Techserv Cutting Systems Ltd has created an ingenious plasma machine for cutting pipes which dramatically increases production for Flues & Flashings, a company that specialises in the production of ducting products for the domestic and commercial heating markets.
The plasma tube cutter is capable of cutting aluminium and stainless steel flue pipes at any angle, as well as holes of any shape or size, in a completely automated process.
Up until now, pipes have been cut using a multi-stage fabrication process. Cutting and assembling pieces for an elbow pipe, for example, typically took 15 minutes; using Techserv’s new plasma cutting machine, this process takes just four minutes, saving time, resources and money.
And using Techserv’s very own on-board PC-based CNC system, specifically for tube profile cutting application, ensures optimum cutting performance.
The performance of the plasma tube cutter is superb. Changing the process so that we are pre-forming the tubes before cutting them, instead of cutting complex shapes from flat metal sheets, has enabled us to virtually quadruple manufacturing throughput.
In fact, we were able to produce six months’ stock during the first two weeks of machine operation.
Gary Watkins, Works Manager at Flues & Flashings