Waterjet machine operators are as important to the productivity of a facility as the equipment that they handle. As such, it is critical that they stay on top of everything that they need to know to make sure that the full power of the machine is harnessed every time it is run through an operation. If you are a beginner operator or you handle a team of operators of waterjet cutters, here are some of the most important pointers that you should be aware of.
Always ensure your safety
Operating a water jet machine comes with its own share of risks and safety hazards, and it is vital that you make sure that you are not endangered at any point during the operation of the equipment. Don the right gear, calibrate the machine according to specifications, and stay out of the way while parts are being cut. Take particular care with the table slats, and make sure that you are being extra cautious when loading and unloading materials and plates to avoid being cut with potential sharp points on the slats.
Plan every step of the operation before starting it
Water jet cutters can significantly speed up cutting applications, but they should be set up in such a way as to allow that to happen more easily. This is why it is advised that waterjet machine operators plan every step of the cutting process first before getting started on it. Seemingly innocuous things such as part clamping may impede the quality of the cut, if it is not planned well.
Seek continuous trainings and workshops
Staying at the forefront of industry information that is critical to the safe and powerful use of waterjet cutting equipment is also important. For this purpose, we recommend attending necessary skills trainings and workshops that are designed to enrich your knowledge to optimise results for your facility. Also, this will help you keep up with emerging trends which may be helpful towards improving productivity as well as positively impacting profitability for your facility’s cutting needs. Techni Waterjet, for instance, makes sure that their customers are treated to handy knowledge that will arm them for both.
Ask for professional guidance
Finally, make sure that your waterjet machine practices are in accordance with specific prescriptions from your manufacturer. This is important not only in preserving the warranty of the equipment; it also plays a direct role in maximising the power of the machine that is specific to its model and design.