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Invest in a Heavy-Duty CNC Plasma System

GantryCNC plasma cutting systems need to do precise and sometimes seemingly delicate work to achieve intricate cuts.  But, CNC plasma cutting systems need to be anything but delicate.  Metal fabrication shops and industrial settings are not delicate places and the machinery in those places needs to be able to stand up to the conditions and not only last but continue to perform well.  CNC plasma cutting should not be complicated – the table should be sturdy, the software should be intuitive yet sophisticated, the controller should be precise, and the torch should be strong.  And, while this is obviously a simplification of the CNC plasma cutting process, if those things are not present you will not be able to achieve the cuts that you want. Tactical CNC plasma cutting systems are exceptionally well-made and that is because only the highest quality, most durable materials are used in their construction.

At Tactical CNC, we are not only knowledgeable in the area of metal fabrication and CNC plasma cutting systems, but we are actually experienced and know what goes into making a good plasma cutting system.  Tactical CNC plasma cutting systems are comprised of variouous heavy-duty parts that work together seamlessly to achieve the cuts that you want.  Those heavy-duty parts include a table base that is made of heavy gauge steel that is welded to be water tight.  The table slats and holders are strong and specifically designed to last longer.  Further, our table legs are heavy duty and completely adjustable.  Also, the gantry is made of heavy wall, structurally engineered aluminum to be rigid.  The mounting faces are also machined for both accuracy and precision.  The steel carriage is custom engineered and fully enclosed so that it protects the Y and Z axis motors.  We use Dynatrec™ cable tracks to enclose the cable harnesses and wiring because they are heavy duty and provide the smooth and friction free movement that our clients want.  Another thing that provides smooth and precisie motion is the Bishop Wisecarver’ patented Dual Vee™ bearings that are used on the X and Y axis.  Continuing, our heavy duty end trucks are made of steel and they house the X axis drive motor and bearings.    Fully enclosed are the precision guides and linear bearings that facilitate Z axis movement of the torch lifter.  And, we employ a strong safety feature with our magnetic breakaway for the plasma torch.

 

Is Software the Most Important Component of Your CNC Plasma Cutting System?

Tactical CNC plasma TableAn argument could be made that the quality of the software that you use in conjunction with your CNC plasma cutting system is one of the most important components of the actual CNC plasma cutting system.  Some might assume that it is the plasma torch, the CNC controller or some other component.  And, while those are all important and necessary, it is imperative that the quality of the software that you use be not overlooked.  Many CNC plasma manufacturers either do not include software with their systems or the quality of the software they include is lackluster.  That is not the case with Tactical CNC.  At Tactical CNC, we are proud to provide a complete CNC plasma cutting system to our clients and that includes state-of-the-art CAD drawing and CAM cutting software.

Many clients make a purchase in a CNC plasma cutting system only to realize after the fact that they did not do enough research about the software they needed or just did not understand its importance.  We know exactly how important software is and that is why our software includes multiple part grid nesting, pre-loaded cutting parameters of your plasma cutter, kerf compensation, lead ins/lead outs, G-Code tool path generator, easy yet powerful drawing of any 2-D shape, image conversion to vector file capabilities, has remote access capabilities, and has oxy-fuel parameters for those who select the oxy-fuel station option for their system.

At Tactical CNC, we are proud to offer exceptional CAD and CAM software that is designed and made right in the USA.  We are so confident in the quality of our software that we encourage everyone to call us and schedule a virtual test drive of our software.  We will schedule a meeting and invite you to a ‘Join.Me’ online meeting where you can share our screen and actually complete a test cut from beginning to end right from your own computer.  You will quickly see just how user-friendly and intuitive our Tactical CNC CAD drawing and CAM cutting software really is.  While every CNC plasma cutting system needs all of the components to actually achieve a cut, without great CAD drawing and CAM cut cutting software the quality of your cuts, ease of use, and available options may be found lacking.  For those reasons, only invest in a complete CNC plasma cutting system that includes easy yet powerful software.

Everything You Need to Know About Your CNC Controller

Cutting Metal with Plasma TableThere are many different components in a CNC plasma cutting system.  When researching CNC plasma cutting system and determining what features you need, you will certainly want to look into what kind of CNC controller your system has. CNC stands for Computerized Numerically Controlled and Numerically Controlled machines have been around since the 1940s.  Once computers were invented CNC plasma cutting was introduced and today CNC controllers receive information and control the drive motors, spindle speeds, coolant flow and more.  The machine’s CNC controller receives information from the CAD drawing and CAM cutting software and those instructions are communicated in a numerical code – most commonly G-code.

CNC controllers are incredibly important because they tell everything what to do/where to go and at what pace.  CNC Router Source describes what makes up the CNC controller in any CNC plasma cutting system and the important role it plays, “The CNC controller is the brain of a CNC system. A controller completes the all important link between a computer system and the mechanical components of a CNC machine. The controller’s primary task is to receive conditioned signals from a computer or indexer and interpret those signals into mechanical motion through motor output. There are several components that make up a controller and each component works in unison to produce the desired motor movement. The word “controller” is a generic term that may refer to one of several devices, but usually refers to the complete machine control system. This system may include the protection circuitry, stepper or servo motor drivers, power source, limit switch interfaces, power controls, and other peripherals. Owners, operators, designers, and builders of CNC devices should understand the tasks performed by these components and how they affect machine performance.”

At Tactical CNC, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with what we call a “complete” CNC plasma cutting system.  That means that our systems have everything you need to start cutting upon installation. Our systems are intuitive and easy to use and we use only the highest quality materials when constructing our systems.  Tactical CNC plasma cutting systems contain exceptional CNC controllers to ensure that you are not only able to easily input designs into our software but to also have the machines bring those designs to life with exceptional accuracy and precision.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy a CNC Plasma Cutting System

CNC plasma CuttingIf you are in the market for a CNC plasma cutting system and have begun to do your research you have probably seen that there are many different options from which to choose.  The features vary widely and so do the price points.  Determining which system is right for your specific needs and the applications you intend to use it for can be downright confusing.  When chosen correctly, an investment in a CNC plasma cutting system is one that will provide a great return on investment because you will be able to boost productivity while reducing material waste.  At Tactical CNC, we believe that all clients should ask themselves a few important questions.  Below are 8 questions you should ask yourself before you buy a new CNC plasma cutting system.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy a CNC Plasma Cutting System

  1. What is the maximum size of sheet or plate that I tend to purchase and fabricate?
  2. If I usually purchase a smaller sheet, can investing in a table capable of fabricating larger sheets actually save me money in the long run? If there is any potential you could find savings in fabricating a larger sheet or may have a need for it in the future it may be wiser to invest in it now rather than buy two separate systems. (Fortunately, Tactical CNC carries a wide range of stock sizes from which to choose.)
  3. Is the system I am considering buying well made with quality materials? The metal fabrication industry including workshops and industrial settings can be a very rough place for equipment so you want to invest in equipment that is durable and capable of withstanding heavy use in a heavy-duty environment.
  4. Is the system I am considering buying capable of achieving the precision and accuracy that I need? When you are cutting you want precise and accurate cuts so that you avoid wasting materials or producing lackluster parts.  At Tactical CNC, our systems mount the rails and gear track on machined flat surfaces to ensure that the motion is always smooth and completely friction-free.  Further, we use optical proximity sensors for the system so that it is able to find its table limits and operate both square and true.  Also, the sensors never make any contact or make any mechanical switching which means that they will be able to operate trouble-free for many years.
  5. What type of software will my CNC plasma cutting system include? Tactical CNC software is made in the USA and contains state-of-the-art CAD drawing and CAM cutting software capable of achieving any of the cuts that you need.
  6. Does my potential CNC plasma cutting system come with the plasma cutter that I need or have it available? The plasma cutter that you choose is very important and will determine how thick the material is that you can cut as well as the quality of cuts that you can achieve.
  7. Does my potential CNC plasma cutting system come with training? If not, it should.  At Tactical CNC, we provide on-site training to ensure that our clients get the most out of their new plasma cutting system and are always happy to answer questions over the phone or via email.

 

CNC Plasma Cutting Systems for Industrial Applications

Cutting Metal with Plasma Table

CNC plasma cutting is becoming more and more mainstream, with everyone from hobbyists to major manufacturers using the accuracy and increased efficiency of automated cutting.  Because of this, there are many different CNC plasma cutting systems on the market with a wide range of capabilities, features, and price points.  CNC plasma cutting system manufacturers have created more affordable CNC plasma cutting systems that are stripped down for a hobbyist’s needs but often an industrial metal fabricator may be mistaken, thinking they are getting a great deal when in reality they are getting an inadequate cutting system.  At Tactical CNC, our Advance Series is created not only to be economical but to accommodate the needs of industrial metal fabrication.  Our Advance Series is not stripped down, far from it.  In fact, it is a completely turnkey automated CNC plasma cutting table solution. (more…)

6 Features of Tactical CNC Software

Gantry

At Tactical CNC, we have over 50 years of CNC plasma and metal fabrication experience.  And, while there has not been a need for sophisticated software for all of that time, the need today is greater than ever.  Our CNC plasma cutters are not handheld tools for a technician to use to execute manual cuts.  Rather, our CNC plasma cutting systems execute cuts using a plasma controller that receives information including specific cut parameters and instructions from sophisticated CNC software.  Our software suite is incredibly user-friendly.  It is intuitive and makes achieving the precise cuts that you need simple and straightforward.  Additionally, our customers will always have peace of mind that what they are investing in for their business will actually be useful and helpful because we invite everyone to take a virtual “test drive” of the software.  You can see firsthand just how easy it is to you when we invite you to a “Join.Me” online meeting where you cut operate our software right from your own computer.  From your own computer, you will share our screen and experience the dynamic and intuitive CAD drawing and CAM cutting software and even complete a virtual cut!  (more…)

7 CNC Plasma Table Features That Set Tactical CNC Apart

Plasma Table Gantry

When it comes to CNC plasma table construction and features, users want their systems to have the features they need to complete the cuts they desire at an economical price point.  At Tactical CNC, we know this and have used our 50+ years of CNC plasma and metal fabrication experience to carefully craft our systems to be constructed of the highest quality materials and the best possible features for our clients.   Each component of our system has been carefully selected to simplify CNC plasma cutting yet still provide the quality that our clients deserve.  If you look around the CNC plasma table industry, there are many different manufacturers and systems at a wide array of price points but once you look a bit closer, there are many systems that are stripped down and offer no real features, requiring many add-ons after the fact.  Tactical CNC systems contain everything you need to starting cutting as soon as it is installed.  Below are 7 features of Tactical CNC plasma table systems that help set us apart in in the industry. (more…)

Why a CNC Plasma Cutter is the Best for Steel Fabrication

Advance 5x10 plasma system

There are many industries that rely on steel for the production of the products that they manufacture or use.  These industries need to fabricate parts ranging from very small to very large on a daily basis.  Industries that rely on and fabricate steel include the construction industry, the transportation industry (cars, trucks, aviation, ships, rail, etc.), machine industry, metal products industry, and more!  A huge amount of steel is being fabricated every second and there are a variety of ways to execute that fabrication.  No matter how many industrial advancements take place or new types of fabrication are created one thing remains true – CNC plasma cutting systems are the best tool for steel fabrication. (more…)

What Factors Impact Cut Quality & Cut Speed

CNC Plasma Table

When it comes to cut quality and speed, any metal fabricator is looking to maximize and improve.  The faster you can make cuts, the higher the productivity. And, the higher the cut quality, the faster you are able to produce parts and the less material waste which means less wasted money.  At Tactical CNC, we know that cut speed and quality are of utmost importance and that is why we make our CNC plasma cutting systems using only the highest quality, most durable materials.  And, not only are our outstanding tables easy to use, but so is our state-of-the-art CNC CAD drawing and CAM cutting software.  But, there are also variables that CNC plasma table operators must be aware of and adjust for in order to maximize cut quality and speed. (more…)

How CNC Plasma Cutter Enhances Productivity

Plasma Table Gantry

Any fabricator or workshop can benefit from enhanced productivity.  Whether you only manufacture a few parts or pieces each day or you manufacture thousands, faster productivity without sacrificing cut quality is a good thing.  The faster a fabricator is able to produce high quality cuts, the more cuts they can produce and ultimately that means more profit.  Though some CNC plasma cutting systems may boast about fast cutting speeds, it is important to investigate just how fast those speeds are and whether or not they are producing truly high quality cuts.  At Tactical CNC, producing quality CNC plasma cutting systems is our top priority.  Our systems contain all of the best components to ensure maximum cut speed without sacrificing cut quality. (more…)

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