Heavy-duty precision CNC plasma cutting for large, thick plate applications

The dura-kut is manufactured to machine tool standards and is built for maximum precision, repeatability, flexibility, durability and longevity. Using the latest precision drive systems for high-speed, high-accuracy, heavy-duty plasma cutting.

The dura-kut gantry-style cutting system with independent table and motion system. Widths up to 30 feet and virtually limitless lengths.


  • Designed for larger & thicker plate cutting
  • Gantry-style bridge with independent table and frame
  • Modular design for extended lengths
  • Water or down draft tank / table
  • Multiple plasma heads or oxy-fuel torches
  • robo-kut and tube-kut optional


  • +/- 0.006” per 3’ accuracy of motion
  • 1000 ipm travel speed
  • standard widths: 8’, 10’, 12’, 14’, 16’, 18’
  • heavy-duty dura-max widths: 18′, 20’, 22’, 24’, and 30’
  • lengths: 20’, 30’, 40’, 50’, in 10’ increments to 200’+


  • Hypertherm “Hy-Definition” HPR
  • Hypertherm “X-Definition” XPR
  • Hypertherm straight torch or robo-kut 5-axis bevel
  • Hypertherm Auto Gas Control Console


  • Direct pinion loading to rack (no forced engagement)
  • Oversized wheel bearings and long wheel base
  • Laser pointer for plate alignment and position finding
  • Magnetic breakaway torch
  • X-axis dual synchronized vertical rack & pinion drive
  • X-axis heavy-duty crane rail
  • Y-axis helical rack & pinion drive system
  • Z-axis Hypertherm Sensor™ Advanced THC


  • Hypertherm SureCut™ technology enabled
  • Hypertherm Edge Connect™ CNC Controller
  • Hypertherm ProNest™ Software
  • 19” Color Touch Screen Console
  • CNC controller free-standing or gantry mounted

AKS dura-kut with robo-kut is a complete system for cutting vessel lids, heads, or domes. Hypertherm Sensor™ Torch Height Control combined with the Hypertherm SureCut™ suite of tools is critical to the execution of this complex cutting geometry.

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What Is SureCut™?

Only AKS Cutting Systems is full-process SureCut™ functional.
Is your plasma cutting system SureCut™?

SureCut™ technology maximizes performance by providing embedded expertise through a combination of tools that includes plasma power supplies, CNC and CAM software.

SureCut™ Benefits

  • Automatically applies optimized cutting parameters, to simplify cutting and reduce operator intervention
  • Easy set up improves job efficiency
  • Provides access to Remote Help™ and troubleshooting which reduces downtime
  • Works across multiple cutting technologies

SureCut™ Hardware Requirements

  • Hypertherm HPR® or XPR® Plasma Power Supply
  • Hypertherm Auto Gas Console Control System
  • Hypertherm Edge Connect™ CNC Controller
  • Hypertherm THC Sensor™ Torch Height Control
  • SureCut™ enabled and True Hole® enabled Cutting Table
  • SureCut™ Software Requirements

    • Hypertherm ProNest™ 2017
    • Advanced Plasma Machine Post Processor (True Hole® requirement)
    • Hypertherm Automatic Nesting
    • ProNest™ Collision Avoidance Module (Rapid Part™ requirement)
    • ProNest™ Annual Software Subscription

    Note: All SureCut™ technologies and benefits are only achievable on SureCut™ enabled and True Hole® enabled cutting tables like the AKS tru-kut Xaccu-kut, and dura-kut.

    The SureCut™ Suite of Tools Includes

    True Hole® True Bevel™ Rapid Part™ Sensor™ THC ProNest 2017™

    dura-kut OPTIONS

    AKS robo-kut

    The most powerful plasma cutting 5-axis bevel head in the industry and is protected by several U.S. Patents. The AKS robo-kut is capable of +/-45 degrees for A, V, K, X, top-Y and bottom-Y style bevel cuts for weld prep applications, countersinks, and chamfers, and also is capable of precision taper compensation or back-beveling.

    The AKS robo-kut can produce a ½” diameter bolt ready hole in 1″ thick steel plate, for a ½ : 1 ratio for hole diameter: thickness. This is superior to competitive machines which are limited to traditional 1 : 1 ratio only.

    The AKS plasma robo-kut incorporates robotic style precision gearing and planetary gearboxes that can be incremented in arc-seconds, or fractions of degrees, for tightest precision and accuracy. The robo-kut performs continuous unlimited rotation without interruption, for cutting of the most complex 5-axis parts without having to stop and unwind, and includes a magnetic breakaway head to prevent damage upon a crash.

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    The tube-kut add-on system increases processing flexibility and versatility to handle both flat plate cutting and tube / pipe cutting, while saving space and capital investment compared to a dedicated pipe & tube cutting systems.

    With an integrated servo-controlled 6th axis rotary drive, positioned on the floor of the dura-kut, either on the left or right hand side of the table, and controlled by the CNC Controller, automatically rotates and indexes the tube / pipe, via a headstock chuck, as the plasma torch cuts shapes & profiles in the tube wall.

    The AKS tube-kut for dura-kut offers:

    • 4ft wide processing area
    • Up to 20ft long tube or pipe
    • Up to 12″ x12″ standard rectangular or square tube
    • 2″ – 24″ OD round pipe maximum weight 3300lb (1500kg)
    • 3 jaw chuck (round pipe) or 4 jaw chuck (square or rectangular tube) manual clamping system
    • Hypertherm ProNest® and Rotary Tube Pro® Software Module
    • Quantity two (2) square / round tube/pipe “easy-rest” supports
    • AKS 2-day “Advanced Tube / Pipe Cutting Training”
    Learn More About tube-kut

    Oxy-Fuel Torch

    Complimentary cutting technology on a separate carriage, yet on the same bridge as the plasma torch. The oxy-fuel torch uses oxygen and cutting fuel gas for cutting 1/8” – 6” thick carbon steel and cannot cut stainless steel or aluminum. The oxy-fuel torch is powered by either independent servo control, or mechanical slave linkage. Also included are standard features like:

    • Auto gas control
    • Built-in auto remote ignition
    • Integrated Coolex technology
    • Digitally controlled high capacity manifold gas system
    • Pre-heating transducer and fuel gas transducer
    • Automatic settings for faster oxygen and gas pre-heating, cutting speed and kerf
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    Upgrade to
    AKS dura-max

    AKS also offers an extra large dura-kut version named the dura-max. The dura-max is an extra heavy-duty model specifically designed for wider width bridge beams and heavier loads, with multiple torches and carriages.

    Available in widths: 16’, 18’, 20’, 22’, 24’, and 30’
    Available in lengths: 20’, 30’, 40’, 50’ and increments of 10’ to 200’+
    Offers multiple plasma torches – both straight and AKS robo-kut 5-axis Bevel Head
    Offers multiple oxy-fuel torches
    The AKS dura-kut is also available in the dura-max model, an extra heavy-duty version specifically designed for wider width bridge beams and heavier loads, with multiple torches and carriages. Available in widths of 16’, 18’, 20’, 22’ and 24’ and offers multiple plasma torches, both straight and AKS robo-kut 5-axis Bevel Head, and multiple oxy-fuel torches.

    the AKS dura-kut comes standard with Hypertherm HPR-XD “Hy-Definition™” or XPR “X-Definition™” Plasma Power Supply units and torches. The AKS “dura-kut” is specifically designed for larger and thicker plate cutting with superior performance to take advantage of the Hy-Definition arc beam. The dura-kut is integrated with the Hypertherm Hy-Defintiton capability and utilizes the HPR or XPR family of cutting power supply units provides Hypertherm SureCut™ technology included.

    Learn More About Hypertherm Power Supplies

    Table / Tank Options

    Water Table
    • Independent and separate from the gantry
    • Complete steel structure and removable/replaceable steel slats
    • Removable Scrap Pans are optional and easy-to-clean while keeping table in production
    • Optional water level raise / lower control
    • Water-filled tank to control smoke from cutting process
    • Table / tank provided by:
      • Manufactured by AKS Cutting Systems
      • Third party regional table manufacturer
      • Customer self-fabrication
    Down Draft Table
    • Independent and separate from the gantry
    • Complete steel structure, including steel floor and removable/replaceable steel slats
    • Removable Scrap Pans are easy-to-clean, and while keeping table in production
    • Optional smoke collector system and single or double exhaust ducts
    • Include multiple 2.5′ or 5’ zones, controlled through gantry contact switches or pneumatically actuated soft-switches
    • Table provided by:
      • Manufactured by AKS Cutting Systems
      • Third party regional table manufacturer
      • Customer self-fabrication
    Self-Cleaning Down Draft Table
    • Scraper System is chain-driven and travels length of table
    • Automatically sweeps out excess slag, scrap, waste and even small parts
    • Slag and waste are pulled up ramp to dump into pan
    • System lifts on return stroke, so all slag is pushed forward, and not pushed away from exit
    • Slag collection pans can roll in / out, under drive unit cabinet, for easy dumping, requiring no pits or holes cut into floor
    • Automatic zone operation with 5’ zones with manual or pneumatic doors
    • Table capacity up to 3”, 6”, or 8” steel thicknesses
    • ¼” steel floor protects concrete from pitting & scarring, optimal for uneven floors

    Coupled with the Down Draft Table, the Smoke/Dust Collector Filtration Unit provides suction air capable of both removing and filtering the plasma cutting process smoke. It is a stand-alone unit either installed indoors, near the plasma cutting machine, or outdoors for quieter operation. The Smoke Collector unit contains a series of high capacity HEPA filters which efficiently re-circulate clean air back into your plant.

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    dura-kut FEATURES

    EDGE Connect
    CNC Controller

    The AKS dura-kut utilizes the Hypertherm EDGE Connect™ CNC Controller, the leading plasma cutting controls package in the industry. The EDGE Connect™ combines Hypertherm’s embedded expertise foundation with AKS Cutting Systems customization.

    • Utilizes Hypertherm Phoenix™ Operating Software
    • 19” Color Projected Capacitive Touch Screen
    • One touch access for support documentation including cutting optimization tips, consumable change instructions and diagnostic tools
    • Configurable Watch Windows™ enable on-screen real time monitoring of key process performance parameters while cutting
    • Two Year Warranty
    • Remote Help™ over the internet reduces down time and the need for on-site visits
    Learn More About EDGE Connect CNC

    • Powerful single solution CAD/CAM nesting software designed for heavy-duty industrial production
    • Increases material savings, boosts productivity, reduces operating costs and improves part quality
    • Compatible with most drawing formats with direct import of .dxf, .dwg, and CNC simple shapes
    • Uses the patented CutPro® Wizard, with database cut charts, so even new operators can be ready to cut production parts in minutes
    • Enables users to obtain optimal part cut quality with automatic nesting and automatic process optimization
    • Backed by Hypertherm’s global network of professionals for service, support and troubleshooting
    Learn More About ProNest 2017

    X-Axis Construction

    • Heavy-duty, fully welded, 3/8” thick steel “truck” structure provides superior rigidity and stability
    • All mounting surfaces machined in ONE SET-UP for premium accuracy and precision
    • Uses a LH and RH “truck” with each welded frame structure consisting of a drive motor, coupler, reducer and pinion with dual bearing units for front and rear alignment
    • “trucks” are completely enclosed with removable cover panels for easy maintenance
    • Heavy-Duty 105-lb Crane Rail is precision machined, and then mounted to H-Beam Supports with cleats for the entire length of machine
    • Rail is mounted with precise adjustability both up/down and left/right
    • Rack is mounted to underside of precision machined rail for best protection from harsh environment
    • Pinion is precision located and mated to rail without need for spring or pneumatic load, thus providing highest accuracy and minimizing wear
    • Brass wiper blade to clear debris from rail surface
    • Modular rail extensions can extend length in 10’ sections, and is essentially limitless

    Y-Axis Bridge Design

    • Heavy-duty Y-axis machined Bridge Beam allows accurate and precise movement and rigidity
    • Steel weldment machined frame
    • Dual Precision Guide Rails mounted on top surface of bridge
    • The rack is “tucked under” rail for protection
    • Heat protection shields, under the bridge, are designed to prevent high temp damage to bridge and components
    • Standard lengths in 2 ft increments from 8 ft wide to 24 ft wide
    • Y-axis bridge is mounting area for CNC controller console, auto gas control system, cat track and z-axis lifter carriages
    • Available extra length accommodates additional torches
    • Optional available mounting of additional plasma or oxy-fuel torches
    • Optional additional mounting robo-kut Bevel Head