How To Handle Hypertherm Consumables Like a Pro

Feb 20, 2024 | Plasma Cutting Tips

Plasma systems are a key part of your business’s operations. Because of this, you want to make sure it continues operating at peak performance.

Taking care of hypertherm consumables is incredibly important to this task. At Cyrious Metal Works, we have extensive experience with hypertherm plasma cutters and can help you figure out how to use these unique systems.

Understand Each Component

Hypertherm consumables are the disposable parts of your equipment and come in many different forms, including:

  • Nozzles
  • Electrodes
  • Shields
  • Swirl rings

Each component has a different purpose; if you want to make sure they stay in good condition, then it’s important to learn more about them and what they do.

Storage and Organization

If you don’t store your part properly, you risk significant damage. While it can sometimes feel like a hassle, make sure you:

  • Store your equipment in a dry, dirt-free container when it’s not in use
  • Label each container to make finding consumables easier

Careful Inspection

The condition of your plasma consumables enhances the cut quality. Because of this, you’ll want to look for any nicks, dents, or scratches.

Take the time to:

  • Examine nozzles for deformities
  • Check for any scratches on vital pieces of equipment
  • Look for large dents that change the shape of the consumable

Keep It Clean

Dirt might not seem like a serious problem, but it can cause all sorts of issues if you aren’t careful — for example, it could block up your equipment.

Keeping your consumables clean is vital if you want to ensure smooth operations. After each use:

  • Take a soft-bristled brush and scrub your equipment
  • Use compressed air to get rid of any extra dust

Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions

The manufacturer’s instructions can be a huge boon. Even if you’ve worked in the industry for years, you can benefit from taking a look at them from time to time. Use this fantastic resource to:

  • Determine how to install each consumable
  • Learn more about what your consumables do
  • Identify signs that a consumable needs replacing
  • And more

Switching Out Plasma Consumables

Consumables, like the name implies, aren’t meant to last forever. Eventually, you’ll have to switch them out for different options.

Determining the best time to do so, however, can sometimes be frustrating. As a general rule, you’ll want to switch out consumables when you notice significant damage or less functionality. This may include things like:

  • Equipment that can’t cut through your materials
  • You’ve noticed the nozzle looks malformed
  • The kerf is a bit wider than normal

The parts you’ll likely switch out the most are the nozzle and the electrode, since they see the most wear. If possible, it’s usually better to change both parts at once, since they tend to wear out simultaneously.

Contact Cyrious Metal Works 

With the proper care, you can make your hypertherm consumables last as long as possible. Discover how to identify a broken plasma cutter nozzle, what materials to use for your operations, and more by contacting Cyrious Metal Works. Call (903) 623-6766 to ask about our products.