Waterjet Technology Benefits from Software and Pump CapabilitiesOctober 1, 2015
Omax Corp., Kent, WA, demonstrates its Omax 80X and Maxiem 1515 JetMachining centers, which include efficient direct-drive pumps, advanced accessories and the latest Intelli-Max software suite. Attendees also have the opportunity to speak with abrasive-waterjet experts to discuss the full scope of the company’s table-sized offerings and how they can improve productivity.
The 80X JetMachining center (pictured) quickly and precisely processes large, complex components or multiple parts from various materials and thicknesses. Key is the company’s exclusive Intelli-Max software suite. The intuitive software optimizes the machine’s tool path for consistent quality and repeatable results. At FABTECH, Omax pairs the 80X with the new 100-hp EnduroMax pump, which operates at 85-percent efficiency as opposed to the 60-70-percent range of intensifier pumps. This increased efficiency enables the pump to deliver more horsepower to the cutting nozzle than intensifier designs at any pump power rating, regardless of pressure, an important feature because the more horsepower at the nozzle, the stronger the abrasive stream and the faster the cutting speeds.
The optional A-Jet multi-axis cutting head adds two motion axes to the 80X for complete five-axis machining, which eases the cutting of beveled edges, angled sides, 3D shapes and countersinks while compensating for taper.
The all-in-one Windows 8 controller on the Maxiem 1515 comes pre-loaded with the latest Intelli-Max software suite that simplifies generation of complex geometries and production of quality parts from virtually any type of material or thickness. The software calculates the precision of the velocity of a tool path at more than 1000 points/in., allowing for complete control over the motion of an abrasive jet and enabling rapid machining.
Through its advanced direct-drive pump, available in 20-, 30- and 40-hp options, the 1515 offers more cutting power per kilowatt than machines that utilize intensifier-type pumps, according to Omax officials.
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