Automated cutter improves sail quality

Hagoort Sails automated cutting machine The Genesis automated cutting machine has both a rotary knife and a laser on the same machine. Credit: Hagoort Sails

Netherlands-based Hagoort Sails has installed a new automated cutting machine designed to increase quality and productivity whilst reducing overheads.

The dual gantry Genesis automated cutter has a rotary cutting wheel which spins at a high speed for reduced resistance and a faster and cleaner cut, especially beneficial for large sail panels. Its laser cuts with an accuracy of ±0.02mm and operates at speeds up to 1000mm/second but is designed to have no direct contact with the material and therefore no dragging. The laser seals woven materials as it cuts which eliminates fraying, therefore improving the strength and quality of the sail.

Martin Baas, owner of Hagoort Sails, commented: “The Genesis has both a rotary knife and a laser on the same machine, which means we only need one machine to perform both functions so it saves floor space in our sail loft. Being able to cut and heat seal materials simultaneously speeds up production and reduces labour costs.”

Large cuts

The Genesis has a cut area of 1.6m x 10m which means it can cope with large panels. The automated nesting software maximises material utilisation, saving time and reducing material waste to save costs.

Mr Baas added: ““Our turnover is increasing year upon year and the Genesis allows us to cope with the growing demand for our sails without having to take on additional staff. It means we have increased our productivity at the same time as providing the highest quality sails for our customers.”

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