Waterjet robots are a force to be reckoned with. Combining the power of water and the flexibility of automation, they offer multiple advantages.
Waterjet robots are ideally suited for cutting, drilling, material removal, and cleaning applications. They are able to cut through a multitude of materials - metals, plastics, carpet, food, etc. Because of this versatility and other unique characteristics, waterjet robots are fast becoming the preferred application for many industries, including aerospace, automotive, food, and packaging.
How Water Jets Work: Waterjet EOAT channels a high-pressured jet of water (40,000-60,000 pounds per square inch) through a small opening. Sometimes garnet is added to the stream of water to make the jet even more abrasive. The stream of high-pressure water wears the material away quickly and cleanly.
Six Advantages to Waterjet Robots:
Speed: Waterjet robots offer speed. The waterjet EOAT is much lighter than laser cutters, making the processes even faster.
Accuracy: The precision of a waterjet, together with the repeatability of the articulated robot provide incredible accuracy and control. On a related note, the waterjet provides precision cuts without any raw edges.
Flexibility: Waterjet robots offer incredible versatility. In the automotive industry, for instance, trim die cuts are created for each part. With waterjet technology, changing parts frequently is no hassle.
Eco-Friendly: Waterjet robots keep it green. This application won't leave hazardous wastes behind. Plus, the water can be constantly reused due to a closed-loop system.
Heat-Free: Unlike plasma and laser cutting processes, waterjet applications do not create a HAZ or heat affected zone, so materials are not damaged during the process.
No Dust/Smoke: Instead of the dust and mess created with robotic router cutting, waterjet makes a clean cut. This way you save time and effort cleaning the workspace. A dustless environment is simply healthier. Waterjets do not create smoke like plasma and laser cutting. It goes without saying that vaporized materials like vinyl and fiberglass are not safe.
Interested in a waterjet robot? Contact RobotWorx at 740-251-4312 for pricing and availability.