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Three-day fix

Three-day fix
Replacing a floor pan using new techniques and equipment produces quicker, better results by JoAnn Bortles, owner, Crazy Horse Custom Paint and Fabrication       As fabricators, we are always looking for new tools and techniques – ways to improve the work we do and make our shops more efficient. When developing a new technique, however, we’re never quite sure how it will work on different Read full article >>

Golden anniversary

Golden anniversary
After a half century of growth, Hypertherm continues to branch out with employees at the helm by Jimmy Myers, senior editor       Jim Colt believes he was the 11th employee hired by Hypertherm, a New Hampshire-based company that has become synonymous with industry-leading cutting solutions. Since coming on board in the late 1970s, he’s been there for all but 10 of the company’s 50 years, Read full article >>

Stark improvements

Stark improvements
A steel service center cuts consumable costs by an impressive 24 percent while improving plasma cutting efficiency by Allen Ralph, customer service manager, sales, The Lincoln Electric Co.       In the business of cutting and processing steel, all aspects of the operation need to be in sync. This includes your plasma equipment performance, the durability and quality of your plasma Read full article >>

Hot rod restoration

Hot rod restoration
Automotive panel removal advice from a custom painter, car builder and book author with more than 30 years in the auto industry  by JoAnn Bortles, president, Crazy Horse Custom Paint    

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  One of the biggest headaches in automotive restoration is properly removing the old panels that need to be replaced. Recently, I was confronted with a project Read full article >>

Plasma with a view

Plasma with a view
Hokes Bluff Welding & Fab modernizes while keeping roots in the past By Michelle Avila, marketing coordinator, and Ann Thompson, senior marketing operations specialist, Hypertherm Inc.         Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the charming town of Hokes Bluff, in Northeastern Alabama, offers residents and visitors countless scenic views, fresh waterways and pleasant Read full article >>

Righting Recurring Problems

Righting Recurring Problems
Mistakes might be inevitable, but avoiding these 10 common issues will reduce errors and improve the bottom line. Dave Cook, Hypertherm Centricut brand team leader   Routine preventive maintenance is critical to getting the best performance and life out of a plasma system.   A good operator with well-maintained plasma arc cutting (PAC) equipment can save a shop countless hours of downtime Read full article >>

Simplifying Hard-To-Reach Plasma Cutting and Gouging Operations

Simplifying Hard-To-Reach Plasma Cutting and Gouging Operations
Listening and learning customer’s needs were pivotal in developing a new plasma cutting technology.By Jonathan Murphy, product specialist, Hypertherm   The HyAccess offering includes an elongated electrode, a two-piece cutting nozzle with an internal swirl ring, a two-piece gouging nozzle with an internal swirl ring, an extended cap constructed of glass wound fiber and brass and an external Read full article >>

The High-Definition Revolution in Plasma Cutting

The High-Definition Revolution in Plasma Cutting
Today’s high definition plasma systems are capable of cutting metal up to 6 inches thick.   There is a lot of hard-won engineering behind today’s high-definition, easy-to-operate plasma machines. Here’s an explanation of what it’s about, where it came from, and how it has revolutionized the performance and operation of today’s plasma cutting systems. By Jim Colt Read full article >>

How Automated Plasma Cutting Grew Up

How Automated Plasma Cutting Grew Up
A tungsten electrode and “stack up” from 1970’s (top) and modern hafnium electrode (bottom).   Developing from a rough and cranky process to a reliable and productive technology, ‘high-definition’ plasma cutting has become a fabricating success story.   By: Jeff Walters Sr., V.P. Plasma & Laser, American Torch Tip   Plasma cutting made rapid advances over a period of 20 years or so (see FAB Read full article >>

HyDefinition Plasma Versus Conventional Plasma: Benefits and Capabilities

April, 2012 By Jim Colt, Strategic Account ManagerHypertherm This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Today’s high-definition plasma systems provide good-quality cuts and fast cut speeds, while also delivering long consumable life.   Plasma systems today are available with power levels from 30 to over 800 amps, both in hand held and mechanized system configurations. A long term engineering evolution has Read full article >>

Improving Consumables Life In An Automated Plasma System

May, 2013By Dirk Ott, V.P. Global Plasma Automation BrandandNakhleh Hussary, PhDVictor TechnologiesThere are two ways to maximize consumables life and lower the operating cost of an automated plasma cutter. The first option is to have a plasma cutting and CNC programming expert on staff who can optimize parameters for every step of every cutting routine. The second option is to use an integrated Read full article >>

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