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How to Select and Operate a Plasma Cutter

The simplicity that is the operation of a plasma cutter is amazing. The selection of the right machine for the application and its accessories is actually the hardest part in this process. When the fabricators, contractors and artists who once used oxy-acetylene or mechanical tools, use plasma cutters, they do not go back. The benefits that you will get from the plasma cutter are that you will improve on your productivity by a large instance and you will also cut on the costs.

Usually when welding, you will have a heating cycle but with the plasma cutter, you will not need one. The previous cutting tools could not cut metals that conduct electricity like stainless steel or aluminium but for the plasma cutter, you will be able to cut any metal. You will minimize on the heat-affected zone as well have portability around the job sites which are just some of the benefits of plasma cutters.

When you are selecting the plasma cutter, it is important that you ask questions and these will have to rotate around the cutting capacity. One of the considerations that you will have is the breadth of the metal that you cut on a routine basis. The other considerations that you should have is the maximum breadth of metal and also the speed by which you want to cut the metal. Just like a welding machine, a plasma cutter amperage and voltage capacity will determine the size. The welding machine will not require high voltages if you compare it to the plasma cutter which is the exact opposite.

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When selecting plasma cutters, it is important that you consider the cutting speeds and quality ratings. If you know the cutting speeds for the thickness of metal that is being cut, you will be able to calculate the production rates. This will help in ensuring that the cutting portion of the operation does not become a potential bottleneck. The cutting speed performance can be fast tracked by the cutting speed charts that the manufacturers will normally provide.

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Air and electricity are the two most important requirements for the plasma cutter. You need to know the type of input power that is available for the plasma cutter. However, input voltages of 190-630 V is what most of the plasma cutters will have. In most of the instances, these machines can be plugged in and be used anywhere in the world.

The wind tunnel technology that comes with the plasma cutters helps with environments with heavy dust and metal shavings. One of the benefits of the wind tunnel technology is that it will not blow over the electronic components.