Bye bye consumables, hello cartridge

By Hypertherm
Posted on 11/24/2021 in SPARK the blog, Plasma cutting

Until now, plasma consumables have all worked the same way. You’d grab five consumables, put them in the right order and screw onto your torch. It sounds simple, but in real life it wasn’t. You had to find the right consumables, double check part numbers, assemble your stack and then carefully install onto the torch. Not too loose, not too tight. Everything needed to be just right.

Fortunately, those days are a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of Hypertherm’s cartridge consumable. Instead of five parts, you now have ONE color-coded part. Instead of spending several minutes changing out your consumables, you can now do it seconds – less than ten to be precise.

Hypertherm’s new cartridge:

  • Combines a traditional five-piece stackup into a single-piece cartridge, making change-outs faster, ordering easier, and inventory tracking simpler.
  • Replaces small part numbers with easy-to-see colors so consumable mix-ups don’t occur.
  • Lasts longer than standard handheld cutting consumables and, when paired with our new SmartSYNC™ torch, lets you know when a new cartridge is needed. There is no more guessing.

In addition, cartridges used with the SmartSYNC torch have RFID technology. The system will automatically choose the right amperage and process based on the cartridge type you just installed. If you installed a gouging cartridge, your system will automatically go into gouging mode.

Another first is that the torches have controls right on them. You can adjust the amperage without walking back to the power supply. You can turn everything off and change your cartridge on the spot. Finally, as you’re cutting or gouging, the torch is recording and sending information – starts and stops, arc-on time, etc. – back to your system.

 

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