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See also Hancock and Co (Engineers)
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The use of Oxygen Jet Cutting Machines for profiling steel to required shapes is without doubt the most economical method extant. Realising this, Messrs. Hancock and Co. (Engineers) Ltd., Aurelia Road, Croydon, have spent considerable time and money in developing a range of such machines to cover all classes of steel cutting work.
The range of machines include three sizes of Profiling Machines similar to the illustration, the cutting areas varying from 18-ins. square to 5-ft. 6-in. by 2-ft. 6-ins. With these machines any required shape can be profiled either by hand guiding over a drawing or blue print, or automatically from a template made from strip aluminium. The template is the most simple possible and is bent to shape by hand.
Another model is the Longitudinal Profiling Machine, with a cutting area of 18-ft. by 3-ft. in one setting, which is built for profiling very large plates, such as locomotive side frames, bogie frames, etc.
All machines are driven by a 1/50th h.p. Electric Motor, running off the lighting supply, and are individually complete with all accessories. Cutting costs are extremely low, the cost of cutting 1-in. steel plate, for example, being approximately 1d. per foot cut and the cutting speed 10-in to 12-in. per minute. The cut obtained is superior to a saw-cut and (unless a machined face is required) is a finished one.
The above machines are only two of the many types manufactured, and consequently all those who are engaged in the cutting of steel for whatever purpose should not hesitate to obtain further details.