mining, energy, general industrial, and more.
The industrial metal fabrication industry literally keeps our country running. There are many different ways to fabricate metal including forging, welding, machining, burning, cutting and more. Industrial metal fabrication has been around for centuries and it is not going anywhere. But, as The Fabricator points out, the need for fabricating diversity is growing, “The industry is learning to balance capacity with variability and find new ways to build support for the inherent variability of customer demands that are driven by an ever-changing economy. As machinery becomes more sophisticated, the ability to maintain a constant level of capital and profit is improving. Although forecasting can be difficult in a business dependent on the economic fortune of its customers, the general consensus remains that those who can keep up with rapidly changing demands while still maintaining a high output capacity will elbow into a position of maximized profits.”
As the need for diversity and efficiency continue to increase, CNC plasma cutting systems can facilitate cutting efficiency and diversity. CNC plasma cutting systems today are incredibly sophisticated. Because of the ability to automate the cutting process, far more cuts can be achieved in a short amount of time. Further, with nesting software, you can maximize your materials and minimize waste. This allows businesses in the industrial metal fabrication sector to not only produce more cuts more quickly, but they can produce a wide array of cuts on a variety of metals to meet customer needs and industry demand. The Fabricator provides a helpful example of how CNC plasma cutters are transforming the shipbuilding industry by maximizing cut ability and improving efficiency, “The company could handle plasma cutting of straight-line cuts and simple geometries with its hand-held torches and track burners, but it didn’t have the means to handle plasma cutting of complex geometries, such as anything with a curved shape. “You end up running into a lot of those on ships,” said Mike Satanek, GLS senior project engineer. Once the table was up and running, all the benefits of having in-house CNC plasma cutting capabilities soon emerged. For example, GLS eliminated potential delays related to the cutting of complex shapes. Satanek said fitters now come off a ship with a cardboard cutout and present it to him so that he can program the cut on the plasma table. The cutting pattern can be drawn quickly in the machine’s programming software and burned on the table in a matter of minutes. The fitter saves the time that previously was required to cut using manual burning tools, which often led to several rounds of trial and error.”