As your business begins to grow, operations managers need to consider ways to improve their operations: to handle more volume, faster processes and superior quality to your competitors.

The big question is, how do you know when it is the right time to invest, and when do you justify a capital expenditure?  Many start-up HVAC businesses may not have the budget to invest in a CNC Plasma machine, where as others who produce at higher volumes are able to improve operations even further with a Plasma machine.

Cutting sheet metal is one of the central tasks in HVAC, and there are different methods to do so based on your required marginal return. Factors that companies also take into account before purchasing a cutting solution are: flexibility, speed, accuracy, finish and cost that best fits their needs.

The chart below lists 5 methods of cutting sheet metal and the degree to which each of the factors provide:


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