HGG RPC - Coping Robot 3D Profile Plasma Cutting Machine

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Q1. How is it possible for an entire fabrication workshop to be supplied processed steel from a single machine?
A1. The HGG coping robot 3D profile plasma cutting machine was designed to process all the steel profiles supplied to a fabrication workshop for welded or bolted connections. From the 3D or PDF drawing to plasma cutting holes, bevels, coping and add-on-part layout marking. The complex becomes simple with the HGG that processes all the steel profiles without requiring re-work on the workshop floor.

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Q2. Will the HGG coping robot integrate with my current beamline without affecting productivity, material handling or accuracy in picking up datums of drilled holes from my existing beamline?
A2: HGG is a dedicated machine tool builder of the RPC coping robot so they often integrate these machines into workshops with existing beamlines from alternative machine tool builders. When the fabricator or steel service centre main driver is to invest in the best coping robot for their workshop, it is simple for HGG to integrate machines, material handling and software into existing factory layouts. HGG has references in Australia where the coping robot has been integrated successfully with other beamlines & software without any loss of production or datum references between drilled holes and 3D plasma profiling!

Q3. How is HGG leading the market in programming the coping robot?
A3. HGG philosophy and history are from pipe profile cutting machines for the oil and gas industry where the fittings are welded and complicated. The RPC coping robot can supply processed steel for welded or bolted connections. The RPC can be programmed from over a dozen 3D model providers like Tekla straight from the 3D model to program the robot and plasma torch. The future has now arrived when HGG has made the 3D software integration so simple and accurate!. Alternatively, programming from a PDF drawing can be easily achieved when deploying the hundreds of macros that HGG has included in their software. Ask for HGG to provide a shared screen demonstration today using your 3D model or PDF drawings site unseen!

Q4. Why is there virtually no re-work across all the steel profiles processed using the HGG RPC coping robot 3D profiling machine compared to traditional coping robots?
A4. Steel service centres & fabricators that are using the HGG coping robot are winning more and doing more after commissioning the RPC coping robot that specialising in 3D profiling and not just coping or notching steel profiles! For too long now the industry has accepted the re-work that is required when profiles are processed on traditional machines that use a larger diameter cutting torch that does not have voltage and amperage control during the cutting process. These two factors on the traditional machines ensure there are limitations in the cutting and 3D profiling processes that require man-hours to manually oxy cut or use angle grinders to complete the process that is not required with the advanced capabilities that are standard with the HGG RPC machine.

H Beam Coping Applications

What is your greatest worry in the fabrication process? Is it the complexity of the design, poor production flow management, inefficient material handling with too much material waste, loss of control over the operating expenses, or the lack of highly skilled welders? Then, how do you deal with the increasingly tough demands and regulations on welded structural design?

Q1. How does an HGG coping robot add value to all of my clients' requirements?
A1. Let’s put aside the accepted significant gains of automation, such as accuracy, repeatability, versatility and cost effectiveness. Let’s not put aside the extensive utilisation, value and exceptional contribution this machine will make to your business and the complex projects that will now become simple for your workshop for welded or bolted connections! The HGG can process all your steel profiles without the re-work that traditional machines and their users have accepted as the standard!

Q2. How does an HGG coping robot re-task and increase the value of man hours from your workshop?
A2. HGG can automate the layout marking of add-on parts on all four sides of the steel profile. This capability increases the fabricators capacity, improves schedule and lowers cost in the factory and when installing accurate steel that doesn’t require rework on site. A fabricator tacking and assembling 500 add-on parts per shift can save 30% in layout marking & assembly (3-mins each or 25 hours per shift @ $85/hour = $10.6K per week/shift!)!

Q3. How do you ensure you have the cutting utilisation and capacity to deliver?
A3: Looking backwards cannot inform the future when it comes to the necessary resources that service existing markets and introduces you to new opportunities. If the steel profile can’t be processed on an HGG the part can’t be produced on any machine! Ensure the coping robot & 3D profile cutting machine can cut on all four sides of all profiles and bevel cut out of square profiles as a minimum. Users should also visit machines in operation to satisfy that the coping robot integrates effortlessly with Tekla & StruMIS.

Q4. How can you avoid redundant capability in your cutting robot?
A4: Understanding your future demands for automation and labour exposes the capabilities required to satisfy them. Future proof yourself by investing in a HGG coping robot and take advantage of 20 in house HGG application engineers to support your workshop with the most complex projects and global structures. Alternatively, visit an HGG machine in operation to compare against traditional machines that can not process the same profiles or integrate with StruMIS or Tekla as effortlessly. Avoid investing in a 10 year old design coping robot that was born from the bolted connection market that has limitations that reduce profit, capacity, quality and schedule to be competitive against a HGG!


On the beam cutting machine RPC 600-1200, you can cut both welded beam connections and bolted beam connections – all on a single machine! This high-performance plasma cutting machine for H beam coping has unmatched accuracy and is equipped with Perfect Hole technology. It is easy to operate and uses intelligent H beam cutting routines which result in unparalleled processing speed along with highly accurate cut results.

Next to the cutting, an Edge Rounding Line can be used in tandem with the RPC, providing 2 mm radii to all edges. This eliminates the need for tedious and time-consuming grinding work.

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Steel Construction
With the RPC 600-1200 beam cutting machine, you have an entire fabrication shop in a single machine. It’s been developed to replace multiple traditional lines, such as beam drill, band saw, angle line and marking line. The RPC 600-1200 is a high-performance plasma beam cutting machine that reduces processing time by 30%, while also only requiring 20% of the original floor space. With our Perfect Hole™ technology, you can cut now accurate bolt holes.
Industry application: H beam coping for building structures, bridges, railroad, trailers, train wagons, mining, raw material conveyor structures.

For traditional H beam coping, profilers use oxy-fuel cutting while still requiring grind work. The RPC 600-1200 is a high-performance beam cutting machine that easily reduces processing time by 30% while reducing grinding after cutting as well. The RPC beam cutting machine was developed to cut 100% of the common offshore cuts, including rat holes, which gives 100% freedom to design project-specific connections.
Industry application: H beam coping for topsides, living quarters, subsea structures, subsea frames, support structures, pipe racks, protection frames for subsea manifolds.

Onshore Process
For traditional H beam coping, profilers use oxy-fuel cutting while still requiring grind work. The RPC 600-1200 is a high-performance plasma beam cutting machine that reduces processing time by 30% while reducing grinding after cutting as well. In this industry, the RPC 600-1200 beam cutting machine is typically used for profiling flush beam connections for the fabrication of skids and profiling of box sections for subsea structure and support frames.
Industry application: H beam coping for skids, subsea structure and support frames.

Q1. How does the Kielberg plasma torch avoid costly re-work in your workshop?
A1. The Kielberg plasma torch has a smaller diameter cutting torch head to allow the torch to cut closer to the H beam flanges. The Kielberg torch also has variable voltage and amperage that is required to cut accurately through the radius between the web and flange and H beams.

Q2. How do the three laser scanners increase capabilities and avoid re-work?
A2. The three laser scanners measure the beam for square, camber and any twisting as profiles are not always square. HGG then control the robot and plasma arc to compensate which is critical when bevel cutting or when welded connections are required. When the robot knows the exact position of all four sides of the profile and is controlled appropriately, accurate cutting is the result of less grinding or manual oxy cutting on the workshop bench.

Q3. What is the service like from HGG for Australia and New Zealand?
A3. Clients of HGG can contact directly the 25 engineers in the HGG Philippines office and manufacturing centre where there are employees from the HGG head office in the Netherlands are located. Remote diagnostics can be arranged at the same time as Western Australia that shares the same timezone as the Philippines. 90% of any service can be remotely diagnosed as HGG 100% controls the robot and can run remote diagnostics on the Kleberg cutting torch. This saves expense with time, travel and fault finding on-site and increases plasma arc on efficiency and lowers the cost of sale! HGG in Europe is available in the afternoons for additional service and spare part support.

Q4. How did the plate processing develop for the HGG coping robot?
A4. The Australian clients requested HGG to include this capability into their machine so additional flexibility can be provided to the fabricator or the steel service centre to increase the utilisation of the coping robot.  All the nesting software is included with this option and the buyer can make up their own sub-assembly to support the plates.  The plate processing can be used to process the add-on-parts that an average 10% of the weight of a project.  This avoids the fabricator requiring the 2nd machine, a 2nd operator a 2nd footprint.  The coping robot processing plates avoid the fabricator waiting for parts to be received from a contract plate processing business so the schedule to install fabricated steel is faster when 5 machines are combined in one machine.
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Other machine tool builder service agents in Australia are charging $600/hour for remote diagnostics in 6-minute increments or $60 for every 6 minutes. HGG is offering this service with their machine.

Other traditional coping robot manufactures are charging USD$20K for software upgrades every 12 months. HGG is offering this service complimentary with their machines and this can be included in the contract for a machine.

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All structural steel profiles – versatility, accuracy and value for any scale of fabrication workshop or steel service centre.

The variety of tasks that every structural fabricator has traditionally relied upon manual labour to carry out can now be automated on a HGG coping robot. This can now be fully automated to re-task and increase the value of man hours from your workshop.

Extensive testing, proving and delivery in all aspects over a number of years in fabricators workshops has built a diverse specification to meet your business performance outcomes, this can provide the competitive edge from automating.

All structural steel profiles – versatility, accuracy and value for any scale of fabrication workshop or steel service centre.

Auditable, deliverable, measurable and evidence based metrics will be provided so your strategic team can calculate the ROI, capacity increase and man hours reduced from an HGG RPC Coping Robot. SMS will evaluate your current position and on going strategy, we will then assess any gaps to successfully deliver to your business and your clients.

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