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Important Accessories You Should Think About Before You Buy a Water Jet Cutter

Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Accessories You Should Think About Before You Buy a Water Jet Cutter

Some inexperienced fabricators make the mistake of neglecting to consider the cost of needed accessories when they purchase a water-jet cutting machine. Such accessories can have a profound effect on your profitability if you don’t factor their cost into the cost of making each product. This article discusses some of those important accessories that you should think about as you plan to buy a water jet cutter. Water Treatment Equipment As you already know, a water jet cutter uses a stream of pressurised water mixed with an abrasive to cut materials. The water used should meet the water purity standards set by the manufacturer of that cutting machine. However, it may be hard for you to have water from the municipality that meets those purity standards. You may therefore have to acquire water treatment equipment in order to improve the purity of the water that you use. For instance, you may need to install a water softening system in order to reduce the quantity of the dissolved minerals in the water that you use. The cost of acquiring and maintaining that water treatment equipment should be added to the total cost of buying and operating the water jet cutter. Abrasive Handling Accessories Productive time can be lost if you have to shovel an abrasive, such as garnet, manually into your water-jet cutting equipment. It is advisable for busy fabrication shops to invest in abrasive handling equipment, such as a garnet feeder and a garnet remover. Those two basic accessories will ensure that your cutting machine remains working without any forced breaks due to a shortage of abrasive or an accumulation of spent abrasives in its tank. Consider the cost of different handling systems and select the one that will suit the dimensions of the cutter that you wish to buy. Nozzles and Piercing Accessories Water jet cutters come with standard nozzles that are designed to take full advantage of the total capacity of the cutter. However, you may need smaller nozzles in order to conserve abrasives as you cut thinner materials. Similarly, you may need piercing accessories in case your shop will be handling delicate materials, such as glass, that can shatter as the water jet tries to pierce them before the cutting process begins. These nozzles and piercing accessories wear out and have to be replaced periodically. Factor their cost into your budget before you go shopping for a water jet cutter. Consult a water-jet cutting expert for a detailed breakdown of all the costs that you are likely to incur as you use that cutting equipment. That discussion will enable you to make an informed decision about the suitability of acquiring that equipment for your new fabrication...

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Transmission Welding: Reasons Why You Should Choose it

Posted by on June 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transmission Welding: Reasons Why You Should Choose it

Transmission welding, also known as laser transmission welding, refers to the process of bonding thermoplastics using focused laser radiation. Laser transmission welding has become the technology of choice, especially when applications involve components which require high-quality welds. The process of laser welding is very distinct from other traditional methods and techniques of welding.  Here is what you need to know about this technology and why you should choose it for your industrial welding needs. What transmission welding entails The technology of transmission welding joins two plastic materials: an upper joining partner and a lower joining partner. A focused laser beam is passed through the upper joining partner to hit the targeted welding zone. As it hits the lower adjoining partner, it converts into heat energy. The heat created at the interface creates a molten weld seam, and the two plastics are fused. Applications of transmission welding Transmission welding has become popular among manufacturing companies as it can be applied across most industries that make use of plastics. It is possible to weld almost all types of thermoplastics as long as they have the same melting or softening temperature ranges. It becomes even easier if the plastics have the same chemical makeup. The technology has been widely applied in the following industries: The automotive industry in the manufacture of sensor housings, lighting, instrument clusters, interior panels, and fluid control devices. The medical industry in catheters, microfluidics, and fluid control. The manufacturing industry in the manufacture of consumer products such as electronics. Advantages over traditional welding methods All of the methods of welding plastics have their strengths and downsides. The cost of modern laser welding equipment and systems is almost similar to that of traditional welding methods such as hot plate, vibration, and spin. However, transmission technology takes the upper hand when it comes to efficiency, consumables cost, and production precision. It has the following advantages: There is minimal mechanical stress on the welding and components, making it possible to utilize simple clamping equipment and holders. With this, the economic flow is achieved, hence resulting in reduced costs of production. Laser systems can identify irregularities during the welding process, facilitating the production of high quality and durable welds. Unlike traditional welding methods, no additives are added to the components. As a result, welding using this technology satisfies even the most precise optical specifications. Transmission welding systems have a high degree of flexibility and integrated process control. As such, project-specific costs are reduced as the system can adapt to different project requirements. Transmission technology is slowly dominating the welding industry. Compared to traditional welding methods, this technology delivers high-quality welds and enhances flexibility, and versatility in...

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