Available from Chukar Waterjet, the Waterjet Cyclone abrasive removal system is a cyclonic garnet extraction machine that removes as much as 10 lbs of garnet abrasive per minute from any waterjet cutting system. The machine features a 1-yd. hopper that requires only 25 square ft. of floor space. It can be custom-sized for virtually any waterjet tank.
According to the company, the machine is easy to set up and operate, and it can run unattended. No downtime is required to remove abrasive. The only moving parts that come in contact with the abrasive slurry are two check valves at the bottom of the pump, and there are no expensive parts that need replacing due to abrasive wear, the company says.
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