This section provides an overview for automatic cutting machines as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 10 automatic cutting machine manufacturers and their company rankings.
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An automatic cutting machine is a cutting machine whose control method is automatic rather than manual.
The difference between a cutting machine and a cut-off machine is that a "machine" is attached to a device that is operated by a human operator without a motor, while a "machine" is attached to a device that is operated by a motor and runs by itself.
Automatic cutting machines are all driven by motors, so we use the term "cut-off machine."
The classification of manual cut-off machines, such as gas cut-off machines and plasma cut-off machines, depends on the cutting device attached to the automatic cutting machine.
Among automatic cutting machine, portable automatic cutting machine is also called portable cut-off machines or simply automatic cutting machine.
The word "automatic" in this case refers to the fact that portable automatic cutting machine were the first automated cut-off machines in the world.
A stationary cut-off machine, on the other hand, is the name for a portable automatic cutting machine, meaning a fixed cut-off machine.
Among automatic cutting machines, high-speed cut-off machines cut metal by rotating a cutting wheel with a diameter of about 14 to 16 inches at high speed.
Since the machine cuts while holding the metal in place, it can cut straight and cleanly, and is often used to cut square pipes and angles.
On the other hand, it is not suitable for use in residential areas because it is noisy.
Grinders (sanders) do not need to be fixed like high-speed cutting machines, making them easy to use and widely used on many job sites.
Like high-speed cutters, they are not suitable for cutting thicker metals.
Air plasma cutting machines require a plasma cutting machine body and an air compressor.
Some models can easily cut metal up to 1/2" thick. They can cut almost any metal that conducts electricity, are quiet, and can cut curved lines.
However, since the cutting width is 2 to 3 mm, it is necessary to cut roughly and then finish with a grinder or similar tool if accuracy is required.
Band saws cut metal by rotating a band-shaped saw blade at high speed.
It is suitable for cutting pipes, round bars filled with contents, and square timbers.
Although the cutting speed is slow, the cut surface is clean and accurate.
Gas cutting machines use acetylene gas and oxygen to cut.
They are often used in civil engineering and demolition sites and are suitable for cutting (fusing) thick metals, but qualification (training) is required to use them.
Gasoline oxygen fusion cutting machines are also available as an alternative to gas cutting machines.
Laser cutting machines are capable of cutting automatically by loading a program with CAD or other software.
Although this equipment can cut accurately and precisely, the price is expensive, ranging from several million to tens of millions of yen.
The hand-held automatic cutting machines are semi-automatic hand-held cut-off machine that combine the advantages of both hand-held blowpipes and automatic machines.
It can be used just like a hand-held blowpipe, and various types of cutting can be performed freely, easily, and accurately.
By using different one-touch attachment types, the machine can easily perform accurate straight line, small circle, large circle, and bevel cutting.
Their lightweight design allows for ease of use and portability. The main unit and accessories can be stored in a special case for easy carrying and storage.
In contrast, the fixed type automatic cutting machines are highly advanced cutting and welding cart.
The control system of the traveling motor has been greatly improved, enabling a wide speed range, from thick to thin sheets, to be handled by a single machine.
A new "creep function" (patented technology) that instantly switches to low-speed travel at the touch of a button can suppress the end of the cut in thick material cutting.
The built-in arc interlocking function can also be applied to plasma cutting and welding by changing the torch set.
They are effective for butt welding of thick materials.
A newly designed heat exhaust mechanism at the bottom of the main unit reduces thermal effects on the main unit.
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