Foldens Machine Works - When Quality Matters

Products & Services

• CNC Machining
• CNC Turning
• HyDefinition Plasma Cutting
• Oxyfuel Cutting

Areas of Specialty

• Agricultural
• Trucking
• Lifting Equipment
• Military Training Devices

CNC Machining & Turning

The introduction of CNC machines radically changed the manufacturing industry. Curves are as easy to cut as straight lines, complex 3-D structures are relatively easy to produce, and the number of machining steps that required human action have been dramatically reduced.

With the increased automation of manufacturing processes with CNC machining, considerable improvements in consistency and quality have been achieved with no strain on the operator. CNC automation reduced the frequency of errors and provided CNC operators with time to perform additional tasks. CNC automation also allows for more flexibility in the way parts are held in the manufacturing process and the time required to change the machine to produce different components.

HyDefinition Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is a process that is used to cut steel and other metals (or sometimes other materials) using a plasma torch. In this process, an inert gas (in some units, compressed air) is blown at high speed out of a nozzle; at the same time an electrical arc is formed through that gas from the nozzle to the surface being cut, turning some of that gas to plasma. The plasma is sufficiently hot to melt the metal being cut and moves sufficiently fast to blow molten metal away from the cut. Plasma can also be used for plasma arc welding and other applications.

Oxyfuel Cutting

Oxy-fuel cutting is a process that use fuel gases and oxygen to cut metals. The cutting torch is used to heat up ferrous metal to kindling temperature (about 980C). A stream of pure oxygen is trained on the hot metal which chemically combines with the iron which then flows out of the cut, or kerf, as an iron-oxide slag.