Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jet Edge Celebrates 30 Years in Water Jet Industry

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet technology, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014.
Founded in 1984, Jet Edge entered the waterjet industry during the industry’s infancy and has grown to become one of the largest and most respected manufacturers of ultra-high pressure waterjet technology in the world.  Jet Edge waterjets are used in a wide range of industries around the world, including automotive, aerospace, defense, industrial manufacturing, food production, and machine and job shops.  Jet Edge’s extensive product line includes precision waterjet cutting systems, waterjet pumps, and mobile waterjet cutting and surface preparation systems.
            “We’ve come a long way since 1984,” said Jude Lague, Jet Edge president. “We’ve seen waterjet technology evolve from its 36,000 psi (2500 bar) water-only past to today’s sophisticated and highly precise 5-axis and robotic systems that can reach pressures exceeding 90,000 psi (6200 bar).  Back in 1984, or even in 1994, waterjet was such a niche technology that many people hadn’t even heard of it.  Today, it’s as common as any machine tool, and is used to manufacture countless everyday items, from sliced fruit to titanium joint implants.”
            Lague credits Jet Edge’s success to the company’s commitment to helping customers solve their toughest manufacturing problems and willingness to engineer custom solutions.     
          
  “We were born problem solvers,” Lague said. “Our company’s founder Chris Possis couldn’t find a satisfactory waterjet pump, so he built his own.  Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to help hundreds of customers improve their manufacturing processes and we’ve responded to some of the world’s greatest crises, including the Kuwait oil fires, the Kobe earthquakes, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.”
            Lague noted that Jet Edge’s success in the competitive waterjet industry would not have been possible without the support of its loyal customers, dedicated employees and industry friends.
            For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com,  call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343), 763-497-8700 or e-mail sales@jetedge.com.
           
About Jet Edge

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops. Jet Edge waterjets are proudly made in U.S.A. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

See Jet Edge Waterjets for Farm Machine Shops at Triumph of Ag Expo March 12-13

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting technology will introduce its new FARM-JET® and TACH-JET® water jet systems at the Triumph of Agriculture Exposition, March 12-13 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center.  Look for Jet Edge in booth 2129.5/2129.6.

Designed and priced for farm machine shops, Jet Edge’s 55,000 psi FARM-JET® and TACH-JET® waterjets bring the power and versatility of ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting technology to farm machine shops for the price of a new fully loaded 1 ton 4X4 pickup truck, without requiring special electrical service.  These powerful machines cut parts from virtually any material without heat or flames, leaving a clean edge free of slag, without producing noxious fumes.

“Until now, if you wanted a waterjet, it meant a six-figure investment and access to 460 volt power,” noted Jude Lague, Jet Edge president. “Now you can own a waterjet for the price of a new truck and you can run it off standard household electric. With a waterjet system, you can create a nice source of additional revenue, and if you need a part fast, you can cut it in minutes instead of waiting for days or weeks to have it fabricated and shipped.”

FARM-JET® Waterjet System

FARM-JET® includes a 40”x40” waterjet cutting table and a Jet Edge Eco-Jet PTO direct drive waterjet pump that utilizes a tractor's PTO shaft to produce 1 gpm of 55,000 psi water. The system includes one abrasivejet cutting head and a motorized Z axis with 5 inches (130 mm) of travel.  

FARM-JET® is controlled with a Windows® PC (sold separately) and uses a FlashCut Pro-Series Stepper Controller and FlashCut CNC software.  It also includes IGEMS path generation software and a hand-held controller pendant for operator convenience. FARM-JET is available for 540 RPM and 1000 RPM PTO shafts and Category 1 and 2 three point hitches (tractor sold separately).  It requires a115v 60 Hz or 230v 50Hz power source, fresh water source and a suitable tractor.


TACH-JET® Waterjet System

TACH-JET® includes a 40”x40” waterjet cutting table and a Jet Edge Eco-Jet TACH direct drive waterjet pump that that converts a tractor or skid steer’s hydraulic power into 1 gpm of 55,000 psi water. The system includes one abrasivejet cutting head and a motorized Z axis with 5 inches (130 mm) of travel.  

TACH-JET® is controlled with a Windows® PC (sold separately) and uses a FlashCut Pro-Series Stepper Controller and FlashCut CNC software.  It also includes IGEMS path generation software and a hand-held controller pendant for operator convenience. It requires a hydraulic power unit capable of a minimum output of 50 HP (tractor or skid steer sold separately), a 115v 60 Hz or 230v 50Hz power source, and fresh water source.

Waterjet Technology Seminars

Learn more about ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting during Jet Edge’s free seminars “Waterjet Cutting Technology for the Farm Machine Shop” at 10 a.m. March 12-13.  Jet Edge waterjet experts will provide a technical overview of Jet Edge’s FARM-JET® and TACH-JET® systems and explain how waterjet can benefit farm machine shops by producing parts better, faster and cheaper, and by creating an additional revenue stream.

Find Out More


Find out more about Jet Edge at www.jetedge.com, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or 763-497-8700.

About Jet Edge

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Waterjet Cutting Machine for Farm Machine Shops


Jet Edge, Inc. introduces the FARM-JET® waterjet cutting system, a 55,000 psi waterjet cutting system designed and priced especially for the farm machine shop.

            An industry first, FARM-JET brings the power and versatility of ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting technology to farm machine shops for the price of a new fully loaded 1 ton 4X4 pickup truck, without requiring special electrical service.  

            The FARM-JET system includes a 40”x40” (1 m x 1m) waterjet cutting table and a Jet Edge Eco-Jet PTO direct drive waterjet pump that utilizes a tractor's PTO shaft to produce 1 gpm of 55,000 psi water. The system includes one abrasivejet cutting head and a motorized Z axis with 5 inches (130 mm) of travel.    

            The FARM-JET system is controlled with a Windows® PC (sold separately) and uses a FlashCut Pro-Series Stepper Controller and FlashCut CNC software.  It also includes IGEMS path generation software and a hand-held controller pendant for operator convenience. FARM-JET is available for 540 RPM and 1000 RPM PTO shafts and Category 1 and 2 three point hitches (tractor sold separately).  It requires a115v 60 Hz or 230v 50Hz power source, fresh water source and a suitable tractor.

            “The FARM-JET is the first waterjet cutting system that is designed and priced for the farm shop,” said Jude Lague, Jet Edge president.  “Until now, if you wanted a waterjet, it meant a six-figure investment and access to 460 volt power.  Now you can own a waterjet for the price of a new truck and you can run it off standard household electric and your tractor PTO. With a waterjet system, you can create a nice source of additional revenue, and if you need a part fast, you can cut it in minutes instead of waiting for days or weeks to have it fabricated and shipped. You also can have some fun with it cutting custom tile inlays for your house or racecar parts for your dirt track team.”

            Waterjet cutting has numerous advantages over other cutting methods.  Waterjet cuts virtually any material and thickness without creating a heat-affected zone (HAZ), case hardening or recast, or molecular change of the material.  Unlike plasma, waterjet cuts without creating any noxious fumes.

            Find out more about FARM-JET at www.jetedge.com, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or 763-497-8700.

           

About Jet Edge
Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Michael Waltrip Endorses Jet Edge Waterjets in New Video


NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip injects his trademark humor and master pitchman skills into a new video endorsing Jet Edge precision waterjet cutting systems.  Watch the video on Jet Edge’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/jetedgewaterjets.

In the video, Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing credits Jet Edge for helping MWR become a major player in NASCAR’s highly competitive Sprint Cup Series.  

“Racing is a team sport and one of our most important team members is our Jet Edge waterjet,” Waltrip says.  “Thanks to Jet Edge, we’re able to take design improvements to the racetrack weeks faster, and that makes us a force to be reckoned with.”

Waltrip explains that the Jet Edge waterjet has been so critical to MWR’s success, they decided to add a second system.  MWR Chief Technical Officer Tom German joins Waltrip in the video, providing an overview of the NASCAR team’s new Jet Edge EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet and the team’s plans for its use.

“Our engineering department is very excited to have this powerful new tool,” German says. “The Jet Edge EDGE X-5 is taking our fabricating capabilities to a whole new level.  In fact, we’ve already taken design improvements to the track and Victory Lane.”

MWR installed its first Jet Edge in 2008, when the new NASCAR team was struggling to get off the ground.  In 2013, MWR doubled the size of its water jet shop as part of a major capital improvement project and added the new 5-axis Jet Edge to complement its existing system.  MWR uses its Jet Edge waterjet systems to cut more than 1,000 parts for its three Sprint Cup teams, which include the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry driven by Brian Vickers and Waltrip, the #56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry driven by Martin Truex Jr., and the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driven by Clint Bowyer. 

MWR values its waterjet systems so much, it has twice surprised the small family owned Minnesota company with Jet Edge decaled Sprint Cup cars.  Brian Vickers raced the #55 Jet Edge Toyota Camry to an 11th place finish this spring at Martinsville Speedway and the #55 Jet Edge-Freightliner Toyota Camry to a ninth place finish last fall at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge waterjets are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops.

For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343). Follow us on Twitter @jetedge.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Material Handling Equipment Manufacturer Anderson-Crane Company Installs Jet Edge Waterjet System

Jet Edge Inc. is pleased to announce that Anderson-Crane Company, a world leading material handling equipment manufacturer, has installed a Jet Edge waterjet cutting system at its fabrication facility in Litchfield, Minn.  With its new waterjet system, Anderson-Crane is now capable of cutting complex finished-quality parts from virtually any material.

Anderson-Crane Company manufactures a wide variety of material handling equipment, including screw conveyors, screw feeders and bucket elevators, specializing in custom projects. Anderson-Crane conveyors are used around the world to move everything from chocolate to taconite.  The company also fabricates hoppers, bins and gates. In addition to manufacturing its own products, Anderson-Crane operates as a local job shop, building structural equipment for local businesses and molds for the plastics industry. It also offers metal repair services.

Founded in 1950 as an offshoot of its Minneapolis-based sister company Anderson-Crane Rubber Company, Anderson-Crane Company has been steadily growing its fabrication facility and capabilities for more than 60 years. 

Company spokesman Rob Crane attributes his company’s growth and customer loyalty to its unsurpassed commitment to quality and its expertise in manufacturing custom material handling equipment.

“Anderson-Crane has become recognized as a leader in quality in the material handling business, delivering products with a very high attention to detail and finish,” Crane commented.  “We have decades-long customers that include Fortune 500 companies and major multi-nationals. We pay very close attention to our products’ fit and finish, assuring all dimensions are precise and weldments are cleaned.  Customers call on us when they have a special conveyor design that can’t be found in a catalog. We treat our customers’ projects as unique equipment that deserves close attention to detail and quality.”

This meticulous attention to quality is what compelled Anderson-Crane to install a precision waterjet cutting system, Crane noted.  Before installing its water jet, the company had been cutting parts on a CNC plasma machine and outsourcing work to waterjet shops.

“Due to our high demand for quality, we have spent a lot of time cleaning parts that come off our plasma machine,” Crane recalled.  “We decided to buy a waterjet because of its clean cut; our goal is to reduce rework and part cleaning time.  We wanted a system that cut parts with little or no edge cleanup required. A laser proved too costly and a waterjet allowed us to cut metal (our main working material), but also softer material such as gasket. We had been outsourcing waterjet cutting and were always satisfied with the edge quality and easy assembly of its finished parts. With the waterjet we’re able to move from raw material to finished parts in as little time as possible while improving our products’ quality and precision.”

Anderson-Crane’s new waterjet cutting capabilities will help the company maintain its competitive edge, Crane noted.

“Manufacturers in the material handling industry do not focus on the same level of quality as we do,” he said. “Adding a waterjet to our fabrication process set the quality bar even higher. Our goal is to minimize the time it takes to go from raw material to assembly. As we implement this, we’re striving to consistently deliver a product with outstanding quality.  We’re setting Anderson-Crane even further apart in an industry where quality and workmanship are often afterthoughts.”

In addition to improving its own products, Anderson-Crane also plans to grow its job shop business by offering waterjet cutting services.  It plans to cut primarily mild and stainless steel and occasionally rubber gasket and UHMW.

Anderson-Crane’s Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system features an 8’x13’ work envelope and SigmaNEST® Companion CAD/CAM nesting software to maximize material usage.  It is powered by a 60,000 psi, 50hp Jet Edge iP60-50 waterjet intensifier pump.  The system features an eco-friendly Ebbco closed-loop water filtration and chilling system that prolongs waterjet component life and reduces water consumption and sewage fees by recycling water.

Anderson-Crane decided to buy its waterjet specifically from Jet Edge for a variety of reasons, Crane noted.

“Jet Edge’s proximity to our shop is a unique benefit,” he said.  “Being close to the manufacturer for support and training is important to us. We also wanted a dual gantry design, which we see as a more robust design than cantilever models offered by other waterjet firms.”

More Information

For more information about Anderson-Crane Company, visit www.screw-conveyor.com or call 800-314-2747 or 612-359-3535.

For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or 763-497-8700.

About Jet Edge
Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops. Jet Edge waterjet systems are proudly made in the U.S.A. For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MWR Installs Jet Edge 5-Axis Waterjet System

Jet Edge, Inc. is pleased to announce that Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) has installed a second Jet Edge precision water jet cutting system at its fabrication shop in Cornelius, N.C.

For its second waterjet machine, MWR selected Jet Edge’s new EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet cutting system, which is capable of cutting beveled and taper-free parts from virtually any material. The machine is powered by a 100hp Jet Edge iP55-100 hydraulic intensifier pump that pressurizes water to 55,000 psi and features IGEMS CAD/CAM/NESTING software.  This new multi-axis water jet system complements MWR’s existing 3-axis 90,000 psi 100 hp High Rail Gantry system, installed in 2008.

MWR uses its Jet Edge waterjets to cut more than 1,000 parts for each of its NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.  It builds about 56 cars per year, including the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry driven by Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin and Brian Vickers, the #56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry driven by Martin Truex Jr., and the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driven by Clint Bowyer.

“Our engineering department is very excited to have this powerful new tool,” said Tom German, MWR chief technical officer. “The Jet Edge EDGE X-5 is taking our fabricating capabilities to a whole new level. In fact, we’ve already taken design improvements to the track and Victory Lane.”

Jet Edge President Jude Lague said Jet Edge is proud to install a second system at Michael Waltrip Racing.

“MWR has a lot at stake when it comes to the performance and reliability of its manufacturing equipment,” Lague said.  “We’re very proud that we’ve earned their confidence and that they chose Jet Edge for their second system.”   

For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or e-mail sales@jetedge.com.  For more information about Michael Waltrip Racing, visit www.michaelwaltripracing.com.


About Jet Edge
Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops. Jet Edge waterjet systems are proudly made in the U.S.A. For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call +1-763-497-8700.  Follow us on Twitter @jetedge.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Machinery Forum Representing Jet Edge Water Jet Systems in Australia

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjets for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, is pleased to announce that Machinery Forum NSW Pty. Ltd. has been selected as its newest waterjet systems dealer covering the Australian market. 

Machinery Forum carries Jet Edge’s full line of waterjet cutting and surface preparation equipment, including waterjet cutting machines, waterjet intensifier pumps and portable waterjetting systems. The company also carries Jet Edge waterjet parts and is authorized to service Jet Edge waterjet equipment.

Based in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with plans for other states, Machinery Forum has been a supplier of leading edge manufacturing technology to the Australian manufacturing industry since 1956, and has extensive experience in diverse fields of manufacturing including metal cutting, foundry equipment, electronic PCB, cable manufacturing, wire processing, concrete reinforcing, steel processing, solar panel manufacturing, and many others.

“Jet Edge is very proud to be represented by Machinery Forum,” said Jude Lague, Jet Edge president.  “Their highly skilled and experienced sales and technical staff will be a tremendous asset to our Australian customers.” 

For more information about Machinery Forum, visit www.machineryforum.com.au, e-mail machinery@mafosyd.com.au or call (02) 9638 9600. For more information about Jet Edge waterjets, visit www.jetedge.com, call +1 763-497-8726 or e-mail sales@jetedge.com.

For more information about international distributor opportunities with Jet Edge, contact Dave Anderson, International Sales Manager, at +1 763 497 8718, DaveA@jetedge.com, or visit www.jetedge.com.

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops.