Hypertherm is accepting orders for its Freedom 38 PPA™, an all-in-one unit combining plasma, power, and air for cutting in areas without access to electricity.

The unit, previewed at the 2015 FABTECH Show in Chicago, combines a powerful Powermax125® plasma system with a 38 kilowatt generator and air compressor. Advantages to companies needing to cut metal in remote areas include the simplicity of operating one unit instead of three separate systems; the ability to replace current methods (oxyfuel cutting, grinding, and carbon arc gouging) with a process proven more productive, versatile, and safer; and the elimination of costs from renting and transporting flammable gas cylinders.

“From pipeline construction and repair to deconstruction, decommissioning and plant shutdown, initial response to the Freedom 38 PPA is enthusiastic,” said Russ Diefenbach, Hypertherm’s Light Industrial Product Manager. “Customers really appreciate the ability to use plasma in lieu of oxyfuel and carbon arc gouging, and are really happy with the amount of work they are able to complete and the cost savings they are seeing.”

Cut capacity for the included Powermax125 plasma system is 1-1/2” (38mm) at a speed of 18 inches per minute and 1 3/4” (44mm) when cutting at a speed of 10 inches per minute. In addition, the system is capable of severing 2 1/4” (57mm) thick material if needed. The Powermax125 is also very capable at gouging, and can be used with a number of different torch and consumable options to suit a variety of handheld and automated applications.