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Advanced Waterjet Technology Brings High Accuracy Laser Height Sensing for More Precise Parts

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Flow International Corp.

23500 64th Ave. S., Kent, WA, 98032 2618, USA

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Advanced Waterjet Technology Brings High Accuracy Laser Height Sensing for More Precise Parts

Press release date: March 26, 2014

KENT, Wash. — Flow International Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, introduces the only non-contact material height sensing solution available in the industry, the DynaBeam™ Laser Sensing System. Exclusively from Flow, the DynaBeam provides superior accuracy to traditional height monitoring methods.

"We are very excited to introduce the first non-contact precision height sensor to the waterjet industry" say Dr. Mohamed Hashish, senior vice president of technology at Flow, "With this advancement we continue to ensure that our customers have the most advanced tools for the highest productivity and accuracy of cut parts." Laser measuring is highly accurate without requiring physical contact with a material. The DynaBeam laser height sensing technology maps the natural state of materials, reducing the need for manual adjustment throughout cutting. Operators can choose between setting the standoff height between the waterjet nozzle and the workpiece before every pierce, or pre-mapping an entire workpiece quickly and easily. Used in combination with both Dynamic Waterjet® and Dynamic Waterjet XD for 2D and 3D bevel cutting the system ensures faster, more accurate waterjet cutting.

"The DynaBeam is a unique combination of waterjet cutting versatility and laser precision measuring capabilities" says Dr. Alex Chillman, product team leader for Flow, "nozzle offset height can be set to an accuracy of +/- 0.1mm [0.004 inch very quickly." This fast, accurate, non-contact method results in no scratches to the material. The laser ensures waterjet cutting to high precision; necessary when producing close tolerance, multi-axis parts. Operators can quickly and easily cut precise parts, even when bevel cutting.

About Flow International
Flow International Corporation is a global technology-based manufacturing company committed to providing a world class customer experience. The Company offers technological leadership and exceptional waterjet performance to a wide-ranging customer base, benefiting many cutting and surface preparation applications, delivering profitable waterjet solutions and dynamic business growth opportunities to our customers. For more information, visit www.FlowWaterjet.com.

Contact:
Colleen Nunan
Media Relations
Flow International
253-850-3500
cnunan@flowcorp.com

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