BACA System Offers Robo SawJet for the Stone Industry

Posted on 06 March 2014 by cradmin

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BACA Systems introduces its reliable and lower cost SawJet Cutting System to the stone industry. Robo SawJet is a high-production dual-table SawJet that integrates both a high-pressure abrasive waterjet and 20HP direct-drive saw. According to the company, it can save customers 70 percent on labor and 20 percent on material cost. Powered by KUKA, the system is waterproof  and dustproof, keeping debris from getting into the gears or motors and limiting maintenance required in harsh stone manufacturing environments. By placing the robot between the two tables, the footprint of the system is limited for a busy granite fabrication production floor.

The standard dual-table Robo SawJet allows a granite fabricator to produce a fully cut slab on one table while the other table is being unloaded and reloaded. The system produces a slab every 20 minutes. The direct-drive saw cuts all of the straight lines on a granite job, while the high-pressure abrasive waterjet cuts all of the curves. With this type of system, it allows the granite fabricator to nest geometrical pieces close together, thus saving them material costs.

Being Powered by a fully pressurized foundry-grade KUKA Robot means that there is no daily, weekly or yearly maintenance required. After 20,000 hours of use, the robot will need only a simple oil change. KUKA Robotics and BACA Systems are exclusive partners in the stone industry.

The abrasive WaterJet, produced by the KMT Company, supplies reliable technology with low operating cost. This type of WaterJet has been used in the highly demanding automotive market which requires 24 hours a day operations. The IDE Diamond cutting head has accurate alignment, fast cutting speeds and low operating cost, reports the company.

The software included in BACA Systems’ Robo SawJet includes VeinMatch and VIM at no extra price. VeinMatch allows users to match veins from different parts of the same slab without utilizing a second slab. It aligns two pieces that come together to form the best seams. VIM, Virtual Inventory Management, shows customers a high-resolution photo of their exact slab for their project. The online photographic database allows searches by color, name or size. The bar coding system makes it easy to manage a company’s inventory. Both software systems are icon based.

With more than 20 years of background in the robotic systems business, Chuck Russo, the owner of BACA Systems, has brought his wide breath of knowledge and experience to the stone industry. At his former company, Robotic Production Technology, he was a robotic systems solutions provider that sold and serviced more than 3,000 robotic systems for industries that include aerospace, appliance, automotive, composites, construction, consumer goods, marine and plastics.

More information is available at www.bacasystems.com.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Norman Saarloos Says:

    Very interesting development and smart to use 2 tables. I’m wondering how they can cut accurate because Erbi countertops is using an edge polishing robot and finding accuracy was the biggest challenge.

    More info about this robot at: http://adf.ly/4701892/www.optidrive.be/index.php/en/

  2. Cass Says:

    This is quite an interesting premise. I’d be very interested to hear from a company or companies that have tried this system or a system like it!

  3. Rafael Says:

    Cuanto cuesta en dolares y cuanto tiempo tardan en instalarlo

  4. Robo SawJet Says:

    Norman Saarloos: BACA Systems is partnered with KUKA Robotics. The Robo SawJet is KUKA’s KR 210 Ultra; which is their more streamlined, faster, more robust foundry grade robot. KUKA Robotics is in a number of other applications. Including the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries. As well as packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. With such a range of applications, KUKA has made a revolutionary break through with the accuracy of their robots. I would love to discuss this further, please give me a call at (248) 791-3073. Thank you!

    Cass: With 100 Robo SawJet’s installed, there are plenty of references I could provide to you. Please give me a call at (248) 791-3073 or shoot me over an e-mail at amartin@bacasystems.com Thank you!

    Rafael: Esa es una buena pregunta. Si desea dar a llamar a la oficina , (855)847 – 7330 . Me gustaría obtener más infomación sobre las necesidades de su empresa . Gracias , espero con interés escuchar de usted!

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