The PythonX system configuration is surprisingly simple. The central processing cabinet is made of rugged HSS and houses the industrial robot arm that wields the Hypertherm high-definition plasma torch. A clamping mechanism holds the steel piece in place and a retractable roller table allows scrap pieces to drop into a bin below the cutting plane.

Beams, channel, and other elements are loaded onto an infeed conveyor, either from overhead or by the use of optional cross transfers. The 'measuring cart' slides the work piece down the conveyor rollers into the processing cabinet. It carefully indexes it to the exact location needed. After processing, the finished pieces are rolled out on a powered exit conveyor and can be offloaded by cross transfer or overhead crane. PythonX is unique in that the next pieces can be loaded onto the infeed conveyor while a piece is being run in the processing cabinet.

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From Drawing to Part

PythonX can read .dstv format files from major structural steel detailing "CAD" programs, much the way CNC beam drill line machines do. It uses the files to determine the sequence of cuts
to be made to the workpiece and the path of movement of the
robot arm.

The ability to read part detailing files from Tekla, StruCad and other structural steel CAD programs is not unique to PythonX. Beam drill lines from Controlled Automation, Ficep, Voortman and others do this
as well. The difference is how PythonX" uses the information to determine where EVERY item  – copes, flange flush cuts, text letters, layout marks, notches – EVERY item goes on the beam.

This truly minimizes operator involvement. NO measuring, NO chalk drawing features on the beam and NO hand drilling or handheld torch cutting. That saves time, labor cost and eliminates errors and rework.

This level of automation gets
your fab shop more productive and your costs so low that you will suddenly feel your in a different business. In fact, one mostly manual fab shop that installed a PythonX claimed an 1800% improvement in shop productivity.


PythonX Equipment Configuration, Operation and Options

The animation below shows how the various components of the PythonX system work together for efficient product flow. It also depicts the different options for material handling that can serve the system. For details of system capacity – the sizes of the materials it can process –  visit the PythonX web site.


  • Robotic Arm:  can cut/cope intricate shapes, but is a rugged 'workhorse' designed for harsh industrial environments.
  • Plasma Torch: Hypertherm's HyDefinition technology has superior arc stability and energy for precise, yet powerful cutting.
  • Plasma Cutting Center: houses the overhead robot, torch, cutting 'table' and workholding clamps. Passline height is 28".
  • Infeed/Outfeed Conveyors: use heavy duty frames, 4" OD drive rollers individually driven by serpentine chain for positive drive.
  • Measuring Cart: travels length of the Infeed Conveyor plus robot work envelope, to position material for cutting.
  • Optional Cross Transfers: Heavy-duty drag chain cross transfer conveyors can be placed alongside both the Infeed and Outfeed conveyors to accumulate and transfer material.