Manufacturers realizing faster cutting, higher revenues and greater reliability and maintenance
KENT, Wash., November 30, 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 WESTEC 2008, March 31 - April 3, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Flow's Integrated Flying Bridge (IFB) and WMC2 waterjet machines incorporate 87,000 psi waterjet cutting. Flow's HyperPressure technology enables faster, more cost-effective cutting. lower part cost and higher production, including cutting speeds that are 20-50% faster than 60,000 psi; 20-30% lower part cost than 60,000 psi; lower abrasive consumption, with 30-50% less abrasive used than 60,000 psi; simpler, faster maintenance; and many more benefits.
Manufacturers Speak: 87k Cuts Faster, Reduces Part Cost, Increases Production Rates
Manufacturers are realizing significant benefits as the result of 87,000 psi waterjet cutting, as evidenced by Flow's customers who have implemented 87k psi.
"Flow's 87,000 psi HyperPressure with Dynamic Waterjet head is hands down the best, fastest, most accurate machine available - period," said Jack Bates, co-owner, Michigan Waterjet, Albion, Mich. "In some cases we are cutting as much as 50% faster than 50k or 60k psi cutting."
TR Machine, Davis, Ill., replaced its 50k psi machine with Flow's IFB waterjet and 87k psi and realizing faster cutting and a positive impact on their bottom line.
"With the 87,000 psi, we not only cut faster, but also control the straightness or taper of the edge quality using Dynamic Waterjet®," said Tom Olsen, Vice President of TR Machine. "The ability to control our cutting edge has given us a twofold advantage by eliminating secondary milling or profiling operations which in turn created added capacity in our CNC milling department.
"The speed at which 87,000 psi cuts has helped us realize significant time savings," continued Olsen. "A 3/8 aluminum plate part went from being a 6 minute part to a 3 minute part for a 50% time savings. As a result of 87,000 psi's faster cutting, we have cut our cycle time in half and can now produce twice as many parts in the same amount of time."
TR Machine has improved part production while maintaining quality, to help realize a positive impact on the bottom line. "Through faster cutting with 87,000 psi, we have significantly increased our production rates and in doing so, created capacity for other opportunities," said Olsen. "We have improved our overall operations but, more important, we have opened doors for other opportunities that would have remained closed without this technology. By keeping jobs in house we've improved our delivery, maintained quality, and increased our capacity as a company, resulting in a positive impact on our bottom line."
About Flow International Corporation
Flow International Corporation is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet technology for cutting and cleaning. Flow provides state-of-the-art ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) technology to numerous industries including automotive, aerospace, job shop, surface preparation, food and dozens more. For more information, visit www.flowcorp.com.