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The Right Solution for My Shop?

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
The Right Solution for My Shop?

In the world of fabrication there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ equipment. Each machine has an ideal application, and for each Fabricator there is an ideal machine. It's easy to see why a fabricator would be intrigued by the ability to process all items on one machine, when it comes to plasma there are things to consider before knowing that it is the ideal solution for your shop's production, now and into the future.

The Ring of Fire is ideally suited in three types of facilities:
  1. Fabricators with existing equipment in place
  2. Manufacturers that deal with a wide variety of unique production requirements
  3. Fabricators that require high volumes of tube production
  Fabricators with Existing Equipment in Place
The Ring of Fire - Plasma Thermal Cutting - Thermal Coping Machine
Fabricators with Existing Equipment in Place

How do you balance your shop flow? There is a floating bottleneck in every fabrication shop which is not attributed to lack of automation, but the unpredictability of incoming projects. Experienced every day, certain machines are inundated with work while others maintain a sense of normalcy. For shops that experience this "roving bottleneck" the Ring of Fire is the perfect solution to supplement existing equipment.
  • Is your drilling machine overloaded? Send floor beams and miscellaneous sections to the Ring of Fire to expedite production
  • Is there not enough miter cutting to justify the cost of a miter saw? The Ring of Fire can cut to length, and miter cut any section with ease.
  • Do you want to achieve 4-Axis layout marking? The Ring of Fire can perform layout on all 4 sides of a profile, eliminating the need for additional mechanisms for drill lines, or a standalone option that cannot perform other processes.
  • Do you need clip angles but don't need an angle line? The Ring of Fire is ideal for all angle components, from angle bracing to clips, it can cope, notch, and place holes!
How do you balance the continually changing demands on your shop floor? How can you stay prepared for any job that comes your way, without overinvesting in equipment that may sit idle, or prove profitable only on specialty jobs? The Ring of Fire solves these challenges.
  Parts That Can Be Processed on the Ring of Fire
The Ring of Fire - Plasma Thermal Cutting - Thermal Coping Machine
Parts That Can Be Processed on the Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire is able to accommodate whatever today’s bottleneck is, be it:
  • Clip angles
  • Floor beams
  • Coped beams
  • Tube bracing
  • Mitered beams
  • Cut to length parts
  • Stair Stringers
  Manufacturers that deal with a wide variety of unique production requirements
The Ring of Fire - Plasma Thermal Cutting - Thermal Coping Machine - Manufacturing Machine
Manufacturers that deal with a wide variety of unique production requirements

How does Peddinghaus know that the Ring of Fire is ideal for manufacturing? Because they have been using it in the production of Peddinghaus components for over 2 years at their facility in Bradley, IL!

Peddinghaus uses the Ring of Fire to produce parts that include:
  • Y-Axis lead screw tubing for plate machines (tube components)
  • Light curtain stands (tube components)
  • Conveyor side plates, leg components, and much more (channel and angle components)
  • Multi-spindle drill line tube components (angle, channel, and tube components)
  • Single-spindle drill line material support tables (angle, channel, and tube components)
Manufacturers throughout the globe have applied Ring of Fire technology to their diverse demands, and remain flexible in today's economy. Whether you are a grain conveyor manufacucturer, farm implement manufacturer, or automotive conveyor fabricator, the Ring of Fire proves ideal!
  Fabricators That Require High Volumes of Tube Production
The Ring of Fire - Plasma Thermal Cutting - Thermal Coping Machine - Structural Steel Machine
Fabricators That Require High Volumes of Tube Production

The Ring of Fire is the paramount tube processing solution for structural steel. Capable of processing all 4 sides in a single pass, tube bracing, tube columns, or even tubes with tab connections are processed with ease. Eliminate the need to flip, fixture, or handle tube components multiple times before completion with the Ring of Fire.

Regulations

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
What are the Regulations for Plasma Copers?

Plasma technology and its generation of bolt holes is becoming more, and more common. Depending on the project, or the opinion of governing bodies / project engineers, thermally generated holes may or may not be accepted. It is important to verify that projects you will be pursuing, and the engineers you are working with deem the plasma cut holes acceptable.


Plasma Coper

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
Is Plasma Better Than Traditional Drilling / Sawing / Punching?

A plasma coper easily alleviates additional material handling, and can do far more than just create holes as coping and cutting are also achieved on a single machine. A wide array of parts can be processed - from clip angles to columns in a single pass, with no changing of fixtures, and no additional software patches or upgrades. Does this make plasma cutting better than traditional drilling and sawing?
  Benefits Plasma Offers Over Drilling
The Ring of Fire - Plasma Thermal Cutting - Thermal Coping Machine
Benefits Plasma Offers Over Drilling

  • Minimized Material Handling
  • Cutting, coping, and hole creation all on a single machine
  • No need to change tooling from hole size to hole size
  • Required footprint for a single thermal fabricator is inherently much smaller than an entire production system
  • 1 operator can perform an array of operations with ease
  Benefits Traditional Processes Offer Over Plasma
The Ring of Fire - Plasma Thermal Cutting - Thermal Coping Machine
Benefits Traditional Processes Offer Over Plasma

  • No limitations on hole diameter in relation to material thickness
  • No "dross" or "slag" to chip or remove from material post production
  • Holes are accepted in all applications - even fracture critical situations
  • Traditional beam lines are capable of processing 3 surfaces simultaneously
  • In a full system, the beam line drills holes as the angle line, band saw, and other machines also perform their processes - greatly increasing production
  • Cost per hole is considerably less when utilities are concerned, time required to process is faster which further reduces the costs associated with hole creation on a traditional drill line

Modular Design

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
Modular Design

The Peddinghaus Roller Feed design of material measurement allows for an array of material handling options. With the Ring of Fire measurement happens at the machine, eliminating separate carriage or gripper feed mechanisms. This allows for total layout flexibility. Peddinghaus conveyors can be quickly expanded, split apart, transferred across from either side (datum or non datum), and modified with no sacrifice in machine accuracy or functionality. The elimination of unnecessary mechanism also allows for superior durability, as Peddinghaus material handling can be easily stored outside in any climate. Furthermore, the modular design of Roller Measurement gives fabricators the ability to expand their production on an as needed basis as business dictates, allowing for unmatched potential.
  How do I Setup My Shop?
How do I Setup My Shop?
How do I Setup My Shop?

Shop layout and material handling efficiency is paramount for cost savings. Every time a profile is handled with a crane, profits are lost. This unnecessary shop cost not only slows the productivity of other processes, but creates unneeded work related hazards. With the help of Peddinghaus' seasoned layout engineers and systems personnel fabricators learn the secrets to shop floor success without experiencing the pitfalls of poor layout and planning.
  Store Material Outside
Store Material Outside
Store Material Outside

Your material doesn't need electricity, heat, or shelter in order to be stored. So why house all of your material handling inside, consuming valuable shop space, and incurring costly overhead expenses? Peddinghaus' Roller Feed design makes it easy to place material handling outdoors. On top of saving shop space, this innovative method eliminates unnecessary crane handling that inhibits other operations inside of your shop. Easily unload delivery trucks outside, and load conveyor without slowing other parts of your production.
  Small Facilities, Small Overhead
Small Facilities, Small Overhead
Small Facilities, Small Overhead

Big tonnages in small places - this is the mantra of the Peddinghaus systems department. Smaller spaces equate to lower operating expenses across the board; whether it's heat, electricity, property taxes, or the cost of initial investment. Peddinghaus users commonly employ a garage style structure outside of their main welding and fabrication shop to lower overhead costs, and minimize the hazards caused by housing multiple operations under a single roof.

Support

24 Hour Steel Fabrication Support
Global Support

At Peddinghaus service is our top priority. Peddinghaus offers a global team of customer support representatives that are always available at the Peddinghaus 24 hour customer support center. Through state-of-the-art remote diagnostic software, readily available local field support, and the industry leading warranty, support from Peddinghaus is only a call or a click away.
  24 Hour Tech Center
24 Hour Tech Center
24 Hour Tech Center

To service our global clientele, Peddinghaus proudly provides our partners with 24 hour technical support. Our inside service staff have years of experience in the field, assembly, or factory checkout; providing them with hands-on experience with most machines. At Peddinghaus our staff is not only available when you need them, but they maintain superior knowledge to solve questions as they arise.
  Powerful Field Service Staff
Powerful Field Service Staff
Powerful Field Service Staff

Although 90% of support issues can be resolved by our 24 Hour Tech Support center, an expansive network of 50+ Peddinghaus field service personnel are stationed throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia, and Australia.
  Remote Diagnostics
Remote Diagnostics
Remote Diagnostics

Peddinghaus inside service technicians don't need to be at your machine to solve a question you may have. A common internet connection is all that is needed for the Peddinghaus technician to operate your control as if he was standing with you at the machine. The Powerful Windows® based Siemens control used on Peddinghaus equipment allows for this capability, and provides superior diagnostics via Windows® based atmosphere.
  Web Camera Troubleshooting
Web Camera Troubleshooting
Web Camera Troubleshooting

Not every problem can be diagnosed with remote assistance. Mechanical issues or questions that require the human eye are still common. Peddinghaus machines are shipped with high definition web cameras and software; allowing Peddinghaus employees to vividly experience the activity at the installation without the need to leave the office.

This feature is also available as an upgrade to all existing Peddinghaus machines maintaining a Windows® interface.

Industry Applications

Industry Applications

The Ring of Fire is the unsurpassed thermal processor for a wide array of applications. Parts up to 20" × 20" can be processed with ease.

Common structural fabrication part production includes:
  • Floor Beams
  • Columns
  • Tube Columns
  • Tube Bracing
  • Joist Components
  • Truss Components
  • Purlins
  • Split of T-Sections
  • Clip Angles
  • Angle Bracing
  • Base Plates
  • Web Stiffeners
  • Coped Beams (block copes, flange thinning, "dog-bones", web or flange cutouts)
  • Mitered or Square cut sections
Ideal Manufacturing Applications
  • Agricultural Equipment / Farm Implement Manufacturing
  • Automotive Conveyor / Assembly Line Fabrication
  • Solar Panel Fabrication
  • Trailer Manufacturing
  • Conveyor Manufacturing
  • Earth Moving Equipment Fabrication

360º Plasma

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
360º Plasma Technology

The Ring of Fire Thermal Processor utilizes a never before seen 360º approach to plasma cutting. A single Hypertherm Plasma torch is fixed to a rotating "ring" which is capable of revolving in excess of 360º around the profile being processed. This allows the machine to process all 4 sides of a tube; process each side of a beam, angle, or channel; and mark on 4 sides of any structural member.
  Mitering Capability
The Ring of Fire - Mitering
Mitering Capability

In addition to being able to rotate 360º around the profile being processed, the Ring of Fire from Peddinghaus is also capable of unmatched mitering. Ideal for the addition of weld prep, or compound mitering of profiles, the Ring of Fire's mitering capabilities are second to none.

HPR400

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
Hypertherm HPR400 Plasma Cutting

The Peddinghaus Ring of Fire comes standard with the Hypertherm HPR400XD plasma unit. The HyPerformance HPR400XD system, with HyDefinition and PowerPierce technologies, is designed to combine faster cutting speeds, rapid process cycling, quick changeovers, and high reliability to maximize productivity in cutting, beveling, and marking.

The HPR400XD system is capable of piercing up to 2” thick steel and up to 3.2” when starting from an edge. Typical cutting speed for 1/2” thick mild steel is 170 IPM.
  Autogas Capabilities
Autogas Capabilities
Autogas Capabilities

The Autogas console capability of the HPR400XD minimizes operator interaction with the plasma unit by providing automatic adjusting of the cutting system. The introduction of an improved argon marking process enables the HPR400XD to provide superior quality part marking on all 4 surfaces of a profile.

Surface Detection

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
Laser Surface Detection

No longer are thermal processors required to probe the surface of material using the tip of the torch. State of the art laser surface detection employed by Peddinghaus allows for touch free probing. This not only makes surface detection faster, but more accurate than ever before.

When compared to antiquated electric arc probing, the laser probe is in no way affected by the presence of rust, or mill scale.



Conveyer

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
Automatic Parts Conveyer

Smaller components, scrap, and thermal byproduct created by the Ring of Fire is automatically conveyed to a hopper safely away from the machine for fast and efficient removal. Parts can be moved to further production processes without the need to stop the machine.

This allows continuous production to be achieved.






Measurement

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Roller Measurement

Peddinghaus' Roller Measurement allows for supreme flexibility in regards to material handling, and scrap savings. This unique form of measurement actually drives the material through the machine with a powerful pinch roller mechanism. By applying a set of precision encoders that track distance the material has traveled, the machine is able to quickly and accurately produce perfect parts.

Benefits of the Peddinghaus Roller Feed system can include:
  • Minimized footprint - store material outside, and allow material to easily pass through a small doorway through the exterior walls of your facility
  • No length restriction - stock length is dictated only by weight
  • Load profiles of all shapes and sizes one after another without any stop in production - no need to wait for the return or unload of a gripper carriage, no need to change clamping devices

Electrical

Ring of Fire - Thermal Cutting Machine
Electrical Features

From the electrical cabinet to the drive motors, the Ring of Fire is equipped with Siemens electronics from top to bottom. Siemens provides the industry's leading quality, spare parts guarantee and availability no matter where in the globe the end user is located.
  Siemens Control
Siemens Control
Siemens Control

The Ring of Fire features the industry leading CNC control panel from Siemens. This powerful multi-axis control panel offers the flexibility of a Windows® interface, while maintaining the robust build and quality of a shop hardened CNC control. The unmatched global access to spare parts, service, and industry leading warranty prove Siemens to be the ultimate electronics provider in today's machine tool market.

Software

Beam Drill Line - Coper - Angle Line - Layout Marking - Software
Software

Peddinghaus equipment is versatile when it comes to CAD/CAM software options. Whether it's the allure of a full-blown 3D package for structural programming, or the simplicity and economy available with Peddinghaus' established software Peddimat, there is a solution for every need.
  Peddimat
Peddimat Software
Peddimat

Peddimat software has long been a benchmark within the structural steel, and metal fabrication communities. With absolutely no maintenance contracts, minimum operating requirements, and an unlimited amount of licenses per installation this software is as versatile as it is affordable.

Ease of use is only further noticed in facilities with multiple Peddinghaus machines as a common user interface is applied for Coping machines, Drill Lines, Angle Lines, Band Saws, CNC Marking Systems, and more.

Basic Features:
  • User friendly graphical type input
  • Customer programmable plus standard AISC and European shape libraries are provided to determine non-programmable zones
  • Automatic flange layout of the mid-length locations
  • Duplication of flange hole patterns top flange to bottom flange, end to end, or opposite hand
  • Matrix development of symmetrical hole patterns and the ability to recall stored matrix hole pattern
  • DSTV import is a standard feature; DXF conversion is optional. These provide compatibility with all major CAD systems eliminating manual entry
  • Simultaneous viewing of data input and graphics screen for program checking and verification
  • Total optimization of the work cycle regardless of the input sequence of the hole locations
  • Ability to combine different programs of various quantities into one stock length (nesting)
  • Program edit capabilities
  • Dimensional input in feet/inch/fraction, inch/decimal or metric
  • Full integration with modern BIM software
  Parts Tracking Utility (PTU)
Parts Tracking Utility (PTU) Software
Parts Tracking Utility (PTU)

The parts tracking utility is a program created for monitoring production of material on Peddinghaus machines using Siemens controls. This program is not immediately visible to the machine operator and works in the background of the CNC control.

This program creates an output file at a desired location that displays vital information about part production. By monitoring specific internal machine communications, the program will document the use of your machine. This can include an array of items, ranging from the number of holes punched or drilled to the amount of time the operator paused the machine.

Benefits of the PTU
  • Automatic documentation of production
  • Ability to view progress remotely
  • Ability to monitor employee productivity
  • Elimination of human error in the production monitoring process
Program Requirements

Peddimat version 1.09.07 must be installed on the machine, for the production control to work. This is because the header of the part file that is run on Peddimat version 1.09.07 has to be in a specific order. The machine must have a Siemens 840 Di or newer control.

Machine Specifications

Machine Specifications - Ring of Fire


Type of Thermal Cutting
Plasma
Maximum Width Beam
20”
Minimum Width Beam
3”
Maximum Flange Height
20”
Maximum Material Thickness
(flange, web or edge - Piercing)
2”
Maximum Material Thickness
(flange, web or edge - Edge Start)
3”
Minimum Material Thickness - Flat Stock
3/4”
Number of CNC Controlled Axis
7
Gripper Weight and Outfeed Conveyor
12,800 lbs
Machine Weight
21,000 lbs
Inch Layouts
Last Updated On: 12/2/2011
Metric Layouts
Last Updated On: 12/2/2011