Model: Spectrum 875
Ace: Levi Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Location: Welding Shop
The plasma cutter is a handy tool when fabricating. This machine will cut up to 7/8" mild steel at 10 inches/minute and can roughly sever up to 1-1/4" plate. The pierce capacity is 7/16" so you will need to edge start any thicker material. The torch is hand controlled so you can cut out many types of designs. You can also use material as a guide to cut straight lines or various shapes.
Here is an example of this piece of equipment being used.
- Duty Cycle- This is a percentage of a 10 minute cycle that the machine can be running without overheating at 104 degrees F. Running at 60 amps our machine has a duty cycle of 40%. This allows for 4 minutes of cutting and 6 minutes cooling.
- Edge Start-
For the demonstration you will need to show that you can safely setup and operate the plasma cutter. You will need to mark a piece of scrap material and cut along the line using a guide or free hand.
- Place fume hood over the area you will be welding at
- Turn air on
- Turn plasma cutter on
- Attach ground clamp
- Measure thickness of material being cut and refer to chart for current setting on machine
- Set the current on the plasma cutter
- Place the drag shield on the edge of the base metal, or hold ⅛ inch off the surface. Direct the arc straight down.
- Raise the trigger lock and press the trigger, this will engage the pilot arc
- Once the cutting starts, begin to slowly move the torch across the metal
- Adjust your speed so the sparks go thru the metal and out the bottom of the cut
- At the end of the cut, angle the torch slightly towards the final edge or pause briefly before releasing the trigger
- Turn off machine
- Turn off air
- Disconnect ground clamp
- Only cut steel and aluminum.
- Never cut any coated materials
- Don't attempt to cut with the compressed air off
- Make sure the vent hood is on and placed near your working area.
- If the temperature status light turns on most likely you have exceeded the duty cycle of the machine. You will need to wait 15 minutes for the machine to cool down.
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