FIRST, WHAT IS WATERJET CUTTING?
Waterjet cutting is the process of using a jet of water at very high pressure through a small jewel orifice to cut many types of materials. This is done through a very specialized pump where over 60,000 PSI can be reached and sent through high pressure lines to a cutting tool often referred to as the “Nozzle”. This tool can either be mounted to a flying bridge (XY table) or to the end of a 6-Axis robot.
BENEFITS OF WATERJET CUTTING
Waterjet cutting is often the preferred method of cutting material which are heat sensitive because it doesn’t leave a Heat Affected Zone (HAZ). These materials can include: Foam, Plastic, Leather, Carpet, rubber, composites, and much more. Waterjet is also a cleaner and safer alternative because it doesn’t leave any residue, smoke, or fumes and the water can be recycled.
WHY — USE ROBOTS?
Robots offer a unique opportunity for waterjet cutting. Although typical waterjet cutting processes include a flying bridge with a multi axis head, robots offer the versatility to cut large three dimensional (3D) parts with 6-Axis of motion. This includes parts with extreme angles and depths. For example: Automotive Headliners, Automotive Carpets, Large Pieces of Molded Foam etc. “Many observers believe that only about 10% of the US companies that could benefit from robots have installed any so far” (Robotic Industries Association). Robots not only increase productivity but also meet tight part tolerance requirements with extreme repeatability.
The part below is an example of a piece of large Automotive carpet which is three dimensional and requires many different angles of approach. These approach angles can only be achieved by a 6-Axis robot. Robots can be mounted in many different configurations, including inverted! Popular styles are, Wall Mounted, Cantilever, Gantry, Beam Gantry, and Floor Mounted.
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