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A precision stream

A precision stream
New waterjet features deliver more reliability, better uptime and lower total cost of ownership by Jimmy Myers, senior editor           For the past half century, Hypertherm Inc. has built upon its reputation as a provider of leading industrial cutting solutions. While it’s most widely known for its plasma cutting machines, in 2013, Hypertherm bought Minnesota-based waterjet company, Read full article >>

Global goals

Global goals
The possibilities of having an abrasive waterjet in every machine shop by Joshua Swainston, content marketing writer, Omax Corp.       “Precision abrasive waterjet cutting is now recognized as a viable and versatile machine shop process on every continent of the earth,” wrote Dr. John Olsen, co-founder of Omax Corp., in a 2009 blog entry. “But I’m really not satisfied. I still haven’t Read full article >>

Crushed cuts

Crushed cuts
When it comes to waterjet cutting, all abrasives are not created equal by Glenn Osborne, president and owner, G & W Machinery Sales Inc.         Whether large, small or in between, all fabrication shops are fighting a common battle to boost productivity and control costs. Though not a lot can be done about unplanned machine maintenance or material prices, there are areas where expenses Read full article >>

The pressure’s on

The pressure’s on
Faster and more efficient waterjet cutting helps make the case for 90,000 psi by Jimmy Myers, senior editor     A hard-driven car has been pushed to its limits and perhaps beyond. If a car is going to last, it’s best to be conservative and not put the pedal to the metal.   The same goes for waterjets. To avoid running their equipment into the ground, some fabricators using waterjet Read full article >>

Taking it off-road

Taking it off-road
Racing pit box manufacturer Murrco Fabrication opens waterjet job shop, extending its customer base off the track by Jaimie Larson, marketing manager, Jet Edge Inc.       For years, Murrco Fabrication Inc.’s competition racing pit boxes have been the go-to tool cart for Saturday night racers. Now, the Nashville area metal fabricator is extending its business beyond the motorsports industry Read full article >>

From hot to cold

From hot to cold
Reducing costs with the speed of plasma and the accuracy of waterjet by Susan Woods, managing editor       A waterjet/plasma combination machine offers versatility and flexibility for everyone from small and medium-sized shops to large companies. It can help a company expand into new markets without having to invest in a new machine dedicated to one cutting process.   The high cutting Read full article >>

More Heads the Better

More Heads the Better
Adding multiple cutting heads helps eliminate a waterjet bottleneck by Larry Adams, senior editor     Cutting metal with a waterjet machine offers many benefits, such as no heat-affected zone, the ability to cut exotic materials that are difficult to saw or machine, and a reduction or elimination of secondary operations to prep material for welding.   But waterjet does have a drawback. Read full article >>

Five-axis Waterjet Boosts Service Center Business

Five-axis Waterjet Boosts Service Center Business
Nancy Lauseng, Jet Edge Marketing Mgr.   Editor’s Note – Fab Shop doesn’t publish a lot of case history stories, but Dan Chatterton’s enthusiasm for his five-axis machine, combined with his experience, convinced us that he has a perspective that you can’t get from a technical article. He’s solving customers’ problems – maybe like yours.     Beveling and chamfering thick plate is a primary Read full article >>

Software Keeps Eye on Waterjet Machine

Software Keeps Eye on Waterjet Machine
Edited by Larry Adams, Senior Editor Preventive Maintenance Key to Improved Efficiency.   The monitoring software is the shop’s preventive maintenance tool for avoiding unexpected waterjet machine downtime.   Trupart Manufacturing Inc. has used abrasive waterjet cutting machines for more than a decade, first incorporating the technology in an attempt to generate new business at a time when Read full article >>

The Future of Waterjets

The Future of Waterjets
 Waterjet cutting has made some great strides, but there are still misunderstandings about how much it has improved. And there are still more opportunities to harness its benefits in a variety of cutting applications.   By Colin Carlu Olexa, Associate Editor Waterjet technology offers many advantages, but there’s some lack of awareness in the marketplace concerning the technology’s Read full article >>

Waterjets Innovate to Increase Precision

Waterjets Innovate to Increase Precision
By Colin Carlu OlexaAssociate This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
An operator uses Jet Edge’s EDGE X-5 five-axis waterjet cutting system. Five-axis cutting offers different challenges from two-axis cutting.
The latest in waterjet innovation can probably be summarized as increased precision and accuracy. These are not unexpected things, but they’re always good. How the builders are accomplishing it is Read full article >>

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