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Waterjet cutting equipment with large table sizes

Wightman Stewart : 10 February, 2010  (New Product)
Responding to demand for large fabrications in the aerospace and sub-contract manufacturing industries, Wightman Stewart has increased the table size of its WARDJet R-Series Waterjet cutting systems
Waterjet cutting equipment with large table sizes
Now available in the UK from Wightman Stewart is the WARDJet R-Series of waterjet cutting tables. These have been designed to meet the demand for the largest table sizes required for the fabrication of larger parts typically found in the Aerospace manufacturing and sub-contract industries. A cross beam of up to 4.3 metres can be provided and thanks to a modular design, the length of the table can be long as required with standard sizes starting at 4m, 6m, 9m and 12m.

Designed for both abrasive and pure waterjet cutting, the R-Series WARDJet series comes in eight standard sizes and features include a high precision helical rack and split pinions to achieve longer travel distances with no backlash. The lip seal design allows the inclusion of multiple, independent carriages on the Z axis. Multiple cutting heads available and additional crossbeams can be mounted on to the same side rails. Therefore a six metre or larger R-Series unit could have multiple heads, crossbeams, controllers and cut different parts simultaneously, all on one table.

An important feature on the R-Series is the additional foot of travel provided in the left to right cutting direction. This has been added as a standard feature because many waterjet sub-contract cutting companies want to use multiple cutting heads to produce two parts in the same amount of time it takes to cut one part in order to increase production. Typically, the moment a second head is added, the distance of travel the first head can move is reduced to make space for the addition of the second head. This is overcome with the extra foot. Each Z-Carriage has its own motor driven height adjustment, and can be configured to have an independent height sensor.

The selection of intensifiers to match required cutting needs is critical and WARDJet machines can be supplied with a variety of pumps with operating pressures up to 60,000 psi with 30hp, 50hp, 75hp, 100hp, and 150hp intensifiers available.

For use in conjunction with the R-Series, WARDJet offers their X-Classic waterjet controller which provides unparalleled levels of machine control for up to 32 separate axes, is fully networkable and comes standard with a web-cam for live video technical support.
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