When cutting a thick plate with lasers, piercing through the material can take a lot of time. Piranha-Whitney has developed a rapid-pierce cycle to minimize the amount of heat and the time required to get the laser beam through the material before you start cutting.

There are two ways to cure thick plate with a laser: one is to blast pierce through it with as much power as you can. This puts a lot of molten material on the surface of the plate and can compromise your cutting lens and your cover slides. The other way is to put low power into the plate for a long period of time. This can take up to 15 seconds in 1-inch plate and put a lot of heat into the material.

Piranha-Whitney’s Rapid Pierce cycle is the world’s fastest controlled-pierce cycle. We can pierce a 1-inch plate in about two seconds and three quarter-inch plate in about .8 seconds. The heat goes into the ejected material, not into the plate, which means you can cut small holes in a thick plate and cut immediately after piercing.

These are just a few of the features of the Piranha-Whitney 12-kilowatt plate. For more information, give us a call or check out our website.