High-definition Plasma cutting + Drilling + Tapping.

On one affordable machine

Traditionally plasma cutting tables have been divided into lower cost plasma only tables, or high cost cutting & drilling machines. The XRP Plasma/Drill machine was designed to fill a gap in the available machines. Now you can perform high definition cutting, drilling and tapping in light to medium duty materials.

Finally! A Plasma Cutting/Drilling/Tapping Machine that you can Afford

The XRP Plasma/Drill/Tap machine is the ideal choice for light to medium plate and sheet processing where precision drilled holes or tapped threads are required. Performing all operations in one setup eliminates much of the double handling, error and rework that can happen when multiple processes need to be done to a component.

Cutting capacity is dependant on the plasma system selected. Extra definition XPR170 or XPR300 plasma systems from Hypertherm can be selected. Up to 50mm piercing and 80mm edge start cutting processes are available with the Hypertherm XPR300 plasma option. A bonus with a drilling machine is the ability to pre-pierce heavy material with a drill, then edge start on the edge of the drill hole with the plasma torch. This adds greatly to the capacity of the plasma capability and also dramatically extends consumable life as the amount of dross blow-back into the torch is extremely reduced using this method.

Why not plasma cut all the holes?
Plasma cut holes can be great for clearance holes, however, due to the slightly hardened cut surface, sometimes drilled holes are preferred when thread tapping is required. Another reason that drilling may be required is that the precision True Hole plasma cutting process usually starts at a diameter of 1 x the thickness of the material, and stops at a diameter of 2 x the material thickness. So if you need precision 6mm holes in 10mm plate for example, the ideal method is to drill.

The XRP engineering machine provides a medium duty servo driven auto tool change drilling/tapping spindle that is capable of drilling up to 16mm diameter holes in mild steel. Other options may be available if you require something larger (Please talk to our sales team about this).

Each axis is driven with the latest absolute position Japanese servomotors that do not require auto-homing and never lose position. The motion control system uses Ethercat realtime communication to talk to all drives and accessories.  ART ProfileShop is the advanced controller system that runs on the large friendly touchscreen. This enables job selection, previewing and editing, real-time visual feedback, setting origins, diagnostics and much more. It is easy to learn and no prior knowledge of cnc machines is required to use.

The XRP Plasma/Drill/Tapping machine is configured to your specifications and to suit your material dimensions, however there are common dimensions listed below.

ART exclusively recommend Camfil Farr fume extraction systems. These UK based self cleaning filtration systems are a must for environmental and workplace safety. No contaminated water or sludge to dispose of. All fines are concentrated into a drum for easy disposal.

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Features.

Air Booster & Regulator

Low or variable air pressure affects cut quality and shortens consumable life. ART's Booster & Regulator System provides consistent air pressure over and above the shop air supply.

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Alignment Laser pointer

The precise laser dot makes setting up the job simple. It allows the operator to set the origin of the job and align to rotated material.

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Built-in WiFi networking

The controller easily connects into your existing WiFi network for downloading job files. Also supports remote access and diagnostics for the ART service team.

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Camfil Fume Extraction & Filtration Unit

Fume Extraction is essential for workplace health and safety, as well as the comfort of staff. The reverse pulse cleaning system ensures maximum performance.

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Clamping Foot

Pressure foot holds material firmly during drilling and tapping to eliminate shift or vibration.

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Digitising

Use the laser pointer to plot lines and arcs precisely from templates with easy-to-use drawing tools.

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Dross conveyors

Conveyors remove fallen parts and dross from under the cutting area. Eliminates clean-out.

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Enclosed safety screens

Protects operator from safety-critical areas of the machine. Provides for a safe working environment.

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Heavy duty fabrication

Fully welded steel chassis construction using 250mm deep PFC & UB profiles. Close cross beam spacing gives unparalleled stability. Steel is machined for precision linear components.

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Gantry Mounted Auto Tool Changer

o Gantry mounted rack changer allows faster and continuous processing without the need for manual interaction during tool changing.

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Height Sensing Probe

Initial Height Sensing (IHS) is critical for any production-quality plasma system.

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Heavy duty AC servo drives

Coupled with precision planetary gearboxes provide fast positioning. Hardened and ground helical rack and pinion provides smooth motion with excellent edge finish on machining.

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Integrated Safety Circuit

Category 4 safety controller interfaces with all safety sensors and switches. Monitors all devices and cuts power to drives and spindle through monitored safety contactors.

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ProfileShop V4 Controller

ProfileShop V4 is a full 3D capable controller interface that provides a real-time display and simulation of all machining processes. All jobs are managed by on-screen controls for setting origins, changing tools, starting, stopping and recovering jobs.

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Refrigerated Air Dryer

Any moisture in the air supply will erode the plasma consumables very quickly. It is a requirement of the plasma system manufacturers to supply clean dry air.

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Telescopic Z axis

The spindle can retract high above the deck while maintaining extreme rigidity over the full travel. Allows for extra deep cutting due to the ability to lift a long tool above a thick substrate.

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Under-deck extraction ducting

Controller automatically moves extraction point to follow cutting torch. Improves extraction performance dramatically.

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Unist Misting Lubricator

Dual and quad lubrication jets extend tool life dramatically and improve the cut quality in materials such as aluminium and steel. Computer controlled. Pulsing piston pump provides accurate dosing for optimal cutting.

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Wireless pendant controller

Allows the operator to get close to the action for optimal view during manual operations, or even stop the machine remotely from anywhere in the factory. Works in conjunction with touchscreen.

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Bar code scanner

Just scan the bar code on the nest report and the correct file is loaded into the controller automatically. Reduces human error and automates the process.

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Dross conveyors

Conveyors remove fallen parts and dross from under the cutting area. Eliminates clean-out.

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Bed Sizes
Configured to suit your material dimensions. Common work are dimensions are 4m x 1.8m and 6m x 2.4m.
Spindle
Medium duty servo driven auto tool change spindle
Drilling/Tapping Capacity
16mm diameter holes in mild steel (Other options may be available)
Plasma System
Hypertherm XPR170 or XPR300
Positioning System
High-torque AC Servomotors with battery free absolute encoders
Internal communications
Ethercat industrial communications bus system
Controller
ART ProfileShop V4
Extraction system
Camfil Farr reverse-pulse fume extraction system
Fume control
Under-deck ducting with servo-controlled extraction point to follow torch
Machine power requirement
Machine requires 415 vac/20 amp/3 phase (or 208 vac/40 amp/3 phase)
Plasma power requirement
Please see selected plasma system parameters
Extraction system power requirement
415 vac/32 amp/3 phase (or 208 vac/40 amp/3 phase)
Gas requirements
Compressed Air, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon recommended for etching. (Other gases may be required for specific metals)

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Get answers to your questions

ART is dedicated to providing solutions to problems, so whatever you need we are happy to discuss available options with you. The specifications vary greatly between customers, so the best way that we can provide the machine that you need is to talk to you. We always give straight answers to your questions. If we don't have the right solution for you then we will be up-front about it.