Flash Cutter SS48C Series

Flash Cutter SS48C Series

Bench Models for Cutting and Fusing Stranded Cable


Flash Cutters Model SS48C are designed to sever stranded wire in any metal and fuse the ends of the strands to prevent un-raveling or fraying.
Typical uses are:

  • Cutting of Stranded Steel or Stainless Steel cable.
  • Copper cable in fine stranding for subsequent resistance welding.
  • Flexible shafts for speedometer or other remote motions.
  • Surgical wires and sutures.

    • The cable is pulled out by hand and placed between electrodes. A foot pedal is actuated and air operated electrodes clamp the cable, straddling the cutting point. A heavy current of low voltage melts a short section of the cable, similar to blowing an electric fuse.The ends are fused and smooth.
    • The gap between the electrodes is adjustable to accommodate cables of a wide range of diameters.
    • Watercooled electrode holders Part# A4862-1 can be used for heavy cables.
    • Heat control is by tapswitch or solidstate control.
    • Electrode Jaws are readily replaceable. Part# A4860-1(Copper Blanks)
    • A "Stretch" option exerts a pull while the cable is heated.This reduces build-up at the ends.
    • A "Feed Initiation" switch and automatic cycling can be installed for applications where the customer wants to combine the Flash Cutter with a wire feed system.
    • Cleaning Brush Part# A3837
    Model KVA LineVoltage Capacity
    Approx. Dia.
    Stainless Steel
    Weight lbs. Dimensions W x H x D Note
    SS52/ 3/4 3/4 115 .005-.063 50 10x12x10 Included:
    Foot Switch & Guard
    One Set Electrodes
    Air Regulator & Guage
    1/8 IPS for Air 60-120
    PSI (4-8 Bar)
    SS48C/1 1 115 1/16 95 13x14x18
    SS48C/2.5 2.5 115/230 1/8 95 13x14x18
    SS48C/5 5 230 3/16 120 13x14x18
    SS48C/10 10 230 3/8 160 13x14x24

    Automatic Flash Cutter 950 Series

    Custom Designed Machines for cutting to length and fusing the ends of stranded cable in any metal.



    The Automatic Flash Cutter has a carriage propelled by a DC Motor Drive.On the carriage is a set of fingers which grab the end of the cable and pull it out to a pre-set length. Electrodes are applied adjacent to the cutting point and a heavy current of low voltage melts a short section of the cable fusing the ends, or a mechanical cutting head can sever plastic coated cable or conduit.The machine operates until a pre-set counter turns it off.

    The length can be set from 3" (76.2mm) up to the maximum design length of the machine and the tolerance on most cable construction is held to"+/-"1/16" (1.5mm) or better. Production rates vary with cutting length and material.Typical rates are 1000/Hr. on short cuts and 500/Hr. on long cuts and slow melting speeds.

    • Speedometer drives
    • Aircraft control cable
    • Office machine cables
    • Automobile and Aircraft seat controls
    • Marine Rigging
    • Medical Instrument

    Automatic FLASH CUTTER 950 Series


    1. Length of cut capacities from 1ft. to 16ft(.3 to 4.8 meters).
    2. Double pull action: increases capacity to twice the length of the single pull.multiple pull also possible.
    3. Transformer and controls rated 1/2KVA to 10KVA to accommodate cables from .010 to .375" (.25 to 10mm) diameter. Solid state control.
    4. Line voltage 115,230 or 44OV, 50/60Hz. single phase.
    5. Watercooled electrode holders for heavy duty use (large diameter cable and short cutting lengths).
    6. Water circulator and tank for use with water-cooled electrodes.
    7. Stretch action: To exert a pull on the cable as it is heated. This prevents build-up at the end, and results in a slight tapering of the ends on most cable constructions.
    8. Weld Interceptor: This device stops the flash cutter if there is a buttweld or knot in the cable which would cause jamming of the machine.
    9. Wire break detector: For use on very fine cables. It shuts off the machine at the end of a coil, or if the cable should break external to the Flash Cutter.
    10. Monitor: A sensor stops the machine if a cut piece is not dropped after each cycle. A horn or flashing light alerts an operator.
    11. Straightener: For stiff wire which will not straighten by being pulled 5 rolls in each of one or two axis.
    12. Tensioner: Pulleys with friction brakes apply an adjustable tension to the cable for more accurate cutting length. A tensioner is required if no external tensioning device or straightener is used.
    13. Pull lengths up to 3ft. (1 meter) can be built as bench top models. Longer stroke Flash Cutters are supplied on a welded steel base.
    14. A pre-set batch counter is standard. As an option a totalizing counter can be added.
    15. Mechanical cutting (no fusing of ends): A punch press, shear, saw or abrasive cutter can be installed in place of the electrical cutting head for use on plastic coated cable.
    16. The sequencing of operations is by programmable logic controller(P.L.C.). Make and model can be specified by the customer(Optional).