A massive new flame-cutting machine, known as a "flame planer" is said to be improving techniques and productivity at the shipbuilding and engineering works of the Broken Hill Property Company in Whyalla, South Australia.
GTV PAN Flame cutter
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CU Operator presses buttons
CU Cutter ignites and cuts through metal (4 shots)
CU Nameplate "Flame Cutter" ZOOM OUT TO operators watching machine
SV Mr. J. Dalziel - Shipyard Manager (left) gets papers from Mr. Dalby
SV Operator at machine
SV>V VIP's looking at machine in operation (3 shots)
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Background: A massive new flame-cutting machine, known as a "flame planer" is said to be improving techniques and productivity at the shipbuilding and engineering works of the Broken Hill Property Company in Whyalla, South Australia.
The flame--planer, capable of accepting four steel plates 50 feet by 12 feet (15.2 X 3.7 metres) is 120 feet long (36.3 metres) and 30 feet wide (9.1 metre). A large gantry covering two of the plates laid side-by-side performs cutting or "stripping" of up to 20 pieces of steel simultaneously, with its 52 oxygen-cutting blowpipes.
An additional cross-carriage contains motor-driven cutting heads to allow preparation of plate ends.
The flame-planer also includes such technically advanced features as automatic blowpipe ignition, hydraulic locking, and water sprays to prevent distortion.
The machine is the first of its type to be used in Australia.