The P Terms of Metals Terminology by Acier Lachine

The “P” Terms – Metal Industry Glossary

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PLASMA CUTTING (FOR METALS)

Plasma cutting (for metals) (fr: Découpe au plasma – pour métaux): A melting process that cuts through electrically conductive materials via a jet of hot plasma, also called arc cutting. The process involves creating a jet of electrically conductive gas to transfer energy from a power supply to any conductive material, which results in a cleaner and faster cutting process than with oxy-fuel (flame cutting). Typical materials cut by a plasma torch include steel, stainless steel, copper, brass and aluminum, as well as other conductive metals. Plasma cutting is an effective way of cutting both thin and thick materials and the process is extremely useful for cutting sheet metal in curved or angled shapes.

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PLATE

Plate (fr: Plaque): Wide, flat-rolled steel. It is now generally accepted that steel more than 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick is plate. See also Sheet.

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PUNCHING

Punching (fr: Poinçonnage): A metal forming process that uses a mechanical press (called – a punch press) to force a tool (called – a punch) through the workpiece to create a hole. Punching is applicable to metals and other materials that come in sheet form. Also, punching is one of the cheapest methods for creating holes in sheet materials in high production volumes. Unlike drilling, a punch pushes the metal through a hole and the slug exits below, which depending on the objective can be reused or discarded.

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