Waterjet expands shop's partprocessing envelope

Waterjet expands shop's partprocessing envelope

Carinox uses Flow waterjet machines to cut different parts out of large, thick materials, including 36-ft-long sections for ships.

Carinox uses Flow waterjet machines to cut different parts out of large, thick materials, including 36-ft-long sections for ships.


Carinox Sa, Madrid, Spain, recognizes the versatility of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) waterjet technology. The company, which supplies solutions for various industries, already had two waterjet machines but needed one to cut parts out of large, thick materials — ranging from 4-in.-thick armor metal to steel measuring 36-ft long — without time-consuming tool or machine changes.

Because the company's existing waterjet machines were from Flow, it was no surprise the third one is too. Flow custom designed its waterjet machining center (WMC) with dynamic waterjet (DWJ) and conventional heads that let Carinox cut different parts simultaneously on one machine to maximize productivity.

The machine's large cutting envelope features dual bridges, which are divided into dual workzones. One cutting head has DWJ with Active Tolerance Control for cutting tolerance parts fast, with high quality and no taper.

"The customized WMC saves production time," says Jorge Rodriguez, waterjet division manager at Carinox. "It also eliminates welding operations associated with cutting large metal pieces. Large parts now fit on the waterjet machine and require no repositioning.

Flow International Corp.
Kent, Wash.
flowcorp.com

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