Waterjet cutters have revolutionised cutting applications across many industries, which is why they are considered to be among the most important pieces of equipment in facilities today. Designed to be superior in performance, they are known to be significant in improving the productivity of any shop in the world, whether it is large or small.
But did you know that you can still amp up the productivity that you can get from your waterjet cutter? Here are a couple of general recommendations that aim at doing just that.
Add cutting heads
Adding cutting heads to your machine will speed up cutting significantly; in fact, this particular setup is used in many successful facilities. Aside from impacting productivity, it also has the additional benefit of maximising overhead costs. After all, things such as utility costs are charged per machine; when you have a lot of heads on the same machine and you’re putting it to its optimal use, it’s a better justification of those costs.
If you are cutting a large number of parts on a daily basis, you should also look into adding mirror capabilities to your waterjet cutter. This will equip the machine to cut large parts twice as fast, which will boost efficiency in your facility. Additionally, it can help you make sure that you will meet productivity requirements.
Invest in a good software
Also, invest in software programmes that are designed to build on the existing functionality of your waterjet cutting machine. A nesting program, for instance, can help you maximise the number of parts that you can cut from any material, as well as reduce waste and downtime.
Follow manufacturer recommendations
Recommended practices by the manufacturer should also be followed. Techni Waterjets, for example, makes sure that their customers – regardless of industry – are apprised of the right methodologies that will harness the full functionality of their range of machines. But if you need specific guidance on how best to use a waterjet cutter for your specific industry requirements, the manufacturer can provide that for you as well.
Maintain the equipment well
Lastly, check the equipment for any signs of defects regularly; especially check if certain components such as those which are routinely subjected to high pressures are in good working condition. Regular inspections will not only make sure that the machine is functioning as it should, they will also prevent safety hazards to you and your team.