There are many methods of metal processing used today for industrial purposes. While lasers and plasma work, there’s another key method many companies use called waterjet cutting. So, what is this technique and how can you benefit from using it? Here, American Metal Supply Co. in Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, OH, shares some information to help you decide if the waterjet method is the right choice for your needs.
What Is Waterjet Processing?
This type of metal processing starts at the intensifier pump. The component creates significant pressure—up to 90,000 pounds per square inch—which then forces water through a series of pumps and valves. A metering system controls the flow of the water that is then combined with an abrasive element in a mixing chamber. The pressurized water mix is sprayed out of a metal head at a close range to the metal material, maximizing efficiency and impact. These machines can be programmed to follow specific measurements for automated, hands-off cutting to create the most exact cuts possible.
Benefits of This Metal Processing Method
Using the waterjet method provides an incredibly precise cut. Some systems have as low as a 0.0025-millimeter tolerance, helping you create the perfect pieces for your needs. Since there is no heat used, the material won’t melt, allowing for exact measurements without the slight guesswork involved in plasma or laser metal cutting. Waterjet metal processing allows you to cut through a variety of materials, including textiles, glass, stone and metal. Once a piece of metal has been cut with the waterjet method, it does not require sanding to smooth the edges, reducing the amount of time you need to spend on a project and increasing your ROI.
Waterjet cutting is an excellent option for both tiny metal cuts and larger, more intricate designs. The process is also more environmentally friendly than laser or plasma cutting because it creates no slag or molten metal waste. To learn more about different cutting options, call American Metal Supply Co. at (502) 634-4321. Visit the new and improved website for information on their waterjet metal processing for one-piece or production jobs. The company also works with stainless steel, aluminum and galvanized sheet metal.