Kinetic Plasma Cutting Case Study

We recently completed a Kinetic plasma cutting processing time study that demonstrates how drastically KINETIC plasma cutting equipment can shorten manufacturing time. Thanks to integrated cutting, drilling, tapping and milling, KINETIC machines can reduce the need to move materials from station to station and create a far more efficient production process. Over time, this level of speed and efficiency means dramatically increased capacity for your business, lower costs and higher profits. Below you will find the breakdown of our Kinetic plasma cutting case study.

The Part

case study manufactured part mock-up

This particular part requires a variety of processes to complete: cutting, drilling, and tapping. The accuracy of the hole locations must be within .005″, and the plasma  torch must have a profile tolerance of less than .020″.

  • 19 mm thick plate
  • 11’ x 4.5’ in size
  • 658 lbs.

The Existing Process

The existing manufacturing process includes loading the machine, cutting the parts, unloading and moving the plate, locating and loading fixtures, followed by drilling, tapping and more. The entire process takes a total of 3.5 hours from start to finish.

The New Process

Using KINETIC’s new plasma cutting equipment which eliminates the need to move WIP from station to station – cutting, drilling and tapping processes can take place on the same piece of equipment. With these changes, the process takes a total of 12.1 minutes from start to finish. That’s a 95% reduction in processing time! 

Request a Time Study

We are happy to provide this same type of evaluation for your company’s manufacturing needs. Simply contact us today and our manufacturing experts will answer all of your questions while determining the ROI for your unique parts and processes. We can typically turn around a time study within a few days if you can provide a DXF or DWG file and a PDF with your specs and details.