Waterjet MetalTech Report
- Published: April 25, 2012
High efficiency pump
Bystronic says it’s ByJet Smart waterjet cutting system is economically priced to acquire and maintain, and the customer benefits from a low purchase price and from reduced operating costs.
The machine reduces operating costs in part because of a high efficiency pump with a longer lifespan. High precision cutting heads combined with abrasive metering and constant automatic nozzle height sensing delivers part precision and consumable efficiencies. The economical machine is also a high quality one, claims Bystronic. It’s equipped with many high quality components, such as a cutting bridge fitted with a linear motor, and a precision manufactured machine frame constructed of heavily-damping composite material. The result is a durable machine with outstanding cutting performance, says Bystronic.
Expandable modular design
Flow International has launched three new products: the Mach 4c, the Mach 2c and the HyPlex Prime.
The Mach 4c is the newest addition to the Mach 4 line of waterjets and offers a variety of features including an expandable modular design, up to 14 m (48 ft) in length, allowing customers toincrease the size of the cutting area as their business grows. The system provides fast, accurate machine motion with zero backlash. It’s ergonomically designed to improve operator convenience and productivity, with lighting to enhance work piece visibility, efficient abrasive removal, and easy access to material and parts with full four-sided accessibility.
The motion control system offers up to 800 ipm cut speeds. Flow’s exclusive Dynamic Waterjet is also available on the Mach 2c. Designed to eliminate taper errors and stream lag, Dynamic Waterjet brings accuracy and speed to 2D cutting. Whether cutting three in. thick steel plate or multi-stacked gasket material, it provides fast and accurate cutting at an exceptional price.
The new HyPlex Prime pump rated at 60,000 psi combines elements of Flow’s patented HyperJet seal technology with the efficiency of a direct drive. Its new compact pressure loading tool allows fast, accurate and repeatable maintenance.
Cutting with no HAZ
Jet Edge Inc.’s new Mid Rail Gantry Model MR513 cutting machine can cut material up to 1.5 m x 4 m (5 ft x13 ft) and is sized for fabricators, machine shops and stone and tile shops. It cuts complex parts from virtually any material without creating a heat-affected zone (HAZ). The machine comes standard with one abrasive jet cutting head. A second cutting head can be added to increase productivity. Optional mirroring makes it possible to cut large parts twice as fast.
The waterjet system is available in a range of work envelopes, from 1.5 m x 1.5 m to 7.3 m x 4 m (5 ft x5 ft to 24 ft x13 ft). The waterjet uses an industrial PC controller and can be configured so that all three axes are fully programmable (Z optional). It features direct-couple AC brushless digital servo motors and single or double carriages. Critical bearing components are protected with heavy metal covers with brush seals. The machine is powered by a Jet Edge waterjet intensifier pump. Jet Edge claims it has the widest range of waterjet pumps on the market, from 25-280 hp, including 36KSI (2500 bar), 60KSI (4100 bar) and 90KSI (6200
The New NeoLine 40i and Streamline PRO2 series water jet pumps cover a wide spectrum of cutting applications. The NeoLine 40i pump uses KMT’s intensifier technology for superior performance with less maintenance, according to the company. The NeoLine 10d direct drive pump is designed as a low-cost solution for light duty cutting and limited applications. The 40i features a new, low profile cabinetry designed for easy access to pump controls and components, along with 55,000 psi operating pressure to cut steel, glass, plastic, aluminum, and much more.
KMT has also launched the Streamline PRO2 series pumps, 90,000psi, 60 hp and 125 hp, which offers what the company describes as “the industry’s most powerful combination of horsepower and pressure with significant advances in uptime, which leads to superior productivity.”
By closely nesting raw materials and a reduced small kerf width to cut the materials, the metal fabricating industry is able to maximize performance by cutting any shape or size and create a better yield.