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Ever wonder about the sheer amount of resources needed to successfully build a custom waterjet? While we build custom machines all of the time, WARDJet took a quick second to jot down the data and visualize it.
A recent WARDJet partner had built a successful production line centered around three standard 5x5 waterjet machines when they approached WARDJet with a problem: how to achieve double their current production capacity without buying three more waterjets? Challenge accepted.
What does it take to build a custom waterjet?
For starters, it's not for the faint of heart and you need many, many resources to even get up and running. Thanks to our dedicated engineering team and their years of problem-solving, they hit the ground running. They tallied almost 5,000 hours in total design & process development time and took roughly 21 months to tackle the challenge. With over 7,000 moveable parts, each iteration created an exponential set of possible issues. Nevermind that though, we laugh in the face of the engineering gods (sorry, got carried away).
After 4 required sign-offs, the entire system sported 4 conveyors, 7,400 movable parts, 10 generations of material holding clamps, and could produce 9,460,800 parts in a calendar year! WARDJet doubled the original production by automating several key parts of the cutting process including a series of conveyors to load and unload material, a vision detection system to orient the part correctly, and 4 different cutting manifolds to accommodate product variations. The project even saw 4 different Jasons work on it!
WARDJet conceived, designed, manufactured, and tested a system which outperforms those three original machines combined by leveraging our skill sets in mechanical design, automation, software, process development, project management, and statistical analysis. This project is a testament to how we do things here at WARDJet.
Interested in increasing your production and automating your cutting process? Get in touch with us and lets see what we can create. Or if you're interested in learning more about our custom machines, look no further.