What to Consider Before Buying

What Makes OMAX Unique

Not all Waterjets are Created Equal

A waterjet is made up of several critical key components, such as the high pressure pump, the nozzle, and control software. OMAX designs, manufactures, and supports their waterjet systems all from our production facilities in Kent, Washington. Since everything is designed and built under one roof, service and support is streamlined and issues are quickly resolved.

Valuable Features at No Additional Cost

OMAX is the first and only manufacturer to guarantee free OMAX operating software upgrades to our owners for life. This guarantee saves our owners thousands of dollars over the life of their investment, but more importantly ensures that they will receive all benefits derived from software enhancements. Upgrades are implemented to improve accuracy, provide faster cutting speeds, enhance system monitoring, and provide additional waterjet cutting capabilities.

Service & Support Commitment

OMAX is dedicated to be knowledgeable about your applications, expectations, and concerns. We pay attention to the smallest detail to insure your satisfaction, which is why 30% of our sales year after year are returning customers.

Free factory training is included with your system to help you maximize the return on your investment. OMAX has the best ratio in the industry of service technicians to machines installed. This enables us to provide the quickest response time in the industry. A standard troubleshooting and application guide is included with every machine available free to our customer, which can facilitate even faster service response.

The OMAX Interactive Reference Guide ( OIR ) comprised of over 3000 pages, covers every aspect of operating and maintaining your investment. It is unequalled for providing application solutions. The OIR is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, and is instantaneous to answer your questions.

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Applications

Materials

Waterjets can cut almost any material. Pure waterjets can quickly and accurately cut soft materials such as rubber, foam and other gasket material. Abrasive waterjets can cut almost any other material over a very wide range of thicknesses:

  • Virtually all metals, including hardened tool steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper and titanium
  • Non-tempered glass, including multi-layer laminated safety glass
  • Composites
  • Laminates
  • Stone
  • Most ceramics

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Run Sizes

Set-up time for a waterjet with an advanced control system is minimal. Advanced control software (such as the OMAX Intelli-MAX Software Suite) can automatically program the cutting path of a desired part directly from a CAD drawing. Just lightly secure the material stock to the cutting table and enter the material type and thickness into the control computer. The control system does the rest and an accurate part is produced on the first run. This capability makes waterjet a perfect process for short-run and one-off production parts. At the same time, modern nesting software means that waterjets are also ideal for mass production of parts with minimum waste.

Table Sizes

Waterjet cutting table are now available in a wide range of standard sizes, ranging from small 2’ 5” x 2’ 2” (737mm x 660mm) tables to very large 26’ 8” - 46’ 8” x 13’ 4” (8.1m - 14.2m x 4m) tables. The two considerations in selecting a table size are the size of part to be made and the size of stock material to be used. It is generally easiest and most economical to err on the side of a larger table that will handle all intended material stock sizes and future larger parts. However, sometimes space limitations mandate a smaller size. As a result of the design of our tables, OMAX offers the smallest footprint relative to the table size thereby conserving valuable shop floor space.

Special Features

Water cutting has some special characteristics that make it particularly attractive for some applications:

Environmental Considerations

Early waterjets had a well-earned reputation for being noisy and dirty. An exposed water jet is noisy and an exposed abrasive waterjet can throw a lot of abrasive dust into the air. However, these factors are eliminated in modern systems by simply cutting under a thin layer of water. The water layer reduces the noise level to below that of most machine tools and eliminates the dust by keeping the particulates in the water. An abrasive waterjet machine cutting under water can be placed anywhere that you might place a conventional machine tool. No noxious fumes or smoke is generated, and the part does not become contaminated with cutting oils.

A waterjet machine generates two waste streams:

  • Excess water containing very small amounts of solid fines, which can be filtered if required by local regulation and then sent directly to a waste water drain.
  • Kerf material and garnet waste can be sent to a landfill.

If the material being cut is poisonous—lead or beryllium, for example—both waste streams must be cleaned to meet environmental regulations and the water may be recycled.

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Operating & Maintenance Costs

An abrasive waterjet machine costs between $25 - $30 per hour to operate for consumables and maintenance parts. At operating pressures above 60,000 PSI (4,137 bar) more maintenance is required and unplanned downtime can increase dramatically. Ultra high pressures result in higher operating costs due to accelerated metal fatigue in high pressure components used in pumps and plumbing. For this reason, waterjet cutting machines usually operate most economically and reliably in the range of 60,000 PSI (4,137 bar) or less.

Maintenance items include all parts wetted by the high-pressure water and all parts through which abrasive flows. Nozzle parts are replaced at 50 to 100 hour intervals, and pump seals are replaced near 1,000 hour intervals.

New troubleshooting and maintenance techniques must be learned for successful operation of waterjet equipment, but the skills to be learned are not difficult, and thousands of machines are successfully and profitably run and maintained by their owners and operators.

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PRODUCT COMPARISON GUIDE

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