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Top 10 Reasons to Attend A Tradeshow

Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Trade Show

There are many reasons to attend an industry trade show. While there are usually some costs involved for travel and registration (although you can often get a complimentary show pass), the value of what you gain in knowledge, exposure to new products, business contacts, and ideas to enhance your own business typically far outweighs the costs. 

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Comparing Motion Control Systems in Abrasive Waterjets

 

Positioning accuracy is a critical aspect of producing tight tolerance parts when cutting with an abrasive waterjet. The more precisely you can position the jet, the more precisely you can machine the part. A motion control system positions the cutting nozzle along the X- and Y-axes of a waterjet. This system is comprised of motor and drive components, a controller and...

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Controlling Taper

Types of Taper Inherent to Waterjet Machining

In waterjet machining, taper refers to a difference in the kerf width at the top of a cut and the kerf width at the bottom of a cut. A typical waterjet cut has a slight taper, the most common type being V-shaped taper.  This type of taper is generated because the jet stream loses some of its cutting energy as it cuts deeper into the material...

Piercing Method

4 Piercing Methods In Abrasive Waterjet Machining

Abrasive waterjets make it easy to quickly cut precise parts from almost any material. How the machine pierces the material affects the overall production time and resource usage. Several piercing methods have been developed to deliver optimized cutting for various material types, thicknesses and part geometries.

#1 Stationary Piercing

This is the simplest and earliest piercing method...

Water Savings

EnduroMAX Pump Saves You Money

The OMAX EnduroMAX pump is more efficient than older intensifier-type pumps, but what does that really mean in day-to-day operations? At the core, it means that the EnduroMAX pump delivers more nozzle horsepower, or JetPower, versus intensifier designs. At the same time, the higher water requirements of the intensifier design means that you will need more input water to deliver less horsepower...

Direct Drive Efficiency: Doing More with Less

The muscle behind waterjet technology is a high-pressure pump that converts electric motor horsepower to nozzle hydraulic horsepower. The more nozzle horsepower, the faster you'll cut. However, with two different pump types used in waterjet cutting systems - hydraulic intensifier pumps and crankshaft-driven direct drive pumps - how do you know which type is actually more effective? Here...

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

When someone looks at adding an abrasive waterjet to their shop, there are many points to consider, such as the size of the machine and the operating requirements. Ultimately, though, it comes down to one thing: money. Whether saving it or making it or a combination of both, money is the dominant concern. With so many variables surrounding abrasive waterjet systems, it is easier for...

The Rest of the Story: Software's Effect on Cutting Speed

When it comes to evaluating abrasive waterjet performance, cutting speed is typically one of the most important attributes. There's been a lot of discussion in the industry around cutting speed and pump power. But that's not the whole story if you're cutting anything other than a straight line. If you're cutting parts with any kind of complexity, like corners, curves and...

Did you know pure waterjets and abrasive waterjets are not interchangeable?

Waterjet machining has been around for decades. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing machining processes today, mainly due to its high versatility and ease of use. But when it comes to waterjet machining, there are actually two distinct types, pure waterjet and abrasivejet, and understanding the difference is important, if not critical.

Pure waterjet is the original form of the...

Abrasive Waterjet Technology: Fast, Accurate Parts Production Starts Here

Abrasive waterjet machines require minimal fixturing, offer quick setups and make it easy to go from idea to finished part in no time. Attributes that many manufacturers see as a winning combination for prototype development. And, while this is true, it creates the perception for some that these machines are best suited for single-piece or niche applications. But nothing could be further from...

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