March 3, 2011
Flow International Corporation recently announced the launch of the new Mach 4r, a combination robotic waterjet and saw cutting system. It maximizes a shop’s productivity by optimizing countertop cutting and significantly improving operator efficiency.
This combination allows customers to achieve the benefits of precise corner radius work and maximum material usage offered by Flow waterjets with fast straight-line cutting of a saw.
The heavy duty, foundry-grade, 6-axis robot has a 20,000-hour maintenance cycle with an extended reach of 3.1 meters. It utilizes a Flow International Paser® waterjet cutting system, and combines that with a 20-hp direct drive motor. Dual work zones allow the operator to simultaneously load and cut slabs resulting in unmatched fabrication speed and uptime. Files from all major CAD programs are directly accepted. The software suite includes the following software tools to increase productivity:
Vein-matching software easily combines multiple stone pieces from different slabs for exact color matches at the seams created with a combination of multiple stone pieces from any number of slabs.
A vision system directly transfers pictures of the stone slab to the operating monitor, allowing DXF drawings to be applied to the slab and cutting to start immediately.
An inventory management system easily catalogs slabs online using photographs and barcoding to efficiently organize slab inventory.