A&F Newsletter

Summer 2005


New Plasma Cutter

From left, Welding Technology students Taylor Pingry, Eugene Robertson, and Emily Berniklau watch the new plasma cutter operate in the lab.












Bob Moffatt, instructor, said students would learn how to identify types of material, bring up shapes on the computer and edit them according to size and cutting paths. “Plasma cutting is cleaner, faster and with less heat input to control distortion,” Moffatt said. “This is high-end arc welding.” Bruce Crouse, chairman of Cowley’s Industrial Technology Department, said the technology used by Cowley students would better prepare them for employment. “This is an example of the technology we continue to bring to the Arkansas City campus,” Crouse said. “Students will not only be welding and shaping materials, they’ll be using computers to do this.”

Plasma cutting can be performed on any type of conductive material, including mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Moffatt and his students have cut out many intricate designs on the machine, including the outline of an eagle in flight and an American flag. The cutter has the capacity to cut material up to 3/4-inch thick. “Wired to a computer, the computer monitors the performance of the plasma-arc cutting process,” Moffatt said. “If a company is into cutting multiple parts, they’re using plasma.”


Summer 2005