Waterjet cutters are important to the operation of many types of facilities, from small job shops to full-scale industrial production sites. If you have one in your workplace, you know how critical they are to the operational efficiency of your applications, processes, and deliverables. As such, you know that you need to be able to harness the full power of the engineering of the equipment – and keep it that way. Don’t know how to do that? Don’t worry. Here are some simple things that you can do to ensure proper productivity for your range of waterjet cutting machines.
Define your requirements and work with them
One of the most important decisions that facilities need to make when it comes to working with waterjet machines is to identify the difference between productivity and production and equip their facility into accommodating both. A good understanding of your requirements is key to that. If you know that you have to supply a certain number of cut parts for a certain period, everything else in your facility should be designed to make it possible.
For example, if you handle a variety of tasks instead of specialising in just one application, your waterjet cutters should, first, be enough; different applications require different configurations, and if you need to work with more than one type of process, you will need to have more than one type of waterjet configured. Similarly, if you’re doing the same applications over and over again, your cutters should be set up to make the process as efficient as possible. This may mean working with the right kind of plate size and part size to generate high volumes of quality.
Invest in team training
It is also important to remember the advantages of proper training, especially since waterjet machines are highly technical pieces of equipment that merit proper knowledge in order to be properly used. Many manufactures provide product trainings, for different levels. Additionally, they offer trainings for any new technologies that they will be incorporating into their products. As such, make sure that your facility gets treated to these – it will not only boost your technical know-how, investing in training will also ensure safety in your workplace.
Be proactive about maintenance
Finally, commit to preventive maintenance. Damaged waterjets are not only going to cause downtime in your operations, they will also be costly to repair or replace. A good maintenance programme that invites proactive checks and logs will do a lot to curb expenses while maintaining productivity in your facility.