Fabrication shop speeds up skeleton removal with Duramax Hyamp Long torch

Posted on 06/20/2017
Posted by Hypertherm

The problem

A metal fabrication shop, Hokes Bluff Welding & Fab in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, had been using an oxyacetylene hand torch to cut up skeletons after mechanized cutting—a process that was both inefficient and time-consuming. Even worse, the operator was beginning to suffer back problems from long hours of bending over the table.

The solution

The shop switched from oxyfuel to a Powermax105® plasma system and 1.2m (4') Duramax® Hyamp™ Long torch, with immediate improvements in productivity and operator safety.

Plasma operator Billy Cherry reports, “I love the long torch. It’s a lot faster than oxy and I don’t need to carry a striker in my pocket to light it, like I did with the oxy-torch. It keeps my back from hurting because I don’t have to bend over. I drag cut from the edges of the skeleton. It cuts as quickly as the HPR260XD®. Cutting scrap can be done immediately after a profile is cut, and I can load another plate with little downtime.”


Compatible Powermax® air plasma systems and Duramax Hyamp Long torches are the perfect combination to make clean-up after mechanized cutting safer and faster—resulting in a more profitable operation.

  • Safety: The Duramax Hyamp Long torch allows the operator to stand on the floor next to the table in a natural position, preventing ergonomic issues and eliminating the danger of falling. There’s no bending over, and no need to kneel or stand on the table.
  • Productivity: In addition to faster cutting speeds, quicker unloading of the skeleton means more CNC cutting time and increased production, growing revenues and profits for the business.
Posted on 06/20/2017
Posted by Hypertherm