Upon getting your very first waterjet machine, you might have been overwhelmed on the first days of undergoing the necessary training. But undergoing it is important and once it’s done, you will be confident knowing that can operate the machine, as well as how to properly maintain it.
But it will be after some weeks or months before you can actually have your very first maintenance or longer before you have to rebuild pumps. When these things happen, you might have already forgotten the things that you have learned. This is the time when you need to consider the help of someone or one from the distributor to provide advanced training to properly operate the machine and a refresher on how to perform maintenance.
A waterjet machine needs maintenance. You can expect that you will have to change the nozzle parts, as well as the pump parts. The nozzle parts are changed more frequently compared to the pump parts. At the same time, you need to have some spares ready so you won’t have to put on hold the machining while you wait for the spare parts.
If you have hard or dirty water you may need to maintain all of them or just buy a filtration system and water softener.
In most cases, any person who could change the brake pads is capable of keeping an abrasive jet with just a day of training with a manual. Mixing tubes that wear out can be replaced easily but pumps will require regular seal changes. Considering the design of the pump, the seals could be easy and quick or awkward and time consuming to change.
Maintaining a water jet cutter can be easy but it would be so much better if you can lessen the need to maintain it.
If the water has some dissolved chemicals or particles are present, this can accumulate on a high-pressure component and encourage wear. These dissolved minerals could become deposits on the top of the jewel and cause the machine to cut inefficiently or worse, deflect it sideways. Likewise, particles can cause the machine to misalign and up the mixing tube. Dirt in high-pressure plumbing are considered to be bullets that can crack the jewel.
One thing that greatly impacts maintenance is water quality. Quality water means lesser maintenance and a lot more time to cut and make money with the machine.
Even the tiniest of dirt can have distressing effects on the life of the nozzle and the component as a whole. As water jet cutting machine often operate in harsh environments, the kind that is surrounded with abrasives and machining tools, it’s important to stay vigilant. Doing so will ensure that everything will be as clean as it can be in order to avoid any unnecessary maintenance.