In the realm of waterjets, the pump is the core of the system. It turns over a gallon of ordinary tap water into a strong ultra-high pressure waterjet that can cut almost anything. High-productivity automotive suppliers rely on their waterjet pump to function reliably for many shifts. If their pump breaks down, their profits will dip with it; the pump rules supreme.
Strong-minded automation supplier Alliance Automation, LLC, of Grand Blanc, Michigan has searched the world for top-notch manufacturing and automation solutions. With the waterjet pump vital to its customers’ success, they chose to power their newest robotic cells with hydraulic intensifier pumps made by Jet Edge, Inc. of St. Michael, Minnesota.
Alliance Automation’s 6-axis robotic waterjet trimming cell with dual wall-mounted Motoman HP20D robots powered by Jet Edge’s 60KSI (4100) bar iP60-50 intensifier.
Jet Edge’s Hydraulic Intensifier Pumps
Their six-axis robotic waterjet trimming cell is equipped with dual wall-mounted Motoman HP20D robots and Jet Edge’s 60KSI (4100 bar) iP60-50 intensifier pumps. It leads the industry in dependability and precision with Motoman’s ±0.06 mm repeatability and Jet Edge’s reliable tie-rod intensifier design. The cell’s robust, compact frame design allows stability to both the tool and robots to guarantee reliable tight part tolerances. The robotic waterjet trimming cell precisely cuts shaped parts with a number of angles from a wide range of materials, including carpeting, foam, fiberglass, and plastic.
Benefits of Robotic Cells with Hydraulic Intensifier Pumps
Steven Cranston of Alliance Automation observes that the system has many automotive interior applications: dashboards, dash liners, trimming headliners, bed liners, door panels, car carpet, wheel liners, trunk trim, and acoustic dampening components. It can also be used for similar applications in the marine and aerospace industries. According to Cranston, Alliance Automation’s robotic waterjet trimming cell features various design innovations that differentiate it from other robotic systems. The system brings down operating costs by removing the need for complex trimming dyes.
Knowing that Jet Edge is a leader in waterjet technology, we could trust the dependability and consistency of the Jet Edge intensifier. We have been involved in the robotic waterjet market for a number of years. Utilizing the Jet Edge Intensifier helps us provide the product and support we need to satisfy our current and future customers.
Steven Cranston, Alliance Automation
Jet Edge’s Jeff Schibley played a crucial role in helping Alliance Automation incorporate Jet Edge pumps into its new robotic cells. He explained the main design features that have made Jet Edge pumps famous.
Jet Edge’s pumps are known for their reliable tie-rod design. Our design eliminates threads on the high-pressure cylinders, end caps, and hydraulic cylinders. This reduces the likelihood of cracking and increases component life. Jet Edge has built some of the longest lasting pumps in the industry. We have customers who have more than 35,000 hours on Jet Edge pumps that are still going strong. We build them for easy maintenance to minimize downtime and have developed patented metal-on-metal seal technology that cuts in half the number of seals needing replacement.
Jeff Schibley, Jet Edge
Jet Edge, similar to Alliance Automation, is dedicated to assisting customers increase productivity and decrease operation costs.
We’re in business to help our customers solve problems and increase productivity, and robotics offer a powerful solution to both. According to the Robotic Industries Association, only 10% of U.S businesses that could benefit from robots have any installed, so there is a tremendous growth opportunity for Alliance and Jet Edge. We’re very proud that they chose Jet Edge to be a part of their exciting future.
Jeff Schibley, Jet Edge
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Jet Edge.
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