A Basic Guide to Water Jetting and its Many Benefits
Looking to expand your business offerings or have you got some tough DIY projects that need urgent water jetting? A water jet is an industrial tool capable of cleaning and cutting a wide variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance.
Considered as the ultimate machine tool, no matter the application – water jetting has proven to be a highly effective and economical way of removing rocks from a stope after blasting, clean old rusted pipes and drainage systems, wash graffiti and paint off walls, and cut through metals and other tough materials. Similar to the natural water erosion process, water jetting uses a thin stream of water travelling at an accelerated speed and under very high pressure (2 000 – 6 000 bars) to either clean or erode the material being cut. The use of water jetting has many advantages – below we take a quick look at a few of them.
- Cuts Any Material without Using Heat – a major benefit of water jet technology is its ability to cut virtually any material. Used widely for cutting heat-sensitive materials, water jetting can cut just about any material that can be made into a sheet, and it does so without using any heat. Such materials include aluminium, brass, copper, titanium (up to 150mm), plastics, composites, foam, rubber, stone, marble, glass (bullet proof or laminated), and various wood types.
- Accurate and Omni-Directional Cutting – able to hold an accuracy of 0.005 inches with a repeatability of 0.001 inches, not only does water jetting leave the material integrity intact, but cut profiles are not confined to straight-line geometries. Additionally, dissimilar to conventional cutting tools, you will never need to shut down to sharpen or clean the blades.
- Environmentally Friendly – highly celebrated as a “green” technology, during water jet cutting, no noxious gases or liquids are used, which means water jetting produces no hazardous materials or vapours, thus reducing waste disposal costs. Using very little water and creating waste water that can be recycled using a closed-looped system, water jetting also greatly improves operator exposure where materials such as asbestos and fibreglass need to be cut.
An efficient, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and safe method used to handle cleaning, cutting and surface preparation problems in a variety of industrial applications – water jetting is the most effective way to clean floors, walls, boiler tubes, digester tanks, drainage systems, pipelines, scrubbers, sewers, paths, driveways and paving, as well as cut through any hard material without impacting health or the environment.
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