Automated cutting—whether plasma, laser, waterjet, punch, or something else - encompasses many different cutting processes in which the cutting tool is moved using mechanical means. This can include cutting on a XY table, or the use of other mechanical means such as pipe cutters or robots.

Robotic cutting

A number of industries use robots in varying configurations, or “work cells,” to perform tasks that may be completed more efficiently and profitably than manual labor.

Pipe and tube

Rotary pipe and tube cutting capability is now commonly available via both stand-alone machine and as part of an add-on option for X-Y cutting tables.

X-Y-Z cutting

X-Y-Z cutting and gouging, often called X-Y cutting, is the use of a table equipped with a computer numeric control (CNC) for rapid and precise cutting of flat plate.

Track cutting and gouging

Track cutting and gouging is used to make long, straight cuts or gouges that are difficult and time consuming to do by hand with the necessary precision.

Punch processing

Punch processing of flat sheet or plate is commonly performed using one of two machine formats.

Beam processing machines

Traditionally, beam fabrication has involved multiple processing machines, each performing a different function. Today, beam processing machines – most of which involve robotic or articulating arm designs – perform multiple applications such as coping, bevels, slots, holes, notches, and marking, all on the same machine.

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