Benefits of Waterjet Cutting for Industrial Sectors
Waterjet cutting has been in use since the 1950’s when Dr. Norman Franz discovered the innovative method. Not only is waterjet cutting used to help lumber companies, it has improved and been proven effective in the stainless steel and aluminum industries.
A waterjet works to cut or clean materials by using a high-pressure stream of water. The cutter itself can be connected to a water pump that ejects high-pressure water from a nozzle thus cutting the material with high-speed water. There may also be additives, such as abrasives, used to help with the cutting process.
There are many different benefits to using waterjet cutting for stainless steel or aluminum sheets.
1. The Waterjets Capacity. Many don’t understand the capability of waterjets, they have the ability to cut through 10 in aluminum sheets and eight-inch stainless steel sheets.
2. No Heat is Necessary The preferred method for cutting materials that are sensitive to heat, waterjet cutting doesn’t generate heat thus making it the best method for cutting. The no heat-affected zone (HAZ) minimizes the effects of heat, which allows for metal to be cut without damaging the surface.
3. There is a significantly high level of precision The precision of waterjets is high enough to state that the accuracy is 0.005″ and when repeated stands at 0.001″. Waterjets provides a burr-free finish. The burr-free finish eliminates the necessity of a secondary finishing process, which saves money.
4.Waterjets are an extremely fast and efficient process for cutting projects The initial set-up time is small. The entire cutting process is significantly faster than other cutting methods. The waterjets are so precise that re-cutting is avoided.
5. Using waterjet cutting allows for the materials to be cut in an environmentally sound manner. The waterjet cutting process is considered to be one of the more environmentally friendly of all the methods. No hazardous waste is produce during the process of cutting materials. Waterjets also prevent unnecessary waste that occurs during traditional cutting methods.
There are several environmental advantages when choosing waterjets to cut your materials. Not a lot of water is necessary to use the waterjet. For each minute the waterjet is in use, approximately one half to one gallon of water will be used dependent upon the size of the cutting head orifice. By using a closed-looped system, the water used can be reused. Waste water is often clean enough to filter and dispose of through a drain.
7. The waterjets create a safer work environment Airborne dust, smoke, fumes, and contaminants are avoided through the use of waterjet cutting. The elimination of exposure to these allows for improvements in the work environment and reduces problems that may arise from machinist exposure.