3WHAT IS A PLASMA ARC?PLASMA - a fluid part of the bloodPLASMA - an ionized gas (Air)When a gas is heated above 17,000 0F, electrons are free to move. The gas conducts electricity
4THE PLASMA SYSTEM AIR REGULATOR / FILTER POWER SOURCE/ CONTROL Work ClampSPARE PARTS KITTorch
5GTAW (TIG) ARC OPEN ARC TUNGSTEN ELECTRODE GAS CUP SHIELDING GAS WELD PUDDLESHIELDING GASTUNGSTEN ELECTRODEGAS CUPOPEN ARC
6GTAW (TIG) ARC = OPEN ARC Excellent heat source - 35,000 0FArc lacks intensity or focusArc lacks needed velocity to blow molten metal from kerfExcellent for welding - unsuitable for cutting or gouging
7PLASMA = CONSTRICTED ARC Constriction focuses the arcIncreases arc temperatureIncreases arc voltageFlow of gas controls plasma velocity
9THERMAL SOURCE REQUIREMENTS High temperature - to melt metalHighly focused and intense source - to make a narrow kerfHigh velocity gas stream - to blow the molten metal from the kerf
10KERF The narrow cut or void left by the cutting process END VIEW OF A TYPICAL PLASMA KERF
11DROSS FORMATIONThe molten metal that was blown through the kerf and sticks (welds itself) to the bottom edge of the plateLow travel speed - easily removedHigh travel speed - Very difficult to removeHIGH SPEEDLOW SPEED
14HIGH FREQUENCY STARTING High Frequency (HF) starting requires an arc of about 10,000 volt at 1.5 MHzThis high voltage arc jumps the electrode to nozzle gap and ionizes a path through the gasWhen the cutting tip touches the work piece the main arc flows through this ionized pathThe PT-31XL torch uses a HF startPLASMA GAS (air)IONIZEDGASHigh Frequency
15PILOT ARC STARTINGPLASMA GASPILOT ARCBRIGHT ZONEHOT PLASMA(CONDUCTIVE)Pilot arc torches also require High Frequency to ionize the gas in the torchA low current (pilot arc) flows through the HF path. The plasma gas(air) blows this arc through the nozzleWhen the pilot arc comes close enough to the work piece the main cutting arc transfers and takes the place of the pilot arcAdvantage - The cutting tip does not have to touch the work piece resulting in longer lifeThe PT-25, 26, 27 and PT-121 torchesuse a PILOT ARC start.
16PILOT ARCAfter two seconds of *preflow the HF energizes and the PILOT ARC fires(Click on image to play video)* Preflow: The gas (air) flow prior to the High Frequency and Pilot Arc
17OPERATING TIPSThe Do's and Don'tsPT-25 / PT-26 / PT-27
18TORCH SETUPWith the POWER turned "OFF" - Check the torch consumables for wear and proper assembly
19AIR SETUPWith the POWER turned "ON" and the AIR CHECK switch in the "ON" position - set the air pressure per the instruction literature (usually psi.)
20AIR SUPPLYContaminated air supply will shorten electrode and nozzle life.Check filter bowl for water or oil.An additional air filter/dryer may be necessary. Available for less than $100.
21WHEN TO CHANGE CONSUMABLES Cut speed and quality will deteriorate when the nozzle (tip) or electrode become damaged.