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New Mach 500 waterjet cutting system

News 27.11.2017
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The new Mach 500 waterjet cutting system
combines the latest architecture and cutting technology with a comprehensive service and support package. Image: Flow

Flow International Corporation, the developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet machines for cutting applications, announced today the release of the Mach 500 in Europe, an entirely new waterjet system marking the arrival of a new industry standard. The Mach 500 combines the latest in machine architecture and waterjet cutting technology with comprehensive service and support programs. The main fields of use are machining metals such as aluminium, stainless steel, copper and brass, synthetic and natural stone and composite materials as well as cutting glass and plastics. Together, the latest generation of FlowXpert® 3-D solid modelling CAD/CAM software and the recently introduced Compass™ 5-axis contour following and collision sensing solution enable the Mach 500 to make a quantum leap in terms of speed, precision and reliability, signifi cantly boosting productivity. Flow was presented this system at 'Schweißen+Schneiden' trade fair in Duesseldorf.

With the Mach 500, Flow has successfully doubled acceleration versus previous models. This means a 15 to 30 percent reduction in cycle time relative to the Mach 3b, the company's best-selling waterjet cutting system worldwide. The Mach 500's Z travel height is 50 percent larger (305 mm) and repeatability (0.03 mm) has been doubled. The modern electrical system improves reliability of the overall system and reduces complexity. The latest generation of FlowXpert® CAD/ CAM software is capable not only of designing complete 3-D models and assemblies but also of simultaneously calculating optimum cutting paths.

Thanks to the modular architecture and numerous confi guration options, the Mach 500 can be individually tailored to customer requirements. For example, a range of pump technologies and cutting heads are available. All pump models are connected via EtherCAT to enhance diagnostics and upgradeability. Compass™, the optional, patented multiaxial contour following system, has an integral collision sensor and enables precision cutting even on uneven surfaces. Service and support packages can also be tailored to a customer's specifi c requirements. Options include preventive maintenance programs, replacement programs for high-pressure components, prompt delivery of replacement parts, technical assistance and a comprehensive training and development program.

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