5 ways a waterjet cutting machine increases the productivity of your job shop

5 ways a waterjet cutting machine increases the productivity of your job shop

A job shop is a highly competitive environment. Customers expect very quick turnaround times and flexibility to adapt to their changing needs. To be successful, job shops must invest in technology that gives them a competitive edge in the market. Waterjet cutting machines increase the productivity of job shops helping them provide superior service to their customers. They reduce rework and waste and improve the workflow and efficiency of the shop.

A waterjet cutting machine cuts through a variety of material types using high pressure water. Often an abrasive material (garnet) is added to the water to increase the cutting strength.

Here are 5 ways a waterjet cutting machine increases the productivity of your job shop:


1. No rework required

Many techniques such as milling, laser cutting, plasma cutting require rework. Some of these generate high temperatures, which lead to Heat Affected Zones (HAZ) on the workpiece. Burn marks must be cleaned from the material surface adding an extra step to the manufacturing process. Waterjet cutting does not generate heat, therefore bypassing this kind of rework and reducing production time.

Certain machine shop techniques deform the surface of the material which must be cleaned up by deburring. Edge control using waterjet cutting generates a smooth surface bypassing another rework step and reducing production time even further.


2. Reduce waste material by nesting

Nesting is the process of arranging part profiles on a raw material surface in the most optimum configuration. The accuracy of waterjet cutting enables parts to be laid out very close to each other therefore minimising waste. By reducing waste, waterjet cutting saves your job shop unnecessary costs.


3. Make your own subassemblies

Contracting out subassemblies puts your production schedule and quality in the hands of a supplier. You become dependent on their schedule and quality performance, which could negatively impact your customers. Waterjet cutting machines give you the technical capability to manufacture your own subassemblies. This means you keep control of your own quality of work and delivery schedule to provide the superior service your customers are expecting.


4. Cut several layers at once by stacking

Waterjet cutting machines can penetrate through very thick pieces of raw material. This opens up the possibility of stacking raw material sheets and cutting them in a single pass through the machine. Stacking raw material for mass production of parts gives your job shop a step change improvement in production time.


5. Waterjet cutting machines are reliable and easy to maintain

Job shops need a high availability of their machines to ensure maximum productivity and the ability to meet customer schedules. Resato waterjet cutting machines are designed with user-friendliness in mind. Seals and tubes are easily changed by users without the need for extensive training. We have an online knowledge base of short videos about how to troubleshoot your waterjet cutting machine and exchange the wearing parts.


Contact Resato International B.V. for your waterjet cutting needs

Resato International B.V. Supplies state of the art waterjet cutting machines with best-in-class high pressure components. Our sales people with support from our engineers can help your job shop identify the ideal waterjet cutting solution for your needs. Find out more here.


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