Hypertherm Plasma Systems.
Hypertherm Plasma Consumables Overview
Insist on genuine Hypertherm consumables.
The only way to ensure maximum performance.

They may copy the parts, but not the results.

Performance begins with technology...

For over 30 years, Hypertherm has proven that innovation, not imitation, cuts the cost of cutting metal. Their consistent focus has been to develop new technologies that improve cutting speeds, cut quality and consumable parts life. This focus has produced striking results through the development of key technologies only available from Hypertherm.

If you are not using genuine Hypertherm parts, you cannot be receiving these benefits:
SilverPlus Electrode
SilverPlus™ takes a dramatic leap forward in electrode technology. It is an innovative, robust technology that will significantly reduce operating costs for many end-users. It will provide the greatest benefit to high-duty-cycle users who demand productivity from their HT2000, HT2000LHF, MAX200, HD3070, HT4400 and HT4001 systems. This patent pending design has consistently demonstrated 100% increase in electrode performance during field testing.

HyLife™ electrode technology greatly extends parts life in low-current air or oxygen applications by maximizing hafnium cooling in the electrode.

CoolCore ElectrodeCoolCore™ electrode technology replaces the conventional solid hafnium electrode element in high-current oxygen applications with a hafnium insert that is cored out, permitting heat-extracting copper to be in contact with its inside and outside diameter. Dramatically improved heat transfer from the hafnium results in a significant increase in electrode life.
...And it ends with quality

In addition to technological innovation, manufacturing excellence is critical if you want the consistent cut quality and performance you deserve. Hypertherm is a world-class manufacturer: in 1992, they became the first U.S. company in our industry to achieve ISO 9001 registration, tangible proof of the quality systems they have developed to ensure every consumable we sell meets your exacting standards.

A ten-thousandth of an inch can make a difference.

Consumables harness the tremendous heat and power of the plasma cutting process. If a critical dimension is off by even one ten-thousandth of an inch (0.0025 mm), the results can be dramatic. Here are just a few examples of how poorly dimensioned parts may lead to problems:

Cut quality. Poor concentricity - imprecise alignment of the nozzle and electrode inside the torch - may produce cut-angle variability requiring time-consuming manual re-work and finishing that reduces productivity. The trend in today's fabricating is to specify closer tolerances around cut parts. Cut-angle variability translates into reduced part tolerances. A further effect of poor concentricity is accelerated nozzle wear due to the improperly aligned arc.

Consumable life. Proper swaging of the hafnium insert in the electrode is critical. An improper swage creates spaces between the insert and the cooling surface of the copper. These gaps reduce heat transfer, resulting in severe erosion and significantly shorter electrode life (See the electrode comparison, below). Any savings resulting from using cheaper parts that wear out faster are far outweighed by increased downtime from more frequent replacement and the re-working mentioned above.

System failure. Improperly dimensioned parts can damage torches. A mistake in the cooling channel inside an electrode can create an overheating situation. Even a simple thing like poor threading can disable a torch.

Coaxial-Assist Jet Design.HyFlow vortex technology: a vented two-piece nozzle stabilizes the arc precisely in the centre of the electrode in HyDefinition® applications. This consistency increases electrode and nozzle process life.

Torch front-end shielding allows drag cutting in manual applications and enhances piercing capabilities, so critical in high-production mechanized cutting environments.

Coaxial-assist™ jet technology allows higher cut speeds and greater thickness capabilities by directing the shield gas flow coaxially to the plasma arc, creating greater arc stability and strength.
Poor concentricity produces significant cut-angle variability and adversely affects production. This is shown here, as the non-genuine parts generate a 2.5° bevel on one axis and a 7° bevel on the other.

QualityAfter the same number of starts, the Hypertherm electrode on the left shows a well-centred pit that will deliver many more starts. The non-genuine part on the right has eroded past the hafnium insert and must be replaced.
Laser Etched.Laser-etched quality assurance
Every genuine Hypertherm consumable part is laser-etched with "Hypertherm" or "HT" and the part number. Look for it to make sure you are using genuine parts for your Hypertherm cutting system.
Genuine Hypertherm Consumables.

The true costs of cutting.
Labour and overhead are by far the largest cost component of cutting metal, as shown in the chart (right). Consumables only account for about 10% of the cost associated with labour and overhead. This means that if you can cut re-work and downtime by just 5% by using superior consumables, it is equivalent to cutting consumable costs by 50%.
Cost Chart.
Don't settle for imitation.
Rely on the innovation of genuine Hypertherm consumables and get all the performance you paid for. The Hypertherm parts specifically designed and manufactured for your system are your best guarantee of enjoying the lowest possible cutting costs, highest quality and maximum productivity.