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ESAB's new SmartPipe cutting system offers affordable automated pipe cutting option

April 21, 2020 - ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Annapolis Junction, Maryland, has introduced its new SmartPipe™ system for automated plasma or oxy-fuel cutting of pipe alongside a table for cutting flat plate. The SmartPipe standard line covers pipe in diameters from 2 to 12 in., lengths up to 20 ft. and weights up to 2,200 lbs. SmartPipe HD (heavy duty) can handle pipe diameters up to 10 ft. (including the common 36, 48 and 72 in. diameters) and lengths up to 60 ft.

The SmartPipe system consists of a pipe turning unit with a manually adjustable chuck and a CNC-controlled turning axis, two or more adjustable-position pipe supports and a support track. A typical configuration would situate the turning unit between the cutting table and gantry rail (oriented parallel to the rail), but it can be located behind the table as well (e.g., parallel to the gantry).

SmartPipe also includes graphical programming software that quickly and easily creates programs for straight or bevel cuts for any pipe application, such as saddles, holes, slots or weld cut preparations. The software, which runs on ESAB’s Vision controller, even generates a 3D rendering of the finished pipe so users can confirm details before cutting.

“The SmartPipe package provides an affordable pipe cutting addition to standard flat-plate cutting machines,” says Steve Zlotnicki, Global Product Manager, ESAB Cutting Systems. “SmartPipe opens new opportunities for shops that want the flexibility to cut or bevel pipe but can’t justify investing in a stand-alone cutting system.” As examples, he cites shops that want to target processing industries, pressure vessels and infrastructure projects that incorporate tubing into their designs.

For straight cuts, pair SmartPipe with any standard oxy-fuel torch or plasma system for cutting at up to 200 amps. For cutting bevels, pair SmartPipe with a bevel head such as ESAB’s DMX Plasma Beveller or VBA (variable bevel angle) wrist.

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