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Crane and Advantages of WaterJet
WaterJet technology is ideal for cutting and manufacturing:
Metals (Titanium, Aluminum, Steel, Iron, Copper, Brass, Alloys) – Composites – Plastics – Stone – Resins – Conventional and Bullet Resistant Glass – Acrylics – Ceramics – Wood – Textiles - Foam
…and many other materials and products which may otherwise be problematic utilizing conventional cutting methods.
Concept Collaboration, Design & Development: Crane not only cuts and fabricates to predetermined specification(s), but also helps customers conceptualize and design products for various and specific applications with the use of state-of-the-art engineering and design software. Customers are often looking to meet certain criteria, but require assistance in designing and developing a workable concept which can then be produced on a large or small scale.
Replication: Crane can reverse engineer design work of existing parts, and often duplicate them within certain parameters, working off the parts themselves, as well as specifications and models.
One of the many advantages of WaterJet technology is its inherent cold cutting properties, allowing materials to be cut which would otherwise burn, melt, or fracture when utilizing other cutting methods. Some thermal or conventional cutting processes cause surface hardening, warping, and emission of hazardous gasses. In contrast, materials cut with WaterJet undergo no thermal stress, eliminating those undesirable results. A list of WaterJet cutting advantages include:
Another major advantage is WaterJet’s ability to cut fiber-reinforced materials, reflective materials, uneven surfaces and stacked layers of various and different materials. Since the mechanical processes take place on a microscopic level, the contents and surface finish of the material are not critical factors.
Despite the high kinetic energy in WaterJet cutting, part deformation is avoided and high cutting accuracy is achieved without leaving any frayed edges or burrs. This produces excellent edge quality, which in many cases eliminates the need for secondary finishing processes.
WaterJet cutting is especially advantageous in cutting complex shapes. Materials can be cut into almost any shape. Sharp corners, bevels, pierce holes, and shapes with minimal inner radii are all possible. Stacking, nesting and tabbing optimizes material and can significantly reduce cutting times and costs.
WaterJet cutting is particularly “friendly” with regard to the environment. Normally, the process is clean and does not create grindings, chips, or hazardous gases. Cutting oils or emulsions are not needed.
In today’s world of high-priced raw material and limited resources, WaterJet’s small kerf, or cut width, and part-on-part nesting capabilities optimizes material use, increasing cost-effectiveness.
Using pure water, it is possible to cut textiles, elastomers, non-wovens, thin plastics, food products and many other products. These materials can be cut at speeds of several hundred feet per minute.
With the addition of an abrasive, harder materials such as metals, stone, bullet proof glass, ceramics, etc. can easily be cut. Thicker materials can also be cut more efficiently using an abrasive WaterJet system.
Very thick metals demonstrate another advantage of WaterJet technology. Adjustments can be made in the combination of orifice and focusing tube diameters and the mesh and quantity of abrasive to attain the most cost-effective cutting speeds.