The more accurate a jet stream, the less wear the mixing tube assembly and the nozzle experience. For extended
waterjet nozzle life, our MAXJET®5i diamond integrated—
into the jewel orifice—nozzle better aligns the waterjet
stream and provides a working life upwards of 500 hours.
3. What innovations in waterjet technology
can people expect to see in the future?
Bruner, OMAX: While the basic principles of waterjet cutting will tend to remain constant, in the future we see the
technology increasingly applied in new and di;erent ways.
More fabricating shops that in the past may have never
even considered waterjet cutting will discover new opportunities for it, especially to process complex workpieces
and challenging materials.
In the coming year and beyond, abrasive waterjet tech-
nology, much like chipmaking machine tools, will also
continue to move toward digital connectivity and the In-
dustrial Internet of Things (IIOT)/Industry 4.0. With Inter-
net-connected machines via the MTConnect protocol, to-
morrow’s OMAX abrasive waterjet systems will sport more
forward-thinking features and functionality specifically
for process monitoring, preventive
maintenance, and lights-out produc-
Dumas, Hypertherm: We believe a
major focus will be on making maintenance more predictable and reducing downtime in general.
Abrasive media management and
recycling may also be key, given that
more than half of the operating cost
of abrasive waterjet cutting is tied to
garnet abrasive. Abrasive recycling
equipment will eventually help fabricators significantly reduce the total
cost of their abrasive media.
I believe waterjet users can expect
pumps and systems to become smarter and more connected in the future.
This will naturally lead to providing
more useful information to fabricators and allow them to improve their
Sherick, Flow: In the future waterjet machines will be a “good citizen”
in the fab shop.; They will be quiet,
clean, and productive.
Waterjet technology will be considered a critical process for fabricators
to compete in an ever-changing business environment.; We expect to see
waterjet cutting evolve into an even
more reliable, predictable process
through better technology and factory maintenance programs.
We will continue to focus our future
initiatives on maximizing machine uptime and lowering the cost of ownership.
Contributing Editor Kate Bachman can
be reached at email@example.com.
Flow Intl. Corp., 253-246-3416,
OMAX, 800-838-0343, www.omax.com
and the Industrial
Internet of Things