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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

AccuStream AS-6060 pump

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End User:Special Metal Fabricating

Special Metal Fabricating, Edmonton, AB, purchased a waterjet machine in the summer of 2012. Last December it decided to upgrade to a higher pressure pump.

“We wanted to increase our cutting speeds and to do that, we needed a bigger pump,” explains Michael Rachul, office manager, who is responsible for purchasing equipment and consumables for the company.

The waterjet machine manufacturer offered a 75,000 psi pump, “but we wanted higher pressures than that, so when Prime-Tech, Brantford, ON, the company we purchase our garnet from, showed us the AccuStream pump that offered 90,000 psi, we decided to go with that pump instead.”

The AccuStream AS-6060 pump features “Advanced Intensifier Technology”, that extends pump life, a kidney loop oil cooling and filtration system, an inlet water filtration unit with a boost pump, a water accumlator, a safety bleed down system, and large volume attenuators. The operator interface features intuitive icons to guide users through the steps required to operate and maintain the pump. Users can view system performance in real time, log maintenance, order parts online and troubleshoot via the Internet.

“We control the amount of pressure during cutting of different parts. We’ve increased our cuttings speeds by more than 400 per cent. On one inch stainless steel plate we used to cut three quarters of an inch a minute and now we’re cutting at four inches a minute. So we’ve increased our cutting speed by more than 400 per cent just by changing the pump.”

The increased speeds also means work gets done faster, adds Rachul. Instead of the approximate eight to ten weeks, Special Metal Fabricating can now offer, for some orders, three week deliveries.

“AccuStream came out to install the pump and trained our guys to run it. It’s been working great and running smoothly. It’s much easier to maintain than our previous pump.”

(AccuStream was recently acquired by Hypertherm, Hanover, NH.)

Special Metal Fabricating’s 12,000 sq ft facility services primarily the oil and gas industry, but as a custom metal fabricating shop, Rachul says “we’ll fabricate anything out of metal.”

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