The speed, accuracy and overall performance of plasma cutting makes it the darling of the metal industry. However, as with any manufacturing process, it can have its speed bumps which can turn a plasma torch into a dangerous or ineffective tool. What are some of the more common plasma torch problems?
Common Plasma Torch Problems
Deteriorating Cut Quality
One of the first signs of wear and tear on a plasma torch is deteriorating cut quality. Regular maintenance and the replacement of nozzles, electrodes and gas swirlers allow your tools to operate at maximum efficiency and reduces the possibility of costly part failure.
A plasma torch is a fussy lady, and it is vital to maintain the correct pressure and flow of both gas and coolant. If your torch fails to arc on start-up and won’t maintain a constant cutting arc when the system appears to be fine, then it’s possible that your gas pressure is incorrect, or the flow is not consistent.
Premature Part Failure
There is no substitute for the correct parts and the correct consumables. Poorly fitted parts, deteriorating consumables, dirty threads and excessive use of lubricant and anti-spatter all work to reduce the working life of a part. If you find that you are constantly replacing parts that have failed before expected, then it’s worth taking a closer look at the maintenance of your torch.
Your plasma torch is a precision piece of equipment and should be treated with the care and respect it deserves. Banging, dropping or incorrect use will result in a costly and early replacement.
Our qualified team here at Steelmor are here to assist with your next project and can take your plasma torch problems off your hands. Contact us today and let us make your life just a little easier.