Techni Waterjet wins prestigious Euroblech Innovation Award 2010
Hannover, October 2010 – Techni Waterjet, Melbourne, has won the prestigious Innovation Award “Award zur Euroblech 2010”, presented by MM Maschinenmarkt and blechnet, Vogel Business Media, Germany. The company’s Quantum Electric Servo Pump (ESP) was nominated the most innovative product in its category at Europe’s international sheetmetal show Euroblech 2010.
The jury selected the company’s in-house developed electric servo pump for high-pressure waterjet cutting because of its efficiency and innovative direct-drive technology. According to inventor and Techni Waterjet Managing Director Darren Reukers, the ESP is by far the most efficient waterjet pump available on the market, delivering “real” efficiency gains and “real” savings because it only ever uses the power required for the cutting process. This means that regardless of whether the cutting head is open or closed, or the pressure or flow is reduced, there are no additional power losses.
“When we decided to develop our own pump, we knew we weren't going to make another intensifier pump, the technology has been around since 1975 and hasn't really changed since then,” Mr Reukers says. “During the design stage I came up with the idea to get rid of the hydraulic cylinder used in traditional intensifier pumps and replace it with a servo motor. We had experience in building our own servo motors from the 5-axis PAC head, which is also a Techni invention developed in-house.”
Replacing hydraulics with servo motors is not entirely new. The direct servo technology was first applied by Nasa for the Space Shuttle Program by replacing old-fashioned hydraulic cylinders with new, highly compact, efficient, reliable and infinitely controllable servo linear actuators. This same style actuator is used today in many high end machine tools and presses replacing inefficient hydraulic systems.
Now, after almost 3 years of research and development and more than $2m in expenditure, this technology is for the first time available for waterjets, and is ready for sale, also in a stand-alone version.