Consumables For Marking with Powermax 45 XP
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Fabricators and manufacturers routinely mark metal to indicate bend or score lines and add precise technical information to parts such as part numbers and barcodes. Typically, this work is performed manually using a hammer and punch, powder or ink, soapstone, handheld engraving machines, or as an integral process step on a mechanized plasma or oxyfuel cutting table.
The Powermax 45XP plasma system is an ideal tool for many widely used metal marking applications, including:
Part identification numbers.
Score lines for weld or bend placement.
Dimples for drilling applications.
Specifically designed to provide a stable, low current plasma arc using the precision gouging nozzle and marking shield, the system can make high quality marks using a handheld or machine torch, with either air or argon as a gas source.
Light score and heavy score mark profiles
There are primarily two different types of mark profiles: light score and heavy score. Usually, the choice depends on whether the mark will be seen on the final product. If the mark needs to be visible after painting, for example, a heavy score is preferable.
For temporary part identifiers that won’t be needed after final assembly, a light score is probably a better choice, as it can be easily removed with a grinder or covered with a layer of paint.
A number of parameters of the Powermax45 XP system can be easily adjusted to achieve different mark depths, widths, and appearances on various types of metal; for example:
A low output current of 10 amps will produce a light score.
A higher output current of 15 to 25 amps will provide a heavier score.
Slower torch motion speeds combined with a low torch-to-work distance will increase the width and depth of the mark.
Faster torch motion speeds with a higher torch-to-work distance will decrease the width and depth of the mark.
Typical marking applications include:
Scoring to indicate cut or weld lines
Product or part identification
Creating position references for robotic systems
Creating dimples to start drilling holes