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Hypertherm Launches Venture Capital Arm For Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Hypertherm Launches Venture Capital Arm For Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Hypertherm, has announced the formation of Hypertherm Ventures, a new corporate venture capital (CVC) arm, to foster greater interaction with the technology venture community.

Encompassed by a goal of helping advanced manufacturing deliver positive change to the world, Hypertherm Ventures is seeking partnerships with universities, startups, entrepreneurs, and early stage companies to commercialise advanced manufacturing technologies in strategic interest areas. Those areas include industrial cutting, welding, and thermal processing; robotics and automation; machine learning and augmented intelligence; industrial Internet of Things; additive manufacturing /3D printing and nanotechnology.

“Just as we began 50 years ago with an invention that made plasma cutting commercially viable for the first time ever, we look forward to supporting other entrepreneurs as they work to bring their inventions to life,” said Nathan Pascarella, Hypertherm Ventures’ business development manager. “If you are an entrepreneur or leading an early stage company in advanced manufacturing within our strategic interest areas, Hypertherm Ventures would love to hear more about you and your business.”

Hypertherm believes its experienced leadership team, combined with a wide range of advanced manufacturing process experts proficient in lean, Six-Sigma, and similar methodologies will benefit entrepreneurs and early stage companies. In addition, Hypertherm can support venture partners through its expertise with advanced technology development, engineering, complex supply chain management, global service and distribution networks, as well as a track record of marketing and selling new products.

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EuroBLECH 2018: Hypertherm Launches Two Metal Cutting Innovations

EuroBLECH 2018: Hypertherm Launches Two Metal Cutting Innovations

Hypertherm has introduced two new systems at EuroBLECH 2018. These systems are the XPR170, which joins the XPR300 as the only two X-Definition capable systems in the world and the industry’s first predictive maintenance waterjet pumps, called HyPrecision Predictive, which is capable of substantially reducing maintenance costs and disruptions caused by non-planned service.

A combination of engineering advances and refined high definition plasma processes help the XPR170 with X-Definition class plasma deliver unmatched plasma cut quality on thin to mid-range thickness metal. The cut quality advances are especially notable on non-ferrous metals like aluminum and stainless steel because of numerous patent-pending processes that create squarer cut edges, markedly less angularity, and excellent surface finish. At the same time, the system cuts faster and uses power more efficiently than earlier generation systems. Consumable life and cut quality over the life of the consumables are also able to benefit from a dramatic boost thanks to patent-pending technology that protects consumables from the negative impact of ramp down errors, helping XPR consumables last up to three times longer.

“We’ve enjoyed changing peoples’ perceptions of plasma since the introduction of the XPR300 with X-Definition plasma a year and a half ago,” said Phil Parker, product Marketing Manager for Hypertherm’s Heavy Industrial line of plasma systems. “Even experienced fabricators are surprised by the precision they are seeing, and we have seen more than a few instances where fabricators have adopted XPR plasma with its lower initial investment cost, instead of laser.”

The company’s new generation of waterjet pumps, called the HyPrecision Predictive, are equipped with features such as Hypertherm’s proven Advanced Intensifier Technology and new patented technologies that adjust for pressure and temperature, oil viscosity, and hydraulic system wear parts, along with technology that enables customers to use seals up to 40 percent longer. In addition to technologies to increase performance and reduce system downtime, HyPrecision Predictive pumps are designed with ease of service in mind. Features such as a color-coded junction box, electrical cable harnesses, quick-disconnect fittings, and an easy access bleed-down valve all make maintenance faster and less expensive. Safety is also considered. A clear window cover lets the operator see the intensifier and attenuator. Optional electrical interlocks prevent unauthorised access and can automatically stop the pump when opened. Finally, Seal Maintenance Technology  helps keep the top deck and shop floor free of oil and water.

“In engineering this system, we worked to really understand the pain points that companies using waterjet face. Without question, the number one issue was surprise system downtime,” explains John Caron, waterjet product Marketing Manager. “Our new HyPrecision Predictive systems are engineered to eliminate that pain point, while delivering increased productivity and performance, improved serviceability and safety, and lower maintenance costs.”

In addition to EuroBLECH, Hypertherm will showcase both systems at this year’s FABTECH which takes place early next month in Atlanta. People interested in learning more can also contact any authorized OEM or visit www.hypertherm.com.

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Hypertherm ProNest 2019

Hypertherm ProNest 2019

Hypertherm has released ProNest 2019, a major version update of its advanced CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting.

New features include raster to vector conversion to quickly convert .jpeg and similar images into CAD files for cutting. It offers fly cutting for faster laser cutting on thin material, and the ability to pierce without slowing down or stopping the cutting head. Design2Fab 6 integration allows customers cutting sheet metal can access fittings directly from ProNest. It has drag rotation for faster manual nesting and even better plate utilization, especially when nesting around the contours of larger parts.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Raster to vector for importing static image files and converting to CAD – watch sample video
  • Fly cutting for faster motion in laser cutting applications
  • Design2Fab® 6 integration with ProNest
  • Smart drag for easier manual nesting – watch sample video
  • Ignore leads in cases where the lead size is insignificant and should not affect the spacing between parts
Hypertherm Appoints Shin Han Yi As Exclusive Master Distributor In Taiwan For Powermax Handheld Plasma Systems

Hypertherm Appoints Shin Han Yi as Exclusive Master Distributor in Taiwan for Powermax Handheld Plasma Systems

SINGAPORE: Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shin Han Yi Co., Ltd. as the exclusive master distributor in Taiwan for its Powermax handheld plasma systems with immediate effect. This partnership is part of Hypertherm’s strategic move to provide better support for customers in Taiwan, and to expand its reach across the Taiwan market.

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Increasing Speed And Productivity With The X-Definition Plasma Cutting System

Increasing Speed And Productivity With The X-Definition Plasma Cutting System

If you have not looked at plasma in the past few years, you should. Manufacturers have made huge strides in terms of cut quality, cut speed, operating cost, and ease of use leading to better productivity and profitability. Contributed by Hypertherm

Due to the high speed and precision cuts combined with low cost, plasma cutting sees widespread use, and is often used in fabrication shops, automotive repair and restoration, and industrial construction. With the capability to work faster and more precisely than older machinery, it is easy to see why the popularity of plasma cutting is on the rise, and why machine shops are opting for plasma cutters instead of traditional CNC milling and turning machines.

Another advantage of CNC plasma cutting is that it can be used for a wide range of metals of varying thicknesses. The cutter can be used for cutting both ferrous as well as non-ferrous metals. Whether a metal is 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick or it is of gauge thickness, plasma systems can cut through them effectively and effortlessly.

Smooth Surface Edges

When looking for cutting systems, machine shops need a cutting system which produces smooth surface edges. One example is the X-Definition plasma cutting system by Hypertherm which is capable of cutting material thicker than 10 mm, and it produces parts with edges that are smoother than fibre laser cut parts.

In addition to smoother cut edges, when the plasma cutting system is used on a high-quality cutting machine, is capable of ISO 9013 Class 1 and 2 tolerances and ISO 9013 Range 2 and 3 cut quality for tolerances of around 0.5 mm.

Additionally, there isn’t a need for needing a separate marking system. Plasma systems have become much more adept at marking workpieces with bend marks, hole locations, or part numbers. Users can even mark with the same consumables used to cut. By varying the torch speed and current level, shallow and deep marks can be alternated.

Cut Speeds That Beat Laser Cutting Systems

At 170 amps, the X-Definition plasma system can cut 10 mm material two times faster than a 4 kW fibre laser. Increase the amperage and material thickness and this gap gets even wider.

The system is also capable of cutting mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, copper and additionally, it easily cuts rusty or “dirty” metal, of which fibre laser cutting systems could have issues with. The system mounted on a high-quality cutting machine is capable of cutting 25 mm at speeds of more than 1,900 mm/min.

Bolt Ready Holes

Hole quality is one of the most frequently discussed topics in regards to CNC plasma cutting. When it comes to hole cutting, plasma systems has always had two big issues. It has always created a severe taper in which the bottom of the hole was much smaller than the top.

In addition, plasma systems leave notches inside the hole that has been cut called a ding or divot. Both issues arise when dropping a bolt through a plasma cut hole becomes impossible. However, these issues can be rectified with “True Hole” technology for mild steel which produces significantly better hole quality than what has been previously possible, for use in conjunction with Hypertherm’s auto gas plasma systems. The technology allows today’s plasma to cut bolt-ready holes with 1:1 and 2:1 diameter‑to‑thickness ratios.

Smart Features

With the X-Definition plasma system, machine shops are able to rely on its Wi-Fi capability, which enables connectivity to desktops, tablets, or smartphones for convenient system monitoring, process set up, and multiple system tracking.

Sensors in the power supply deliver refined diagnostic codes and significantly enhanced system information to reduce troubleshooting time and provide proactive data to improve overall optimisation.

Moreover, better integration between the software and plasma makes the days of trial and error during bevel set-up a thing of the past. Plasma systems now do all the work, allowing users to both cut and make the most common bevel types right from the plasma table.

Improve Profitability With Plasma

A common thread in the technological advancement of plasma cutting since its invention is the continuous reduction in the cost per metre (or foot) of metal cut. This phenomenon is greatly accelerated with X-Definition plasma thanks to a combination of faster cut speeds, longer consumable life, improved cut quality, and greater cutting consistency.

Due to the great precision and efficiency that can be achieved by using plasma cutting, it is little wonder that it has become popular and is being widely used in the manufacturing sectors.

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