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NC Engineering has purchased an ESAB Suprarex SXE-P1 high-precision cutting system, complete with a plasma unit, a fume extraction table and the Columbus CNC software.

The company, which manufactures a range of agricultural and construction machinery, including dump trucks and dump trailers, low loaders, slurry tankers and road sweepers, purchased the system as part of a recent investment in new facilities in Richhill, Co Armagh.

This is intended to provide benefits in terms of improved product quality, higher productivity and less rework.

NC Engineering purchased the Suprarex cutting system for its new metal preparation area.

The system has the advantage of modern plasma, which is claimed to offer a high quality of cut and surface finish, precision cutting and minimal dross.

Most plates processed by NC Engineering are 5m long and range in thickness from 2mm to 30mm.

The Suprarex machine was specified with a cutting capability of 32mm and a bed size of 12 x 3m, which enables a plate to be cut on one end of the machine at the same time as profiled components are being unloaded from the other end.

While most plates are mild steel, small quantities of galvanised plates are also processed.

NC Engineering has already had a dust extraction system installed.

To further minimise the risk of dust and to comply with all current legislation, the company also specified from ESAB a filter bed as an alternative to a more costly water table.

As part of the package, ESAB supplied a copy of its Columbus part processing software package.

This works in combination with NC Engineering’s existing 2D/3D computer-aided-design software and the Columbus Data Manager readily imported the 5-6,000 standard part files and 5-600 standard nests that NC Engineering has developed over a number of years for its range of products.

When remnants are being used, the auto-nesting facility within Columbus is useful for maximising material utilisation and minimising waste.

ESAB Cutting Systems

ESAB Cutting Systems is part of the worldwide ESAB Group and has been the leading supplier of profile cutting machines in the UK since its entry into the market nearly 90 years ago. The combination of fast and efficient local sales and service, backed by the resources and experience of the largest cutting machine supplier in the world, offers major advantages to all UK customers.

From its UK head office in Andover, the company markets an unrivalled range of technologically advanced cutting solutions covering high-definition plasma, lasers, oxy-fuel, mechanical routing, control systems, off-line programming software, fume extraction equipment as well as spares and consumables. The company is also renowned for its high quality refurbished machines that provide a highly cost- effective alternative to a new investment.

The worldwide ESAB Cutting Systems organisation is based in Karben near Frankfurt am Main in Germany and is the largest supplier of cutting machines in the world. The company supplies customers in almost every part of the world with technologically advanced solutions.

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