Troubleshooting plasma torch troubles - part 1

By Hypertherm
Posted on 04/17/2014 in SPARK the blog, Plasma cutting

Despite careful engineering, precise manufacturing, and thorough testing, torch troubles still occur. We aren't surprised. If you think about it, plasma torches take quite a beating. The intense heat, many times hotter than the sun, is remarkable. So what do you do if you are suddenly having trouble with your torch. Fortunately, there is often an easy fix. Over the next several days we plan to share six tips designed to bid torch troubles goodbye. Here's your first tip.

Tip #1

Properly assemble the torch. Yes, we know, it sounds basic, but you’d be surprised at the number of torch issues traced to this one thing. It is important to make sure all parts within the torch are properly aligned and fit together snugly. This ensures good electrical contact and the correct flow of gas and coolant through the torch. When cleaning or assembling a torch, make sure to keep any loose parts on top of a clean shop rag, so the parts don’t wind up with dirt or metal dust on them. What do you think of this tip? Have you ever made a mistake when assembling your torch?



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