ESAB Meets High Productivity Needs of Energy Production

By MarEx 2014-02-13 16:11:00

ESAB Cutting Systems offers the new Hydrocut™ LX waterjet shape cutting machine, a combined waterjet and plasma cutting system that addresses the high productivity, high precision needs of the energy production industry. The Hydrocut CNC shape cutting machine uses the patented combination of thermal and non-thermal processes operating on the same gantry, allowing the machine to cut with the high accuracy of waterjet where needed, but employ the high speed and low cost of plasma whenever possible.

By combining waterjet and plasma on the same machine, both tools can be used on the same parts. High precision contours can be cut with waterjet, while non-critical contours can be cut with plasma. This patented system allows users to obtain precise cuts when needed without sacrificing speed on every cut. Parts that are suited for the waterjet-plasma combination can be cut in a fraction of the time, resulting in dramatic cost reduction and productivity increase when compared to waterjet cutting alone.

The Hydrocut LX is a heavy-duty gantry with a high-stiffness beam design featuring dual precision linear rails and precision rack and pinion drives. It is designed to cover large working areas and full size sheets, and can be equipped with up to four waterjet stations, and can also carry up to two high-definition plasma stations, featuring ESAB’s m3 Precision Plasmarc system.

The Hydrocut LX is equipped with the latest in waterjet cutting technology, featuring KMT’s 90,000 PSI capability for increased cutting speed and reduced abrasive consumption. By increasing the water pressure from 60KPSI to 90KPSI the abrasive is accelerated to a higher speed, thereby cutting faster while using less. This helps lower operating cost, because the cost of abrasive can be as much as 75% of the operating cost of waterjet. 

ESAB’s m3 Precision Plasmarc system provides high precision cutting on carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum from gauge material up to six inches thick. The most advanced gas control system in the industry, ESAB’s m3 system is fully automated by ESAB’s Vision® T5 CNC, a Windows® based touch-screen control.

Flexibility in selection and mix of shield gases allows an operator to produce the best cut quality on any material. The operator simply selects the material type and thickness, and the Vision control automatically selects and mixes the optimal start, cut and shield gas combination. Process parameters for most plasma cutting and marking applications are preloaded in the Vision T5 CNC, and custom parameter files can be easily created as needed.

The ease and simplicity of part setup is complemented by use of ESAB’s Columbus™ III CAD/CAM programming and nesting software, designed specifically for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser, and waterjet cutting. This advanced software handles simple to highly complex cuts, multi-process cuts, labeling, and nesting jobs quickly and easily.

ESAB’s Vision T5 control and Columbus software in combination with m3 plasma and 90,000 PSI waterjet work together seamlessly to provide the highest cut quality on all contours with fully automated process control from part concept to completion. This fully integrated process control in conjunction with the patented process combination makes Hydrocut the ultimate tool for maximum production and precision cutting.

For more than 75 years, ESAB Cutting Systems has been offering off the shelf, turnkey solutions to customers around the world. ESAB Cutting Systems is a total system supplier, offering CNC shape cutting machines in a variety of sizes, using a wide range of cutting technology to include plasma, oxy-fuel, laser, and waterjet tools, programming and nesting software, and CNC controls.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is a recognized leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honored processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanized cutting and automation, ESAB’s welding consumables, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe. 

The products and services herein described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.