Wade knows pretty much all there is to know about waterjet cutting. He’s been running his own shop for nearly two decades. Even so, he says it was quite the revelation when he bought his first BARTON Garnet Abrasive Transfer Hopper last year. In one fell swoop, he improved efficiencies, cleaned up the shop floor, and made his employees safer and happier. The benefits were so great he immediately bought a second, and plans to add a third this year, one for each of his waterjets.
The BARTON hopper serves as a bulk supply and distribution bin, holding up to 4,400 pounds of garnet abrasive and automatically feeding it to the delivery pot in the right quantities at the right speed — eliminating the cumbersome handling of 55-pound bags.
If your shop has multiple cutting stations or frequently performs long-duration cuts, you know can easily things can get bogged down when operators have to lift, carry, open, empty and discard bag after bag of abrasive to keep the job running.
Wade’s team has said good-bye to those days, as well as the stress and strain those bags exacted on their bodies.
In addition, the BARTON transfer hopper: