Plasma systems are machines designed to cut various thicknesses of metal and other conductive materials.

• They range from handheld portable units to automated, table mounted units.
• A plasma system uses electricity and gas to create a very high temperature (20,000° C) arc, also known as plasma.
• The consumable parts held by the torch work to constrict and direct the arc, which maximizes its efficiency at cutting metal.
• Plasma systems use the arc and the gas flow that shapes the arc to melt material and blow it away from the cut edge, respectively.