Leading supplier of CNC machining solutions to a wide range of industries, AAG, has now added the M-Series of large-format waterjet cutting machines to its WardJet portfolio.
It includes a number of new design features that enable easier access to the material being processed, faster cutting speeds and maximum utilisation of the processing bed area to further reduce material wastage.
The M-Series is available in a choice of four different-sized models (2540, 5040, 7540 and 10040), with respective cutting envelopes of 2.5m x 4m, 5m x 4m, 7.5m x 4m and 10m x 4m. Purpose-built for the cutting of industry-standard material sheet sizes, the M-Series incorporates WardJet’s proprietary Move intuitive software that encompasses multiple machining functions.
It also features a triple-head cutting configuration that enables radically increased productivity levels and easier switching from single- to triple-head cutting, contingent on the size and volume of the material being processed.
A new gantry design makes it easier to load and offload material while the machine is running, with the integrated helical rack and pinion drive system featuring a multi-tooth configuration enabling cutting speeds of up to 35m/minute. This system also ensures more even distribution of the workload, quieter machine operation and ultimately a longer than normal machine life.
The latest Apex-60 5-axis cutting head further extends the performance of the M-Series and in particular its ability to handle three-dimensional work. Key benefits of the Apex-60 include the ability to cut any angle from 0 to 60°, thereby opening up many new possibilities and applications.
The machine also significantly increases the speed and efficiency with which ancillary finishing can be carried out that would otherwise require additional machine shop staff and add to operating costs. With a Z-travel capability of 304.8mm, the Apex-60 will also accommodate the processing of the thickest materials likely to be encountered with no compromise on quality.
In common with all waterjet cutting machines supplied by AAG, the M-Series will handle a wide range of materials that traditional CNC routing/cutting systems cannot effectively handle. Typically, these include stainless steel and other non-ferrous metals, alloys such as brass, bronze and zinc, stone, marble, ceramics, glass, fibreglass, high-density plastics and laminates and solid and composite rubber.
The M-Series is fully upgradeable to meet customers’ future production requirements and supported with free product training and ongoing online technical support.