Hello, another plasma novice here and I have exhausted my own diagnostic powers supplemented with other forum posts on Cut60 miss-firing. I hope you guys can help.
I am setting up my CrossFire with a Cut60 machine and have an odd situation that doesn’t quite fit other reports of firing anomalies.
My test pattern is 8 slots, 1/3" wide and 3" long in 1/4" mild steel. The first slot always cuts perfectly with a good quality finish. The second slot never cuts as the torch does not fire. Very occasionally the torch starts cutting on the later slots but only until the end of that slot and then won’t fire again on the next slot.
Cut60 is connected to a dedicated 240V/32A power supply
Tecmo PTM-60 machine torch with new consumables
Primeweld hand torch behaves exactly the same as PTM-60
Swirl ring is installed correctly
Simple torch fixed Z height 1/16" above the work (No THC)
Air is refrigerated dry at 2C dew point at 65 psi. 16 CFM
Cutting current 45A
Switch set at 2T
0.7s pierce delay
10 s post flow delay
47 IPM cut speed
Workpiece lead connected directly via freshly cleaned and bright area
FireControl 21.1.5 for PC
Firecontrol software and hardware appear to be behaving correctly
Resistance check across pins 1&2 of CNC port show correct behavior at all times on all slots even when the torch is not firing (zero resistance when torch should fire and high resistance when it should be off)
XY motion is always fine
If I manually insert at least a 5s pause in the GCODE between cuts, all the slots cut fine with good quality.
Now I could fix this by simply inserting a 5s delay between each cut in the toolpath. But I feel uncomfortable doing this as I don’t understand the cause of the problem so never 100% sure it won’t re-appear under different conditions.
Input pressure is 90 psi. Pressure is maintained at constant 65 psi at the torch over long periods when the 2T4T switch is set to air flow function. I have monitored during cutting as well and it regulates well at the set point of 65 psi.
I have trialled different pierce delays with no change just extra dross at times above 0.7s.
I should also say that on the second slot, the air doesn’t start so the blow-back sequence doesn’t begin and may be why the arc doesn’t initiate so pierce time not having any effect. All I can say is the CNC electrical start signal to the Cut 60 seems correct but the air/blow-back/arc initiation doesn’t happen.
This sounds like a air solenoid problem. It seems like the solenoid is not closing quickly enough to restart the Torch during the post flow.
On the initial start, the solenoid just has to open to fire the torch. On subsequent cuts, it has to quickly close and then open again to blow back the electrode. The piston in the solenoid could be sticking and/or not completely closing off the air flow.
Sorry for the ambiguity - using the hand torch it appears to respond 100% correctly to a trigger pull. But the same torch triggered by the cnc port fails on the second slot.
The machine torch not having a trigger can only be controlled by the software. In this case it appears to respond correctly to the software manual torch firing but does not respond to sequential fire commands in GCODE if the pause between is less than 5s.
Excellent point about the torch holding - this was the only suggestion from Primeweld Support when I asked them. Truth is the Langmuir machine torch holder does hold the torch way too low. But I corrected that by moving the torch and slackening off the bottom bracket - but no luck there either!