Typically used to cut steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper and other conductive metals, a plasma cutter blows compressed oxygen, air, inert or other gases (depending on the metal being cut) through a focused nozzle at high speed toward the metal, forming an electrical arc within the gas between an electrode near the gas nozzle and the metal itself. This electrical arc ionizes some of the gas to create an electrically-conductive channel of plasma. As electricity from the cutter torch travels down this plasma, it delivers enough heat to melt through the metal as the high velocity plasma and compressed gas blow the hot molten metal away, separating (cutting through) the metal.
Get the most from your robotic welding investment through careful planning and continued monitoring.
Shops of all sizes are embracing automation and robotics systems and benefiting from major productivity gains with existing staff.
Taking the time to carefully plan for this investment is important. Look to a provider for assistance and for help determining the expected payback.
Light industrial CNC plasma cutting options now make it possible for small home-based businesses and hobbyists to complete amazing jobs that were almost impossible a decade ago. These new plasma cutting systems can provide great performance at even better prices, but make sure they fit your needs before getting started so that you aren’t disappointed.
Watch out for artificially low prices on aftermarket plasma torch consumable parts. Before you buy, it is important to be aware of a few of the poor performance issues and risk of torch damage that your shop will experience if you purchase imitation consumables.
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Welding Industry News
AWS’ Light a Spark Grant; Starter Packages Valued at More than $14K
Applications for the grant are being accepted through March 15, 2023. The package is designed to introduce welding at the secondary or post-secondary levels.
Hobart Opens new Customer Experience Center to Provide Welding Support and Training
The center consists of several dedicated spaces, including the Customer Applications Lab, which features two robotic welding systems, including the new Hercules automated MIG welding system.