Kent, WA - Sept. 27, 2007 - Flow International Corporation (NASDAQ: FLOW), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) waterjet technology, will showcase 87,000 psi waterjet cutting at FABTECH 2007, Booth 17005, Nov. 11-14, 2007, McCormick Place in Chicago.
Available on Flow's IFB and WMC2 waterjet cutting machines, Flow's 87,000 psi HyperPressure technology enables faster, more cost-effective cutting. Waterjet cutting at 87,000 psi provides a host of benefits to manufacturers including:
o Faster cutting, lower part cost and higher production, including cutting speeds that are 30-50% faster than 60,000 psi
o 20-30% lower part cost than 60,000 psi
o Lower abrasive consumption, with 30-50% less abrasive used than 60,000 psi
o Reduced part taper
o Simpler, faster maintenance than conventional, lower pressure waterjet systems
Conventional waterjet systems operate at pressures between 40,000 psi and 60,000 psi. Flow's HyperPressure pumps are the first pumps to operate at 87,000 psi. Higher pressure means the waterjet water stream's power and density are increased by 40%. As a result, each particle of abrasive is moving faster, with more energy. With HyperPressure pumps, users can cut faster and more efficiently than waterjet systems operating at lower pressures.
IFB Features High Productivity with an Integrated, Compact Design
The Integrated Flying Bridge (IFB) incorporates a design that combines the motion control, pump and high-pressure components of a waterjet cutting tool into one compact machine. It consumes minimal floor space, provides excellent operator access, and is configured for easy material loading and unloading. This abrasive waterjet machine is capable of cutting any metal, stone, tile, and glass material with unmatched accuracy and intricacy.
WMC2 Offers Superior Waterjet Cutting Performance
The WMC2 delivers all the benefits of an abrasive waterjet cutting system such as the ability to cut parts out of almost any material - metal, stone, plastics, composites, glass, ceramics, or rubber - up to 8 inches thick with no heat-affected zone and superior edge quality.
WMC2 benefits include:
o Multiple cutting heads for higher productivity
o Highly accurate, taper free parts as a result of Dynamic Waterjet technology
o Highest possible productivity with the fastest cut speeds and a field proven, reliable design
o Lowest operating cost through optimal abrasive usage
o Modular design can adapt as your needs change
o Ability to machine virtually any material and thickness
o Easy to operate and quick to learn
o Dedicated worldwide service network for rapid response time.
About Flow International
Flow International Corporation is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet cutting technology to industries including automotive, aerospace, job shop, surface preparation, and more. For more information, visit www.flowcorp.com.