Manual labour vs Automation

Why is the metal/engineering industry suffering so much in South Africa? Numerous studies and articles have been published in recent years about the extent of job losses and high levels of unemployment in South Africa and the main reasons therefor. Many of these point to the fact that a major cause of these is unsustainably high wage levels, particularly for …

Laser tolerances: Engineers may specify them, but if not really needed, they are costing you money.

Plasma tolerance myth busted One of the advantages of a focused beam of light is that it can cut to extremely tight tolerances. There is less variability in the process. Generally, a laser can hold cut part dimensional tolerances of under 0.01″ (0.25 mm).* Plasma on the other hand, uses a gas energized to the point of ionization to create …

Plasma accuracy & edge quality

What kind of accuracy and edge quality to expect from plasma This question is not a simple one… As a general rule, accuracy will vary based on the capabilities of the plasma system and how it is set-up. For instance, the accuracy of a hand-held plasma system will be different than the accuracy of a plasma mounted on a CNC …