When installing a plasma cutting system in your fabrication shop, the first thing to consider is the space. The plasma machine should have adequate space and it should have a proper power supply. Another very important thing to consider when setting up a plasma cutting system is how you will manage the fumes which are produced during the plasma cutting process.
When you use a plasma cutting system to do your cutting, plenty of tiny debris is produced which gets converted to smoke and lots of fumes are generated. It is very important to manage the smoke and fumes in the enclosed area so that the plasma machine operator and the other people working in the area surrounding the plasma cutter are safe.
Ways to Manage Plasma Cutter Fumes
You must install proper ventilation in your fabrication unit that can control and remove all the particles and fumes from the area effectively. The room can be completely covered by the smoke, fumes and dust that is generated during the process of plasma cutting and without proper ventilation, this can be extremely hazardous for the people in the work area. It is always recommended that a plasma cutting system is installed and used indoors with proper control measures and should not be used outdoors.
Using a downdraft table can also help to manage the fumes and debris produced during plasma cutting. A downdraft table is equipped with skirts located around the table’s base, which encloses the entire area. By using an air filtration system, the unclean air is removed, cleaned and recycled or you can simply use a fan to suck out the air and remove it outdoor. This is an extremely simple but effective way by which the dust and fumes produced during plasma cutting can be removed.
Using a water table is another effective means by which the smoke, fumes and dust generated while plasma cutting can be eliminated. A water table basically is a shallow table of water which is located below the cutting surface of the plasma cutting table. The dust, metal debris and the sparks produced during plasma cutting are blown into the water and removed.
Proper and efficient ventilation in your metal fabrication unit is extremely vital and can help to protect the health of the workers, your equipment and the environment. Improper ventilation can result in the work area becoming hazardous. So, when you’re setting up your plasma cutting system, make sure that you install an efficient ventilation system too.