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What is a CNC Hi-Def Plasma Cutter?

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 by Jazzy Elliott

A Plasma Cutter is a hand-held torch used in cutting a variety of metals.  

It is an excellent tool for quickly cutting through sheet metal, metal plates, straps, bolts, pipes, etc. A hand torch can be used for cutting small shapes from steel plate and as a gouging tool for back-gouging weld joints and removing defective welds. It is good to note that, when you use a hand torch, it is almost impossible to get the kind of accuracy and edge quality that is required in most metal fabrication.

So, how do we solve this problem?  

With a CNC Hi-Def Plasma Cutter! The term “CNC” is short for “Computer Numerical Control”, which means that a computer is used to direct the machines motion based on numerical codes in a program. A CNC Plasma Cutter can be used for cuts in metal similar to a hand torch. However, it does use a different type of plasma system. CNC Cutters are built with a table, designed to allow a computer to control the torch head producing clean sharp cuts.  

CNC plasma equipment is capable of cutting thick material on multiple axes using a mechanized cutting system rather than a handheld cutter. This process allows for complex welding seams that are otherwise impossible. As technology improves, CNC cutters offer even more flexibility, optimum safety, and faster operation.

There are 3 main types of CNC Plasma Cutting machines. These are differentiated by the forms of materials being processed and the flexibility of the cutting head.

At PTL we have the experience and equipment for all types of metal fabrications. From small jobs to massive projects, our team has the expertise to provide exactly what your project requires. We utilize more than 30 years of industrial experience to tackle our industry’s toughest challenges with inventive solutions.  Contact us to learn more about what PTL can create for you!   


Do you know what a baghouse is?

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Jazzy Elliott

At PTL we are skilled at industrial ventilation.

This includes ducts and baghouse installations. So, what exactly is a baghouse? The simple way people sometimes explain them is by referring to a baghouse as a “giant vacuum”. Although this summary is correct in principle, a baghouse is so much more. With a baghouse, a system can be engineered for almost any dust producing application, covering almost any set of circumstances. This places them into a totally different class than a giant vacuum.

A baghouse is an air pollution control device that removes particulates out of air or gas released from commercial processes or combustion for electricity generation. Power plants, steel mills, pharmaceutical producers, food manufacturers, chemical producers and other industrial companies often use baghouses to control emission of air pollutants. Baghouses came into widespread use in the late 1970s after the invention of high-temperature fabrics capable of withstanding temperatures over 350 °F.

Baghouses can…

To learn more about baghouses, or to have one installed or moved to your specifications, contact PTL. We utilize more than 30 years of industrial experience to tackle our industry’s toughest challenges with inventive solutions perfect for your every need!

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