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Compact ultrahigh pressure dynamic seal assembly with pressure activating backup ring

The invention features a seal assembly for a high pressure liquid system. The seal assembly includes a seal carrier having a base portion defining a proximal end, a distal end, and a bore. ... Hypertherm Inc

Consumable cartridge for a plasma arc cutting system

The invention features a replaceable cartridge for a plasma arc torch. The cartridge includes a cartridge body having a first section and a second section. ... Hypertherm Inc

Cooling plasma cutting system consumables and related systems and methods

In some aspects, electrodes can include a front portion shaped to matingly engage a nozzle of the plasma cutting system, the front portion having a first end comprising a plasma arc emitter disposed therein; and a rear portion thermally connected to a second end of the front portion, the rear portion shaped to slidingly engage with a complementary swirl ring of the plasma cutting system and including: an annular mating feature extending radially from a proximal end of the rear portion of the electrode to define a first annular width to interface with the swirl ring, the annular mating feature comprising a sealing member configured to form a dynamic seal with the swirl ring to inhibit a flow of a gas from a forward side of the annular mating feature to a rearward side of the annular mating feature.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

Configuring signal devices in thermal processing systems

In some aspects, material processing head can include a body; an antenna disposed within the body; a first tag, associated with a first consumable component, disposed within a flux communication zone of the body at a first distance from the antenna, the first tag having a first resonant frequency; and a second tag, associated with a second consumable component, disposed within the flux communication zone of the body at a second distance from the antenna, the second tag having a second resonant frequency that is different than the first resonant frequency, where the first and second resonant frequencies are tuned based upon at least one of: i) a difference between the first distance and the second distance; or ii) a characteristic (e.g., shape) of the flux communication zone in which the first tag and/or the second tag is disposed.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

System and method for processing parts on a workpiece

A system and method for processing parts from a workpiece is provided. The method may include identifying characteristics of a workpiece to be processed, nesting, by a computer controller, a first nest pattern of a local first part to be cut out of the workpiece, identifying, by a computer controller, an unused portion of the workpiece not occupied by the first nest pattern, querying, by a computer controller, a remote database to identify a remote second part to be cut, wherein the second part comprises material characteristics corresponding to the characteristics of the workpiece and is nestable in the unused portion of the workpiece, and nesting the local first part and the remote second part on the workpiece.. ... Hypertherm Inc

Disabling plasma arc torches and related systems and methods

In some aspects, methods of disengaging a plasma control circuit within a plasma arc torch of a plasma processing system to place the torch into a safety-locked mode can include providing: a plasma control circuit configured to convey a current from the plasma cutting system through the plasma arc torch to one or more consumables disposed in the torch and an operator interface switch connected to the plasma control circuit and configured to initiate generation of a plasma arc from the plasma arc torch; and activating a switch, separate from the operator interface switch, disposed on the torch and connected to the plasma control circuit to disconnect the plasma control circuit to limit the current, including pilot current, from flowing to the one or more consumables.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

Swirl ring for a plasma arc torch

A swirl ring for a plasma arc torch is provided. The swirl ring comprises a hollow body having a distal end and a proximal end and configured to receive at least a portion of an electrode within the hollow body. ... Hypertherm Inc

Thread connection for a torch system

A connector component configured for coupling a consumable component to a plasma arc torch is provided. The connector component comprises a body having a proximal end and a distal end disposed along and defining a longitudinal axis. ... Hypertherm Inc

Connecting plasma arc torches and related systems and methods

In some aspects, contact members to connect plasma torch leads to plasma cutting systems can include: a base portion; a set of ports within the base portion that include: a coolant supply port to convey a liquid coolant from the cutting system to a plasma arc torch connected to the contact member by the torch lead, a coolant return port: i) to convey return liquid coolant from the torch to the cutting system, and ii) to convey an operational current from the cutting system to the torch, at least one gas supply port to convey processing gases to the torch, and an ohmic contact connector; and a connector to couple the base portion to the cutting system and connect each of the ports and electrical connectors to respective complementary connections of the cutting system upon coupling to the cutting system.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

Asymmetric consumables for a plasma arc torch

A torch tip assembly of a plasma arc torch is provided for delivering a diffused stream of plasma arc in a gouging operation. The assembly comprises a nozzle including a nozzle body defining a central longitudinal axis extending between a proximal end and a distal end. ... Hypertherm Inc

Cooling plasma torch nozzles and related systems and methods

In some aspects, nozzles for a plasma arc torch can include a first body having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis; and a second body disposed about a portion of the first body to complement the first body, the second body defining a set of channels formed on an internal surface shaped to form a set of liquid flow passages between the first body and the second body, the second body at least partially defining at least one inlet and at least one outlet to the set of liquid flow passages.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

Plasma arc cutting system, including retaining caps, and other consumables, and related operational methods

A liquid cooled shield assembly for a plasma arc torch includes an inner cap and a shield. The inner cap includes a substantially hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end that define a longitudinal axis, the distal end including an annular portion about the longitudinal axis. ... Hypertherm Inc

Controlling gas flows to plasma arc torches and related systems and methods

In some aspects, methods for controlling a pneumatic system in a plasma arc processing system can include: receiving, by a computing device, a command to begin a plasma processing operation; generating a valve command signal for a valve that includes an operational drive voltage of at least about 125% of a continuous duty cycle coil voltage rating of the valve to open the valve; and once open, adjusting the valve command signal to facilitate a steady state operation to: monitor a steady state operational duty cycle of the valve, the steady state operational duty cycle being determined by comparing the continuous duty cycle coil voltage rating of the valve to an actual operational drive voltage supplied to the valve, and control the operational drive voltage supplied to the valve to maintain a steady state operational duty cycle of the valve at less than about 60% during steady state operation.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

Operating plasma arc processing systems at reduced current and gas pressure levels and related systems and methods

In some aspects, methods for controlling a plasma arc in a plasma torch of a plasma cutting system in a low operating current mode can include: receiving, by a computing device within the plasma power supply, a command to begin a plasma processing operation; generating a pilot arc command to generate a pilot arc within the plasma torch, the generating of the pilot arc command including directing an electrical signal and a gas flow to the plasma torch, the electrical signal being configured to generate the pilot arc at a current having a first arc amperage magnitude; and generating an operational arc command to facilitate a transition from the pilot arc to an operational plasma arc, the generating of the operational arc command including adjusting the current directed to the plasma torch to be a second arc amperage magnitude that is lower than the first arc amperage magnitude.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

02/15/18 / #20180045597

Detecting fluid leaks in pressurized systems of waterjet cutting systems

In some aspects, waterjet cutting pressurization systems can include a water pump: (i) having a pressurization chamber and (ii) having a high-pressure water seal maintaining water pressure within the chamber; and a leak detector in fluid communication with the high-pressure water seal and configured to monitor a leak rate of a fluid from the high-pressure water seal.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007773

Asymmetric consumables for a plasma arc torch

A consumable set for a plasma arc torch is provided. The consumable set comprises a consumable tip including a plurality of consumable components, at least one of which includes an asymmetric feature asymmetrically disposed in the consumable tip relative to a longitudinal axis. ... Hypertherm Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364076

Systems and methods for planning paths to guide robots

A computer-implemented method is provided for guiding a robot in a robotic system, by creating a refined path, based on an initial path in a three-dimensional space. The method includes receiving data related to creating the initial path, including a start point and an endpoint, and generating the initial path by interpolating the start point and the endpoint. ... Hypertherm Inc

11/23/17 / #20170334022

Highly positioned laser processing nozzle

A double nozzle for a laser processing head includes an inner body portion having an interior surface defining a first bore, and an exterior surface, the bore aligned with a central longitudinal axis of the body. The double nozzle includes an outer body portion having an interior surface defining a second bore that is substantially aligned to the longitudinal axis. ... Hypertherm Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332470

Systems and methods for stabilizing plasma gas flow in a plasma arc torch

A nozzle of a plasma arc torch is provided. The nozzle is configured to reduce fluid pressure surging in a nozzle plenum. ... Hypertherm Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322532

Controlling plasma arc processing systems and related systems and devices

In some aspects, autonomous motion devices configured to operably connect to a plasma torch of a plasma cutting system can include: a body to support a power supply of the plasma cutting system and move relative to a workpiece; a torch holder connected to the body and configured to position a plasma arc torch tip of the plasma torch relative to a region of the workpiece to be processed; a drive system to translate the body supporting the power supply and torch autonomously relative to a surface of the workpiece during a plasma processing operation; and a processor in communication with the drive system and configured to communicate with the power supply, the processor being configured to control the translation of the body relative to the workpiece in accordance with the plasma processing operation.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295637

Plasma arc cutting system, including retaining caps, and other consumables, and related operational methods

The invention features an inner cap for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch. The inner cap includes a body having a longitudinal axis, a first end, and a second end. ... Hypertherm Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295636

Arc cutting system, including coolant tubes and other consumables, and related operational methods

A method of using a coolant tube in a liquid cooled plasma arc torch is provided. The method includes installing the coolant tube and a first electrode in the plasma arc torch. ... Hypertherm Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295635

Plasma arc cutting system, including nozzles and other consumables, and related operational methods

A nozzle for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch is provided. The nozzle includes a thermally conductive body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis extending therethrough. ... Hypertherm Inc

10/12/17 / #20170291245

Systems and methods for providing power for plasma arc cutting

A plasma cutting system includes a plasma torch having a head, and a housing. A power supply is disposed within the housing and is in communication with the plasma torch. ... Hypertherm Inc

10/12/17 / #20170291244

Plasma arc cutting system, including swirl rings, and other consumables, and related operational methods

A plasma gas swirl ring for a liquid cooled plasma arc torch is provided. The swirl ring comprises a substantially hollow body having a distal end, a proximal end, an interior region defined by an interior surface, and an exterior surface. ... Hypertherm Inc

10/05/17 / #20170282279

Systems and methods for plasma gas venting in a plasma arc torch

A plasma cutting system is provided. The system includes a torch tip having a proximal end and a distal end defining a longitudinal axis extending therethrough. ... Hypertherm Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280547

Plasma arc cutting system, consumables and operational methods

The invention features methods and apparatuses for liquid cooling a plasma arc torch. An electrode is provided including a body having a longitudinal axis defining a first end, a second end, and a middle portion. ... Hypertherm Inc

07/20/17 / #20170203381

Controlling and delivering gases in a plasma arc torch and related systems and methods

In some aspects, torch receptacles for coupling a plasma arc torch to a torch lead can include: a body having a first end to connect to the torch lead and a second end to connect to a torch body; a set of ports within the first end to fluidly connect to a set of fluid conduits within the torch lead; and a multiway valve within the body and fluidly connected to the set of ports and to a torch gas conduit formed in the second end, the multiway valve being configured to: i) manipulate a flow of fluids between the first end and the second end to select from primary gases entering the set of ports, ii) deliver a selected primary gas to the torch body through the torch gas conduit, and iii) fluidly connect the torch gas conduit to a gas supply manifold of the plasma cutting system.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188447

Supplying pressurized gas to plasma arc torch consumables and related systems and methods

In some aspects, a consumable for plasma arc torch that generates a predetermined plenum pressure from a substantially constant preset gas supply pressure from a plasma arc torch power supply, where the substantially constant preset gas supply being used to support plasma generation for a selection of multiple consumable components that each generate a different plasma plenum pressure for carrying out different processes, can include a proximal portion shaped to connect to the plasma arc torch and define a plasma gas inlet region; a distal portion shaped to define a gas outlet; and a pressure-matching stage comprising a pressure wall defining at least one flow path between the gas inlet region and the gas outlet configured to establish sufficient fixed pressure drop of a flow of gas flowing through the pressure-matching stage to reduce a pressure of the flow of gas to the predetermined plenum pressure.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181261

Internally energized electrode of a plasma arc torch

A coolant tube for a plasma arc torch is provided. The coolant tube includes an elongated coolant tube body including a distal portion configured to engage an electrode and a proximal portion configured to engage a body of the plasma arc torch. ... Hypertherm Inc

06/01/17 / #20170156198

Asymmetric consumables for a plasma arc torch

A consumable set is provided that is usable in a plasma arc torch to direct a plasma arc to a processing surface of a workpiece. The consumable set comprises a nozzle and an alignment surface. ... Hypertherm Inc

05/04/17 / #20170124360

Methods for developing customer loyalty programs and related systems and devices

In some aspects, methods for measuring a level of usage of one or more replaceable consumable components within a material processing system can include detecting a type of consumable component in use within a processing device of the material processing system; determining, using a computing system, if the type of consumable component in use is a specific type of consumable component; and determining, using the computing system, a usage ratio of the specific type of consumable component used relative to other types of consumable components used within the processing device during a cumulative time period of use of the material processing system.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

05/04/17 / #20170120392

Water cooling of laser components

The invention features methods and apparatuses for thermally regulating a laser processing head. A thermal regulation device includes a body shaped to matingly engage a laser processing nozzle and to define a fluid flow boundary of a liquid flow passage between the body and an exterior surface of the laser processing nozzle when the thermal regulation device is affixed to the laser processing nozzle. ... Hypertherm Inc

05/04/17 / #20170120381

Highly positioned laser processing nozzle

The invention features a double nozzle for a laser processing head and related methods for cutting a workpiece. The double nozzle includes an inner body portion having an interior surface defining a first bore, a first exterior circumferential surface disposed toward a distal end of the inner body portion, and a second exterior circumferential surface disposed toward a proximal end of the inner body portion. ... Hypertherm Inc

04/06/17 / #20170095879

Controlling plasma arc torches and related systems and methods

In some aspects, methods of initiating a plasma arc of a plasma arc torch to pierce a workpiece and detecting plasma piercing through the workpiece to begin a cutting sequence can include calculating a pulse width modulation characteristic of an electrical signal associated with a plasma arc between an electrode of a plasma arc torch and a workpiece to be processed; monitoring the characteristic during operation of the torch over a time period of a workpiece piercing sequence; comparing the characteristic to a threshold value; and responsive to determining that a calculated characteristic meets and/or exceeds the threshold value, ending the workpiece piercing sequence and beginning the cutting sequence and causing the plasma arc torch to move relative to the workpiece to form a cut.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

04/06/17 / #20170095878

Controlling plasma arc torches and related systems and methods

In some aspects, methods for limiting damage to a plasma arc torch body resulting from a consumable failure within the torch can include determining a specified conductivity parameter set point of a current to be provided to the plasma arc torch for a material processing operation; measuring a detected conductivity parameter of plasma arc current being provided to the plasma torch to perform the material processing operation; comparing the specified conductivity parameter set point to the detected conductivity parameter of plasma arc current and calculating an error term signal; and based on a determination that the error term signal exceeds a threshold amount, initiating a plasma arc shut down sequence to extinguish the plasma arc to limit damage to the plasma arc torch body.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

04/06/17 / #20170095877

Controlling plasma arc torches and related systems and methods

In some aspects, methods for preserving a usable life of a plasma arc electrode consumable installed in a plasma arc torch can include measuring a characteristic of an electrical signal being provided to the torch to generate a plasma arc between the torch and a workpiece to be processed; monitoring the characteristic during operation of the torch over a time period; comparing the characteristic to a threshold value; and, responsive to determining that a measured characteristic meets and/or exceeds the threshold value, initiating an arc extinguishing sequence to preserve the life of the electrode.. . ... Hypertherm Inc

02/09/17 / #20170042016

Plasma arc cutting systems, consumables and operational methods

The invention features methods and apparatuses for regulating a shielding liquid in a plasma torch. A liquid-injection shield for a plasma torch includes a body having an exterior surface and an interior surface and a liquid injection regulation component circumferentially disposed within and in direct contact with the interior surface of the body. ... Hypertherm Inc

02/09/17 / #20170042015

Electrode for a contact start plasma arc torch and contact start plasma arc torch employing such electrodes

A swirl ring component of a contact start plasma arc torch is provided. The swirl ring component includes a hollow body formed of a front portion and a rear portion along a longitudinal axis and defining an exterior surface and an interior surface. ... Hypertherm Inc

02/09/17 / #20170042014

Cartridge for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch

A liquid-cooled consumable cartridge for a plasma arc torch is provided. The cartridge includes (i) an electrode, (ii) a swirl ring with a first outer retaining feature and a second outer retaining feature on an exterior surface, where the electrode is secured to the swirl ring, and (iii) a nozzle with an inner retaining feature on an interior surface, where the inner retaining feature of the nozzle is mated with the first outer retaining feature of the swirl ring. ... Hypertherm Inc

02/09/17 / #20170042013

Cartridge for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch

A consumable cartridge frame for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch is provided. The consumable cartridge frame includes an insulator body configured to be disposed between a torch head and a cartridge tip. ... Hypertherm Inc

02/09/17 / #20170042012

Cartridge for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch

A consumable cartridge for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch is provided. The consumable cartridge comprises a cartridge frame including a proximal end having an end surface, a distal end and a body having a central longitudinal axis extending therethrough. ... Hypertherm Inc

02/09/17 / #20170042011

Cartridge for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch

A torch head for a liquid-cooled plasma arc torch is provided. The torch head includes a torch body and a torch insulator, coupled to the torch body, having a substantially non-conductive insulator body. ... Hypertherm Inc








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