CNC Saw vs. Robotic Sawjet for Stone Cutting

If cutting hard-surface materials is part of your stone fabrication company’s capabilities, you need to have precise, practical tools. Most shops have a CNC saw to cut materials such as quartz or granite countertops. Saws are cost-effective and can be automated to fulfill your requirements. However, Sawjets are becoming increasingly popular with high-volume fabrication shops. Shop owners should understand the pros and cons of each device before purchasing a CNC stone cutting tool. 

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What Are CNC Saws? 

Computer numerical control saws have been a mainstay in the stone fabrication industry for several years. CNC is the most common technology for automated machinery configurations. CNC saws are ideal for achieving cost-effective, precise stone cuts. 

Most CNC saws offer five-axis control so the operator can perform a full range of cuts for countertops, faucets, sinks and more. Most CNC saws offered by BACA Systems allow operators to cut stone at a rate of up to 160 inches per minute. CNC saws can make extensive cuts, but they may have difficulty handling complex or intricate cuts. 

Pros and Cons of CNC Saws 

There are numerous advantages of using CNC saws for your stone fabrication needs. First, these saws are cost-effective and significantly less expensive than comparable tools. CNC saws can also make quick, precise cuts and can be automated using CAD or CAM technology. 

However, there are a few disadvantages of using CNC saws. First, these saws cannot make specific complex cuts, especially inside corners. Second, CNC devices often require extra material to finish the job, particularly when unequal parts are involved in the cutting process. Further, an operator is often necessary to move pieces and ensure the efficiency of the cutting process. 

What Are Robotic Sawjets? 

A Sawjet is an upgraded CNC saw that offers a powerful blade with a precise waterjet capable of making large and minor cuts. The waterjet can cut 90 degrees inside complex sink and faucet configurations. Sawjets can complete many of the same cuts as a CNC saw in half the time. Sawjets are intuitive and only use the integrated waterjet if the blade alone cannot complete the cut.  The blade quickly makes large, symmetrical cuts and the waterjet makes minor intricate cuts. Although CNC saws can complete straight cuts quicker, Sawjets cannot be matched in their ability to complete detailed cuts. 

Pros and Cons of Sawjets 

There are numerous advantages of using robotic Sawjets for your countertop fabrication needs. First, the waterjet offers flexible cutting options that can create corners better than CNC saws. Second, less material is needed for cuts because of the precision of the device’s tooling. Further, there is no need for an operator because of the automated control functionality. 

However, there are a few disadvantages of using a Sawjet rather than a CNC saw. First, Sawjets are more expensive than traditional saws because of their complex tooling configuration. Also, Sawjets cannot complete significant, straight cuts as quickly as a CNC saw. 

Sawjets and Stone Fabrication Companies 

Depending on your product needs, a Sawjet is likely a good investment for your business. Sawjets can produce intricate cuts and seamless corners in a matter of seconds. With no operator required, Sawjets are entirely automated and do not need constant oversight. If you plan to expand your production capabilities, investing in a Sawjet is a necessity. 

BACA Systems supplies many production firms with reliable stone-cutting equipment. We offer several fabrication solutions, including CNC saws, Sawjets and more. We fly all interested clients to our factory in Detroit for a live demonstration to help them choose the best device for their business. We also offer extensive training and support opportunities if you decide to purchase a Sawjet for your firm. 

What Are CNC Saws? 

Computer numerical control saws have been a mainstay in the stone fabrication industry for several years. CNC is the most common technology for automated machinery configurations. CNC saws are ideal for achieving cost-effective, precise stone cuts. 

Most CNC saws offer five-axis control so the operator can perform a full range of cuts for countertops, faucets, sinks and more. Most CNC saws offered by BACA Systems allow operators to cut stone at a rate of up to 160 inches per minute. CNC saws can make extensive cuts, but they may have difficulty handling complex or intricate cuts. 

Pros and Cons of CNC Saws 

There are numerous advantages of using CNC saws for your stone fabrication needs. First, these saws are cost-effective and significantly less expensive than comparable tools. CNC saws can also make quick, precise cuts and can be automated using CAD or CAM technology. 

However, there are a few disadvantages of using CNC saws. First, these saws cannot make specific complex cuts, especially inside corners. Second, CNC devices often require extra material to finish the job, particularly when unequal parts are involved in the cutting process. Further, an operator is often necessary to move pieces and ensure the efficiency of the cutting process. 

What Are Robotic Sawjets? 

A Sawjet is an upgraded CNC saw that offers a powerful blade with a precise waterjet capable of making large and minor cuts. The waterjet can cut 90 degrees inside complex sink and faucet configurations. Sawjets can complete many of the same cuts as a CNC saw in half the time. Sawjets are intuitive and only use the integrated waterjet if the blade alone cannot complete the cut.  The blade quickly makes large, symmetrical cuts and the waterjet makes minor intricate cuts. Although CNC saws can complete straight cuts quicker, Sawjets cannot be matched in their ability to complete detailed cuts. 

Pros and Cons of Sawjets 

There are numerous advantages of using robotic Sawjets for your countertop fabrication needs. First, the waterjet offers flexible cutting options that can create corners better than CNC saws. Second, less material is needed for cuts because of the precision of the device’s tooling. Further, there is no need for an operator because of the automated control functionality. 

However, there are a few disadvantages of using a Sawjet rather than a CNC saw. First, Sawjets are more expensive than traditional saws because of their complex tooling configuration. Also, Sawjets cannot complete significant, straight cuts as quickly as a CNC saw. 

Sawjets and Stone Fabrication Companies 

Depending on your product needs, a Sawjet is likely a good investment for your business. Sawjets can produce intricate cuts and seamless corners in a matter of seconds. With no operator required, Sawjets are entirely automated and do not need constant oversight. If you plan to expand your production capabilities, investing in a Sawjet is a necessity. 

BACA Systems supplies many production firms with reliable stone-cutting equipment. We offer several fabrication solutions, including CNC saws, Sawjets and more. We fly all interested clients to our factory in Detroit for a live demonstration to help them choose the best device for their business. We also offer extensive training and support opportunities if you decide to purchase a Sawjet for your firm. 

Stone Slab Lifting Equipment

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Streamline your stone handling operations with a stone slab lifting equipment such as a 4-pad vacuum lifter.

Vacuum handling equipment can operate in a large- or small-scale stone cutting and polishing company. Compare key features to find the optimal lifting unit from BACA Systems.

How a 4-Pad Vacuum Lifter Works

The primary purpose of a 4-pad vacuum lifter is to lift a range of stone products safely and efficiently. It starts with powerful vacuum cups attached to a sturdy frame. These cus create a vacuum that eliminates atmospheric pressure.

The weight rating of your vacuum lifter depends on the pressure rating of the vacuum cups. The number of cups and the pressure rating of each one is calculated to reach a maximum weight rating. The structural components and tilt angle mechanism are rated to handle the same maximum weight to ensure your stone lifter operates safely as you lift and maneuver heavy loads.

Some lifters can be powered by a standard air compressor, while others require industrial-grade air compression or a suitable generator. Work with your vacuum lifter provider to determine the installation requirements of your particular lifter.

Your facility may need a new air compressor or power supply to accommodate large stone slab lifting equipment, or installation may be quick and pain free with an energy-efficient lifter.

Benefits of Using a Vacuum Lifter

A 4-pad vacuum lifter offers a number of benefits during the processing, packaging and distribution phases of stone product manufacturing. Here are some key benefits you can enjoy when you upgrade your system or install a lifter for the first time:

  • Improved safety
  • Increased stone lifting speed
  • Diverse load lifting capabilities
  • Low-maintenance equipment

Stone lifting can be a dangerous process without proper lifting equipment. Other lifting solutions may result in injury and/or damaged stone products. A vacuum lifter doesn’t require chains, straps or other items to be wrapped around stone products, which can often cause scratches and chips.

The control system of a 4-pad vacuum lifter is easy to learn and train your employees. When properly installed, a vacuum lifter reduces the strain of lifting and moving large slabs of stone. This increases the rate of handling and processing, increasing the bottom line of your facility.

Choose a BACA 4-pad vacuum lifter to receive a long-lasting piece of equipment with minimal maintenance requirements. Our team can properly size your equipment before installing it. Work with us to create a maintenance schedule that promotes safe, long-lasting performance.

How To Choose Your Stone Vacuum Lifter

Every stone vacuum lifter is sized based on a number of factors. Work with a qualified engineer and review the work requirements of your process to find the required specifications for your stone slab lifting equipment. Here are some common specifications to compare lifting products:

  • Maximum working load
  • Number of suction cups
  • Pressure of vacuum
  • Incline angle
  • Unit dimensions
  • Air supply required

Make slab lifting easy with a suitably sized stone slab lifting equipment. Innovative controls allow your technicians to easily pick up and place a slab on your CNC cutter or stone polishing machine. Once the process is finished, the same lifter can remove the product and your team can prepare it for shipping.

Vacuum Lifter Safety Features

Check out the safety features of your particular stone lifting equipment to maintain a safe work environment. An aluminum safety tank can provide a reserve for vacuum. 

A condensation discharge valve removes condensation, which could otherwise affect the power of the vacuum. Safely holding wet surfaces is critical when working with newly fabricated stone products.

Finally, an alarm system immediately alerts your team to low air pressure or reduced vacuum performance. This gives your team an advanced warning if a stone product needs to be set down immediately or if the vacuum lifter requires maintenance.