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Top 3 Features a Profiler Needs in a Plasma Cutting Machine


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Whilst gas and laser cutting have a place in the profiling industry, many companies have seen results improve after upgrading to plasma. The introduction of high-definition plasma has brought results comparable to laser cutting – especially on thicker materials – and offers significant productivity and speed improvements; all key factors for a profiler.

A cutting machine is a significant capital investment. Making the right decision will drive your business over time. Here are 3 key features to look for in a plasma cutting machine for profiling.

1. Consistent, Repeatable Cut Quality
Customers will expect every part to be cut to the same standard, from the first of the batch through to the last, so cut quality is critical for profilers. For best-in-class cut quality, consistency and repeatability, we recommend an Esprit plasma cutting machine and Hypertherm’s XPR300 plasma cutter – the fastest high-definition plasma on the market.

This partnership can be further enhanced by newly-released Smart Hole for Procut. When combined with True Hole, Hypertherm’s industry leading bolt-ready hole technology, Smart Hole delivers excellent hole quality from 5:1 down to 0.75:1.

2. Maximised Productivity and Utilisation
Keeping your shop floor actively fulfilling orders for as much time as possible is important for a profiler. Ensuring that you machine is running day-in, day-out is a key element of this, and a hard-wearing machine is just what you need.

Productivity is one thing, but avoiding downtime is equally important. Industry 4.0 systems will help you monitor your company’s effectiveness in real time. When choosing a machine supplier, look at the whole picture so you can increase your productivity long term and your reliability towards your customers.

3. Significant Speed Advancements
While gas and laser cutting have their strengths, the sheer speed of operation offered by the latest generation of plasma cutters cannot be matched, especially when cutting 15-40 mm mild steel as many profilers are. The XPR300 offers significant speed savings, and is up to an impressive 6.9x faster than gas cutting and 2.3x faster than laser, in this range!

Cut Speed mm/min
Thickness XPR300 10 kW Fibre Laser Gas
15 mm 3,400 1,650 500
20 mm 2,550 1,100 450
25 mm 1,950 350
30 mm 1,530 330
35 mm 1,190 320
40 mm 940 300


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  • "Having dealt with Esprit for 8 years now we have purchased 2 machines from them and found them to be extremely well built. The cut quality is excellent from the thinnest to the thickest plates. From sales and management to technical and service all of their team are knowledgeable, helpful and dependable. They have helped us to grow and as such we would always recommend Esprit."
    - John Ready I General Manager I Eggleston Steel Ltd.
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