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Advancements in Waterjet Cutting Technology: What’s Next?

Waterjet cutting technology is the preeminent cutting technology, but those working in this industry are not looking to stand still. There is a sense that it can be improved further still. At TMC Waterjet, we are proud to be among the UK’s leading experts in water jet cutting and so take a keen interest in advancements.

These are the future developments we believe worthy of keeping an eye on. 

Higher Pressure Capabilities

One significant improvement in waterjet technology has been the increase in pressure capabilities. Modern waterjet systems can now operate at pressures up to 87,000 PSI, an increase in pressure enabling faster cutting speeds and the ability to cut through materials more efficiently.

The result is not only a reduction in cutting time but also an improvement in the quality of the cut, with smoother edges and less material deformation.

However, one interesting debate now is how much advantage further increases in pressure bring.

Improved Abrasive Materials

A huge advance in water jet cutting came when abrasives were first used, but here too advances can also be made.

Garnet has been the abrasive of choice, and it performs wonderfully. It turns the water jet into a cutting force capable of making light of almost any material.

New abrasives are being tested and these can potentially make cuts faster and more efficient still. Nozzle wear might also be reduced.

Ands it is worth noting that brand new abrasives might not be needed, instead just mixing abrasives together, potentially with a mainly garnet base, to make small improvements.

Enhanced Software and Control Systems

The software that controls waterjet cutting machines is cutting edge – if you wille excuse the obvious pun – but change here is happening apace.

Modern control systems are more intuitive and user-friendly, allowing operators to program complex cuts with greater ease. Cutting paths can be optimised to minimize waste and improve efficiency – we have seen this in food production. Additionally, real-time monitoring and feedback systems help ensure that cuts are accurate and consistent, reducing the likelihood of errors and rework.

Predictive Maintenance and AI Integration

The integration of artificial intelligence is another exciting advancement.

AI algorithms can analyse data to predict when maintenance is needed, preventing unexpected downtime and extending the lifespan of the equipment. These systems can also optimise cutting parameters in real-time, adjusting for variables like material thickness and type to ensure the best possible cut.

The Future of Waterjet Cutting

The future of waterjet cutting looks incredibly promising. At TMC Waterjet, we are committed to staying at the forefront of these developments, ensuring that we can offer our clients the best possible cutting solutions.

These advancements are not just technical improvements; they are game-changers that will redefine what’s possible in the world of cutting and machining.