If you own a business that works with the production of metal products, chances are that you will have the need for a plasma cutter. With the versatility and vast variety of applications in which plasma cutting can be used, it is becoming more and more of a commonly owned type of equipment. Plasma cutting systems are found in welding and metal working shops, as well as large scale production sites, and even in the garages of hobbyists who do metal works for interest or as a side job. Plasma cutters are also used with non-metal materials, and for materials of varying thicknesses.
Plasma torches can be used freehand or with a table. There are advantages to both. Using the torch freehand allows for the cutting of surfaces that cannot be put on the table. This may be useful in the repair of heavy equipment, or in remote locations where it is not feasible to transport a plasma table. It may also be useful in tight spots where a table will not fit, or on one-time applications, or in applications where precision is not as important. Tables have the advantage of greater stability, and potential for a very high level of precision, especially if used with computer software that controls the movement of the torch. With a plasma table it is possible to mount the torch on a movable arm that provides for movement from front to back as well as from side to side.
The most versatile plasma cutters are perhaps tables that have the ability to use a hand-held torch. This way, the torch can be used with the table for better precision, yet the flexibility of using the torch as a handheld tool is preserved. When purchasing a plasma cutting system, it is beneficial for insight table installation to be included in the purchase. Installation may include set-up of the physical elements of the system, as well as configuring the equipment with the computer system. This way you can get off to a better start without complications and frustrations. The installer may be able to give you a few helpful tips and give you a quick test-run of the system while he is there. You may also be able to ask the installer a few questions about the system.
One reason that plasma cutters are becoming more common is that the cost has been decreasing over time. As more companies are making plasma cutting systems, and competing for sales, the price is lowering. These more attractive prices make investing in a plasma cutter more feasible. Another reason plasma cutters are becoming more common is their newer, more lightweight designs. With a lighter-weight design it is not as daunting of a task move these tables. At the same time, however, newer table designs can still provide the same or even better precision than was previously possible. Plasma cutting is also becoming a more commonly used technique because of a new vertical table designs. The vertical design has a smaller footprint and therefore takes up less floor space. Because of this it can more easily fit and be used in small shops and garages.
Plasma cutting is becoming more common too, because the level of precision is getting higher and higher. Newer torch designs produce arcs that are thinner than arcs produced by previous models. Generally, the thinner the arc is, the higher the level of precision. As a result, plasma cutters are more and more often the method chosen by manufacturers and crafters.