The true cost of your cutting operation is only fully understood by looking at how productive your cutting system is and what it costs to operate over time.
Consumable cost over time
A function of consumable technology and system operation!
(=price per set X sets used per month)
Cost of consumable changeovers over time
(=number of changes per month X time per change X labor and overhead rate)
Cost of lost production from changeovers
(=hours of downtime per month X value of production per hour)
Cost of lower productivity, quality and inconsistency
Scrap and edge rework time from inconsistent cut quality
Lost sales and business opportunities due to lower productivity and quality
Downtime, emergency service and damaged torches from inconsistent consumables and catastrophic failures
Consumable bargains? Not so much.
Today’s plasma systems can produce exceedingly nice cut parts with little or no post-production processes. Yet, a plasma system is only as good as the consumable parts in the torch. Purchase knock-off (sometimes called after-market) consumables and your system’s performance could suffer.
Often time, people don’t think about the engineering and precision that goes into the engineering and manufacture of plasma consumables. Isn’t it just a piece of copper machined in a certain shape? Some might have you think so, but in reality, Hypertherm consumables contain a lot of hidden technologies, most patented, and are machined to extremely tight tolerances (eight times narrower than a human hair) to deliver the cut quality and life expectancy people have come to expect.
Sometimes though, the lure of cheaper aftermarket consumables is too hard resist. Persistent sales people from these aftermarket consumable manufacturers insist “their” consumables perform just as well and cost half as much. What they neglect to tell you is “their” consumables only last for a fraction of the time.
And then there’s the cut quality. When engineering our consumables, Hypertherm doesn’t just look at how long they last; we look at the cut quality they deliver. We look at ISO:9013 ranges. For those of you unfamiliar with ISO:9013, it is a standard that defines the cut quality of thermally cut parts. Cuts are rated on a range of 1 to 5. A Range 1 is best with minimal angle, Range 5 is worst.
As the chart below shows, cut quality among consumable brands is not equal. In this particular example, Hypertherm consumables deliver Range 3 cut quality for approximately 900 starts, and then a Range 4 for 700 more starts. Combined, this particular set is expected to deliver 1,600 starts. The two competing consumables never deliver Range 3 cut quality, and in the case of Competitor B don’t even deliver Range 4 quality.
Granted, the results shown on this chart are based on controlled laboratory testing, and as any metal fabricator knows, any number of factors can impact your final result. Still, hopefully the point is clear. Not all consumables are equal.
Protect your investment! Choose genuine torches and consumables for your Hypertherm plasma cutting system and keep your system running at peak performance. Here’s why:
Patented technologies – Every day, Hypertherm engineers are working on new ways to improve the plasma cutting process. Thousands of hours of engineering time focused solely on plasma consumable technology guarantees the best possible cutting performance from your system.
Synergistic design – Hypertherm systems and consumables are designed to work together. System features and consumable designs are matched to optimize performance and reliability – to give you the best possible cut, over the longest service life.
Critical to function engineering – Hypertherm engineers identify the critical features of each consumable part that will have an impact on cutting performance, and design accordingly. The specifications for these features are held to tolerance ranges that exceed even Six-Sigma quality standards.
Highest quality – Investments in the most current quality systems, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and intensive machine operator training ensure that every consumable part that you receive from us will perform to your highest expectations.