Sensor torch height control

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Specifically designed to integrate with Hypertherm’s CNC solutions, the Sensor™ torch height control (THC) is a full-featured torch height control system that can significantly increase the productivity and profitability of your shape cutting operation.

The easy-to-use, easy-to-install unit offers integrated CNC software features and closed loop servo control, as well as the latest advances in system integration and hardware reliability.

Type Height controls
Product line ArcGlide and Sensor
Material type Mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum
Applications

Sensor THC is a torch height control system which is integrated to the CNC incorporating Hypertherm cutting process expertise at the touch of a button. Built in cut charts provide all parameters to the plasma system and THC reducing job setup time and operator errors while increasing productivity. 

  • With Sensor THC, performance advantages are achievable without operator input, eliminating the need for extensive training and allowing you to get the best performance across any shift with any operator at any location.
  • The operational logic is located inside the CNC providing one simple location for the complete job setup
  • Use of Hypertherm’s embedded process expertise through built in cut charts or part program process codes
  • Sensor THC supports the use of custom lifters for custom performance and allowing support for unique applications such as plasma bevel, tube and pipe and waterjet
  • Remote Diagnostics via the internet through the Remote Help on the CNC
  • Enables SureCut Technology features such as TrueHole® , TrueBevel™ and Rapid Part™

Simple, reliable operation

  • Complete built-in test for easy hook-up, system test, and configuration
  • Built in user-programmable process control parameters for initial height sense, plasma arc volts, torch height Disable, automatic kerf crossing detection, skip IHS, and IHS offset
  • Automatic retry on arc transfer error

High-performance features

  • Arc voltage range 50-300 VDC in 0.5 volt increments
  • Initial height sense can be done with ohmic contact or position error stall detection
  • Manual or full automatic height control
  • Auto Arc Voltage Set
  • Automatic preflow during IHS
  • Support for arc style marking torches
  • Complete servo loop adjustments, including proportional, integral, derivative, and feed-forward gains

Higher productivity

  • Rapid Part™ technology minimizes cut-to-cut cycle time – for a dramatic increase in parts per hour
  • Automated Initial Height Sense (IHS) minimizes the time for the torch to find the plate without risking damage; IHS is automatically skipped where possible based on part geometry and plate characteristics

Lower operating costs

  • Optimal consumable life and superior cut quality through arc voltage sampling and control
  • Extremely robust mechanics ensure highest reliability

 

Number of consumable starts with < 0,25 mm (0.010") deviation from proper cut height without operator intervention (130 A) 12 mm (1/2") mild steel (see chart)


Improved cut quality and consumable life

  • Traditional torch height controls require operators to periodically adjust arc voltage to ensure proper cut height. Using Hypertherm’s proprietary techniques, the Sensor THC continuously samples arc voltage and automatically adjusts arc voltage for proper torch height over the life of the consumables without requiring operator input.
  • Optimal consumable life and superior cut quality are achieved through automatic arc voltage sampling and position control.  

Sensor THC supports the use of customer lifter mechanics from the cutting machine supplier.  The optional THC mechanics available from Hypertherm is available in the two hardware configurations outlined below.

Configuration 1

Dimensions 127 mm (5.0") X 152 mm (5.9") X 526.5 mm (20.73")
Lifter stroke length 241 mm (9.4")
Weight 11.27 kg (24.85 lb) without breakaway and torch block
Motor OEM Supplied - 60 mm (2.36 in.) flange with a 70 mm (2.756 in.) bolt circle diameter
Maximum lift capacity rating 11.4 kg (25 lbs)
Maximum speed rating 15,200 mm/min (600 in/min)
Communication protocol Discrete wiring to motor and I/O
EtherCat to the HPR plasma system
Humidity 95% RH
Operating environment -10° C to + 40° C ambient (14° F to 104° F ambient)
Optional torch mount / breakaway assembly 11.4 kg (25 lbs) magnetic (recommended)
4.5 kg (10 lbs) magnetic
Torch mounting block options include 51 mm (2"), 44 mm (1-3/4") and 35 mm (1-3/8")
Alignment laser pointer Included as standard
Table types Downdraft and water table


Configuration 2

Dimensions 654mm (25.75") X 127mm (5.0") X 76 mm (3.0")
Lifter stroke length 305 mm (12.0")
Weight 7.7 kg (17lbs)
Motor 100-watt Yaskawa AC Servo drive and motor rated at 0.9 amp continuous,2.8 amp peak,3000 RPM, with brake
Maximum lift capacity rating 113.6 kg (30 lbs)
Maximum speed rating 25,400 mm/min (1000 in/min)
Communication protocol Discrete wiring to motor, I/O and plasma system
Humidity 95% RH
Operating environment 0 to 50'C (32 to 122"F)
Optional torch mount / breakaway assembly 11.4 kg (25 lbs) magnetic (recommended)
4.5 kg (10 lbs) magnetic
Pneumatic
Torch mounting block options include 51 mm (2"), 44 mm (1-3/4") and 35 mm (1-3/8")
Alignment laser pointer N/A
Table types Downdraft

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