Earlier this year, we introduced you to to one of our more unusual workers: our robotic welder Johnny 5 (http://220.127.116.11/blog/2015/03/17/johnny-5-is-alive-almost/). Our products wouldn’t be possible without our hardworking, expert staff, but sometimes even they need a little assistance to do things that the human body can’t do, so we use precision machines like Johnny 5 to help them out.
Our new HyPerformance HPR260XD dual-head plasma cutter will help Johnny 5 and our workers keep making the best automotive lifts that money can buy. As you may have gathered from its name, this cutter uses an electrical arc inside a jet of compressed gas to create a blast of hot plasma that cuts through metal like a knife through paper, cutting more than ten linear feet per minute through ½ inch-thick steel. Combined with a computerized CNC cutting table, the HyPerformance cutter can cut holes, shapes, and designs that no human or mechanical cutting device can match.
Traditional metal tooling also leaves a work surface that needs to be finished by grinding, media blasting, and buffing to create a smooth surface. Plasma cutters make incredibly precise cuts, from simple holes to complex shapes, that leave the metal fully-finished with a mirror shine. Our new High-Definition plasma cutter cuts (no pun intended) several steps out of our manufacturing process while actually increasing the quality and precision of our metal work. This allows us to manufacture our lifts to higher tolerances with better quality control.
Not only does the HyPerformance cutter help us reduce the work needed to put together a Backyard Buddy lift and make the most precise metal cuts possible, it also helps us reduce our power consumption. The cutter is extremely efficient and has an industry-leading cutting speed per amp of electricity used. At its low-power setting, it draws only a little more current than an electric clothes dryer.
We know that ours is the best lift on the market, and one of the ways we keep it that way is by using new technologies to our advantage wherever possible. They will never replace our workers, but new tools and techniques can help them do their job better and more efficiently. Our new plasma cutter is just one of the tools that we use to make our lifts better, stronger, and safer than the competition.