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, significantly boosting productivity.
With the Mach 500, Flow has 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.
“Over the last 40 years, we have developed 12 generations of waterjet cutting systems. With each generation, we have further improved major components and achieved ongoing increases in accuracy and cutting speed”, explains Claus Herting, Managing Director, Flow Europe. “The Mach 500 is not only a modern waterjet cutting system. It combines the latest technology from leading manufacturers of drive and control systems with Flow’s tried and trusted ultrahigh-pressure technology and unparalleled service and support to maximize machine availability and productivity for our customers.”
“The Mach 500 is unlike any other waterjet currently available in the industry,” says James Jenson, Flow President. “The system is quicker, producing more parts in less time than any other machine we’ve offered and is a major advancement for the waterjet industry. We have combined technology and service to give our customers a whole new level of overall quality, performance and throughput.”
Thanks to the modular architecture and numerous configuration 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 specific 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.
Companies: Flow Waterjet