Case Study – You are not alone in specifying a CNC controller & PLC that has built in redundancy


We have all seen the speed at which technology and innovation can transform an industry, like the mobile telephone which we all now use and rely on. Most mobile phone users at the start of the century were delighted to be using a Nokia, who are now no longer trading. In a short period of time, the number one selling phone brand was left behind as the smartphone allowed the user to upgrade to the latest functionality and applications without changing the handset. The same can be true with the CNC controller and PLC that is specified on a plasma cutting machine.

Ensure your business has the PLC and CNC controller just like the smartphone has the flexibility built into the design for upgrading additional features, without having to replace the machine. Nokia is now relegated to the history books because their handsets had to be replaced if new and smarter applications were required from the user.

Most businesses investing in a plasma cutting machine do not consider the CNC controller or PLC and how the functionality of the ‘brain’ of the machine can become uncompetitive. These plasma cutting machines are forced into early retirement because the CNC controller and PLC technology become redundant.

For decades, plasma cut parts have been a price and delivery sensitive product. A plasma cutting machine’s specification must have the flexibility to meet or exceed the performance outcomes that the market requires. What is discovered, once it is too late, is that many plasma cutting machines have redundancy designed into the PLC and CNC controller so any future upgrades to the specification are not possible. The contract plasma cutting market has limited loyalty and will place orders with suppliers that have machine specifications that can meet their performance outcomes.

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