Monday, October 19, 2015

Change Your Waterjet Pump Water Filters at Least Every 250 Hours of Operation

Changing water filters on a waterjet intensifier pump is easy.
Be sure to change the water filter(s) in your waterjet intensifier pump after every 250 hours, or more frequently depending on your local water conditions.

If your water inlet pressure is low, a dirty filter may be the culprit.

See your waterjet pump maintenance manual for instructions on monitoring and changing filters.

You can purchase waterjet parts and filters through Jet Edge.

Jet Edge also offers free waterjet training for life.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Water Jet Systems Work Great for Cutting Rubber

UHP water jet systems are a fantastic cold cutting method for cutting precise parts from rubber.

Gaskets cut by AP Services.
Applications for cutting rubber with water jet include gasket manufacturing, rubber gym floors, and tire recycling.  Waterjet also are used to produce crumb rubber for various applications, including landscaping mulch, playgrounds and running track surfaces.

To find out more, contact Jet Edge.

Rubber gym mat cut with waterjet.

Monday, October 12, 2015

How to Prevent Water Jet Abrasive Clogs

Here are some steps water jet operators can take to prevent abrasive clogs and clogged nozzles:

1. Use quality water jet abrasive from a reputable supplier.

2. Don't let debris get into the abrasive hopper when you fill it.  Even a tiny piece of packaging debris can clog your tubing. If you do get such a clog, check the elbow on the bottom of your bulk abrasive hopper and also your mini hopper.

3. Keep your abrasive dry.

3. Use the right orifice/nozzle combination. In general, the nozzle should be 3X larger than the orifice.

4. Use the proper size orifice for the abrasive grit you are using.

5. Maintain a proper standoff from the work surface to prevent the water flow from being blocked.

6. Replace worn orifices to prevent water from backing up into the mixing chamber.

7. And, of course, be sure to read and understand your waterjet manufacturer's manuals and take advantage of their training opportunities.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Water Jet or Abrasive Jet?

The term "water jet" is commonly used to describe both water-only waterjets and abrasive waterjets (abrasivejets).

Water only waterjet cutting YOXO® toys.
A pure UHP waterjet cuts soft materials with a powerful stream of water that has been pressurized up to 75,000 psi+ and forced through a tiny orifice.  Pure water only waterjets are used to cut foods such as bread, ham and carrots; as well as paper products, cardboard, carpet, foam, rubber and insulation.  They are frequently integrated into custom food processing systems, water slitting systems and shuttle systems.  Waterjets also are used like a pressure washer on steroids to blast away old coatings, paint and corrosion.

Abrasivejet cutting stainless steel at JACQUET Midwest.
When cutting hard material such as metal or stone, an abrasive (usually garnet) is added to the cutting stream, creating an abrasivejet that can cut precise parts from virtually any material, from granite, quartz and marble to difficult-to-machine super alloys such as Inconel®.  

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jet Edge Mobile Waterjet Cutters Helped Stop 1991 Kuwait Oil Fires

Can you believe it's been 24 years since the Kuwait oil fires?

Jet Edge, a very young company at the time, helped put out the fires by supplying mobile waterjet cutting equipment that was used to cut off the mangled well heads so they could be capped.

To this day, waterjets are considered the ideal cold cutting method for oil industry applications as they cut without heat or flames.  Portable waterjet cutting systems are commonly used to cut pipelines and to cut petroleum storage tank door sheets and floors.  They can even be used underwater.

See to read more about how Jet Edge helped put out the Kuwait oil fires.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waterjets Cut Many of the Parts in Your Car

Did you know that many of the parts in your car are cut with water?

Ultra-high pressure 55,000+ psi water-only waterjets cut a wide variety of automotive parts, including headliners, carpet, dashboards, door panels, trunk liners, and much more.

Waterjet systems used for automotive applications are typically integrated into robotic cells.

Alliance Automation LLC has integrated Jet Edge waterjets into its robotic systems.
Learn more about their robotic waterjets at