Like all other machines, waterjets require maintenance and sometimes, repair. If you plan to use your waterjet every day for example, you can expect to change nozzle parts frequently. Pump parts will also need attention, though not quite as much as those associated with the nozzle.
The better care you take of your waterjet, the longer it will be before you need to repair it and longer it will last. Following are three basic ways you can extend the life of your machine.
1. Use clean, purified water
Particles or dissolved minerals in water will accumulate on high-pressure components and accelerate wear. Dissolved minerals in particular can accumulate as a deposit on the top of a jewel and cause the jet to cut less efficiently. If these particles get underneath the jewel, they can cause it to misalign. Dirt that gets caught in the high-pressure plumbing can eventually crack and destroy the jewel. Purchasing a good water softener and filtration system can help lessen the chance that the water you use will contain damaging particles.
2. Be tidy
Waterjets typically operate in environments that are filled with abrasives and sometimes other machining tools. You need to stay vigilant to keep everything as clean as possible to avoid unnecessary maintenance.
- Do not store high pressure or nozzle components where dust or other microscopic abrasive particles can settle on them.
- Rinse all dirt from components prior to disassembly, and go to another room to do maintenance.
- Get an ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning nozzle components
3. Take special care of high pressure components
Pressure fluctuations typically either come from the pump itself, or from turning the nozzle on and off. Each time high pressure is applied to the plumbing, the metal expands. When the pressure is removed, it contracts. This causes fatigue that can cause the components to eventually crack. Operating at lower pressures is one way to solve this problem.
You can also minimize maintenance and repairs by investing in a quality waterjet. At TechMoon, we tailor-make our machines for each of our clients using state-of-the-art technology and only the finest materials. For competitively priced waterjets built to last and designed with your needs in mind, contact us today!