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Understanding Water Jet Cutting Technology Helps Manufacturing Firms Cut Costs!

Apr 10, 2008
Water Jet cutting services make use of a super high pressure stream of water that carries an abrasive grit. This abrasive mixes with the water through a venturi effect in what is commonly called the "focusing tube" just prior to cutting. This mixture of water and abrasive grit exit the focusing tube at speeds of approximately mach 2.5. Cutting pressures range between 45,000 to 60,000 psi for standard cutting models. For brittle, fragile, or delicate materials, piercing pressures range between 15,000 to 20,000 psi, and resume the higher cutting pressures when the pierce has been completed. This low pressure pierce is not true of all machines, and cutting models.

Manufacturing companies are always looking for a cost effective edge. Wasted material, time spent in secondary operations, machine wear, and man hours relate to rising manufacturing costs. Water Jet cutting services offer a flexible and versatile alternative to other types of two dimensional cutting for most materials.

A water jet cutting service can be your defense in the cost battle. Metal cutting services help reduce material cost by reducing material waste. Parts are tightly nested using nesting software to maximize material usage. Machine wear, and no necessity for secondary processes, save you significant amounts of money per year. Custom blanks and prototypes are cut to customer specifications, using metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, brass, bronze or copper in a variety of shapes or dimensions.

This technology allows clients to think unconventionally in terms of material usage. Made-to-order blanks can be produced whether you need low precision parts (+-.003 in.) with a smooth cut edge, or parts that are merely blanked to close tolerances, and then given a final pass on the mill to bring them into exact tolerance. The capability to cut complex shapes with a high level of speed and accuracy is accomplished.

Your company benefits in other ways also. High pressure water cutting is considered a green technology. A cold cutting method, which produces no heat damaged areas, no mechanical stress. No vapors or hazardous materials are produced. You can advertise your manufacturing methods as environmentally safe.

Reflective materials, such as stainless steel, polished brass, conductive materials, heat resisting, and heat sensitive materials can be cut with little or no discoloration, and no heat affected zones. With the ability to perform stack cutting on thinner materials, an achievement other cutting technologies lack, the cost effectiveness simply soars.

For these and many more reasons, the Water Jet process is the most versatile and fastest growing cutting technology in the world.

Cutting service companies like Wet Jet Precision perform services for a wide range of products from blanking parts for the military's 50 caliber machine gun, to burner and emission control components for the automotive industry. If you are looking to cut your costs, then outsourcing your metal cutting services very well could achieve that result.

This is why we offer this service as the number one cutting solution for our clients. You get a clean edge with high quality. The parts are simple to fixture, increasing turnaround times. If your business is building jet engine parts, metal components, custom gauges, special equipment or electrical assemblies, our services are just what you need. Higher productivity, equals Increased profit!
About the Author
Dennis Darger at Wet Jet Precision can be reached toll free (888) 707-5077 to discuss production saving cost for your company. Services are nationwide. View their work at http://www.wetjetprecision.com and email Dennis at info@wetjetprecision.com. Copyright 03-28-08
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