Every year, more and more facilities adopt the use of waterjet machines into their workplaces because of the advantages that they offer over other cutting equipment and methodologies. First off, they can work with virtually any type of material that you need to cut, so you do not have to invest in differing parts and components to meet your needs. Cut parts are also considered to be of higher quality, as a waterjet machine yields little to no heat and does not warp the resulting part. And they are easy to use and install, so no intensive training is required.
Harnessing all those advantages, however, hinges upon selecting the right machine. Consider these factors:
The materials you will cut. There are two main types of waterjet machines: pure and abrasive. Pure waterjet cutters are best for cutting soft materials such as paper, while abrasive cutters are engineered for tougher materials like steel, stone, or glass. Material size and thickness should also be factored into the selection process: the number of cutting heads requires, pump specifications, and the size of the work bed.
The level of precision you want. The kind of machine that you need should also hinge on the level of accuracy and tolerance that you require. If you need watercutting for welding, cutting, and forming, most waterjet machines will be more than suitable. If you require machining applications, your machine should have the according capabilities to fulfill your needs.
The kind of operation that you run. The intensity of the work to be done, as well as the frequency of the use of the machine are also critical to your choice. Many waterjet machines will perform well for a long time for operations that are limited to, say, four hours a week; if your needs are higher, invest in a better-performing type and model.
Finally, consider your budget. There are a lot of waterjet machines that are primed for a wide range of facility needs that do not break the bank, while there are higher-capacity machines that are engineered for optimal functionality and performance.