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CNC Plasma Cutting Terminology: Torch Lifter

At Tactical CNC, we believe in providing our clients with the best CNC plasma cutting systems on the market and along with that, we believe it is important to provide our clients with useful education.  All industries have unique technology and terminology and it can feel complex and overwhelming to not only understand CNC plasma cutting but also the intricacies that come along with unique terminology.  For this reason, from time to time, we like to take a closer look at CNC plasma cutting terminology and for the purposes of this article, we will be looking at torch lifters.

At Tactical CNC, our CNC plasma cutting systems come with all the components you need to complete the cuts you want with accuracy and precision.  The Z axis movement of the torch lifter is done with rescission guides and linear bearings that are fully enclosed for a smooth and precise motion.  The Fabricator further elaborates on what the torch lifter’s important role is in CNC plasma cutting, “Now is a good time to review the condition of the lifter. In plasma cutting, the lifter correctly positions the torch for piercing and keeps it at the correct height while cutting… Depending on the control system being used, the lifter’s settings can be integrated into the CNC or in a stand-alone control unit. Either way, the lifter is the middle man between the CNC and the plasma. The lifter usually is the device that tells the plasma power source to start after the pierce height is found, typically with a contact closure; it then receives a signal back from the power source indicating the plasma torch is up and running, again typically via contact closure.The lifter also receives a voltage signal proportional to the torch height. This voltage is usually scaled down to a safer level via a voltage divider card. If the lifter system uses a voltage divider card, it needs to be removed from the old power supply and mounted and wired into the new power supply.More times than not, the lifter has three pairs of wires used to interface with the plasma: start/stop, OK to move, and arc voltage.”  The torch lifter helps you maintain an ideal height between your torch and the material being fabricated and will ultimately heavily influence the quality of your cuts.  For this reason, it is important to choose a high-quality CNC plasma cutting system that comes with an exceptional torch lifter.  Tactical CNC systems come with high-quality torch lifters and, should you opt for the HD series, your system will come with a heavy-duty torch lifter.

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