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Victor® has launched its new 400 Seriesof oxy-fuel torches and G Series regulators to meet the needs of end-users globally. The 400 series is a two-piece torch that incorporates a patented handle design with an innovative cutting attachment for better ergonomics, a clearer view of the cutting path, visual cues for easier use and enhanced safety.

MEDALIST 350 cutting_welding_systemWhen sold as part of the Medalist® 250 and 350 outfits, Victor’s new G Series regulator accompanies the 400 Series torch. G Series regulators use a combination of colors on the gauge face to provide clarity for reading needle position, while a scale and red tick mark indicate actual service pressure of the regulator. G350-150-540_02 Victor G Resies Regulator_oxygenThe G Series also uses ergonomic color-coded knobs to indicate gas type and for better comfort when adjusting gas pressure.  All these features are designed to improve safety during use. 

To find out more about the new Victor 400 Series torches, the G Series regulators and the full line of Victor oxy-fuel cutting products, CLICK HERE.


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For 2013 we are excited to share some great new products and solutions, which include refreshed brand marks and new packaging. Victor Technologies is committed to delivering innovative new products for cutting, welding and gas control. Here are some key updates: 

Victor-PMUB-HeaderNew Victor® 400 Series Torch, Handle and
G Series Regulator

Victor400TorchThe 400 Series is a two-piece torch that incorporates innovative handle and cutting attachment designs, offering better ergonomics, a clearer view of the cutting path, visual cues for easier use and enhanced safety. The G-Series Regulators feature compact industrial designs, unique contrasting gauges for better clarity, and color-coded knobs for improved safety.Download PDF >


Arcair-Matic® N7500 Travel System PackagesArcair-PMUB-Headerbug-o-travel-systemArcair®, the industry leader in air carbon-arc products, joined together with leading travel system manufactures to bring to the market the best automated metal removal system providing superior performance, flexibility, versatility, and safety for your metal removal applications.

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Stoody® Hardfacing & Hardbanding WiresStoody-PMUB-Header
For Oil & Gas Exploration, Refining and Transportation Applications
StoodyWireRod1-MODStoody has developed a series of wires to support end-users engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, transportation and processing applications. These wires extend your equipment’s part life and deliver greater productivity when hardfacing and hardbanding.Download PDF >


Thermal-Arc-PMUB-HeaderThermal Arc®Introduces the 186 AC/DC Portable AC/DC HF TIG System
TA186-Left-Facing-2-REFLECTThe 186 AC/DC is a fully featured, professional performance machine that has been made easy to use with integrated controls and a simple to use set up chart.

Featuring three process capabilities: HF TIG, LIFT TIG, and STICK solutions with AC and DC output, this
machine has the power you need.

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Victor-Thermal-Dynamics-PMUB-HeaderVictor® Thermal Dynamics® Introduces HeavyCut TechnologyHeavyCut-2A Victor® Thermal Dynamics® integrated plasma system delivers the dynamic real-time process control required to make quality cuts consistently. And with HeavyCut technology, precision performance is extended on mild steel up to 2″ (50 mm).Download PDF >

Victor® Thermal Dynamics® Introduces One Torch for VirtuallyAny Plasma Cutting System

1Torch---Plasma-Cutting-1_greenThe Victor Thermal Dynamics 1Torch utilizes revolutionary technology that allows these torches to work with almost any plasma cutting system. 1Torch allows end-users to standardize torches and consumables on a variety of manufacturers’ systems, thus reducing inventory requirements and corresponding expenses associated with operating multiple systems. One torch for virtually any plasma cutting system!

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Tweco-PMUB-BannerNew Tweco® Velocity MIG Consumables Offer Quick Change Tip, Less Complexity, Improved Arc Stability, and Reduced SpatterVelocity-consumable-breakout
Tweco introduces its new Velocity MIG consumables platform, which is integrated into the new Tweco Fusion series of light-duty MIG guns.The non-threaded, “drop-in” style Velocity contact tip eliminates the need to use vice-grips, welpers or other tools to remove the tip, even if the wire burns back and fuses inside the tip. The Velocity consumables design integrates the gas diffuser into theconductor tube. This creates an improved all-copper conductor path thatprovides better electrical conductivity and transfers heat more efficiently away from the tip. As a result, the arc becomes more stable and predictable. 


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Victor Technologies Q4 Sales & Marketing Newsletter2012 wrapped up with lots great new products and related updates, including updated brand marks and new product packaging.

For those of you who were able to visit us at Fabtech, November 12-14 in Las Vegas, I’m sure you too were encouraged by the high level of industry participation and interest that was evident throughout the show.

Fabtech was an especially positive event for Victor Technologies, as we unveiled a host of new products and brand announcements, the most visible involving the co-branding of Victor with Thermal Dynamics®, and soon with TurboTorch® and Arcair®. With all cutting processes now unified under the Victor brand, we offer the most advanced array of cutting solutions in the market.

Under the banner of Innovation to Shape the World, our commitment to design and manufacture innovative new products was evident throughout each of our brand exhibits. In automated plasma cutting, “bringing intelligence to the table” was demonstrated with live cutting driven by the Victor Thermal Dynamics iCNC® XT Controller, the latest addition to our offering as a comprehensive solutions provider. The intelligence inside the iCNC XT enables the end user to optimize cut quality and speed at a lower cost per cut, regardless of their plasma cutting and programming experience.

In oxy-fuel cutting, the Victor portfolio is also strengthened with the January 2013 addition of the Victor 400 Series oxy-fuel torch. It incorporates end-user driven features that include a new contoured handle for superior ergonomics, an in-head universal
gas mixer that improves the operator’s view of the cutting path and color-coded knobs for ease-of-use and enhanced safety.

In welding, Tweco® unveiled an updated brand logo and prototypes of new packaging for its line of MIG welding guns. And in this issue of Sales Update, you’ll read about a number of exciting enhancements to the Tweco and Thermal Arc® line of welding products, including new Tweco FusionTM light-duty MIG guns and VelocityTM consumables, both new standards on all Thermal Arc Fabricator® 3-in-1 series welders.

These exciting announcements are part of our commitment to you, our supplier and distributor partners, and your role in delivering Victor Technologies cutting, welding and gas regulation products that set the standard for versatility and performance. For 2013, we invite you to help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Victor brand. It is a milestone we are especially proud to share with you, our customers and our employees.

End-user-driven features include new contoured handle, three-tube cutting attachment design and color-coded and labeled valves knobs for clarity and enhanced safety. Torch kits include new G Series regulators that also offer greater visual acuity.

Victor®, a Victor Technologies brand, has launched its new 400 Series of oxy-fuel torches and G Series regulators to meet the needs of end-users globally. The 400 Series is a two-piece torch that incorporates innovative handle and cutting attachment designs that offer better ergonomics, a clearer view of the cutting path, visual cues for easier use and enhanced safety. The 400 Series is compatible with current 300 series consumables and accessories, and meets or exceeds performance and durability expectations of a Victor torch, the industry’s leading brand.

Victor400The 400 Series features a contoured, high-strength alloy torch handle that fits naturally in most operators’ hands. While lighter than a brass handle, the new handle better resists abuse, and it balances well when hoses and attachments are connected.

To simplify use, Victor color-coded and labeled the oxygen and fuel valves for instant identification and easier operation by indicating directions for open and closed valve positions.

“Until now, it was very difficult for an inexperienced worker to effectively and intuitively identify gas valves,” says John Henderson, Group Brand Manager, Victor Technologies. “The 400 Series torch provides operators with the visual acuity necessary for safe and effective oxy-fuel cutting, even if English isn’t their first language.”

Henderson notes that design changes to simplify use help companies cope with the retirement of skilled operators and need to hire younger, less-skilled workers or workers who speak English as a second language. The durability of the torch handle also improves longevity in situations where tools receive rough treatment, a feature specifically requested by the supervisors interviewed during product development.

Better VisibilityVictor400_BetterView

To simplify use and increase precision, the 400 Series cutting attachment provides excellent line-of-sight visibility. Victor accomplished this by departing from its traditional tube-in-tube design to a sleeker three-tube design (oxy-fuel cutting requires three tubes, one each for fuel gas, pre-heat oxygen and cutting oxygen).

“Our new tube design optimizes cutting area visibility while providing strength and supporting gas flow rate requirements for tip sizes 000 through 6,” says Henderson. The 400 Series uses a universal mixer design and mixes the gases in the head of the torch. Like all Victor torches, it enables operators to use one torch for all fuels (acetylene, propylene, propane, etc.) simply by selecting the correct tips or attachments.

“Everyone familiar with the cutting performance of a Victor torch will recognize the superior performance of the new 400 Series cutting attachments,” notes Henderson. “They’ll also appreciate how the oxygen cutting lever is positioned relative to the torch handle for increased comfort.”

Victor400_ErgonomicG Series Regulators

When sold as part of the Medalist® 250 and 350 outfits, Victor’s new G Series regulator accompanies the 400 Series torch. G Series regulators use a combination of colors on the gauge face to provide clarity for reading needle position, while a scale and red tick mark indicate actual service pressure of the regulator.  The G Series also uses ergonomic color-coded knobs to indicate gas type and for better comfort when adjusting gas pressure.

  • Velocity consumables include “drop-in” non-threaded contact tips that are simple and easy to change.
  • Superior electrical and thermal conductivity increases arc stability with reduced spatter and provides a wide window of operation.
  • Velocity consumables will be featured on new Tweco Fusion light-duty MIG guns and incorporated in all Thermal ArcFabricator  3-in-1 Series welders.

Tweco,  a Victor Technologies brand, introduces its new Velocity MIG consumables platform, which is integrated into the new Tweco Fusion series of light-duty MIG guns.

Speed Made Easy: New Tweco Velocity MIG Consumables Offer Quick Change Tip, Less Complexity, Improved Arc Stability and Reduced SpatterThe non-threaded, “drop-in” style Velocity contact tip eliminates the need to use vice-grips, welpers or other tools to remove the tip, even if the wire burns back and fuses inside the tip. The Velocity consumables design integrates the gas diffuser into the conductor tube. This creates an improved all-copper conductor path that provides better electrical conductivity and transfers heat more efficiently away from the tip. As a result, the arc becomes more stable and predictable.

Velocity consumables provide smoother arc characteristics, reduce weld spatter and make it easier for the operator to control the arc,” says David Wilton, Vice President – Welding Products. “This design eliminates all of the hassle associated with burn backs, as operators can change contact tips in seconds instead of fighting to remove a threaded tip.”

“Our field trials presented great results, across a broad cross-section of welders, from DIY’ers to code welders”, adds Ross Fleischman, Senior Brand Manager.

In addition, Velocity consumables reduce the number of replacement parts needed.  In a traditional MIG gun, the front end consists of a conductor tube, brass gas diffuser, threaded contact tip and slip on nozzle. Velocity consumables integrate the gas diffuser/contact tip seating area into the end of the conductor tube. A threaded nozzle secures the contact tip against the seating area, and it also directs and smooths shielding gas flow for excellent gas coverage of the weld puddle.

Fusion MIG GunsFusion Gun

At the end of 2012, Tweco will offer the Velocity consumables on its new Tweco Fusion Series of light-duty MIG guns, which include the following models: Tweco Fusion 140 (140A @ 20% duty cycle), Tweco Fusion 180 (180A @ 40% duty cycle), TTweco Fusion 220 (220A @ 40% duty cycle) and the Tweco Fusion 250 (250A @ 60% duty cycle). The Tweco Fusion Series will be available as an aftermarket gun starting in December 2012 and will be bundled with Thermal Arc’s Fabricator 3-in-1 Series of MIG-Stick-TIG welders starting in the first quarter of 2013.

Tweco Fusion is offered at a price point compatible with light-duty MIG welding systems, yet maintains the Tweco heritage of designing rugged, reliable products.

“We feel like operators will immediately notice the solid, more durable feel of a Tweco Fusion MIG gun.” notes Wilton.

  • Patent-pending adapter enables Twecoliner to deliver the same great performance in most popular brands of MIG guns.
  • Standardizing on Twecouniversal conduit liners reduces inventory costs.

New TwecoUniversal Conduit Liner Adapts to Most Gun Brands, Reduces Cost and Complexity of MIG Consumables ManagementIn an effort to help distributors and end-users reduce the cost and complexity of consumables management, Tweco  introduces its new series of Universal Conduit liners. These patent-pending, two-piece liners feature a liner crimped with a threaded wire guide and adapters that make it compatible with most major MIG gun brands* including Tweco, Lincoln, Profax, Miller, Hobart, Bernard and Tregaskiss.

Currently, customers with multiple MIG gun brands have to stock conduit liners for each of their gun brands, resulting in large inventory carrying cost. Using the TwecoUniversal Conduit liner, a customer needs to stock only one liner and adapters for each different brand of gun. This reduces inventory carrying costs, which is important in a challenging economic environment. The Universal Conduit liner costs about $9.00 and each adapter cost less than a dollar. Tweco Universal Conduit liners are available for wire diameters 0.030” through 3/32” and are suitable for use with solid wires, stainless and mild-steel flux cored wires.

“Standardizing on Tweco Universal Conduit liners is a smart choice. It can reduce inventory costs by up to 75 percent,” says Indy Datta, Tweco Brand Management, Victor Technologies (Tweco is a Victor Technologies brand).

For a distributor stocking conventional liners for four wire sizes (.030/.035, .035/.045, 1/16 and 3/32) and four brands of guns it would cost about $154 (4 liners times 4 wire sizes = total of 16 liners). Compare this to a cost of $39 for stocking just four Tweco Universal Conduit liners (one liner for each wire size) and four adapters, the total savings is about $115.

“A distributor selling 400 sets of liners annually could reduce inventory carrying costs by more than $46,000,” says Datta. “Reduced stock also frees up shelf space for additional products and simplifies life for the counter salesperson.”

Lincoln is a registered trademark of Lincoln Electric Company; Profax is a registered trademark of Profax; Miller, Hobart, Bernard and Tregaskiss are registered trademarks of ITW, Inc. Victor Technologies International, Inc. is not affiliated with Lincoln Electric Company, Profax or ITW, Inc. Tweco is a registered trademark of Victor Technologies International, Inc.

Tweco Universal Conduit liners come packaged with the Tweco adapter already attached. To simplify the transition for customers, the company maintained the same part numbers when they switched standard Tweco liners to the Universal Conduit liner design. Adapters for other gun brands will be available in packages wit a single-adapter, and also in packages with four-gun brand adapters for end-users who do not know their gun brand.

Tweco liners feature a round piano wire that minimizes drag, enhances wire feed performance and extends liner life, especially compared to liners that use a flat wire with a larger surface area that could create more resistance and faster wear.

Tweco announces a scheduled first quarter 2013 release of the Tweco Classic Series MIG guns, an enhancement of the Tweco “numbered series,” one of the most popular gun designs in the world. Tweco Classic enhancements will include interlocking joints for superior toughness, an angled trigger for a more comfortable pull and refined, modernized lines.

 Tweco Announces 2013 Upgrades to the “MIG gun that built America,” The Tweco Classic Series MIG Guns The new series will consist of five air-cooled guns: the Tweco Classic 2 (rated at 200 amps @ 60% duty cycle), the Tweco Classic 3 (300 amps @ 60% duty cycle), the Tweco Classic 4 (400 amps @ 60% duty cycle), the Tweco Classic 5 (500 amps @ 60% duty cycle) and the Tweco Classic 6 (600 amps @ 60% duty cycle).

“The Tweco Classic Series will carry on the tradition of the Tweco No. Series platform, which has stood the test of time since its introduction at the AWS Welding Show in 1969,” says David Wilton, Vice President, Brand Management – Welding Products, Victor Technologies. “Millions of welders will be familiar with the way the paddle-style handle of a Tweco Classic gun fits into their hand and lets them manipulate the arc. With these upgrades, they’ll be able to enjoy its heavy-duty, industrial-grade performance for years to come.”

Advanced AC TIG and pulsed TIG outputs enable operators to tailor arc characteristics, weld bead shape for superior performance when welding aluminum, stainless, chrome-moly and thin metal.

For fabricators looking to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals in the field and the shop, Victor Technologies has redesigned its Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC inverter for HF TIG, Lift TIG and Stick welding. When compared to its predecessor, the Thermal Arc 185, the Thermal Arc 186 features 15 amps more TIG welding power, sports a new digital operator interface that makes setting weld parameters more intuitive and delivers it all at a lower price of $1,899.

Improved Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC TIG Welder Now with MSRP of $1,899, Features Operator-friendly Interface, 15 Amps More TIG Welding PowerThe Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC provides a welding output of 10 to 200 amps with a duty cycle of 20% when TIG welding 200 amps/18 volts. Stick welding duty cycle is 16% when welding at 120 amps/26.6 volts and is suitable for welding with 6011, 6013, 7014, 7018 and other electrodes up to 5/32” diameter.

The unit weighs 48.4 lbs., uses 208-230V input power and provides advanced AC wave shaping and pulsed DC TIG controls that enable operators to improve weld puddle control, control the weld bead profile, reduce heat input and increase travel speeds. The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC is designed for mobile contractors and fabricators, as well as applications in the aircraft/aerospace, appliance, maintenance/repair, automotive, boat and trailer industries.

“Compared to conventional technology TIG welders and inverters with fixed parameters settings, the Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC enables tailoring the TIG welding arc to the application or for operator preferences,” says David Wilton, Vice President, Global Welding Products, Victor Technologies. “Further, with a list price of $1,899, the Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC inverter offers more features than any other welder in its price range.”

Advanced Controls

The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC’s advanced TIG controls can improve results when welding aluminum, stainless steel, chrome-moly and thin metal. They include:

  • AC wave balance control, adjustable between 10 and 65% electrode negative (EN). Lesser amounts of EN increase “cleaning action” to remove aluminum oxide, while greater amounts increase penetration.
  • AC frequency control, adjustable between 15 and 150 Hz. Higher frequencies produce a narrower, more forceful arc cone that helps direct the arc at the root of the joint in fillet welds and increase penetration and travel speeds. Frequency control especially improves aluminum welding results.
  • Pulsed TIG welding controls, with a pulse frequency adjustable between 0.5 and 200 pulses per second (PPS) and a peak pulse width (pulse duration) adjustable between 15 and 80%. Stainless steel fabricators and those working thin metals or other heat-sensitive applications use pulsed TIG to reduce heat input, narrow the weld bead profile and increase travel speed. A slow frequency, such as 1 PPS, acts as a “metronome” so that beginners can establish a good cadence for adding filler rod.
  • Upslope and downslope/crater control, which respectively provide more control during arc starts to prevent excessive heat input and ramp down the current at the end of the weld to help prevent crater cracking.
  • HF (high frequency) arc starts for applications requiring non-contact arc starts and Lift TIG for positive arc starts without HF.

“So that operators can take full advantage of the Thermal Arc 186’s features, we included a set-up guide on top of the unit with recommend parameters,” says Wilton. “Push buttons, LED displays and a multi-function control knob make setting parameters much easier. We completely overhauled the operator interface to create a Thermal Arc family look similar to our new 3-in-1 series of welders.”

The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC also provides advanced Stick welding controls, including adjustable Stick Arc Force and Hot Start Control.  These features allow end users to adjust arc characteristics to optimize performance for different electrodes and help prevent the electrode from sticking.

 Stoody end-user focus results in development of wires to meet specific challenges of erosion, corrosion and needs of the oil and natural gas industries.

 StoodyVictor Technologies brand, has developed a series of wires to support end-users engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, transportation and processing applications in the U.S. and Canada. These wires extend wire life and support greater productivity when hardfacing and hardbanding (view video).

Drilling (Exploration) ApplicationsStoody Introduces Hardfacing and Hardbanding Wires  For Oil & Gas Exploration, Transportation and Refining Applications

Stoody HB-62 (62 Rockwell C hardness) and Stoody HB-56 (56 Rockwell C hardness) now have Fearnley Procter NS-1ä certification. The company has also developed Stoody HB-Ti for titanium alloys. Stoody developed HB-62 in conjunction with a hard banding company and Pipe clad with this wire went from drilling two holes to six holes before needing resurfacing, a 300% improvement. The Fearnley Procter NS accreditation program provides oilfield equipment and service companies with an industry-recognized approval program that supplements the requirements of American Petroleum Institute standards and demonstrates superior quality management and performance to offshore and onshore operators.

ThermaClad  104TJ is a submerged arc wire intended for the multiple layer buildup and repair of worn tool joints. Weld deposits are crack free, can be machined with high-speed tools, carbide tools and can be flame cut. ThermaClad 104TJ has excellent resistance to impact and plastic deformation.

Pipeline Transportation

StoodCorTM 136 was designed specifically for applications where erosion and corrosion are of equal concern. Through  Stoody’s membership in industry organizations, working directly with end-users in the Canadian oil sands,  Stoody developed a complex carbide alloy that outperforms typical nickel based tungsten carbide wires in slurry jet erosion testing for a fraction of the price. StoodCor 136 is ideally suited for ID cladding on pipe, pipe elbows or plate subjected to a combination of abrasive wear and corrosion.

Processing & Storage

Stoody has developed a nickel-based family of flux cored wires designed to weld Inconel and similar alloys* used to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks and flue gas desulphurization units (FGDs).

*INCONEL® is a registered trademark of the INCO family of companies.

These all-position nickel-based flux cored wires deposit 10 to 15 lbs. of weld metal per hour, which is approximately three to five times the production rate of stick welding. When considering products used for joining or cladding, this family of all-position wires includes:

  • Stoody 625-T1 (AWS: ENiCrMo3T1-1/-4)
  • Stoody 625LI-T1 (AWS:  ENiCrMo3T1-1/-4)
  • Stoody 82-T1 (AWS: ENiCr3T1-1/4)
  • Stoody 182-T1 (AWS:  ENiCrFe3T1-1/-4)
  • Stoody A-T1 (AWS:  ENiCrFe2T1-1/-4)
  • Stoody C276-T1 (AWS: ENiCrMo4T1-1/-4)
  • Stoody 622-T1 (AWS ENiCrMo10-1/-4)

 Stoody nickel-based fluxed cored wires offer the robustness of manual process stick electrodes with the higher productivity rates associated with semi-automatic welding.

The iCNC XT enables fabricators to achieve the lowest cost per cut or best quality cut in all situations. The intelligence it brings to an integrated system is like having a plasma expert and production engineer inside the box, yet it offers experienced fabricators the flexibility to use their own cutting parameters and software programs.

The iCNC  XT from Victor® Thermal Dynamics®, a Victor Technologies  brand, provides intelligent control for integrated automated plasma cutting systems and offers a suite of capabilities that optimize cut cost and boost operational efficiency. No other plasma control system can match the iCNC XT’s intelligence, simplicity, flexibility and cost savings potential.

Using the iCNC XT can be as simple as entering the material type and thickness, then selecting the desired outcome on the touch screen interface: fastest cut for rapid cycle time or best cut quality so that parts can go straight to the next fabrication step with little or no post-cut surface preparation. Should skilled operators wish to fine-tune variables, they can easily modify them.Intelligence Inside: Victor Thermal Dynamics iCNC XT for Automated Plasma Cutting Provides Tools for Productivity, Profitability

The iCNC XT automatically sets and dynamically controls all process variables (e.g., current, voltage, gas pressure, torch height and torch motion). No plasma experience or nesting program skill is necessary to optimize cut quality, cut speed, cycle time and consumables life. As a result of building intelligence into the iCNC XT, companies can ensure that productivity, quality and profitability remain consistent across all tables and shifts regardless of labor and engineering resources.

Productivity Tools

Building on the iCNC XT’s operating simplicity is a suite of powerful software productivity tools that operate with point and click ease. They include:

  • A Cost Calculator so accurate it can be used for job estimating, which can increase bid competitiveness and/or profit margins.
  • Diameter PROä hole optimization technology, which sets cutting parameters to create “bolt-ready” holes or maintain cut quality on curves and radii. Only a Victor® Thermal Dynamics system using the Water Mist Secondary process can cut bolt-ready holes on non-ferrous materials as well.
  • A Bridge Tool that assigns cut segments between parts to reduce the number of pierces and cycle time, producing a cost savings of up to 40%.
  • Automatic nesting and plate editor tools that lower manufacturing costs by reducing plate waste and idle time.
  • A micro-CAD tool and standard part shapes library that enable the operator to design and/or modify parts and cut paths right at the table; there is no need to go back to engineering, potentially saving hours of downtime.

The iCNC XT can be set up to automatically optimize cutting variables and other settings for the job at hand. “The iCNC XT can achieve the desired quality without any input from the programmer or operator,” says J.P. Kinos, Vice President Brand Management, Automated Plasma, Victor Technologies. “The iCNC XT also provides advanced features which empower operators to optimize the cutting and nesting process after only a few hours of training,” states Kinos.


The iCNC XT incorporates a DXF converter so users can load part drawings directly to the controller, and it is also available as office software for use with any CNC cutting machine capable of reading ESSI or EIA cutting programs.

Unlike other controllers that force users to adopt proprietary software, the iCNC XT also lets customers continue to use their existing office software and nesting programs, so there is no need to retrain employees.

“The iCNC XT works the way users do,” says Kinos. “Fabricators can continue to use their existing programs or use the system’s built-in capabilities. Either way, the iCNC XT will adjust cutting variables to produce the best quality or lowest cost per cut.”

The iCNC XT incorporates dual microprocessors. One microprocessor provides real-time cutting control and enables operators to monitor a job in progress while the second microprocessor enables them to set up another cutting program in a second window. It also features internet-based remote control diagnostics, which enables the Victor Thermal Dynamics customer care team to take control of the iCNC XT and often troubleshoot problems in minutes.

The iCNC XT can be specified with any new Victor® Thermal Dynamics® plasma system, installed as a retrofit and is available as a stand-alone CNC, with or without drives and servo motors.