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volts and cut height

Postby jackleg007 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:26 pm

still learning here.could someone please clarify.when setting the volts for the thc,is the lower the volts set mean the torch is closer to the workpiece?

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Re: volts and cut height

Postby jimcolt » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:04 pm

Volts are proportional to height. Lower voltage equals closer to the plate.

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jackleg007 wrote:still learning here.could someone please clarify.when setting the volts for the thc,is the lower the volts set mean the torch is closer to the workpiece?

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Re: volts and cut height

Postby jackleg007 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:17 pm

thanks for the reply.i was cutting a large oval out of 14 gauge mild steel.powermax 85 set to the specs in the book.new consummables.everything was cuting fine,until the outside cut was about 90%complete.then it quit blowing thru and left the last foot of the cut only partially thru.i thought maybe it was travelling to fast at that point,maybe due to the cut being long enough for the machine to reach full speed.i had cut some test pieces previously and the settings in the book seemed bang on for cut quality,although i was using old consummables for the test pieces.
do you think i should just lower my voltage setting a bit,or is it likely a speed thing?

i enjoy reading your posts,and have gained a lot of knowledge from your information.just hoping to pick your brain a little more.once again,thanks,Jim.i love what you bring to this site....have a great day:)

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Re: volts and cut height

Postby jackleg007 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:09 pm

did a ton of test cuts,and found i could keep my speed up if i dropped my voltage to 72 rather than 82 as specified in the manual.i have a fastcut icon elite,maybe that is just a characteristic of this particular hieght control.nice cut at 200 ipm and 72 volts.

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Re: volts and cut height

Postby jimcolt » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:19 am

The voltage listed in the cut charts in the manual are a good starting point.....however due to different torch height control designs (many beands and models) as well as different installations (different raw voltage and voltage dividers and wiring lengths)....it is often necessary to tweak the voltage setting until the physical height is correct on any plasma installation. generally if you have to run 10 volts lower than the book says....then all of your cuts will probably need to run at 10 volts lower. Physical height is important....the voltage required to achieve that height is what is correct.

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jackleg007 wrote:did a ton of test cuts,and found i could keep my speed up if i dropped my voltage to 72 rather than 82 as specified in the manual.i have a fastcut icon elite,maybe that is just a characteristic of this particular hieght control.nice cut at 200 ipm and 72 volts.

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Re: volts and cut height

Postby jackleg007 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:40 pm

thanks jim.always good to hear your input


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