New Hypertherm Torch Height Control

Automation & RoboticsNewsSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 2/2010

Metal formers and fabricators have a new way to improve cut quality and lower operating costs in the form of the new ArcGlide® Torch Height Control from Hypertherm. Several engineering advances make it unlike any other THC available today. Benefits include improved cut quality, optimized consumable life, an up to one hundred percent increase in parts cut per hour, and rugged construction so there is no unexpected downtime.
The ArcGlide THC can achieve its performance benefits without operator input. Arc voltage is automatically adjusted as consumables wear (something operators are supposed to do on their own, but often don’t) so that consumables reach their intended life expectancy. In laboratory testing, Hypertherm engineers found consumables lasted three times longer when the arc voltage was properly adjusted. In addition, they found overall cut quality was better and more consistent,helping businesses become more profitable.
Productivity advances are achieved through a reduction in cut-to-cut cycle time. The prepared part program and ArcGlide THC work together to minimize unnecessary motion between cuts, while proprietary Rapid Ignition™ technology, allows the torch to fire as soon as it is in position, further reducing cut-to-cut cycle time. In testing, the total time between cuts was reduced by up to 80 percent; while parts cut per hour increased by up to 100 percent.
The ArcGlide is easy to install and easy to use. Color coded and keyed cables connect the THC to the lifter, plasma power supply and CNC, while a simple user interface and large controls ensure there is no operator confusion or frustration. The engineering advances found on the ArcGlide extend to the outside of the unit. Engineers added a tough outer shell and completely enclosed the slide mechanics with two layers of armored protection to keep dust and metal debris from getting inside. They also added a pierce guard to keep molten metal from splattering back onto the control.