Laser cutting machines are extremely fast and accurate computer-controlled cutting machines, providing a myriad of benefits to a wide range of fabricators who cut metal plate, sheet as well as pipe. In many cases, they are your best option. In other cases, and especially with respect to cutting and fabricating pipe, plasma might be the better option. In this article, we will explore the advantages of laser cutting in general, as well as with respect to pipe. We’ll also provide an answer where the laser cutting process still makes a lot of sense, detail some of its boundaries, and present a case for purchasing a plasma cutting machine, and why it might be your better option. Armed with the facts, you can make a better-informed decision.
A laser is a source of electromagnetic radiation that emits light in an almost parallel beam. The intensity of the beam is so large that it melts and vaporizes material, so that very narrow and precise cuts result. This is especially beneficial when cutting thinner gage flat plate metal and sheet. Laser pipe cutting machines are also equipped with computer-controlled programming that determines how and where the interface is integrated with the material. While laser pipe cutting machines often provide great benefits, they have their limitations:
While laser cutting machines may provide a fast, versatile and accurate way to cut pipe, flat plate and sheet, there are limitations:
Laser cutting technology is best suited when you need extremely fast and accurate plate and sheet cutting, or if you cut and fabricate thin-walled pipe material. If you need to cut pipes with larger wall thicknesses and want to take advantage of a lower priced automation solution, then plasma pipe cutting machines provide a more cost-effective alternative and solution.
Plasma pipe cutting machinery, including our TCL400 Tube Cutting Line, provides a fast, accurate and less expensive alternative than laser pipe cutting machinery. Beveling is a primary feature and focus. By integrating the most recent advances in high-definition plasma, accuracy is much improved. Finally, with respect to plasma smoke, HGG plasma machine installations incorporate a system that captures and safely eliminates noxious fumes.