Over the years, Excell Solutions has added the capabilities necessary to solidify its position as a true one-stop shop for all mechanical needs. Adding a waterjet to the flow of operations has increased our capabilities and throughput. In the manufacturing industry, accuracy and precision are key elements of any successful production process. Waterjet cutting is one of the most versatile tools for achieving these goals, providing a solution that offers much more than just the ability to cut through materials. In this article, we will explore the advantages of waterjet cutting and discuss how it can help you achieve cost savings and improved quality in your manufacturing operations.

What is Waterjet Cutting?

Waterjet cutting is a versatile, precise, and cost-effective method of cutting a variety of materials. Waterjet cutting uses a mix of a high-pressure stream of water and abrasive mediums to cut through the material. This method can be used to cut a variety of materials, including but not limited to: metal, rubber, ceramic, and composite materials. When it comes to diversifying your cutting processes, waterjet is a great alternative to other traditional cutting methods, like plasma or laser cutting.

So, what are the benefits of providing these waterjet-cutting services?

Diversify Material Options:

Our customers don’t like to be limited in their material selection. They prefer to use the materials that will be most effective for their applications. Waterjet cutting machines don’t have heat-effective zones, which gives our customers versatility when it comes to material selection. With our OMAX 55X100 waterjet, Excell has the capability to cut materials that lasers can’t like rubbers, plastics, foams, and composites. With the reduction of heat, less stress is put on the material, which also eliminates any warping or oil-canning of thinner materials.

Thin rubber gasket cut on the waterjet

(Thin rubber gasket cut on the waterjet)

Laser-cutting systems are also limited in the thicknesses they can cut. Our waterjet machine is graded to cut up to 6” of steel. Although we have not received a job to cut material that thick, we have cut up to 4” of armor for a military application (for reference: at the upper limit, fiber lasers are graded to cut 20-25mm mild steel).

Superior Edge Control/ Quality:

As mentioned above, waterjet cutting applications use a mix of high-pressure water streams and abrasive materials like sand or garnet. These two processes work together to produce a smooth, quality, and burr-free edge that requires minimal secondary processes once cut (eliminating any secondary processes, reduces cost and lead times). Depending on the material and thickness, laser cutting machines often melt material, creating splatter that reduces the quality of an edge and limits its capacity when it comes to critical tolerancing.

Efficiency:

sheet metal objectWaterjet is not the quickest cutting platform available in today’s market, however when it comes to larger quantity runs this machine is one of the few that can run “lights out”, giving us the capability to cut 24/7. As mentioned, waterjets are typically graded to cut up to 6” of steel. Given the limited restrictions, we can also stack sheets on top of one another which increases our cutting efficiency. Most lasers can only cut 1 sheet at a time, which involves constant re-loading.

5-axis Waterjet Cutting:

Waterjet cutting machines are typically outfitted with 3-axis cutting capabilities. Our Omax 55X100 comes equipped with a 5-axis cutting head. Having the ability to make cuts beyond the traditional X, Y, and Z axis offers a host of unique benefits. By eliminating the need to shift a part or sheet from operation to operation/ machine to machine, these multi-axis cutting heads add to the level of precision offered by limiting cuts/ operations to 1. 3D cutting capabilities also allow us to cut materials outside of the traditional flat sheet.

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Testimonials

American Science and Engineering Inc.
Scott Valley and Frank Tran
American Science and Engineering Inc.
{Over the last two months, American Science and Engineering has had several programs that required very quick turnaround on many parts. Excell Solutions went above and beyond what we would normally expect from a supplier to ensure our new product development success. Many of these parts were delivered the same day, with most of the more complex parts delivered within a week. It is because your dedication and willingness to do the impossible that we are able to stay on schedule and meet the demanding timelines that we are tasked with. Everyone at American Science and Engineering appreciates your efforts.
{I want to say THANK YOU so very much that just doesn’t express the gratitude I want to convey to you and your team over the past few months. I know since coming on board with Dakota Systems things have been less than easy, shall I say. As you were working over the holiday weekend, my customers as well as myself were also working to get the tools fabricated for test. The work that your team has accomplished in an outstanding & amazing feat. My customer is extremely pleased with your work and more importantly grateful for the time and effort you have put in to launch these 2 systems.
Kasalis
William Rubino
Kasalis
{I just want to say thanks to you, Steve and the great crew at Excell Solutions for your help this past weekend. The turnaround from receiving the PO at 1:33 on Friday and having parts machined and plated in my office at 1:33 on Monday was remarkable. It is a great feeling to know that I can count on a first class organization to pull it all together and have a “does whatever it takes” attitude to help out a customer when all seems hopeless. That level of service is what makes companies like Excell Solutions world class and keeps customers coming back. Again, thanks to the Excell Crew for a job well done.
Persimmon Technologies
{I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your help during our startup phase. We have learned heavily on you and your team and you have not disappointed us even on the request that were, frankly, not planned. You have allowed us to be opportunistic and that is what counts when you are a small fish in a big pond. In two weeks we have our big showing and we could not have ready without your services. Please let your team know that we appreciate their efforts, and we look forward to a long prosperous relationship.
Marc Stiller
Terrafugia, Inc.
{I wanted to take this opportunity to specifically call attention to the incredible level of support and customer service that has been provided to Terrafugia over the past 12-18 months and to thank you and the employees of Excell Solutions, and most notably George Kendall. I truly cannot say enough good things regarding the level of customer supports that gas been provided to us by George and all of the employees of Excell Solutions. Thank you again

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David Akman
David Akman
2023-02-23
The team at Excell is extremely professional, timely with quoting, accurate with delivery date estimates and cost competitive. Lead times have been very favorable and the team is able to do both small scale and large scale work with equal quality. They go the extra mile to ensure tight timelines can be met, and also are flexible through NPI prototyping and the changes that can occur in that phase of a design.
Seamone Compass
Seamone Compass
2023-02-23
Vecna Robotics has been working with Excell for nearly seven years, and they provide exceptional hands-on customer service. I've experienced several occasions where we were line-down and needed material in-house ASAP. Brett and his team were able to bestow an "all-hand-on-deck" approach and pull in lead times. The efforts allowed us to ship our product to customers on schedule. Excell's meticulous quality of work and unprecedented service is why they are one of our few longest-standing suppliers to date.
Austin Scott
Austin Scott
2023-02-22
Have worked with Excell Solutions on many projects and they always produce great parts, have great customer service and work with you every step of the way. I highly recommend them for your next machining project!
Georgios Ardamerinos
Georgios Ardamerinos
2023-02-22
Our medical device company has been doing business with them for a long time and we are 100% satisfied. Great communicators, friendly and they always deliver on time and within specs. Test them on your next challenge.
Aaron Powers
Aaron Powers
2021-12-14
Awesome company to do business with. Professional and friendly!

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