Automated plasma power sources
- December 9, 2013
The Victor Thermal Dynamics Ultra-Cut XT series power sources from Victor Technologies is designed for automated plasma cutting and delivers what the company claims is higher productivity and lower cutting costs.
The Ultra-Cut XT systems' cut quality enables parts to go directly from the cutting table to welding, painting or assembly without expensive secondary operations.It delivers ISO Class 3 or better cuts on any material from gauge to 2 in. (50.8 mm) thick, noticeably reducing bevel and the need for post-cut finishing, claims Victor.
On non-ferrous materials, it produces high cut quality and a lower cost per cut using the Water Mist Secondary (WMS) process, which incorporates nitrogen as the plasma gas and ordinary tap water for shielding. On stainless steel, the WMS process cuts up to 300 per cent faster and lowers cost-per cut by 20 per cent or more compared to systems that use Argon-Hydrogen for the plasma gas. says Victor.
With the ability to cut 1 in. (25.4 mm) thick steel at 80 ipm (2032 mm/min) and 2 in. (50.8 mm) thick steel at 30 ipm (762 mm/min), the Ultra-Cut XT 400 can lower the cost per cut and makes it competitive with the oxy-fuel process, claims Victor. It also lowers the cost per cut by using HeavyCut consumables for cutting at 300 and 400 amps. These consumables use multiple hafnium inserts as opposed to a single insert and feature a two-piece tip that runs cooler. Better cooling extends parts life and cut accuracy across the life of the tip, especially when piercing at higher amperages. These combined features extend consumables life by up to 45 per cent, which in turn reduces cut cost per foot, according to Victor.