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4 Facts About Plasma Cutting for Toy Hauler Fabricators

Toy haulers are made from plate materials, for example, aluminum and galvanized steel components which are cut and welded later. The process of cutting such materials must produce quality parts to enable fast manufacturing of toy haulers for outdoor aficionados. Plasma cutting has become the preferred method of cutting plates because it is inexpensive, reliable, and fast compared to other engineering processes. If you are new in the toy hauler fabrication business, here is what you need to know about plasma cutting technology. 

The Process -- An electric arc passes through a gas such as oxygen, nitrogen, or argon through a narrow nozzle, which raises the gas temperature to form the hot plasma. Since the material to be cut conducts electricity, the hot plasma cuts through the molten material. This process is what is referred to as plasma cutting.  Most importantly, you need to understand the processes and procedures involved in plasma cutting to appreciate the business aspect.

Materials -- Any material that can conduct electricity such as titanium, copper, brass, aluminum, and stainless steel can be cut by hot plasma to produce precision-cut pieces that are devoid of deformities like large kerfs. An electric circuit is completed through a grounding clamp, which connects the work piece and the plasma cutter to form an electric arc. The plasma torch/cutter cuts through both thick and thin materials in readiness for use in manufacturing and assembly of a toy hauler.

Welds -- Fabrication parts that have undergone the plasma cutting process, in preparation for welding, can either be joined side by side or laid on top of one another. Joining two pieces that are on the same plane requires a butt weld joint. Alternatively, a welder can join two cut pieces that are at a right angle to each other in what is referred to as a fillet weld. Both butt welds and fillet welds must be cut through a system that yields quality edges. Therefore, plasma cutting produces quality cut edges for joining fabrication pieces through butt-welding or fillet welding.

Automation -- Toy hauler fabricators prefer a cutting system that can slice pieces in many sizes without adjusting or replacing the working table. For example, long recreational vehicle parts and rails will need a long table for reliable cutting. Plasma cutting offers a solution for those fabricators who might want to lay lengthy materials on a table before cutting. Furthermore, automation means that the plasma torch, which is the mechanical component, is connected to a computer system via a CNC controller. With such an automated system, the fabricator can use computer software to design high-quality plates before the plasma cutting process.   


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Peter's Processing and Manufacturing Blog

Hello, my name Peter and this is my processing and manufacturing blog. I live in Melbourne with my wife and our two kids. I have always been interested processing and manufacturing. Have you ever wandered around a supermarket or shopping centre and looked at all the goods on display? Many people never stop to think about how the goods go from being raw materials to sitting on the shelves of shops. I decided to find out. I spent 7 weeks at my uncles processing and manufacturing plant. It was the best time of my life. I decided to start this blog to pass on what I have learnt.


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