Jamie Mahoney, a 3rd year Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Technology student, began his co-op work-term with ECS on January 13th. Jamie has been tasked with setting up and programming our CNC (computer numerical control) plasma table.
Plasma cutting has become the preferred way to cut sheet and plate metals because of the benefits it has over “metal on metal cutting”. CNC cutting technology which was added to plasma tables in the early 1990’s gave the user more flexibility, allowing for more cut diversity and ease in creating new shapes “on demand”. Modern tables allow a worker to make a set of instructions, programmed directly into the machine (computer), with highly intricate detail that will produce smooth edged cuts in a fraction of the time of yesteryears.