Like brand new after 21 years
“Quality goes never out of style,” they say. Sometimes quality seems to never go out of performance either. Recently, Water Jet Sweden renovated a 21-year-old waterjet cutting machine to almost new condition and made it ready for many more years of quality cutting.
In 2001, Water Jet Sweden sold the machine to a Norwegian waterjet contract cutter. After 21 years of cutting, they decided to upgrade their workshop by investing in a new machine. Like many other well-maintained machines from Water Jet Sweden, the performance was still good, and a general “facelift” could be worth the investment. Customer Service Team at Water Jet Sweden seized the opportunity and bought the old machine.
– We have supported the customer since the machine was delivered in 2001, and have good knowledge of both operating hours and service history, says Ronny Martinsson, Customer Service Manager at Water Jet Sweden.
Looking at the refurbished machine, it is difficult to imagine that it has been in production for 21 years. It certainly looked more run-down when purchased, but after a thorough cleaning, the potential was clearly visible. Every renovation project is different. This time the frame was repainted, new table grids, hoses were replaced and, above all, the electrical system was replaced with a new Fanuc CNC system. The system change included everything. From cables, motors and electrical cabinets to a modern PanelOne® Operator Panel.
– Of course, there is a difference between a completely new and a refurbished machine, but Water Jet Sweden’s machines often still have many years of production capacity left, even after 20 years in operation, says Ronny Martinsson. Since 1993, none of our machines have been taken out of production due to substandard performance,” Ronny continues.
The refurbished machine is now ready for delivery to a new customer in Germany. A forging company that will use the machine as a workstation in their workshop. This time, the refurbished machine cost about 60% of what an equivalent new machine would cost.
– We provide lifetime support to all our machines, so maybe in 21 more years it will be time for a second “facelift”, says Ronny Martinsson with a smile. Quality machines are good for your long-term business as well as for the environment, Ronny sums up.
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