Waterjets

Understanding the Impact of Pressure and Velocity in Waterjet Cutting

The move to higher pressure has improved the productivity of waterjet cutting systems, but the increase in jet velocity is actually the driving force behind these dramatic gains in efficiency.
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Waterjets: Articles

Call to Arms

Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was fitted for a custom socket for his torso and shoulders that supports the prosthetic limbs and also makes the neurological connections with the reinnervated nerves. 
Abrasive waterjet micro machining technology created 23 of the parts used in the fingers, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder of the first Modular Prosthetic Limbs worn and controlled by a bilateral shoulder-level amputee.

Specialty Precision Fabrication Shop Grows with Waterjets

Precision Waterjet Concepts uses a Jet Edge 4 ft x 4 ft High Rail Gantry system equipped with four abrasive jet cutting heads that is powered by a 150 hp waterjet intensifier pump.
Precision Waterjet Concepts uses waterjet cutting systems from Jet Edge to cut virtually any material, especially AR Plating and titanium.

Waterjet Manufacturer Meets Growing Demand With Company-Wide Automation System

The recently integrated company-wide custom-designed automated management system includes more than 100 tablets for streamlining manufacturing plant operations.
The in-house system developed by OMAX helps eliminate bottlenecks, provides active real-time measurable data, makes it possible to quickly adjust to fluctuating production schedules, streamlines processes and shortens manufacturing lead times to get machines on customers’ shop floors faster.

Waterjet Cutting: Diamond vs. Ruby Orifices

In a job shop or short-run environment, rubies may be a better choice because every time you take the cutting head off the machine to change the orifice/nozzle combination, you increase the risk of debris getting to the orifice that could cause damage.
When should you use a ruby orifice or diamond orifice with your waterjet? Though either can be used, the answer depends upon the environment the machine is working in, along with a number of other considerations.

A Closer Look at Ultra-High Pressure Waterjet Pumps

Ultra-high pressure waterjet systems turn tap water and sand into a powerful abrasivejet that cuts through steel like butter and machines parts from super alloys like Inconel® with no hesitation. 
Which pump is right for your shop? Here is a look at how a water intensifier system operates, different system configurations, and the specific things to look for in the pump system regarding the waterjet application required.

 

Waterjets: Industry News

Jet Edge Launches Chinese Website

The content-rich website features a resource center for waterjet operators, improved search capabilities, customer success stories and testimonials, and easy access to an online waterjet parts store and maintenance training registration.
The site is rich with details on their diverse waterjet equipment line and the technology's multiple applications.

OMAX Names Sales Manager for Asia

William Wei brings more than 20 years of experience in international sales and marketing, as well as product marketing and business development for the electronic manufacturing and plumbing hardware industries. His extensive experience working with manufacturers in the United States and Asia gives him the ability to understand the unique regulations and requirements of these different markets.
William Wei will support distribution partners and serve waterjet customers throughout China and Taiwan.

Waterjet Used to Build Solar Car

(left-right) Jet Edge R&D engineer Michael Wheeler and machinist Brian Wallace discuss the waterjet cutting process with members of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project: Shiping Yi, Jacob Herbers and Chris Yamaguchi.
A Jet Edge 5-axis waterjet cuts fiberglass composite chassis components for the Eos solar car.

 

Waterjets: Products

High Water Marks

The PAC 60 Five-Axis Cutting Head from TECHNI Waterjet offers bevel cutting capabilities for up to ±60 deg continuous rotation with taper elimination. Regardless of the geometry of the part to be cut, the PAC 60 will produce it without having to reposition the cutting head, saving time and producing higher quality parts. (second view)
A review of some of the latest advances in waterjet cutting technology and related accessories that are now on the market.

Laser, Waterjet, Plasma Cutting Systems

An Eagle fiber laser cutting head with laser beam from MSS Lasers is one of the most advanced systems in the market, with linear drives on all three axes and a low inertia carbon fiber transverse bridge construction that can accelerate up to 6G with achieve cutting speeds in excess of 100 m/min.
A yearend review of some of the current advances and application capabilities in each of these metal cutting technologies.

Ultra-High Pressure Direct-Drive Pump

The 100 hp pump uses variable frequency drive (VFD) technology to tailor power and water consumption to an application for powerful and precise cutting.
This 100 hp direct-drive pump from OMAX uses EnduroMAX® technology to improve reliability and lower operating costs by delivering JetPower at the nozzle that is equal to 135 hp intensifier designs.