Flame cutting is one of the main methods of cutting steel pipes and tubes cleanly, allowing sections of tubular steel to be trimmed neatly and without squashing or deforming the cross-section of the pipe.
It’s an oxidation process – and although combustion is used, it does not involve the flamethrower-style jet of fire that many people might imagine when they hear the name.
Rather, the part of the steel pipes and tubes where the cut needs to be made is heated to a very high temperature, before a combination of fuel and oxygen is directed on to it in the form of a jet.
The oxygen ignites – and this is the ‘flame’ element in flame cutting – and the oxidised area of steel is removed by the jet of gases, leaving a clean cut.
With tubular steel the advantages of this are clear, as steel pipes and tubes could be at risk of deformation if a conventional saw or other such cutting device were to be used which would apply pressure laterally to the tube.
But it is also a convenient method of cutting all kinds of steel, either using a manually positioned jet to make precise incisions into the material, or by mounting the flame jet on a machine for mechanised cutting.
Flame cutting is one of our many services, and we can trim plate steel to size, cut steel pipes and box sections, and offer mitre cutting too.
Our other services include sawing, if flame cutting is not desirable for any reason, as well as drilling holes for fixings such as bolts.
We can also offer finishing services like painting and galvanising, which can help to create a specific visual effect and protect steel against weather and other elements, while our general light fabrication service brings everything together with assembly and welding to produce a finished object.