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Plate Burning Services

  • Plate Burning
Plate Burning


Plate burning, also known as plate cutting, is the process of igniting a gas or liquid by flame or electrical arc, in order to cut through steel. There are two types of plate burning and cutting: plasma and oxyfuel.

Plasma Burning is when a gas is released at high speeds from a plasma torch, where an electrical current is applied to turn some of the gas into plasma. This plasma is then used to pierce the steel and cut through it at higher speeds than oxyfuel cutting. It is typically used on higher alloy steels, or materials like Aluminum, but it can also be used on lower alloy steels.

  • Features Include:
    • Medium heat input
    • Superior cutting speed
    • Hardening within the area of the HAZ
    • Wide range of material

Oxy-Fuel Burning is an economical process used to cut low and mild alloy steels. It is possibly one of the most important processes in the metal industry. This process can also be done with weld preparations.

  • Features Include:
    • High heat input
    • Low cutting speed
    • Carbonizing and Hardening within the area of the HAZ
    • Wide range of material

Our 120" x 240" Burn Table is equipped with 2 Oxyfuel Torches and a 400 AMP Plasma Torch. The 2 Oxyfuel Torches allow us to burn shapes, including rings, out of carbon plate up to 4” thick, while the Plasma Torch can burn shapes up to 2" thick. 

STS stocks A36 up to 4" and 4140 Heat treated HR.  Submit your drawing or call today for more info on tolerances and lead times. Please contact us if you have any questions.