Case Study – Your most burning questions answered about a wet or dry plasma cutting table

YOUR MOST BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT A WET OR DRY PLASMA CUTTING TABLE WHEN DRILLING & EXTRA MACHINING CAPACITY IS REQUIRED

Clients about to invest in a plasma cutting machine may perceive the cut quality as the same on a wet and dry bed. Many owners have sensed the same. For a decade, fabricators and steel service centres have been investing in plasma cutting machine tools with machining capacity that have used wet bed technology.

Dry bed technology is now available for use without high-pressure coolant or flood coolant. Watch the following video to understand the benefits of the Minimum Quantity Lubricant (MQL) delivery system for the drilling/plasma cutting machines supplied by Specialist Machinery Sales. The MQL is a state of the art method of providing atomised lubricant combined with high-pressure air through the spindle and the tool departing at the cutting tip. The lubricant is supplied at less than 50 millilitres/hour while the air at 100 psi and flows up to 1,500 litres/minute blasts swarf out of the hole.

The advantage of specifying a plasma cutting machine with MQL instead of a high-pressure coolant is that the plate does not get covered in cutting fluid and there is no need for a travelling drip tray under the plate. The disadvantage of a travelling drip tray and dros bin on a dry bed cutting table is only one gantry can be fitted to the rails. This is to avoid the independent travelling dross bins and chip sweeping function colliding. Clients of SMS can now improve their flexibility by having two gantry plasma cutting machines on one set of rails when a second cutting system is required in the future that others machine tool builders cannot provide. The savings of having two gantries on one set of rails positively improves material handling, schedule, flexibility, investment cost, footprint utilisation and price per part.

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