Does anyone know if you can use an ESAB PCM-1000i plasma torch on a CNC table? It dosen't have a machine cable interface on it.
I have a chance to swap my Thermal Dynamics PackMaster 50 for a ESAB PCM-1000i machine. The ESAB is a much bigger machine, but does not have a machine connection port like the TD PackMaster does.
I plan to build a CNC table and use the plasma tourch on that table. I plan to cut 3/8in max plate thickness which could be done by either machine. Both have 25ft torches. I have a machine head for the TD machine.
Is there any problems with using a plasma torch that doesn't have corner slow down on a CNC table?
The TD system has the corner slow down capability, but I don't know if it's required.
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Both of those plasma systems are high frequency start systems, while most modern air plasma systems are non-high frequency start. If you are building a cnc machine for use with high frequency start...make sure that your electronics, and your system computer are properly isolated, shielded and grounded to protect them from this electrical noise interference. With a non high frequency start plasma...the extra work in this area is not necessary.
As far as electrical interface on the Esab...I would suggest contacting Esab tech service for their advice on remote access to their start input circuit.
Jim Colt Hypertherm