Waterjet Cutting Articles

The waterjet cutting technology area has information on the machines and processes, but it doesn't stop there. It also covers abrasives, hoses, nozzles, and pumps.

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Cutting more than metal with a waterjet

December 15, 2008 | By Mike Burns, Dan Davis

With waterjet cutting equipment, shops are no longer limited to the world of metal fabrications. They can search for new business in areas that were once considered unrealistic.

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Laser cutting for the first time

December 15, 2008 | By Dan Davis

M&L Industries found a laser cutting machine for the right price and at the right size. After a year of laser cutting and bringing in new business, it looks like the right choice.

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Green cutting with waterjets

October 14, 2008 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

Abrasive waterjets are powerful cutting tools. As is the case with all industrial machinery, waterjet machines have certain inherent hazards that go beyond the obvious cuts. Knowledge of these hazards and proper protective measures are necessary for safe operation. This article presents an overview of the hazards and ways to ensure safety.

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What's involved in abrasive waterjet maintenance?

October 14, 2008 | By Jeff Day

For the end user of an abrasive waterjet, sometimes the maintenance involved with the new machine is underestimated. The downtime due to maintenance can result in decreased return on investment. To remain profitable, an owner must factor in costs associated with maintenance.

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Safety in jet cutting

July 15, 2008 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

Abrasive waterjets are powerful cutting tools. As is the case with all industrial machinery, waterjet machines have certain inherent hazards that go beyond the obvious cuts. Knowledge of these hazards and proper protective measures are necessary for safe operation. This article presents an overview of the hazards and ways to ensure safety.

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Maximizing waterjet cutting profit

April 15, 2008 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

Achieving maximum profitability from your waterjet system requires knowing which operating methods are best-suited to your application. This article explores the costs associated with waterjet cutting and shows a method for maximizing the profit derived from the machine for various production scenarios. Specific examples are provided.

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Waterjet makes it into the mainstream

February 12, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Advancements in the control and equipment components, each working in concert, have pushed the technology from a relative novelty to the mainstream.

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Festivus poles for the rest of us souls

December 11, 2007 | By Dan Davis

The Wagner Cos. has staked out its position as the world's foremost producer of Festivus poles. Yes, it's the plain pole that Frank Costanza put up in his living room as a rebuke of Christmas' commercialism in a Seinfeld episode in 1997.

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Pumping up the waterjet power

December 11, 2007 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

Want to maximize your waterjet's performance? Among the options for doing so are adding horsepower to the pump, by either running at higher pressure, or using a larger or two nozzles. This article discusses the options and provides guidelines to help you decide what's best for your particular operation

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Waterjet purchase becomes watershed moment

December 11, 2007

Allright Tool Co. in Birmingham, Ala., increased its sales revenue by 79 percent only two years after buying its two waterjet cutting tables. The technology allowed the company to offer cutting services unmatched in the region and reduced its production time of parts dramatically.

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Increasing waterjet cutting profitability

November 6, 2007 | By Jeff Day

Last year an estimated 1,500 waterjets were sold worldwide, almost 800 of those in North America. As more waterjets are purchased, veteran and new waterjet owners must look for ways to increase profitability and remain competitive.

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Fabrication in transition

September 11, 2007 | By Dan Davis

Arcadia, Albany, N.Y., transitions from a metal supplier to a waterjet cutting shop to a laser cutting shop to a metal bender. Future plans call for the shop to evolve into a full-scale contract manufacturer.

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Jet cutting accessories

August 8, 2007 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

The right accessories can help you make the most of your waterjet cutting system and prolong system life. Among the accessories discussed in this article are garnet feeders, removers, and recyclers; abrasive agitators; taper management tools; optional nozzles; piercing accessories; standoff controls; water treatment solutions; and material handling and support options.

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Recent developments in abrasive jet software

June 12, 2007 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

Software is an integral part of a waterjet cutting system. Advances in controller software compensate for common jet cutting errors, such as lag, striations, taper, and kerf; offer improvements in cutting functions; and reduce the time it takes to produce parts

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Waterjet accelerates pace, provides speed secret

May 8, 2007 | By Kate Bachman

Joe Gibbs Racing sports three Nextel Cup teams, winning three Cup championships in a seven-year period. Its drivers Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and J.J. Yeley are well-known race stars. Preparing the cars for each week's race is literally a race between races, as new components-speed secrets-are engineered and fabricated between Sunday night and Thursday. The company relies on a Flow waterjet to accelerate its manufacturing pace to meet the grueling deadlines

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