CNC Robotics installed a waterjet trimming cell for Linecross to precisely shape and trim materials. Water jet trimming is a machining process used to trim or cut materials using a high-pressure stream of water mixed with an abrasive material. It is a versatile and precise method for cutting various materials, including metals, composites, plastics, stone, glass, and ceramics. Our 5-axis robot is computer-controlled to precisely follow a pre-programmed set of instructions to remove the excess material from workpieces. The water jets can also cut composite material up to 8mm thick.
Linecross Group is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of polymer and composite products. They have over 50 years’ experience of innovative solutions for a diverse range of international industries including automotive, off-highway, leisure and speciality markets. Their client base includes luxury car makers Bentley and Aston Martin.
Linecross Group continually invest in adding new complementary technologies to their portfolio to address the growing demand for technically enhanced and lighter weight components. They were seeking to update machinery within their factory, as the accuracy on existing systems was not as precise as previously, and they were spending significant time and investment on maintaining this equipment.
Below you can see the jets cutting through a recycled, super lightweight, NVH material wheel arch liner for the automotive industry. They offer a much cleaner technique for fabrics than other cutting methods.
We reviewed their existing equipment and looked to enhance and refurbish where possible to provide a cost effective solution. We replaced their robotic arm and track system and created a waterjet cutting and trimming cell that utilised some existing elements coupled with the latest robotic technology.
Investment in new equipment has provided additional capacity, improved efficiencies and increased accuracy which is highly important in the key sectors Linecross work in. This new equipment allows Linecross to broaden its product offering and produce lower weight products which is helping to open up a number of new target markets.