A plasma cutting machine is a kind of machine that is computerized or numerically controlled. It is combined with a plasma cutting torch and plasma cutting table to cut aluminum, metal, as well as other materials. The cut can be made precisely and quickly and in any desired shape. With the use of coordinates that is supplied by the computer, the torch will be positioning itself over the table and begin cutting shapes defined by parameters that are supplied by the computer.
The process of plasma cutting is utilized to cut steel that come in various thickness with the use of a plasma torch. In the said process, an inert gas is being exhausted at a very high speed out of a nozzle, while its electrical arc is formed through that gas coming from the nozzle and turns that gas into plasma. This plasma is hot enough that it’s capable of melting the metal that is being cut and moves it quick to blow the molten metal.
It has been proven that the machine can deliver the best results and for a company that makes use of it, so many benefits are waiting for them. In order to fully maximize these benefits, the machine should be used properly and safely. Below are a few steps that will ensure safety in the workplace while using the machine.
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Be Protected from Sparks
First off, the employees need to protect themselves, especially their eyes using safety goggles that come with a side shield. In most cases, they will be wearing a face shield or helmet to remove all the doubts of having sparks hit their eyes. This will also help protect their eyes from any damage due to the bright light of a plasma cutting.
In addition, the gloves and clothing need to be flame-resistant. Wool, leather, or heavy denim can work well to provide protection to the body from sparks. If the employees smoke, they should not carry butane lighters or matches.
When the Machine is not in Use
The plasma gets so hot that you may have at least 25 feet between the cutter arc. The gases that are released from the plasma cutting table can be harmful. Thus, you need proper ventilation and be sure to wear a respirator while doing the work.
If the employees are dealing with a coated metal such as galvanized steel, make use of a grinder so you can remove the coating before you make the cut. Heating up this coating will release noxious toxic fumes. If you need to cut the coated material, the employee needs to wear a respirator.
It is very important that employees wear rubber gloves, aside from their welding gloves. This is done so they can avoid electric shocks. Also, they should never cut if the environment is damp. The plasma cutter machine need to be wired and grounded by an electrician. As the employee goes with the cutting, he needs to stand on top of a rubber mat.
By simply following all these plasma cutting basics, your and all the employees in your workplace would be able to feel safe and productive at the same time.