Technical Articles

Hypertherm, Inc. has published these technical articles:

(Metal Cutting Machines)
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A good operator with well-maintained plasma arc cutting (PAC) equipment can save a shop hours of downtime and thousands of dollars in operating expenses. These savings will result in greater profits...
(Engineering and Scientific Software)
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Every extra part wrung from the same piece of raw and remnant material is money in your pocket. Here's how to significantly increase earnings....
(Industrial Controls Software)
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Every extra part wrung from the same piece of raw and remnant material is money in your pocket. Here's how to significantly increase earnings....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Jonathan Egan of Lyman-Morse boat builders relates why he chose an XPR300 with X-definition cutting over a waterjet solution for speed, flexibility and accuracy. Find out why....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Time tested tips for optimal results on a plasma table....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Hypertherm's new plasma flush cutting technology makes attachment (e.g. pad eyes, lugs, gussets, tabs, flanges, etc.) removal easier, faster and closer to the plate....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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t's the famous line from Field of Dreams, the 1989 Kevin Costner movie that is often misquoted as "if you build it, they will come." The line may as well be the slogan for Oregon's Fought & Co. Since...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Plasma's popularity on job sites has grown in recent years, driven in part by technological advances that have made the systems smaller and lighter, and thus easier to move. At the same time, the...
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Today's plasma systems have become highly portable and versatile tools that not only cut metal, but also offer precision gouging and marking....
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Cutting software and hardware configuration options have expanded substantially in the past few years so that it is now feasible to cut domed and other 3D parts on a plasma table, provided you have...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Automating plasma cutting in a 3D space requires everyone involved to be at the top of their game. Learn about this innovative solution from Arc Specialties, Kuka Robotics, and Hypertherm's...
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Matt Tucker's Florida-based shop, Tucker's Machine & Steel Service Inc., has deep roots in adopting the latest in technology, dating back to his grandfather and great uncles, who were among the first...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Learn about how Sargent Corp. invested in the XPR300 to help increase production, and the benefits they experienced over the Thermal Dynamics Auto-Cut 200 plasma system it replaced....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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How artists are relying on plasma to create intricate designs....
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The equipment mix at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding was recently upgraded with the addition of an XPR300 with X-Definition Plasma from Hypertherm, allowing the company to diversify their metal fabrication...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Pair a high-quality plasma power supply with the right cutting table or system and it is possible to cut parts with smooth edges and little to no angularity. Still, fabricators are bound to encounter...
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Learn how Fought & Company (Tigard, OR) geared up to provide structural steel to build a new world class track and field center....
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A new class of plasma cutting, called X-Definition™, is further enhancing plasma's ability to tackle high precision applications. When installed on a high-quality cutting machine, equipped with...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Business owners already know they need to keep an eye on the bottom line, but some overhead expenses become routine and, ultimately, just accepted. That's what happened at Hypertherm. The manufacturer...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Plasma cutting challenges include cutting metal in a hidden or hard-to-reach area or precisely removing a weld without damaging the surrounding metal. Another challenge is removing temporary...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Regardless of where your business is in its growth journey, you probably know how important material utilization is. You also know about the numerous barriers to improvement, like unpredictable...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Restoring classic vehicles has vastly changed over the years. Rusted hulks that wouldn't get a second look are now being restored. Many need over 70-percent of the body panels replaced. While some...
(Fluid Power Accessories)
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The best abrasive waterjet machines on the market are designed for rigorous machining. A combination of meticulous mechanics, rigid construction, and velocity control from the software ensures the...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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In this 45 minute podcast, Anibal Sepulveda of Hypertherm joins Matt and MJ to talk about product launches. In the pod, Anibal goes over the planning timeline, how they divvy up marketing manpower to...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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The popularity of plasma arc gouging has grown recently as a potential replacement for carbon arc gouging. The main drivers for this technology shift are the environmental benefits and improved...
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Preventive maintenance protocol for CNC plasma tables...
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Nine suggestions to help you improve plasma cut quality....
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Tech-Steel of Clearfield, UT switched from oxy-fuel to plasma cutting using the SteelPro600 equipped with Hypertherm's XPR300 and now cuts clean holes instead of drilling....
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Bollinger uses Hypertherm plasma and waterjet technologies, including the HyPerformance HPR260 plasma system and HyPrecision 50 waterjet pump, to increase productivity, precision, and profits....
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Jim Colt shares six tricks, tips, and rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing which consumables to use for plasma cutting in addition to those laid out in your owner's manual....
(Industrial Controls Software)
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Cutting with a "soft tool"-be it a laser beam, plasma arc, oxyfuel flame, or waterjet-has in many ways become a defining technology of modern sheet metal and plate fabrication. No cutting method is...
(Machine and Motion Controllers)
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Learn how Mitchell Mill Systems, a Canada-based agribusiness company, removed glitches in their cutting operations with a subscription to Hypertherm's ProNest LT nesting and process optimization...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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When new business opportunities require tighter tolerances and more productivity, an upgrade in cutting and design capabilities is required. Natural Structures, Baker City, Ore., did just that with an...
(Engineering and Scientific Software)
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Subscription software services have made their way into the fabricating and manufacturing industries, including many commonly used programs related to ERP, CAD, CAM and even nesting. Users, for the...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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JoAnn Bortles - Custom hot rod / motorcycle fabricator, welder, renowned painter and author - describes her misconceptions and how she rediscovered today's plasma capabilities...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Putting programmers, machine operators and maintenance staff on the same page saves money....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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The four most common cut quality issues for fabricators are dross, edge angularity, material warpage, and metallurgy of the plasma-cut edge. Your ability to achieve the best results depends on the...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Hole quality is one of the most frequently discussed topics in regards to CNC plasma cutting. Regardless of what type of machine you use, there are a few tips and tricks you can employ to achieve your...
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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A look at how to deal with dross, dimensional inaccuracy, interrupted cuts, and hole quality issues in plasma cutting....
(Cutting and Forming Tools)
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New pump technology for waterjet cutting enables users to better schedule maintenance and downtime, thus ensuring productivity without time, money and late-delivery headaches....
(Metal Cutting Machines)
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Plasma equipment manufacturers have made it easier for the DIY'er by building products that are better and more compact, some are about the size of a small suitcase. These systems are easy to set up,...