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Five Uses For Water Jet Cutting

by Pamela Hill

Water jet cutting is a technique where water is continually sprayed on the cutting blade to keep it from overheating and to keep it clean. This type of cutting has a myriad of industrial applications, just a few of which are listed below:

1. Tile and stone. The dense nature of tile and stone will cause a regular saw blade to overheat after just a few uses. Working with a water jet saw prevents this from happening. In addition, water jet cutting delivers a cleaner more precise cut, something that's necessary to fit tile and stone pieces tightly together. A water jet cutting machine can even make inlays for intricate decorative floor medallions.

2. Food. For food cutting, water jet cutting provides the sanitary environment necessary to prevent cross-contamination. This method of cutting is approved by the USDA and is frequently used to cut fish, candy, frozen food, produce and even pastry. Because high-pressured water is applied during the cutting, there is no potential for bacterial transfer as can happen with traditional knives. Using water jet cutting for food also saves on the downtime necessary for sharpening knives.

3. Paper. You might not think that water and paper would produce an efficient cutting technique. However, a thin contained steam of high-pressured water inside of the cutting blade helps to reduce the dust generally associated with paper cutting, makes sharp and precise cuts, and produces strong, cut edges.

4. Glass. Cutting glass, like cutting tile and stone, can cause a traditional saw to overheat. In addition, glass is easy to scratch with an imprecise cutting tool. Water jet cutting solves both of these problems and delivers crisp, clean lines on glass panes, bottles and other pieces. Water jet cutting even cuts hurricane glass and bullet-proof glass, two types of dense, hard-to-cut glass.

5. Metal. Water jet cutting also works well for cutting metals like brass, titanium and aluminum. With this type of cutting, there is little to no heat transfer during the cutting process, so you don't have to worry about discoloration or warping while cutting. Water jet cutting is also useful for making precise cuts on narrow strips of metal.

Water jet cutting is an efficient, versatile cutting technique that can be adapted for use with a variety of materials. If you've never consider water jet cutting for your manufacturing operation, or you haven't looked at it lately, it's worth consideration. Contact a business, such as the Cincinnati Ventilating Company Inc, for more information.