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What is plasma?
In order to explain what a plasma‑cutting table is, we really need to tell you what plasma is. Plasma is simply the fourth state of matter. We generally think of matter as having three states – solid, liquid, and gas. Matter changes from one state to another through the introduction of energy, like heat. As an example, water will change from a solid (ice) to a liquid when you apply a certain amount of heat to it. If the heat levels are increased, however, it will change from a liquid into a gas. Now, if you further increase the heat – yes, this is possible – the steam will become ionized and electrically conductive. This is plasma.
So, what does a plasma cutting table actually do?
A plasma cutter uses this electrically conductive gas to transfer energy from a power supply to any conductive material. This results in a cleaner and faster process than cutting oxyfuel. The plasma arc formation begins when a gas such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon or air is forced through a small metal nozzle inside the torch. An electric arc, which is generated from the external power supply is then introduced to this high pressured gas flow, this results in what we call a plasma jet. The jet reaches temperatures as high as 40,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It pierces through the workpiece on the plasma cutting table and blows away the molten material.
What are the components of a plasma cutting table?
A plasma cutting table has three system components. They are:
• Power supply – The plasma power supply converts single or three phase AC line voltage into a smooth, constant DC line voltage ranging from 200 to 400VDC. The DC voltage is responsible for maintaining the plasma arc throughout the cut. It also regulates the current output required based on the material type and thickness being processed.
• Arc Starting Console – The ASC circuit produces an AC voltage of approximately 5,000 VAC at 2MHz. This produces the spark inside of the plasma torch to create the plasma arc.
• Plasma Torch – The function of the plasma torch is to provide proper alignment and cooling of what we call the consumables. The main consumable parts required for plasma arc are the electrode, swirl ring and nozzle. An additional shielding cap may be used to further improve cut quality, and all the parts are held together by inner and outer retaining caps.
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