Flashback arrestors and check valves are safety devices designed for oxy-fuel systems to prevent or control damage from an occurrence like a flashback. They are used to prevent damage to equipment, but more importantly, to prevent personal injury.
Next to the manufacturer’s operation manual and safety guidelines, the cutting tip chart is the next important printed advice for having a safe, great hand cutting torch experience. If you are having trouble lighting a torch, correctly adjusting the flame or the torch just will not stay lit, the cutting tip chart contains the most likely answers and is a good starting point.
Lighting, adjusting and shutting down an oxygen-acetylene torch is easy – especially when following the proper procedures. In addition to these easy to follow instructions, you must always be sure to follow the torch manufacturer’s operating procedures.
Operators often believe that they can only cut steel when using a traditional oxy-fuel hand-cutting torch. Did you know that this same torch could also cut titanium? It’s possible, as long as the operator considers a few aspects such as cutting speeds, proper personal protection equipment (PPE), and the right tip for the job.
Yes, titanium can readily and effectively be cut with an oxy-fuel torch. There are, however, a number of things you should be aware of first: