Vehicle manufacturer improves productivity with SureCut plasma cutting system
The company and products
Shandong ENxin Special Vehicle Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a special-purpose vehicle manufacturer located in the Jining City, Northern China. The company’s products include concrete mixers, dump trucks, semi-trailers, bulk powder goods tankers, and other special purpose vehicles.
To be more competitive and grow their specialty vehicle manufacturing business, Shandong ENxin was looking for ways to increase productivity. This included an in-depth review of their current automated cutting machine capabilities, as well as a review of secondary operations, such as preparation of bolt holes and slots.
To learn about the latest industry developments, ENxin contacted a local automated machinery manufacturing company, Shandong Shuipo, that specializes in special-purpose welding and cutting equipment used by vehicle, engineering machinery, and structural steel industries.
The Enxin team learned how SureCut™ systems with CAM software, CNC, THC, and power supply are able to deliver superior performance, including optimized productivity and part quality. They were especially interested in Rapid Part™ and True Hole® technologies from Hypertherm. These technologies can deliver up to twice the number of parts per hour from the machine, as well as bolt-ready holes and slots using Hypertherm HyPerformance® plasma technology.
After viewing a cutting demonstration of the ShuiPo plasma cutting machine with SureCut technology, and seeing the impressive capabilities of ProNest® CAM nesting software with the new machine, ENxin decided to make the investment.
Since the installation, ENxin has come to appreciate the ease of use, power, and flexibility of their new cutting system – and its ability to impact part quality and productivity.
They have significantly increased productivity due to faster cut speed and cutting bolt-holes and slots on the plasma machine, rather than as a secondary operation. Additionally, the operating cost of the integrated plasma cutting system has proven to be very efficient due to optimized gas, power, and consumable life management.