The high-pressure coming from a waterjet machine allows the cutting of a very wide range of materials using cold water or mixing water with abrasive for hard materials. The power and accuracy of the machine allows high-precision cutting even for shapes that can be complicated to cut.
To make sure that all these are achieved, proper maintenance should be done in the machine so it can get the job done while meeting the expected results.
Running the Equipment
The more the equipment runs, the more chances for things to break. Running it at a high pressure will need more maintenance.
Taking Care while Doing the Maintenance
If you rebuild your waterjet machine in a clean room, it can last longer than rebuilding it in a dirty environment. There are many high-precision components in the machine that have microscopic bits of grit that could get damaged easily. Just a bit of dust getting into the jewel in the nozzle could cause the machine to shoot to the side and cause the wear of the mixing tube. Make sure to take the parts to a clean area with a sink so you can wash them before reassembly.
As soon as you get your machine, expect to be overwhelmed during the first days of training. As soon as you have completed the training, you will be confident knowing that you can operate it and getting an idea of how to properly maintain it. But it will be after a few weeks before you can do your first maintenance.
Frequency of Maintenance
Water jet cutters definitely needs maintenance. For example, you should change the nozzle parts on a regular basis. For the pump parts, they are changed less frequently. Make sure that you keep the critical aspects at hand so you will not stop machining while waiting for the spare parts to arrive.
Generally, the maintenance will depend on how much pressure you run, as well as the frequency of the on and off cycles of the machine. At the same time, if there hard or dirty water, you may have to perform maintenance more often. It may also require you to invest in a filtration system or to purchase a water softener.
Ease of Maintenance
In most cases, anybody who is capable of changing the brake pads of a car can keep an abrasive jet machine going, given a good manual and training, as well as some occasional call to a tech support guy. Mixing tubes could get wear but they can be easy to replace. But pumps would require occasional seal changes. Depending on the design of your pump, the seal could anywhere from quick and easy to time-consuming and difficult to replace.
Any machine, without proper maintenance is bound to fail eventually. So, if you want to make the most out of your machine’s performance, make sure that you know how to maintain it properly.