Waterjet Cutting Process cuts flat-stock materials.

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Dynamic Waterjet(TM) features Active Tolerance Control(TM), where patented software models control articulated wrist cutting heads to automatically adjust cutting angles for specific accuracy and part tolerance requirements. It cuts metal, stone, or composite parts ranging from 0.050 to 6+ in. thick.

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Flow International Corporation Introduces Revolutionary Waterjet Cutting Process

Flow International Corporation Introduces Revolutionary Waterjet
Cutting Process Dynamic Waterjet* greatly improves cut speed, part accuracy and tolerance in cutting flat-stock materials

Kent, WA - October 2, 2001 - Flow International Corporation (NASDAQ: FLOW), the leading developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) waterjet technology, has introduced a revolutionary new waterjet cutting process that can cut parts up to 300 percent faster than traditional waterjet cutting machines. Dynamic Waterjet(tm) featuring Active Tolerance Control(tm) consists of patented software models, which control a small, articulated "wrist" cutting head to automatically adjust cutting angles for specific accuracy and part tolerance requirements. With the Dynamic Waterjet, manufacturers will be able to cut parts faster, eliminate taper, and produce higher quality parts with significantly better accuracy. "With our latest technology breakthrough, FLOW has elevated the waterjet process and moved it into an entirely new realm," said Ron Tarrant, chairman, president and CEO of Flow International.
"Dynamic Waterjet produces superior part quality and tolerance and eliminates the need for secondary processing."
Dynamic Waterjet will help manufacturers:
* Reduce cycle time. Whether cutting metal, stone, or
composite parts ranging from 0.050" to more than 6" thick, the Dynamic Waterjet improves cut speeds and finished part tolerances by automatically tilting the waterjet cutting head as necessary.
* Improve cut-part tolerances. Manufacturers can improve
material utilization with less material waste since dimensions on parts cut with Dynamic Waterjet are far more precise than parts cut with conventional waterjet machines and other processes. As a result, the Dynamic Waterjet makes it possible to produce highly accurate parts with no secondary processing. "Now more than ever, the manufacturing industry demands cost-effective methods for parts production," Tarrant said. "Despite the downturn of the U.S. manufacturing sector, FLOW continues to grow through aggressive development of products designed to help our customers be more competitive by improving their productivity. " Tarrant continued, "Our customers tell us that because of the significance of this
technological breakthrough, in order for them to remain competitive, Dynamic Waterjet will need to be part of their future." FLOW Beta customers already have realized benefits of Dynamic Waterjet. "The Dynamic Waterjet improves the quality of parts I deliver to my customers, opening up new markets for waterjet-cut parts without increasing my hourly operating costs," said Jack Budd.

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