Mueller Installs Kinetic K3000XMC Plasma Cutting System
As part of our massive facility expansion Mueller has installed an electronically programmable heavy metal combination plasma/flame cutting and drilling system enabling many of our components to be precision finished in-house with one set-up, eliminating the need for jigging and other cumbersome manual procedures.
“This represents another step in our commitment to utilize the most productive manufacturing technology available in order to better serve our clients,” explained Mueller Chief Operating Officer Trey Dent. “While the Kinetic K3000XMC is an enormous investment, it will enable us to achieve more precise machining in far less time, all under our own quality control, resulting in significantly increased productivity and improved delivery time.”
The K3000XM is one of the most technologically sophisticated manufacturing systems available. It performs digitally controlled plasma cutting, flame cutting, drilling, tapping, counterboring, and marking. It features a PC based controller with 15” LCD glass panel touch screen interface, a Hypertherm 400 amp high definition plasma system, programmable drives on all axes with precision rack and pinion drive for dual x and y axes, and an automated 24 compartment tool changer for high speed transitioning. The system can cut up to 3” thick steel plate using its plasma unit and over twice that with the oxy torch.
The K3000XM was one of several new systems included in the initial expansion of Mueller’s fabrication plant near Brookshire, Texas just west of Houston. In addition to doubling the manufacturing area and installing new equipment, the project also added 9,000 square feet of office space, enabling us to consolidate all our staff in one location. To keep pace with the company’s increased product demand, a second phase of construction is already nearing completion and a third phase has broken ground.
In the accompanying photo our operator uses the K3000’s plasma torch to fabricate a flange. Note the large touch screen program monitor to his left.