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					    Plasma Cutting Technology:
          Theory and Practice
        Educational curriculum for plasma cutting




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Curriculum development history
•   Hypertherm identifies a need for standardized plasma metal cutting
    curriculum

•   In August 2008, Hypertherm convenes Educational Council to
    determine educational needs

•   Curriculum developed and tested by Hypertherm’s Customer Training
    Team from 2008 to August 2009.

•   Educational Council meeting in August 2009 for review and train the
    trainer

•   Product launch at FABTECH/AWS 2009




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Educational Council members

     James Colton                         Dave Murray
     Pennsylvania College of Technology   Ferris State University
     Williamsport, PA                     Big Rapids, Mi

     David Gilliam                        Jack Paige
     Tulsa Welding School                 Manchester Community College
     Tulsa, OK                            Manchester, NH

     Chris Hobson                         Michael Pike
     Olympic College                      White Mountain Community College
     Bremerton, WA                        Berlin, NH

     Phil McNew                           Frank Wilkins
     Pittsburg State University           Texas State Technical College
     Pittsburg, KS                        Waco, TX




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Curriculum Objectives
•   Basic plasma education
        – What it is
        – How it works
        – History
•   Plasma safety
•   Plasma application
        – Where it is used
•   Consumable function
    and optimization
•   Basic troubleshooting
•   Hands-on exercises
    including cut/gouge
    quality evaluation:
        – Freehand cutting
        – Straight edge and
          template tracing
        – Hole piercing
        – Gouging
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Course contents
•   Facilitator’s Guide
•   Student Workbook
•   Mock torches
•   Consumable kit
•   Consumable wires
•   Resource CD
•   e-Learning CD
•   Powermax45
    Operator Manual




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Facilitator’s Guide




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Session 1

•   Introduction
•   What is plasma?
•   Plasma formation
•   Plasma history




    6
Session 2

• Plasma cutting applications
• Mechanized cutting
  comparison
• Cost/Benefit analysis
• Case Studies




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Session 3

• Overview of a plasma
  system
• Torch variations
• Consumable sets
• Gas considerations




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Session 4

•   Plasma system manual
•   Manual reference activity
•   Safety procedures
•   Safety equipment activity




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Session 5

• Operation of the plasma
  system – setup video
• Common terminology
• Machine startup
• Execute a drop cut




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Session 6

• Evaluating cut quality
• Primary cut quality factors
• Troubleshooting tips




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Sessions 8-10

• Straight edge and template
  cuts
• Hole piercing
• Gouging
• Cut/gouge evaluations
  throughout




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e-Learning course

•    Multiple animations
•    Videos
•    Clickable activities
•    Appealing interface




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Pricing and ordering

• Available now     Product                            Suggested
                                                       Retail Price
• P-card friendly
  pricing           Curriculum only
• Order through     Plasma Cutting Technology:            $449
  Hypertherm        Theory and Practice
  authorized        Plasma Educator’s Pack
  distributor       Plasma Cutting Technology:        Check with your
                    Theory and Practice + Powermax   local Hypertherm
                        + Powermax30                   distributor for
                                                      special package
                        + Powermax45                       pricing
                        + Powermax1000
                        + Powermax1250
                        + Powermax1650



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www.PlasmaEducation.com

• Plasma Cutting
  Technology information
  and registration
• Grant information
• Reference articles
• Hypertherm Cutting
  Institute
Conclusion

				
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