Flow Launches New Pump
Flow International Corp., Kent, Wash., has introduced the next generation of intensifier pump technology, the MotoJet X. The MotoJet X features technology advancements focused on maximizing customer uptime, improving usability and nearly eliminating hands-on customer maintenance.
The revolutionary pump is a full-service solution. Flow’s trained technical service team will conduct all maintenance at needed intervals, keeping customers up and running with minimal effort on their part, and allowing them to focus their attention and resources on other areas of their business.
The MotoJet X features ultra-quiet operation with a sound-deadening design. The thoughtful design includes easy access points with quick-remove side panels, an air-assisted lid, and an automatic interior light. The MotoJet X operates at 60,000 psi with both 30 hp and 50 hp options and is compatible across the entire Flow Mach Series of waterjet solutions.
For more information, visit www.FlowWaterjet.com. (Photo by Flow International)KAAST Debuts New Machining Center
KAAST Machine Tools Inc., Aldan Pa., has debuted the V-Mill 600.5X, a 5-axis, CNC Vertical Machining Center, which utilizes a massive gantry structure consisting of a base frame, double racks, and stable crossbeam to ensure rigidity and cutting performance. This model also features cooled ballscrews combined with high-quality linear roller guides and a powerful, high-speed spindle with ceramic bearings for superior milling surface, KAAST claims.
The generously sized worktable diameter of 23 inches is capable of supporting up to 880 pounds. The KAAST V-Mill 600.5X CNC features T-shape machine structure with matching column base width. The table is independently installed on the base and is fully supported through the entire stroke. This machine offers high speed for maximum stability, high-precision mold and die machining.
A 30-tool magazine for flexible milling and drilling applications is a standard feature on the V-Mill 600.5X. It can easily accommodate BT-40 shank and includes a precision CAM drive that achieves plus-minus 0.0032-inch positioning accuracy.
For more information, visit www.kaast-usa.com
.Hypertherm Intros PlateSaver
Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., has introduced PlateSaver, a new SureCut technology that automatically maximizes the number of parts on a plate for more profit per plate.
PlateSaver is available through Hypertherm’s ProNest and other authorized software for fabricators cutting mild steel on a CNC table using X-Definition plasma. It combines the arc stability of X-Definition plasma with specialized software parameters to dramatically increase material utilization. Those parameters cause PlateSaver to use shorter leads when starting and finishing a cut for less wasted space between parts. In addition to shorter lead-ins and lead-outs, PlateSaver takes molten metal into account by using moving pierces that cause molten splatter to fall within a predictable “splash zone.”
SureCut technology maximizes cutting performance by automatically embedding thousands of cutting parameters into authorized hardware and software products. It includes True Hole for bolt-ready holes, True Bevel to simplify the process of cutting beveled edges, and Rapid Part to markedly reduce cut-to-cut cycle time.
For more information, visit www.hypertherm.com
.OMAX Unveils OptiMAX Waterjet
OMAX Corporation has introduced its most advanced waterjet, the OptiMAX, a new generation of waterjet designed to quickly turn prints into parts while relying less on highly experienced operators.
The OptiMAX is designed for manufacturers in need of a versatile, easy-to-use cutting system, the company claims. It offers OMAX’s intuitive software for optimized cutting capability and power, along with improved automation to maximize uptime. Companies can complete a greater range of work, more efficiently and deliver finished products faster. New and improved features include: IntelliMAX premium software, designed for ease of use and operation; IntelliVISOR console with key metrics to optimize operations and system monitoring; EduroMAX pump to automatically set the correct pressure and minimize fluctuations; and IntelliTRAX drive system with advanced motion control. A new garnet delivery system has also been introduced.
Combined with an optional TiltaJET taper compensation head, the new OptiMAX is a highly accurate system, according to the company. In addition, the system provides advanced optional usability features such as water level control, under bridge lighting and a machine status indicator, along with fast, accurate and efficient cutting.
For more information, visit www.omax.com
.New Technology Improves Beveling
United Precision Services Inc., Cincinnati, a provider of turnkey medium to large CNC machine tool solutions, is offering Auto Calibration of Tool Geometry technology developed by MicroStep to provide metal processors with precise beveling and parallel bevel-cutting capability.
The patented technology makes beveling a highly precise and stable process without maintenance downtimes using plasma, oxyfuel, fiber laser and waterjet cutting processes. The self-learning calibration system is a smart solution that detects and compensates for geometry and mechanical inaccuracies without having to endure tedious calibration adjustment procedures. Compensation is based on correction movements to X, Y, and Z axes motion.
The system can also be used for calibrating MicroStep’s unique parallel bevel-cutting when using two cutting heads simultaneously.
For more information, www.unitedprecisionservices.com
.Okuma Adds Machining Center to Lineup
Okuma America Corporation has launched a next-generation machining center to join the company’s horizontal machining center lineup. This new machine – the Okuma MA-600HIII – brings next-level machining capabilities to the MA-600H family by offering several new features.
Features include a 10K spindle, which handles a range of applications from heavy-duty to high-feed machining; smart design of 55,000 pounds to ensure structural stability and consistent precision machining operations; upgraded chip and coolant management systems; and automation friendliness.
The workspace area can equip up to seven part loading/unloading ports or up to eight workholding clamp ports, which can help eliminate the need for complicated circuit arrangements for hydraulic applications. Up to 16 ports are available in the machine’s setup station, expanding part capacity and the possibilities for robotic applications.
For more information, visit www.okuma.com
.ESAB Intros Drilling System
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced its Auto Drill 30 fully-automated drilling system capable of drilling holes with diameters up to 30 millimeters, through plate thicknesses up to 50 millimeters, depending on material type. The new system uses a completely new spindle design to expand drilling diameter and add capabilities.
Equipped with a seven-tool changer to accommodate seven different tools within the same program, the Auto Drill 30 can also tap, countersink and counterbore. The Auto Drill 30 is an available option for ESAB’s Suprarex HDX and NUMOREX automated cutting machines, making it ideal for steel service centers, large manufacturers, bridge builders and structural steel companies, ESAB claims. It can be used in combination with stations for plasma beveling, oxy-fuel cutting, inkjet marking and pin stamping.
The Auto Drill 30 system’s tool changer is mounted on a carriage attached directly to the drill station, allowing tool changes to happen very quickly, without moving or unclamping the drill station itself. This increases productivity because the machine and tool station don’t have to move to a different location to change tools.
For more information, visit www.esabna.com
.Prodevco Updates Cutting System
Prodevco Robotic Solutions, a leader in the manufacture of robotic thermal cutting machinery for steel fabricators, has updated its PCR42 system. The upgrades allow for the processing of even larger beams. The standard system can now process beams up to 40 inches while optional upgrades allow for the processing of up to 48-inch beams.
The PCR42 combines plasma cutting and torch technology with fully automated robotics and laser measuring systems. This robot provides structural steel cutting that delivers the perfect blend of speed, precision – and a complete 7-axis operation, the company claims. It can cut features onto four face profiles including slots, holes, and markings.
The PCR42 is equipped with an advanced laser measuring systems and rotary encoder, able to determine material length and deviations resulting in optimal cutting accuracy. The seven rotary axis provides added capability of two zone processing, reducing material indexing.
For more information, visit https://prodevcoind.com/