Don't let hard water soften the profitability of your waterjet...
The quality of your water supply directly affects the wear life of all key components in your waterjet system including the waterjet pump and cutting head. Waterjet equipment is subjected to high stress levels which can make components sensitive to the effects of compounds in the water suppy and lead to premature corrosion which can even lead to cracking of pressurised components.
Some regions of Australia have areas which water experts define as having “hard water” and this condition mostly occurs where the water supply contains minerals such as traces of iron and manganese. Where water “hardness” exceeds 25 mg/litre, waterjet operators can experience problems with corrosion and encrusted deposits on internal surfaces which can lead to premature failure of parts.
What causes water hardness?
Calcium and magnesium salts cause water hardness and non carbonate hardness is normally due to the presence of sulphates and chlorides. The presence of these minerals results in decreased high pressure seal, check valve and orifice life. In most cases, if other elements found in the water supply are within acceptable levels, problems related to “hard water” are generally resolved with the addition of an industrial water softener.
SOL Series water softeners function by passing hard water through a reservoir containing resin beads which act like a magnet to attract calcium and magnesium ions in exchange for sodium ions. These water softeners achieve long filter bed life through an automatic regeneration cycle which uses brine solution and only requires the occasional addition of inexpensive “pool salts” to keep your system achieving maximum efficiency.
The E3-Matic backwash controller is supplied standard with all SOL 45 and has a state-of-the-art regeneration program, which delivers complete flexiblity to adapt to your current workload. With 10 selectable regeneration cycles, the brine solution is flushed through the resin beads to rejuvenate the beads and delivers soft water to your equipment for year after year of dependable operation.
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