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There's no way around it. Times are tough and money is tight. But there are still good reasons to make equipment investments.
In fact, there are at least seven ways that investing in a new plasma cutting system can benefit your company:
Labor costs are typically one of the largest operating expenses for any business. Switching from oxyfuel cutting to plasma, for example, pays off with faster cut speeds, less grinding, and less rework. The Powermax1250 cuts 1/2-inch steel at 60 inches per minute – three times as fast as oxyfuel.
In addition to reducing production costs by improving productivity, Powermax systems run on shop air. There's no need for bottled gases. And the technology improvements incorporated in new plasma systems can result in lower costs from longer consumable life.
If you outsource jobs that require cutting metals or thicknesses your current tools can't handle, bringing those jobs back in-house can be another significant source of savings.
In most markets, competition revolves around price, quality, and ability to complete the job on time and to the customer's requirements.
With lower operating costs and higher productivity, you can offer your customers better prices.
Powermax plasma systems deliver quality cuts at thicknesses from gauge material to 1-1/2-inch steel. With the right system for your application, you can be certain of achieving the quality your customer demands.
Cutting with plasma may expand the scope of the work you can do. Unlike oxyfuel, plasma can be used to cut stainless steel, aluminum, and copper – in fact, any electrically-conductive metal. Plasma can cut stacked or layered metal too. It has a smaller heat-affected zone, which leads to less warping on thin metals, making it ideal for HVAC and metal fabrication.
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In a tight economy, your customers are thinking about their purchases just as carefully as you are. Now, more than ever, they are looking for the company that can provide them with the best combination of product cost, quality, delivery time, and even customization. If the right tool helps you meet your delivery deadlines, keep your costs down, and improve the quality of your product, you will distinguish yourself from your competition and increase repeat sales.
Would you be better off with one tool that can do multiple jobs? With plasma, you can cut metal grate, gouge out old welds or prepare for new ones, and even cut rusty or painted metal. There's no longer any need to drag out a different piece of equipment to get the job done.
Most of Hypertherm's Powermax systems can be used with either a handheld torch or a mechanized torch on a cutting table. The Powermax45, for example, has a one-button quick disconnect on the torch to facilitate switching torches in just seconds. And at a highly-portable 37-pounds, it can be moved around the shop or used in the field with an engine-drive generator, adding to the tool's versatility.
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Even when jobs are scarce, keeping skilled, dependable employees is a concern for any business. After all, finding and training a new employee can double the cost of that person for the first year. The Powermax systems' drag-cutting technology and simple controls make them easy for new users to learn. With air plasma, there are no gases to regulate either.
Many companies feel that plasma is safer for their workforce than oxyfuel. Good employees appreciate technologies that make their jobs easier and are loyal to companies that invest in their safety and productivity.
New equipment purchases provide a tax deduction in the form of depreciation taken over a set number of years. It may also be worth checking into tax incentives for business investment at either the federal or state level as economic stimulus remains a prime topic at all levels of government.
View the complete line of Powermax systems.
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