One effective measure to know that you have a top of the line waterjet cutter system is that it should be capable of handling a sundry of materials for cutting with extremely high pressure of water. This is the method of choice in the industry when handling materials the cutting of which could hurt its integrity and quality due to its sensitivity to high temperature.
For instance, if you want to process rubber, glass, metal alloys like titanium and stainless steel — you can do so in a more efficient manner with a water jet machine. Such materials are typically process cut using this method. It allows you to obtain dimensional accuracy of ±0.005 inches.
Utilizing supersonic water means the machine blades will not need sharpening. Additionally, toxic fumes, dust, and a host of other environmental factors are alleviated when compared to other material cutting methods.
Proper Maintenance is Crucial
Wrong handling and lack of proper care and maintenance for these pieces of cutting equipment can bring about inaccurate production, heightened use of consumables, and can you guess the worst-case scenario? It can even lead to complete and utter machine failure.
Increased water usage and acquisition of replacement parts are likely to drive up the maintenance cost of your equipment. Inaccurate dimensions for the parts and operational downtime often lead to loss of business.
Manufacturers of waterjet cutter systems recommend that after use, the equipment and its components should be cleaned thoroughly. Or have it as part of its routine maintenance done at specified intervals. As always, maintenance and repairs should always be conducted in a clutter-free and clean environment.
Pump and Table Maintenance
Water jet cutting machines come in several different styles and each of which necessitates their respective maintenance protocols. If you own one, it is paramount to familiarize yourself with what goes well with your system, since that is the only way you can prolong its service life and optimize its use and benefits.
A waterjet system that can provide you with the same nozzle power with the help of the lower-pressure pump will likely necessitate less amount of maintenance and the odds of needing to replace high-pressure components will be minimal, too.
A pump machine may be capable of delivering 55,000 to 60, 000 psi. Sometimes, you are on the practical side of things and more economical to just run it at that level of pressure only.
The higher the pressure, the more likely that your check valves, seals, swivels, hoses, on/off valves and other similar components will wear out faster. Hence, it is of prime importance that we heed and follow every manufacturer prescribed maintenance routines and procedures for your machine since this is the only guaranteed way your business can veer away from unplanned downtime and optimize the use and the benefits that your system has to offer.
A direct-drive pump is much easier and simpler to understand when compared to intensifier pumps. Aside from that, they are also preferred than many others because they are far easier to troubleshoot and maintain.
Several pump styles come with a 1,000 hours of preventive-maintenance interval. Fabrication shops need to inspect pumps now and then, and see to it also that high-pressure plumbing doesn’t have leaks.
If leaks are affirmatively present, address it immediately. Otherwise, leaks that are left on their own and not addressed rightly will likely render damage to the systems. The worst part is it may render your machines beyond fix.