Sheet metal profiling company Hypertherm has introduced a waterjet abrasive management system, a new generation of CNCs, and two new air plasma options.
Hypertherm’s abrasive management system is comprised of two products – the PowerDredge abrasive removal unit available now and its EcoSift abrasive recycling unit available in 2016. The PowerDredge increases waterjet productivity and profitability by automating abrasive clean-outs, reducing both labour costs and system downtime. The EcoSift helps companies recycle their used abrasive, up to 60% of which can be reused without impacting cut quality.
Hypertherm is also unveiling a new generation of so-called Edge Connect computer numeric controls. Enhancements include the newest version of Hypertherm’s Phoenix software with the company’s popular CutPro Wizard for fast and easy job set up; and for the first time, an introductory version of ProNest CNC nesting software that enables the creation of a part program directly on the CNC. Hardware upgrades include a large 19 in touchscreen on Hypertherm’s full featured unit, a quad core processor, solid state disk drive, and EtherCat connectivity. On average, these new controls are 65% lighter and use 70% less electricity than Hypertherm’s Edge Pro line of CNCs. Customers can choose from among three Edge Connect offerings including a mini CNC and a full featured CNC beginning in early 2016.
Two other new products support cutting and gouging in remote locations. Hypertherm’s Freedom 38 PPA is a completely autonomous, all-in-one unit that combines a powerful 125 amp plasma system with a generator and air compressor for cutting in areas without access to electricity. The Powermax30 AIR features a 30 amp plasma system and air compressor in one compact unit for ultimate portability.