HYPERTHERM HAS YOUR HOBBY PLASMA CUTTER!

Looking for a handheld plasma cutter for your garage or shop? Hypertherm has you covered. Let’s take a look at the Hypertherm Powermax 30 Air.

Don’t let its size fool you, the Powermax 30 Air delivers big performance. This small air plasma cutter — the smallest, lightest handheld plasma cutter in its class — includes its own built-in air compressor. That’s right, it’s a small plasma cutter with a built-in compressor so you can use the Powermax30 AIR anywhere there’s single-phase power. Just plug it in, attach the work clamp and you’re ready to cut. It’s even dual-voltage. It comes with an adaptor so you can plug it into a 120 V or 240 V power source. Regardless of which power input (120 V or 240 V) you choose, We think you’ll agree the Powermax30 AIR is the best plasma cutter with built-in compressor available today.

It’s easy to set up and operate.

The built in compressor eliminates the need for an external compressor and filter. It also plugs into 120 or 240 V power.

Superior performance in a compact package

Exceptional versatility

What you get

See it in action!

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WHAT IS 4C® LENS TECHNOLOGY?

Lincoln Electric’s proprietary liquid crystal display (LCD) enhances the visible color spectrum of the display. Unlike traditional auto-darkening filters, 4C lens technology broadens the color range & hues which can be seen in both light and dark states. This eliminates imperfections and color saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc & puddle, while reducing eye strain 4C technology is ideal for a range of industries such as general fabrication, power generation, shipbuilding, structural, offshore and pipeline that use multiple welding processes, including Stick, MIG and TIG. Whatever the task at hand, 4C technology gives you a clear view to productivity and quality.

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4C™ Lens Technology

The new 4C ADF Technology improves the performance of the lens in the 4 most important categories to the welder.

WHAT ARE THE 4C’S?

Color Broadens the color range & hues which can be seen in both light and dark states. This eliminates imperfections and color saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc & puddle while reducing eye strain.

Clarity

All VIKING® welding helmets feature the highest optical clarity in the industry. This rating is determined by measuring blurriness, distortion, shade consistency and angle uniformity of the auto-darkening welding lens.

Carat

The weight of the 4C® auto-darkening lenses were reduced which improves balance and reduces neck strain to provide all day comfort.

Cut

The propriety technology improves clarity and shade consistency in out of position welding applications

The 4C Lens Technology upgrade to Lincoln Electric’s VIKING® welding helmets – including the 1840 series, 2450 series and 3350 series – improves visibility and reduces eye strain by minimizing the traditional lime green coloring in the helmet view screen.

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GET TO KNOW THE LINCOLN ELECTRIC POWER MIG® 210

Power MIG 210MP is a multi-process, wire feeding welder. Flux Cored, MIG, TIG, Stick processes.

VERSATILE, RUGGED, SIMPLE TO USE.

The POWER MIG® 210 MP® power supply is a multi-process welder for the hobbyist, educator or small contractor who wants to do MIG welding and a lot more, including stick, TIG and flux-cored welding. The push-and-turn digital controls and color display screen make setup and operation intuitive and easy, while the all-metal wire drive and sturdy sheet-metal construction make it rugged and ready for any job in the home or small shop. The POWER MIG® 210 MP® power supply is the ideal MIG machine for the welding novice, with plenty of room to grow as you gain more experience.

ONE POWERFUL MACHINE

Take it Everywhere, Plug in Anywhere.

Ready. Set. Weld®.

210 Amps: The power to tackle any job

*Spool gun required (sold separately).

Features

Here’s What You Get!

Power MIG 210MP is a multi-process, wire feeding welder. Flux Cored, MIG, TIG, Stick processes.

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GET TO KNOW THE LINCOLN ELECTRIC SQUARE WAVE® TIG 200 TIG WELDER

SIMPLICITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE

Square Wave TIG 200, Compact Inverter TIG Welder

The Square Wave® TIG 200 is a portable TIG and stick welding machine that lets hobbyists, makers, small fabricators and craftsmen explore their creativity.
It is designed to help expand your welding expertise. As your skills and confidence grow, you can take advantage of the Square Wave TIG 200’s additional functionality. No matter your skill level, you won’t be disappointed.

The Square Wave TIG 200 provides smooth and stable AC TIG welding on aluminum and DC TIG welding on steel, stainless steel and chrome-moly.
A user-friendly interface enables the operators to set it, forget it and weld.

ADVANCED FEATURES YET EASY TO USE

The user interface makes machine setup easy. Available features, such as Pulse, which provides a drumbeat-like rhythm for filler metal deposition, make you become a better TIG welder – faster.

Here’s What You Get!

Square Wave TIG 200, Compact Inverter TIG Welder

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GET TO KNOW THE LINCOLN ELECTRIC SP-140T® WIRE FEEDER WELDER

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SUPERIOR ARC PERFORMANCE

Forgiving arc and simple tapped voltage control make dialing in your application easy. Smooth arc starts with minimal spatter. Wide 30-140 amp welding output range.

PRECISE WIRE DRIVE

Precision full adjustment drive system reduces chance of wire tangling and crushing. Brass-to-Brass gun connections for enhanced conductivity.

NO HASSLE TOOL-LESS DESIGN

Hassle-free wire spool mounting, wire drive service and polarity changes.

SPOOL GUN CAPABLE

Add the economical Magnum® PRO 100SG spool gun for enhanced aluminum wire feeding performance.

SP-140T WELDING CAPABILITIES

Here’s What You Get!

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Upgrading to New Welders

Is it time to upgrade that old faithful welder you bought at an auction over a decade ago? Every company has that piece of equipment they don’t want to get rid of for a multitude of reasons. These reasons could be sentimental, it is an employee’s favorite, fear of change, false belief of cost savings or almost anything else. Let’s take a dive in and see if it’s time to finally pull the trigger and upgrade your tools.

An often overlooked reason to upgrade is reflected in power savings. Let’s use a few Lincoln machines and calculate the power savings of a traditional transformer machine vs. a newer inverter machine. In the chart below, a calculation was done for one production shift of power savings with a new Lincoln Electric inverter style machine (Powerwave S500) and an older Lincoln Electric transformer style machine (CV-400).

When the $4.95 per shift is multiplied out to a full year (estimated 260 working days) this equates to $1,287 per year. When multiplied by 3 shifts that grows to $3,861 cost savings per year.

In addition, many electrical companies will provide discounted rates or rebates for companies who convert to equipment that requires less power draw. If you are switching to newer, more efficient machines this would be a great option to explore.

After power savings comes weld quality. Welds that used to be difficult or even impossible may now be very feasible to do. Each manufacturer has their own terminology, but from a high level the general ideas are similar. The benefits of newer equipment include better gap filling, higher deposition rates, more aesthetically pleasing welds (prettier welds), decreased porosity, capabilities to weld exotic materials, different transfer modes to help when welding out of position, and constant penetration. These can be broken down even further. For instance, high deposition rates mean more weld metal gets put down in a given amount of time. It also means that less overall heat goes into the base metal and this helps to minimize distortion.

The advanced waveforms make the welding easier so less technical operators are required. All welding requires someone who understands the welding process to dial in the parameters. However, once the new machines are dialed in, they weld a wide range of thicknesses using the synergic setting. Now the operator is only turning one knob and the machine compensates for the rest. Existing programs can even be saved so that it takes the guesswork completely out of a parameter adjustment. If applicable, the welder can even record the real weld data to save and refer back to in the future.

The size and weight of welders have decreased significantly with technology. Older machines, like the CV-400 weigh in at 383 pounds. The inverter based Powerwave S500 is capable of 25% more output but only weighs 68 pounds. This creates less strain on operators who move their equipment around. It also saves valuable floor space because the footprint of the machine is significantly smaller.

A final tick against the older machines is repair parts. As product lines become older they are no longer supported by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). If and when the older equipment breaks down, being able to quickly get the machine repaired and back into production becomes difficult.

If you would like to learn more about new welding equipment, reach out to Arc Solutions, Inc. We have technical sales employees who are happy to help educate you on the pros and cons of major industrial welding brands. We will also provide you with a quote to replace your equipment if desired. If you have a welder that needs service work, our team of authorized service technicians will get your machine fixed and back on your floor ASAP. We motor freight equipment around the United States and put a huge focus on customer service!

Feel free to reach out to us at any time! You can reach us by emailing office@arcsolinc.com or by phone at 419-542-9272.

Increasing Existing Robot Efficiency

Introduction

Manufacturing facilities spend enormous amounts of money on automation. The reason for investing in the equipment is typically to produce more goods with the same number of resources. Those resources include personnel/workers, time, floor space, etc. If a company can increase the amount of product they produce while still in the same building and with the same number of employees, they will generate more profit. For decades, robots have been implemented into manufacturing facilities to increase efficiencies. The next step is increasing the efficiencies of the robots. Companies who lower the cycle time per part push more parts out the door while maintaining the same overhead costs. This article begins with the physiological effects of robots on employees and ends with some ideas to increase robot speeds and decrease cycle times. Robotic cycle times are measured by timing how long it takes to load a part, have the work done to it (i.e. welded), and then get it unloaded. With factories who run tens of thousands of parts a year, a few tenths of a second per part add up to be significant. Let’s do a calculation to show just how significant a few tenths of a second can be. Imagine the cycle time for a part is 60 seconds (1min). If a factory works 8 hours a day with a 30-minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks, that leaves 7 hours left for work. Many robotic cells are installed with an assumed 85% uptime. This means 15% of the time the cell is down for maintenance, fixture change out, unplanned downtime, staffing shortages etc. Seven hours multiplied by .85 equals 5.95 hours of planned production time per day. 5.95 hours X 60 minutes per hour X 60 seconds per minute equates to 21,420 seconds. If the cycle time of a part is 60 seconds, then 21,420/60 means that 357 parts per day can be completed. There is no magical wand for saying how much efficiency your specific company could pick up. In some plants maybe all of this has already been done. In others maybe you can save 20% on cycle time with just the click of a few buttons. No matter the case, even a 2% decrease in cycle time saves 1.2 seconds on this part (60 seconds X .02) which allows the operator to produce 364 parts per shift (21,420/58.8). The increase from 357 to 364 parts per hour are essentially “free” parts because the labor and overhead were already going to be there anyway. If you’re not interested in numbers like those you wouldn’t have made it this far into the article. Let’s jump right in and make our automation work for us.

The physiology of automation

Before we can save cycle time we need to understand that automation can be demoralizing to workers. At the same time, it can make our jobs and lives much easier when used properly. The demoralizing side of automation is when the robot works faster than the operator can even dream of operating. In a perfect world, the operator should have 1-minute worth of work while the robot is doing 1-minute worth of work. Without even knowing it, an operator will make a game out of beating the robot and getting a “win” each time the cycle finishes. The opposite happens if the operator has 3 minutes’ worth of work to the robots 1 minute of work. In this case the operator has no incentive to work faster because no matter what they do the robot will still beat them. Factories have seen increased production rates by actually slowing their equipment down to match operator speeds. The remainder of this article is for the opposite problem and is focused on speeding up the robot so that the operator isn’t wasting time waiting for the robot.

Know your parts

Before changing anything in the program, first double check that the robot isn’t taught a weird path or a slower speed on purpose. Sometimes there are engineering reasons for certain programs, and it is important to understand these before modifying programs. Speak with the appropriate parties such as engineers or robotic programmers who originally wrote the program.

Speed up the air moves


The first and easiest thing to check for speeding up your robot is the air move speed. Robots typically measure this in a percentage with 100% being top speed for air moves.

Adjust the part clearance spacing

Robots go to the exact same spot and follow the exact path every time. With this in mind, move the air move points closer to the fixtures, clamps, etc. If the robot makes a weld, then moves over an obstacle, and makes another weld there is no reason to have the robot go higher than necessary. By dry running the program (running it with the weld turned off) watch and see where there is wasted movement. If the torch goes 8” up and over the fixture adjust it to 2” above. That saves 6 inches of air move time up and 6 additional inches of air move time back down. Small changes like this can make a big difference in the overall program.

Modify the Order of Welds

The quickest way to get somewhere is in a straight line. Use this theory for robotic programming as well. Have your program start on one side of the part and work towards the opposite side. A robot bouncing all around the part is wasted air move time. However, be careful with this one. Sometimes programs are written in special ways to help balance the heat input into the part. If you are working with a complex assembly, watch out when modifying the order of welds because it may affect the tolerances of the final part.

Knowing your move types

Robots typically have the option of linear moves, circular moves, or joint moves. A linear move goes in a straight line from point to point. These should be used when welding because it will make for a nice straight weld. Circular moves are used far less often but are implemented when welding an arc or circle. Joint moves are most common for air move applications. They do not necessarily move in a straight line but instead get the robot point to point in the fastest possible way. Joint moves should be used anytime the robot is moving in free space and its programmed path is not critical.

Path Smoothing

Path smoothing is a software setting that allows the robot to round off corners when applicable. The smoothing action has different names for different manufacturers, but it all accomplishes the same task. When smoothing is off or low the robot goes to the exact point that is programmed, stops for a split second, then to the next and the next. With smoothing turned on the robot rounds off the corners to save time and prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Path smoothing is commonly configured on a 1-5 scale. Welds should have the smoothing turned off because the robot needs to go to the exact point, whereas air moves are a great place to use path smoothing.

Adjust Pre and Post Flow

Preflow is the amount of time the shield gas flows before the weld begins. Post flow is the amount of time the gas is on after the weld is complete. Pre and post flows are both important for weld quality, but longer than necessary means wasted gas and wasted time. Remember that higher amperage welds require a longer postflow to protect the weld while it is still solidifying.

Change the weld position

Different weld positions have different benefits. For instance, welds made in the flat position have the best penetration whereas welds in the vertical down position have the quickest travel speeds. Sometimes a hybrid solution can be used as well. Even a 15-degree downslope will make a huge travel speed difference because gravity is helping to pull that weld down. Welds that are purely cosmetic or for sealing purposes are welded downhill all over the country to help speed up production rates. If the weld is considered structural make sure to do the proper weld verification testing after making any adjustments. Always refer to documentation like a WPS (Weld Procedure Specification) when applicable as well.

Invest in new technology

Cobots are new to the welding market. Cobot is a term that means collaborative robot. These machines work side by side with human operators. Customers of ours have found that even though the cobots have slower air move speeds, the overall production is increased compared to a traditional welding robot. The reason for this is that all the safety lockouts have been avoided via power force limiting and force sensors. Now the operator works directly with the robot and is no longer waiting for doors to open or avoiding light curtains. Some operators use a “loop” function as well. The loop function keeps the program running time after time so the operator is no longer even required to press the start button. When the operator needs the robot to stop, they just tap on the arm and the collaborative software brings everything to a stop until the program is restarted. Technology in welding power sources has improved travel speeds as well. New software technologies improve gap filling capabilities, offer improved travel speeds, decrease required rework, and have low spatter modes that decrease clean up time and save on consumable items like grinding wheels. If you’re running older equipment it may be time to discuss options for increased production and quality! 

Should you find yourself needing professional help with robotic programming, program modification, or consultation, reach out to Arc Solutions, Inc. today! We are an authorized service center and distributor of many trusted industrial brands. We have an automation team and engineering staff at your service. Reach us at 419-542-9272 or office@arcsolinc.com

Cost Justification for a Welding Cobot (or Robot)

When making an investment into automation, it is important to calculate your Return On Investment (ROI). The term ROI is a fancy way of saying how long it will take until this equipment makes me more money than it cost me. ROI can be calculated many ways and must meet different requirements for different companies, but below is a good start to cost justifying your purchase.

The first and easiest thing to calculate are direct cost savings. Direct costs are costs that can actually have a dollar value put on them. Purchasing agents love direct cost savings because they look great on paper. The most expensive direct cost in most welding jobs is labor: their hourly wage and the overhead associated with each worker. The overhead includes cost like bonuses, vacation time, holiday pay, sick days, insurance, HR cost, etc. The typical labor and overhead cost is three times the hourly wage of the employee meaning that a $20/hr employee actually cost the company $60/hr to have on staff. When robots are introduced, the very conservative numbers are that one welding robot will double the output of a manual welder, but in reality the production rate of a robot is typically triple that of a manual welder. The actual productivity of a robot can be calculated using a cycle time analysis formula. Contact Arc Solutions, Inc for a cycle time analysis on your parts if you are interested in working towards automation.

Consumables are another direct cost savings. Contact tips in robots will weld more parts than contact tips in manual applications. This is because the contact tip to work distance is more accurately maintained to create a smoother arc and less spatter. Weld cleanup and part rework is also reduced because the spatter is much more controlled and the robot is far more accurate than a human can be. As you well know, the cost of grinding wheels and labor associated with cleanup and rework is a number that adds up quickly and adds no value to the part. Over welding parts is a common human error also. Welders will error on the side of caution and create bigger welds than required when welding manually. With robotics the exact weld size is controlled so it speeds up travel speeds, lowers the amount of wire consumed, and uses less shielding gas all while increasing the quality of the weld.

Indirect cost savings are a little more difficult to put a number on. The biggest indirect savings from a robot is weld quality. Robots make perfectly consistent movements every time so you can be confident that the weld is the right size and in the right location. You can also be confident that welds didn’t get skipped over by human error. Weld spatter and wire stubs being cut off at the end of the torch are common when manual welding. However, with robotics this can be closely controlled and a higher percentage of the purchased wire actually becomes weld metal and not wasted material that needs swept up off of the floor.

In today’s market, no one is looking to get rid of employees, but instead the exact opposite is happening. Rather than hiring employees, the addition of cobots and robots allow you to free up and move existing employees to other jobs in the shop. On a similar topic, the employee training required as a robot operator is far less than that required as a welder. The pay scales of robot operators vs. manual welders reflect the necessary skills for the job as well with operators typically earning a lower hourly wage than welders. The one thing robots do require is someone with the proper training to program them. First time robot purchasers typically get free training for one person. The standard length of training is four (4) days. It is important that the robot programmer has some welding experience as well as being comfortable with computers. Cobots however are much less technical when it comes to programing. With the most recent programming methods being icon driven; a production welder who is comfortable with a smart phone can be programming the cobot on their own with only a few hours of training.

There are a few options for getting automation into your shop. The traditional way was a full purchase of the equipment from a number of integrators. Another option is rental or lease to own plans. These plans allow customers to get introduced to automation without having such a large upfront risk. Arc Solutions has rental plans available for both cobots and traditional robots. Our lease to own plan has a percentage of the lease price being applied towards the purchase price of the equipment if you choose to buy. We also offer financing options for customers who are looking to buy equipment.

Reach out to Arc Solutions, Inc. today if you would like to explore your automation options. We can be contacted by phone at 419-542-9272 or via email at office@arcsolinc.com

Welding Cobots – Are they worth the investment?

Traditional Robots Vs. Up and Coming Cobots

Automated welding in the manufacturing industry has always been most sought after for high volume, low mix weldments. Automation began as “hard automation” where a machine was built to do only 1 specific job and then evolved into “flexible automation”. Flexible automation as we know it today consist of multi-axis weld robots (typically 6 axis) that can be programmed through a teach pendant for hundreds of different jobs. The first of these programmable robots were developed in the 1960s and have advanced with technology ever since. Fully automated robots today move at lightning speeds to cut down on air move time, but require multilevel safety features including a full fence to keep humans protected. Cobots (collaborative robots) are now making their way into this automation scene because they are designed to collaborate (work alongside of) a human operator. Since the fencing has been eliminated, cobots take up a much smaller footprint. In fact, the Cooper™ Cobot option from Lincoln is on a wheeled cart so that it can be pushed anywhere its needed in the shop.

Why invest in a Cobot?

Cobots have brought an exciting new face to the world of robotic welding. The technology helps in many facets. Programming is now completed with a tablet instead of a traditional robotic teach pendant. This makes the device extremely user friendly and even more inviting for the younger generation. The programming side is icon driven and built around drag and drop techniques so it is very quick to learn. Even beyond that, the cobot can be programmed by physically moving it with your own hands to the desired location. Then you can hit one button to save the point, drag it to the next location, save the new point and so on. These features allow welders off the production floor to be taught to program in hours. With traditional robots, companies had to hire programmers who knew how to program a robot and how to weld. As those in the manufacturing business know, that is a difficult combination to find. With the ease of programming cobots, everyday welders can now teach cobots.

What companies offer cobots?

There are a handful of companies that currently offer welding cobots. The professionals at Arc Solutions, Inc. have chosen to team up with Lincoln Electric for collaborative robots. Lincoln Electric and Fanuc have a long standing history of working together for arc welding automation. Through decades of knowledge and know-how, the two companies have launched the Lincoln Cooper™ Cobot. This system is an off the shelf part number that utilizes Fanuc’s R30iB mini controller. Those with a background in automation know the R30iB controller and its power in the automation world. The controller chosen for the Guru package still contains the programming features that automation programmers have come to depend on. The companies believe so wholeheartedly in their own equipment that Fanuc is promoting 8 years zero maintenance on the arm and Lincoln offers a 3-year warranty on the welding power source.

Is a cobot right for everyone?

No, we don’t believe they are. Like everything else in life there are tradeoffs. To account for human safety, cobots move slower than traditional robots. This increases the air move time thus increasing cycle time when compared to a traditional robot. If you are looking to weld 100,000 of the same part every year for 5 years, then a traditional robot is still your ticket. However, if you are more job shop oriented and build 50 parts of multiple different items you should look into cobots. The amount of time you lose with slower air moves would easily be justified by the time savings of programming. A current downfall of cobots are lack of weld positioners. With traditional robotic weld cells part positioners are used to rotate the welds in the optimal orientation. Cobots cannot do that yet. Collaborative positioners have not been tied to collaborative robots yet, BUT the clock is ticking and the technology will soon follow to allow cobots and positioners to work in conjunction.

What kind of weld quality can I expect from a cobot?

Weld quality from robots and cobots is nearly impossible to beat. Once the weld parameters have been dialed in (which manual welders are typically skilled at doing), the welds are extremely consistent. Robots and cobots both go to the exact same location and travel the same speed every time. This eliminates weld quality issues due to operator fatigue or trying to rush a job. It also helps to eliminate spatter since all the variables remain constant. The Guru package has a built in software package that locks in the torch angle as well. This allows for the first weld point to be taught and the torch angle to remain consistent for the entire length of the weld. Software packages like Touch Sense can be purchased in addition. Touch sense uses the wire to go around and locate the orientation of the part if there are consistency issues. On thick plate there is a software called Through the Arc Seam Tracking (TAST) that uses voltage measurements to maintain the programmed path on joints such as T joints.

How does cobot pricing relate to traditional robotic cells?

Cobots and simple one or two station traditional robotic cells are priced very similar to one another. The dollars saved on safety gear like fencing and light curtains are now used in the technology to make the arm collaborative. The Fanuc CRX arm that the Lincoln cobot package offers has sensors in each of its 6 axes. These sensors are what stop the cobot arm immediately when it hits something in its path. If the cost of buying a cobot seems daunting, Arc Solutions offers a leasing/rental program. In fact, both cobots and traditional robots can be used on a rental or a lease-to-own program that helps take risk away from the purchaser.

Are there options to customize a cobot?

With the Guru cobot package there are all kinds of options. The system comes standard with a Powerwave R450 powersource and a Lincoln Magnum 550 amp gun. The gun can be upgraded to a 650 amp water cooled option. Additional options like fume extraction, fabrication tables, thick plate software which includes multipass software, touch sense software, and different length arms are available. The standard reach arm is 49 inches and the long reach arm goes out to 55 inches. This is measured from the center point of the robot. This means the reach is actually 49/55 inches in each direction from the center. Reach out to Arc Solutions Inc. for a full list of cobot options and arm lengths!Arc Solutions has a full technical staff well versed in the welding and cutting industry. Please feel free to call us at 419-542-9272 or email office@arcsolinc.com for sales and technical assistance.

What Are The Advantages Of Plasma Cutting Technology?

Metal cutting isn’t a job for the weak, but rather a job for the ambitious. Mechanical methods aren’t always the best option for cutting metal. In recent years, plasma cutting technology has grown to become the go-to for professionals, contractors, and DIYers across the United States.

But why? 

Introducing plasma cutting equipment into your fabrication process only enhances the final outcome. Unlike mechanical cutting, plasma cutting encompasses fine tuning precision qualities that promise a clean cut and even sharper edges. Read on for key advantages of plasma cutting technology and why you should consider this industry favorite if you’re not already. 

How A Plasma Cutter Works

Plasma is the fourth state of matter. The one our elementary science teachers most likely skipped over because nearly impossible to point out in plain sight. The fuel source for The Northern Lights and lightning, plasma makes up about 99% of the visible universe. 

So, how can plasma cut metal?

Plasma cutters take electronically conductive gas and transfer the energy from a power supply to any conductive material, which creates the clean, fast cuts that are so satisfying to make. 

The Advantages Of Plasma Cutting Technology

Plasma cutting tools are not only precise, as previously mentioned, but they are constantly evolving. Their most recent innovations make them cost-efficient and more accurate than ever before. Most fabrication operations can benefit from the advantages of plasma cutting technology. It’s simply a matter of finding what works best with your setup. 

Plays Nice With All Conductive Metals

Material compatibility is essential when investing in cutting equipment. Plasma cutting works on a variety of materials such as:

Hits Every Angle

Oddly satisfying, plasma cutting can cut any shape, angle, or curve. The beam of light is as smooth as putting pen to paper. This alone opens a realm of possibilities for taking on new projects.

Less Maintenance, Lower Costs

The experts at Arc Solutions swear by the value plasma cutting technology offers. They’re low maintenance and rarely require service. When the time does come for a routine tune up, we have techs on standby ready to get you back up and running.

Keep Up With Demand With Plasma Cutting Tools

Fabrication professionals across the country rely on plasma cutting technology to keep up with increasing demand. Not only is it easy to implement into existing workflows, but it expands potential for taking on a wider variety of projects that require precision cutting. Tackle any curve, angle, or metal with reliable plasma cutting. 

High Quality Equipment That Makes The Cut

If you have questions about how to select the right plasma cutter for your project, Arc Solutions is here to help. We bring over 100 years of experience to the table to get you the best product for the best deal. Shop our inventory of plasma cutters today or contact us directly to talk to a local expert.  

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