Paper and water are not often considered complimentary. When paper gets wet it most often ends up damaged or drastically altered. It often turns soggy, tears or sticks to itself. This is why it is so important to keep paper from getting wet throughout the cutting process. So how is it possible that the WaterJet technology can harness the power of water to cut and slit paper but cause no damage to the material?
WaterJet technology originally started out as a method to cut softer materials such as paper, wood and cardboard. It started out as using purely water and then abrasive was eventually added to enable WaterJets to cut harder materials such as stone and metal. Once the ability to add abrasives to the stream of water was developed, the WaterJet technology took off and due to its versatility became a widespread tool across many industries.
But today paper cutting and slitting remains a pure WaterJet application, meaning that only pure water is used to make the cut. The extremely thin stream of water is aimed toward the material and the immense power creates a cut right through. So how is it possible that the paper does not absorb the water as it is being cut? Since the stream of pure water is even thinner than a strand of hair it passes right through the material without altering the physical state of it. Therefore the paper maintains its original dry qualities, and is not affected by water damage.
Due to how extremely thin the stream of water is, the WaterJet technology also enables intricate and detailed designs to be cut. The quality of cut and edge finish is comparable to that of knife cutting. The added versatility of the WaterJet technology allows the whole range of paper products to be cut. This includes everything from extremely fine and thin tissue paper to corrugated cardboard.
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