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Plasma Cutting Problems Solved- 8/15/2012
Operators, maintenance men, shop foremen and production managers have expectations that their plasma equipment will perform at a high level. In the article, “Solving Common Plasma Cutting Mistakes,” Kevin Bonneau, president and general manager at Thermacut Inc., explains how looking at a few basic steps can help improve on the cut quality and life of the replacement consumables. The article appears in the Summer 2012 issue of Welding & Gases Today, the leading magazine for the gases and welding equipment industry.
Improving performance begins with the simple step of reading the owner’s manual accompanying the equipment. “Most people don’t take the time to read their owner’s manual before using their equipment,” says Bonneau. “The owner’s manual is the bible for settings, trouble-shooting and performance indicators. Understanding how the equipment works and the pitfalls to avoid can prevent a catastrophic failure.”
Operators should also do a visual check to make sure the consumables are not being over used, nozzle holes are not distorted, and there are no visual cracks or breaks to any ceramic materials. “If any of the consumables show distortion from original appearance, it’s time to change them,” says Bonneau.
In the article, Bonneau provides a checklist of basic steps to follow before trying to address a more complex issue. Gases and welding distributors can use this checklist to help customers who are experiencing problems with the life of their plasma cutting consumables or cut quality.
To learn more about getting the most out of your plasma cutting equipment, read “Solving Common Plasma Cutting Mistakes” at Welding & Gases Today Online.