Plasma torch sleeves for robotic applications

Posted on 20 Mar 2019 and read 525 times
Plasma torch sleeves for robotic applicationsHypertherm (www.hypertherm.com), a manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, is introducing three new torch sleeves for its XPR plasma cutting torches and lead sets.

The sleeves allow the torch and lead sets to remain axially fixed, while the torch-holding device rotates 360deg in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction — greatly enhancing torch lead life in high-flex applications.

The new sleeves — available in short, medium and extended lengths — can be used for bevel or 3-D/robotic cutting applications when using either an XPR170 or XPR300 X-Definition plasma system.

Moreover, the sleeves incorporate several engineering advances.

For example, an outside diameter of 76mm allows for an increased wall thickness and eliminates compression caused by clamping, while pre-sealed high-precision bearings reduce axial play by 90% and radial play by 81%.

This keeps out dirt and other particulates associated with plasma cutting and greatly extends the life of the sleeve and lead
system.

When used with Hypertherm’s specialised robotic/bevel lead sets, the rotational sleeve gives customers a robust solution for applications requiring frequent rotational flexing when cutting with XPR170 and XPR300 systems.

Both these X-Definition systems feature patent-pending processes like Vented Water Injection, plasma dampening, and Cool Nozzle technologies for squarer cut edges, markedly less angularity, and excellent surface finish on stainless steel and non-ferrous metals like aluminium.

Moreover, the systems cut faster and use power more efficiently than earlier Hypertherm systems.

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