Wolverhampton-based Genius Facades is said to have radically enhanced its production capacity following installation of a large-format WardJet waterjet cutting system supplied by Telford-based AAG (AXYZ Automation Group).
Genius Facades is a leading designer and manufacturer of customised building envelope systems that provide an A1 non-combustible fire rating (the highest European fire resistance classification) and are fully compliant with the stringent safety and performance standards set by the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT).
In addition to ensuring these standards are maintained and to provide more flexibility in the processing of a wider range of materials, Genius Facades has added a WardJet X-2040 large-format waterjet cutting machine to its extensive range of production equipment.
The machine incorporated a number of production-enhancing features supplied as standard by AAG but added to by Genius Facades with a pneumatic drill for pre-piercing laminated materials. Combined with a hybrid abrasive and water-only cutting feature, the company is now able to process a much wider range of materials to accommodate different applications.
According to Genius Facades’ production director, Richard Bland: “The WardJet machine has performed flawlessly and the service provided by AAG engineers exceptional, prior to, during and following installation. The machine has become a valuable factory asset and enabled a significant increase in our production capacity.”
Large-format WardJet cutting machines incorporate multiple cutting heads and provide a maximum cutting speed of up to 20m/minute. Optional machine features include an integrated water level control system and the latest Apex-60 5-axis cutting head for more complex cutting at angles of up to 60°.
The Apex-60 also provides a more cost-effective secondary finishing function on cut bevels, weld preparation, grinding, chamfering and countersinking which would otherwise require additional employees and thus add to operating costs.
Waterjet cutting systems supplied by AAG will process a wide range of materials. Typically, these include stainless steel and other non-ferrous metals, cast and wrought iron, brass, bronze and associated alloys, stone, marble, solid and composite rubber formulations, ceramics, glass and foam for when AAG’s traditional AXYZ CNC routing/cutting systems are not suitable.
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