Are plasma torches interchangeable?
Today’s plasma cutting systems are no different. Power supplies are smaller, more capable, and reliable, as are the cutting torches. There was a reason plasma torches were designed the way they were, and it had to do with the mechanism that starts the plasma arc.
What is a plasma torch used for?
Plasma torches are utilized to convert organic material into syngas with hydrogen and carbon monoxide content through an extreme thermal process.
Does a plasma torch need gas?
Yes. All plasma cutting systems—including air plasma cutters—use gas. In addition to using one type of gas, many fabricators choose plasma systems with “dual-gas” or “multi-gas” capability.
What is consumable on a plasma cutter?
Plasma cutter consumables are a set of components in your plasma cutter that gradually wear over time until they need to be replaced: they have a life cycle. Plasma cutting torch consumables include: a swirl ring, electrode, nozzle, retaining cap, and shield cap.
Do you need a air compressor for a plasma cutter?
But if you do a lot of cutting, or plan to cut thick plate, we recommend using a compressor that is 1.5 to 2 times the plasma system requirement. Beyond choosing the right size air compressor for your plasma cutter, it is critical that you ensure the air that reaches your plasma cutter is high quality air.
Why would some large plasma cutting machines have two gas hoses?
Most torches only have one gas hose running to the torch, but some larger high amperage machine cutting torches may have two hoses. One hose carries the gas used to produce the plasma, and the other provides the shielding gas coverage.
Do you need an air compressor for a plasma cutter?
Plasma cutters need air pressure to cut in a two-stage process. Therefore, all plasma cutters need an air compressor to generate enough air pressure for the task. If you buy a plasma cutter without a built-in source of air, you’ll need a separate air compressor.