Plasma Cutting Automation
The illustration shows the business end of a machine for producing automotive exhaust components.
The machine accepts flat stainless steel strip and forms it into continuous spiral wound tube which is then cut to length on the fly using air plasma. The machine can produce up to four parts per minute on a continuous basis with an accuracy of 0.5 mm. The embedded control system holds a database of part types which enables it to be easily set-up as production demands and can also provide statistical information for SPC systems.
As with all our equipment the design, manufacture and build was undertaken entirely 'in house' including the strip forming sections. Several variants of this equipment were built and are currently working in South Africa, the USA and the UK producing vibration isolators for vehicle exhausts.