- Profile cutting machine manufacturer, Techserv, has installed and retrofitted 20 machines for the Norwegian ship building industry. Mike Cowley, Techserv’s managing director, said of his recent visit to service machines
- Techserv, the Yorkshire-based profile cutting machine manufacturer, is the number one provider of cutting machines for sculptor, Paul Halliday. The National Trust sculptor in residence uses a Techserv plasma machine
- His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales recently opened the JCB Academy where he viewed many of the high-tec resources including the TechSoft PlasmaCUT designed and manufactured in the UK
Plasma Cutting Machines
Plasma CNC profile cutting machines by Techserv are the largest available range of any UK manufacturer. High Density Plasma cutters giving high accuracy. Material thickness from 0.5 - 50mm. Systems from 20 to 400 amps.
Aluminium is a premium material now used to offer the advantages of light-weight, strength, resilience and dynamic performance specified for performance in all areas of industry and technology.Now with our machine range these same advantages are applied to plasma cutting systems.
Our cutters are certainly not only the lightest but also we think the most robust and accurate in its class.
A Global Market
We sell machines on a global basis; our main market is the UK and we have a lot of machines in the UK. Currently we have 670 odd machines out in the field but we have quite a diverse range of machines, from the standard machinery, the Blue Marlins, the HS4000s and the Water-jets through to the special purpose machines, and we have a good spread of those throughout the globe.
We have special purpose high-tech machines in China, Malaysia, Sberia, Hong Kong through the Middle East, quite a bunch in India, Dubai, Iraq, Egypt, Africa, through to Europe and Ireland and up in the Nordic countries, Scandinavia, Norway, Finland and Denmark. So it's quite a broad range.
The focus of the power system is control, we spend a lot of time and energy designing the framework, the action of the machine itself to be as lean as possible, as easy to build as possible, to give the best possible performance which is quite a complicated thing to do and we update our machine designs regularly to make use of new technology whenever possible.
It's an integration of control-system and machine design into one piece; the advantage of this is you get cost saving because you can reduce the number of power supplies and separate components and boxes and by designing your own control system, it might sound very simple, but you can integrate all your drives and all your controls into the structure of your machine. The upshot of this is you save boxes, you save cabinets, you save plugs and sockets, cabling, and it's just a way of reducing the labour required to make a machine.
Why do we want to do this?
We spend a lot of time trying to streamline the operation of the system trying to simplify it. It's complicated to do because you've got to try and think ahead all the time and think through every possible scenario but it pays dividends because once your system is running, once your customer has got the basic idea of how the machine works, then everything sort of comes naturally.
Generally speaking we can train somebody to operate a system in maybe just a couple of hours.
The reason we want to do this is because you can then offer higher quality, higher specification machines to your customers for less money. And a lot of the savings we make in the manufacturing are reflected in the cost.
The Techserv Design Philosophy
Regarding the software, the important thing is to build in complexity but to make it invisible to the machine user so the machine has all the functionality you would expect but its automatic rather than having a vast number of buttons on the screen and all functions available all the time, you only really need to be able to access the controls you need at that particular time.
What sets Techserv apart in terms of manufacturing is the use of modern manufacturing methods to make the machines. We make profile cutting machines and water-jet cutting machines - it seems sensible to use profile cutting machines and water-jet cutting machines to manufacture our machines
The primary function of our machines is cutting steel so we try to make that as absolutely simple as possible. There's no magic, there's no extra complexity involved - we strive to remove the complexity out of the system, a machine that looks more complex has just been designed more sloppily. I think the skill or the beauty in the design, if there is such a thing, is making something complex but simple to operate, nice to look at ... easy to use ... but does a very complex job underneath.
We use modern, innovative manufacturing methods: water jet and laser cutting along with premium materials such as stainless steel and aluminium. Techserv believe using these materials, particularly aluminium, offers multiple performance advantages over traditional mild steel including,low weightstrengthresilience and dynamic performance