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Thermacut® has unveiled an innovative heavy-duty (HD) series of the EX-TRAFIRE® plasma cutting systems.

Heavy-duty plasma-cutting machines & torches can be a vital tool to the metal fabrication industry. But where do they really provide the most value? To address this, we’re taking a look at the EX-TRAFIRE® HD features and industry segments best served with these cutting-edge systems.

First, let’s look at the impressive EX-TRAFIRE® HD features. The EX-TRAFIRE® HD boasts a 100% duty cycle, which means in high production environments, the EX-TRAFIRE® HD is perfectly equipped and constantly ready to meet the demanding workload at hand. This means it can be relied on whenever and whatever the production schedule requirements may present. Cutting productivity is no longer limited by the machine but is determined strictly by the operator, since they’ll find no limit from the systems’ capability compared to plasma cutters with lower-duty cycles requiring down time between cuts.

The Heavy Industry Segment

Heavy equipment manufacturers rely greatly on robust metals like Hardox 450 and 500 wear plates used in the production of dump trucks, tractors, excavators, and mining equipment. Optimization, specific cutting parameters, and safety are important where metals are precisely formed to meet the rugged demands to dig, plow, and excavate more efficiently.

General Fabrication

In general fabrication, consumer products like trailers, pipes, boat railings, wire shelving, and hand tools are examples where plasma cutting excels. Combining plasma cutting with CNC automation technology can lead to higher production volumes and ensures more precise cutting paths, leading to more accurate parts and higher quality output. As always, safety, consumable and process selection, and gas combinations are important factors to consider when opting for plasma-cutting equipment as the technology of choice.

Structural Segment

Thorough inspection & quality is vital for operators working in the structural segment with carbon steel. Marking plates before their cut, or gouging When rebar and plates graded ASTM A36 are the primary materials of choice, plasma cutters offer accuracy in joint preparation & flexibility when paired with robotic systems or CNC machining. Overall, plasma cutters provide numerous advantages to the structural segment, including enhanced precision, increased efficiency, reduced waste, expanded design possibilities, improved safety, and integration with automation systems.

Shipyards & Offshore

Fabrication and repair of maritime vessels, ships, and submerged vehicles continue to grow with the goal of exceeding global demands. Manufacturers of recreational, scientific, cargo, and military vessels include plasma cutting as a key component due to the lower costs compared to manual techniques, improved safety, and cut quality that eliminates the need for secondary grinding or finishing.

Automotive & Transport

Custom car gurus, OEM automotive manufacturers, trolleys, and locomotive producers rely on plasma cutting to create effective transportation products. Parts & processes where plasma cutting excels include body panels, sheet metal fabrication, and the development of thicker steel frames. Plasma cutting reduces scrap material and lends great advantages in introducing bevels and round edges to vital parts. Variations in plasma cutter settings or mode selection ensure plasma systems are ideal for everything from heavy cutting to light gouging in production and are also perfect for semi-finishing and repair work.

Steel Mills & Steel Service Centers

Increased cutting rates and good edge quality are both needed simultaneously in steel centers. Using multi-torch systems often improves production efforts and the capability to further process steel plates and sheet metal. Vital to mills and service centers, coil processing and cutting intricate profiles into pieces can be particularly useful for creating complex designs or producing customized parts. Scrap material? Recycling sheet metal and steel is usually done by cutting down large pieces into smaller manageable sizes. With a plasma cutter to ease efforts, eliminating scrap material is done almost effortlessly.

The Energy Segment

Nuclear power, wind, solar, and hydroelectric power sources require varying infrastructure to provide electrical service to customers nationwide. Manufacturing of parts for products including transformers, power pole standoffs, and turbine blades can be effectively cut by plasma. Time-sensitive repair projects where speed is vital to restore customer utilities combined with portable accessibility offer distinct advantages in a variety of environments.

The EX-TRAFIRE® HD plasma cutting systems are suitable for a wide variety of uses in the energy industry, from pipeline construction to wind power plants and right through to turbines and overhead power lines.

In conclusion, plasma cutting and the EX-TRAFIRE® HD systems have revolutionized how industries operate, delivering superior performance, quality, and precision. From heavy industrial production to a wide variety of lighter-duty applications, Thermacut’s cutting-edge heavy-duty plasma system has garnered widespread acclaim as a vital tool. We invite you to support the product, our team at Thermacut, and the future developments within the industries by visiting us online or getting in touch with a representative to help you determine if plasma cutting is the right fit for your application.

The EX-TRAFIRE® plasma cutters’ HD range provides impressive power to tackle a variety of applications, including cutting sheet metal up to 2 inches thick. One notable feature is the convenient sheet marking function, which enhances efficiency. With a 100% duty cycle, these cutters excel in manual cutting tasks, as well as gouging for removing wear-resistant coatings or preparing welds. They’re highly effective for mechanized cutting of semi-finished products and offer exceptional performance for continuous cutting operations. Moreover, the EX-TRAFIRE® HD systems come with flexible interfaces that facilitate the integration of automated 3D robotic applications. When it comes to reliability and productivity, these plasma-cutting systems surpass expectations.

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