Top Considerations in Selecting CNC Plasma Cutters
Investing in a CNC plasma cutter? As so many industrial complex and metal fab shop owners have found out, you will find that it will be a rewarding decision for your facility and its deliverables. But the process of selecting such a machine should follow certain things so that you can get all that you hoped to get out of the process.
One of the most important factors that you need to consider from the get-go is the range of your budget. There are plasma cutters such as PlasmaCAM that are designed to handle specialised needs while still falling within a reasonable price range, and then there are counterparts that are engineered to be as good but are more expensive. Similarly, the simplest machines that you will find on the market may be the most affordable, but they come with the disadvantage of being limited in function. Before you start checking catalogues, make sure that you have a good idea of how much you are willing to shell out.
The specific needs and conditions of your facility should also be taken into account. What kind of materials will you be cutting? How big and thick are they? These would define the scope of your search, as CNC plasma cutters come with differing features that make some more appropriate for bigger and thicker materials. Similarly, your productivity needs should be assessed. Will it be enough to choose a model that can only accommodate one plate, or will you want something that enables the simultaneous operation of two plates and thus minimises waiting time between unloading and loading new sheets?
The kind of software programme that the machine uses should also be forefront in your thinking. Some models come with built-in functionalities, while others require configuration. If you are unsure about the right software for your needs, do not hesitate to consult your supplier for personalised guidance.
Finally, consider the engineering of the machine that you intend to get. Some models are built for low-production needs, while others can take on more work. Additionally, there are cutters that are easier to use than others. Knowing these and other things will help you prepare well for the eventual incorporation of the machine into your working space. And if you will require product training before operation, make sure that your team gets that from a trusted resource, such as an authorised supplier or a direct manufacturer.