The SGX is a compact, automated cutting machine for plasma and oxy-fuel cutting designed and recently introduced by ESAB Cutting Systems as an affordable package for small fabricators and manufacturers. SGX is described as “a rugged, high-performance machine” with up to three tool stations, including up to two oxy-fuel torches and one plasma station that can be equipped with ESAB’s m3-IGC Precision Plasma System. More design features include a touch-screen CNC with built-in automatic nesting, automatic gas controls, and plasma automation powered by m3 Plasma technology.

Cutting performance and accuracy are ensured by a heavy steel beam, precision-machined mating surfaces, and linear rail, according to ESAB. The design promotes smooth motions, accuracy and long service life.

SGX promotes productivity with rapid cut-to-cut cycle times via integral dual-side, high-speed AC drives and a fast torch lifter.

The compact design minimizes floor space requirements. One-meter rail increments keep the footprint small, to maximize production space.

Automated operation is achieved with a built-in process database in the Vision T5 CNC, which fully integrates ESAB plasma and oxy-fuel process controls into an easy-to-use touch-screen interface.

The oxy-fuel gas control automatically switches between low preheat and high preheat pressure. Ease-on cutting oxygen allows for piercing of thicker materials. Gas controls are located at the side of the machine where the operator has easy access and can see the torches while making adjustments.

SGX can be configured with a wide range of plasma options, from simple air-plasma systems up to fully automatic 360 Amp multi-gas plasma systems. The machine can be equipped with ESAB’s m3 Plasma® for cutting up to 50 mm (2 in.) in mild steel. The m3 Plasma system achieves superior cutting results over a wide range of material types and thicknesses, and produces a high quality cut face with low dross, requiring little secondary clean up. It features an automatic gas control integrated with the process database on the CNC for fast and easy process setup without the guesswork.