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- The Power of Plasma Cutting
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. CNC plasma cutting machines are programmed by the operator to follow a designated path for a plasma torch to deliver cuts to the metal– and it does so with exceptional speed and efficiency! Plasma cutters work by sending an arc of electric current through a high-speed stream of inert gas, usually compressed air. This electrical arc ionizes the gas molecules, turning a portion into plasma that is hot enough to cut metal. Plasma is a more powerful cutting agent than any standard flame source, allowing for more efficient and rapid results. Due to its properties, various plasma cutting equipment has been created for different purposes. Through the use of computerized technology, plasma cutters exceed the capabilities of other technology that is used in the metal fabrication industry. CNC plasma cutters help increase production capability by enhancing efficiency, speed and total quantity of product turned around within schedule. These machines are superior in terms of efficiency when delivering the identical projects as oxy-fuel, water jet and laser cutting machines. Unlike saws, which throw off metal bits and fragments, or other torch types that tend to leave “dross” on the cut edge, plasma torches (plasma cutters) cut relatively cleanly with little debris to deliver superior results first time, every time. Studio Steel has a 4-metre plasma bed and or team of qualified tradespeople have over 20 years experience producing a range of plasma cut products. We would be delighted to showcase our CNC plasma cutter to you so call Studio Steel today on 1300 018 019.
- Hot Metal Spray
Hot Metal Spray -v- Hot Dip Galvanising Raw steel needs to be protected from the elements to prevent corrosion. There are many ways to achieve this protection, each with benefits for specific purposes. One of the most common methods for treating steel is hot-dip galvanizing. This is a process that takes raw steel and immerses it in a vat of liquid zinc. The zinc coating is effective, though the process also presents some drawbacks from a practical and logistical perspective. Hot metal spraying is a metal coating technique that has been around for more than 90 years, though it is not as well-known as galvanization. Most metals can be sprayed on to steel once melted, zinc being one of them. Benefits of Hot Metal Spraying From a broad-stroke perspective, hot zinc spraying and galvanising do the same thing; your new steel construction will be coated with a layer of zinc. But when we look at the details, the differences between the two options become apparent. When we apply zinc via a hot metal spraying technique, the heat at which the process takes place is far lower than galvanising. It generally won't exceed 100 degrees centigrade, which is advantageous in most cases. The amount of heat that is required to make a metal spray-able is very small when compared to the mass of the object that is being sprayed, so heating the object isn't really a concern. This presents a huge advantage to everyone involved, as there is little risk that zinc spraying will result in deformation of the piece. There is also no risk of uneven heating or scorching. Hot zinc spraying will allow us to protect any size of steel object, and there is no need to provide holes in the design to allow for submersion. Because hot zinc spraying can be applied selectively, we can coat the parts of your piece that need to be coated and not more. This means that there is no chance of interior spaces being coated with zinc, which will save you on the overall weight of the finished design. Once the zinc has been sprayed on, it is much easier to paint that a galvanised coating. There is no need for special abrasion before painting, and this cuts down on finishing time significantly. Traditional Galvanising When a piece of steel is galvanised the whole steel element must be immersed in liquid zinc that is at a temperature close to the melting point of steel. The metallurgical bond that occurs between the two metals is excellent, but from a fabricator’s perspective it is not always an ideal process. The process of galvanising steel does a good job at protecting it, but because the steel is heated to near its melting point there are risks. Some amount of deformation is expected, and there will be more work for us once the piece gets back from galvanisation. All of the holes will need to be re-drilled, and many times there will be slag than needs to be removed. This will also add weight to your design, as all of the surfaces will be coated, whether they needed to be or not. Galvanising relies on immersion into a vat of liquid zinc, so all parts must be able to sink. This means that we have to cut holes in any solid areas, and these will have to be filled in later. This adds even more work for a contractor that is normally passed on to the customer. The size of a piece that can be galvanised is limited to what can fit into the vat of zinc, so for larger parts it can be complicated, time consuming and costly. If you are planning on painting your steel structure, then galvanising will create more work for you. Because a galvanised finish is extremely smooth, special preparations are needed for paint to adhere to it. Abrasion needs to be used so that the paint can stick to the metal. Studio Steel Recommends At Studio Steel, we feel that for the many of our customers, hot metal spray treatment is a better option. We can reduce production time and uncertainty out of your project by using hot metal spray without compromising quality. Studio Steel are hot metal spray specialists and welcome and questions you may have. We are also happy to showcase our hot metal spray facilities and walk you through the process.
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- Structural Steel | Studio Steel
STRUCTURAL STEEL Studio Steel has the capability and capacity to deliver structural steel projects up to 100 tonne. We have a fully equipped workshop and in house design team that will work with you to bring your project to life. Our team has over 30 years of experiencing in designing, fabricating and erecting structural steel all across Queensland. ✓ Project Management ✓ Steel detailing service including 3D modelling ✓ Plasma Cutting ✓ Steel Installation ✓ On Site & Mobile Welding ✓ Abrasive blasting and 2-pac painting ✓ Hot Dip Galvanizing ✓ Powder Coating ✓ Cranage and Rigging In addition we also provide the following services: