We recently had a breakdown in our desecant air dryer connected to our Hypertherm HT2000 torch. That was bad news in that it pushed those little silica gel beads through my air lines up to the gas console on our torch. We traced the damage and repaired or replaced anything that was affected. It appeared the damage stopped at the gas console thanks to a small orifice on a needle valve flow control. We're back up and running now but we are now getting horrible life out of our electrodes. The only time I've seen this much damage is when water gets in the lines. We're running a brand new dryer with all new silica media. I'm pretty sure the air is good. The torch doesn't quite sound the same, I think. It seems like I don't hear as much pre-pierce shield air now. The arc seems weak, what little we've run the machine today we've had to reduce the pierce ht lower than normal. I'm attaching a couple pictures of new electrodes that didn't last 50 pierces. I'm wondering if any of you have some ideas?