Mechanised Plasma vs Manual Plasma Cutting Systems

January 11, 2016

Mechanised and manual plasma cutting systems both serve different purposes and require different equipment to perform optimally. The needs of the user will greatly influence which system is best suited for the intended application. Plasma cutting at its most basic is a thermal cutting process where a beam of ionised gas is used to heat an electrically conductive metal to where it reaches its melting point. The molten metal is then flushed through the kerf of the cut.

The manual plasma cutting system is used as a relatively small power supply. The handheld plasma torch is used on numerous types of metals, and it is far more versatile and manoeuvrable. Its uses extend to many different cutting applications. Its power supply is typically rated from as low as 8 to 26amps, and can reach as high as 30 to 100 amps.

Mechanised Plasma Cutting Systems
The mechanised plasma cutter is generally much larger than its manual counterpart, and is used along with cutting tables, as well as a downdraft or water table with a gantry system running on various motors and drives. Ultimately, the size of the mechanised plasma cutter will depend in large part on the gantry and table being used.

There are of course many other aspects that distinguish the two types of plasma cutting from each other. Both offer unique benefits that make it particularly useful in many different applications. If you would like more information regarding which unit to invest in, simply contact us for expert advice.