Oxyfuel Cutting has many names. Often called Flame Cutting. It was patented by a man called Thomas Fletcher in 1901 and is now over a hundred years old.
Oxyfuel cutting is considered a very economical method of cleanly and accurately cutting low allow steels with heavy sections. In this type of thermal separation of steel the metal is oxidized with an oxygen gas stream and blown out of the cut.
Despite the growing importance of other methods (plasma cutting, laser cutting, water jet cutting) flame cutting is considered to be an extremely economical process – especially for larger material thicknesses from 40 mm. However, under certain circumstances the relatively high heat input must be taken into account as a possible warping of the metal or hardening of the material at the edges can occur. However for larger thicknesses from about 160 mm, there is still no alternative to flame cutting
In modern machines, the oxyfuel gantry can be combined with other technologies.