Water-only waterjets cut everything from bread, fudge brownies and cherries to rubber gaskets, diapers and carpet. Waterjets also are an excellent alternative for cutting soft materials that are prone to smashing when cut with traditional cutting devices.
In the formation of the jet stream, water is pressurized up to 75,000 psi (5200 bar) by a Jet Edge hydraulically-driven water jet intensifier pump. The pressurized water passes through an attenuator which stabilizes the jet stream. The waterjet cutting action takes place as a result of the ultra-high pressure (UHP) water being forced through a pre-mounted orifice as small as .003 in (.076 mm). The pressurized water exits the orifice at extremely high velocities as a coherent waterjet stream that produces a clean cut.
Waterjet cuts with a narrow kerf, so parts can be tightly nested, maximizing material usage. The compact, lightweight cutting head is designed for reliability in high cycle, on/off applications.
When coupled with a Jet Edge motion control system, waterjet cutting provides extremely accurate cuts with a high degree of repeatability over a wide range of materials and shapes.
Cutting with water increases production rates on paper products, woven or non-woven textiles and similar materials without shredding or damage associated with conventional processing methods. The waterjet stream cuts flexible materials quickly and accurately and overcomes distortion encountered from compression during conventional die cutting.