Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jet Edge Helps University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project Take Latest Car to Next Dimension with 5-Axis Waterjet

Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. recently helped the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP) by waterjetting several fiberglass composite chassis components for the team’s new car, “Eos.”

Jet Edge R&D Engineer Michael Wheeler (left) and Machinist Brian Wallace (center) discuss the waterjet cutting process with members of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project, Shiping Yi, Jacob Herbers and Chris Yamaguchi.
St. Michael-based Jet Edge is one of several Minnesota companies helping the student solar car team design and manufacture its two-person Cruiser Class car that will compete in the 3-day Formula Sun Grand Prix track race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, in July and the 3000 km (1877 mile) World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.

The 40-member student-run team has been working on Eos for a year and a half and plans to unveil it sometime in early July, said team engineer Jacob Herbers. Until then, all design improvements are being kept under wraps. 
Eos is the UMNSVP’s 12th car since the project’s inception in 1990.  The project has raced numerous times in both the American Solar Challenge and the World Solar Challenge.  Over the years, the project’s teams have placed either first or second 15 times and have travelled to Canada, Australia, Japan, and Taiwan. The project has given students invaluable real world experience as they are responsible for designing, funding, building, testing, and racing each vehicle.  It also has helped advance solar technology by serving as an innovation test bed, and has helped advance electric motor technologies, paving the way for today's successful electric car companies.

The project has benefited from the tremendous support of Twin Cities businesses, noted Herbers, who recently completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

“There are hundreds of different parts in the car, including the carbon composite outer shell, the carbon and fiberglass composite chassis panels, aluminum and steel mechanical components, solar cells, electric motors and controllers, lithium-ion batteries, electrical wiring, etc.,” he explained.Our project would be impossible without the help of local manufacturers, who have helped us with layups, laser-cutting, tube bending, CNC milling and lathing, heat-treating, soldering and waterjet cutting.

Herbers explained that the car’s chassis components and other parts are cut from as light of material as possible to help the car achieve faster speeds.  The team’s previous car topped out at 80 miles per hour.

“The finished weight is estimated to be 500 pounds,” he said.  “Every added pound of weight on the car would cause us to have to drive slower in the race.

Jet Edge’s role in the project was to cut 14 parts from a 0.53” thick composite material that consisted of a layer of fiberglass on either side of 0.5" thick aramid honeycomb core.  The waterjet manufacturer cut the parts in its St. Michael test lab, using its latest EDGE X-5® 5-axis waterjet cutting system

Prior to cutting the parts, Jet Edge’s R&D engineer Michael Wheeler and Machinist Brian Wallace worked with the team to create DXF files from 3D files supplied by the team.   They then used IGEMS waterjet CAD/CAM/nesting software to produce the complicated bevels and to create the CNC programs.  While the parts were already nested by the team, Wallace fine-tuned the nesting using IGEMS to save material.

“We cut the parts at 78,000 psi using a 0.010/0.030 orifice/nozzle combination,” said Wallace.  “We used 0.4 pounds per minute of 80 grit garnet abrasive.  We cut the holes at 10 inches per minute and the external shapes at 60 inches per minute.  We adjusted the speed down appropriately for the bevels cuts.  We only had one sheet of material to work with, so we utilized our nesting software to get the most parts out of that sheet.  It took about 30 minutes to cut all 14 parts.”

“This was first time I’ve cut a honeycombed composite material with the 5-axis,” Wallace said. “It worked perfect. We probably could have cut the part without abrasive, but we didn’t have a lot of material to experiment with, so I decided to use abrasive.  The material wasn’t hard, but with the honeycomb and the bevels, you’re cutting through open areas that interrupt the waterjet, and you are cutting through thicker and thinner material as it bevels.”

To Herbers’ knowledge, the team has always used waterjet to cut its composite components.

“It is very precise and ensures a good fit when we assemble the chassis panels,” he said.

Herbers encouraged other students to get involved in the Solar Vehicle Project.  The UMNSVP is open to all University of Minnesota students, regardless of their area of study, he noted.  Members can have as much or as little involvement as they want, but everyone works on designing and manufacturing a part of the car and more experienced members hold leadership positions.    

“It is very interesting to visit with local manufacturers and see their processes,” said Herbers, who is pursuing a career that will allow him to use his knowledge to save energy and protect the environment.  “I've learned a lot about how to design parts for manufacturability, and have gotten to see firsthand how parts of different materials get made, which are things that mostly aren't taught in school, and will definitely help prepare me for a career in mechanical engineering.”

        

About the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project is a student-run project that designs, builds and races solar vehicles in the United States and abroad.  Since its inception in 1990, the project has built 12 cars and has raced numerous times in the American Solar Challenge and the World Solar Challenge.  The project’s teams have placed either first or second 15 times.  For more information about the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project, visit www.umnsvp.org, e-mail svp@umn.edu or call 612-460-7876.

About Jet Edge, Inc.

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. 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). Follow us on Twitter @jetedge.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

JACQUET West Installing Jet Edge Water Jet Cutting Machine

Jet Edge Inc. is pleased to announce that JACQUET West is installing a second Jet Edge waterjet cutting system at its metal processing facility in Carson, Calif.  The Mid Rail Gantry system is JACQUET’s twelfth Jet Edge waterjet nationwide. 
JACQUET West’s new large-format Jet Edge waterjet system features a 12’x 21’ table which enables the metal service center to process full 8’x20’ or 10’x20’ plates.  Powered by a 60,000 psi 100 hp Jet Edge iP60-100 intensifier pump, the ball-screw driven waterjet system has the best repeatability in the industry at +/- .001”, and features dual independent cutting heads to double production.  The Jet Edge system also has submerged or above-water cutting capabilities as well as height sensing capabilities to react to inconsistent plate height, providing maximum standoff accuracy from nozzle-to-plate.
A subsidiary of JACQUET Mid Atlantic which is a subsidiary of Jacquet Metals of Lyon Saint Priest, France, JACQUET West is one of five JACQUET metal service centers in the United States.  The company also has service centers in Charlotte, Houston, Pottstown, Pa. and Racine, Wis. JACQUET recently acquired the Rolark Group service centers in Canada, with subsidiaries in Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.
JACQUET specializes in supplying and processing stainless steel and nickel alloys for OEMS, fabricators and machine shops that support primarily the oil and gas, power generation, pollution control systems and water purification industries. JACQUET’s North American service centers provide waterjet and plasma part cutting.  The company stocks 19 different grades of stainless steel and nickel alloy plates in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses.

More Information
For more information about JACQUET West visit www.myjacquet.com or call 877-JQT-WEST or 310-684-4370.
For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE 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 waterjets are proudly made in U.S.A. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jet Edge Water Jet Cutting Experts Coming to Winnipeg MMP Expo April 7

Meet face-to-face with water jet technology and metal fabrication experts from Jet Edge and Elliott-Matsuura Canada at the Metalworking Manufacturing & Production Expo from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

During this informative table-top forum, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their water jet cutting applications with experts from Jet Edge and its Canadian distributor Elliott-Matsuura Canada Inc. Admission is free.

Jet Edge manufactures complete systems for precision water jet cutting, mobile waterjet cutting, and UHP cleaning and surface preparation operations.  It offers the widest range of waterjet pumps in the industry, including hydraulic intensifier pumps and direct drive pumps.  Models are available in 36,000 psi, 60,000 psi and 90,000 psi pressures; electric and diesel, 30-280hp.

For more information about the Metalworking Manufacturing & Production Expo, visit www.mmpshow.com.

For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE or 763-497-8700. Follow us on Twitter @jetedge.

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.


Elliott-Matsuura Canada Inc. is Jet Edge’s exclusive Canadian distributor. 
For more information about Elliott-Matsuura Canada Inc., visit www.elliottmachinery.com or call 905-829-2211.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Jet Edge Bringing Latest CNC Waterjets to EASTEC

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet technology, is exhibiting its latest precision CNC waterjet cuttingsystems at EASTEC, May 12-14 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. Look for Jet Edge in Booth 1462.

During EASTEC, Jet Edge will perform live 5-axis abrasive waterjet cutting demonstrations on its premiere 90,000 psi (6200 bar) EDGE X-5® 5-axis waterjet with Aquavision Di control and Closed Loop Filtration System.  The waterjet manufacturer also will showcase its new low-cost BOSS-CUTTER™ waterjet system, and its 90,000 psi X-Stream intensifier pumps.

Jet Edge’s EDGE X-5® 5-axis waterjet cuts precise taper-free parts from virtually any material.  The system is capable of cutting sophisticated 3D parts such as impellers and bevels up to 50°.   This workhorse waterjet system is designed to provide years of dependable service in harsh industrial environments.  Its sturdy design separates the motion system from the catcher tank, eliminating vibration and ensuring maximum part quality.  The EDGE X-5 utilizes the Aquavision® Di industrial PC controller.  It is ball-screw driven for optimal precision and features direct-couple AC brushless digital servo motors and single or double carriages. Critical bearing components are protected with heavy metal covers with brush seals and positive air pressure. The Jet Edge EDGE X-5 waterjet machine is available in many sizes, from 5’x5’ (1500 mm x1500 mm) to 24’x13.’ (7300 mm x 3900 mm) An optional second cutting head can be added to double productivity.

Designed especially for cost-conscious shops with limited ­floor space, Jet Edge’s BOSS-CUTTER waterjet system cuts parts up to 6” thick from virtually any material. The BOSS-CUTTER is available in two sizes: 40”x40” (1000 mm x 1000 mm) or 60” X 60” (1500 mm x 1500 mm). It can be configured for both abrasive waterjet cutting and water-only cutting (abrasive is added when cutting hard materials such as metals; soft materials such as foam can typically be cut with water only). The system comes standard with a 30hp Jet Edge ECO-JET direct-drive pump, but can be upgraded to any of Jet Edge’s 55,000 psi (3800 bar) pumps. Jet Edge offers both direct-drive pumps or hydraulic intensifier pumps, available in 30-280hp models.  The BOSS-CUTTER is controlled with a Windows® PC and includes FlashCut Pro-Series Stepper Controller, FlashCutCNC software and IGEMS path generation software.

Jet Edge’s 100hp, 90KSI (75kw, 6200 bar), X-Stream® xP90-100 waterjet intensifier pump is capable of producing 90KSI (6200 bar) and supports 75KSI (5200 bar) continuous operating pressure.  The X-Stream achieves much faster cutting speeds and drastically lowers operating costs compared to traditional 60KSI (4100 bar) water jet pumps, enabling users to increase productivity and reduce part costs.
  
The X-Stream produces 50% more pressure than a 60KSI (4100 bar) intensifier pump, resulting in a 40-50% increase in productivity for many materials. Compared to a 60KSI (4100 bar) pump, typical operating pressures of 75KSI (5200 bar) use 30% less water, 30% less power, and up to 50% less abrasive, resulting in a 40% reduction in operating costs. The xP90-100 is capable of producing flow rates of 1.45gpm (5.49 L/m) and supports up to a .017” (.43 mm) orifice.  Fittings and tubing are rated for 100KSI (6900 bar). The X-Stream is backed by nearly 10 years of extensive research and development in hyper-pressure technology.  The X-Stream also is available in a 50hp (37kw) model.

Jet Edge offers the widest range of waterjet pumps in the industry.  Its pumps include hydraulic intensifier pumps and direct drive pumps.  36KSI (2500 bar), 60KSI (4100 bar) and 90KSI (6200 bar) models are available from 30-280hp (22-208kw).  Electric and diesel models are available.

Waterjet Closed Loop Water Filtration System
Jet Edge's Waterjet Closed Loop Filtration System eliminates the need for a drain by filtering and reusing water. A closed-loop filtration system prevents the introduction of hazardous materials into drainage systems, protects the waterjet pump, maximizes orifice life and reduces water/sewage costs.

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.

More Information

For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE or +1 763-497-8700. Follow us on Twitter @jetedge.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

DRC Copper Mine Installs Jet Edge Water Jet Cutting Machine to Double Productivity

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. and its Africa representative Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC announced today that operators of a remote copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are planning to double the mine’s productivity with the help of a new Jet Edge Edge X-5® 5-axis waterjet.

The DRC mine operation, which is at least a three week’s drive from Johannesburg, South Africa, plans to use the Jet Edge waterjet system to speed up the completion of a copper processing plant.  The Jet Edge machine is the mine’s second waterjet system.  In 2012, they installed a new Jetstream 3-axis waterjet, powered by a 90,000 psi (6200 bar) 50hp Jet Edge X-stream xP90-50 hydraulic intensifier pump.
             “They run their first machine 24/7,” said Jetstream Cutting Solutions Director Malcolm Cruickshank. “The Jet Edge X-Stream pump was key to the success of the first machine because they could utilize the higher pressure to increase productivity.”
           
For their second waterjet system, the mine operators selected Jet Edge’s premiere 90,000 psi (6200 bar) EDGE X-5 system with dual independently programmable 5-axis cutting heads and laser plate mapping system, Aquavision Di industrial PC controller, and 5-axis waterjet cutting software.
            Cruickshank noted that the mine officials chose a Jet Edge system for their second machine based on the reliability of their first Jet Edge pump, and Jet Edge’s ability to quickly supply spare parts when needed.
           
“Reliability is very important to them due to the remoteness of the mine,” he said. “They appreciate the speed with which Jet Edge can supply spares.”
            Jake Hall, a Jetstream subcontractor and director of Mobile Digital Solutions of Sylvania, Australia, oversaw the installation of the Jet Edge system and trained the mine’s waterjet operators how to use the new 5-axis machine.
          
  “The EDGE X-5 is a good system,” Hall noted.  “It’s intuitive and easy to operate.  I’ve seen lots of systems in my 11 years working with waterjets and it seems to do the job very well and is easy to teach.  The Aquavision Di controller is extremely reliable.  The software is great.  It solves a lot of the problems of other CAD/CAM software.  It’s been specifically designed with waterjetting in mind. Lead ins and outs are easy and it’s easy to nest multiple parts.  Most importantly, you’re not stuck to a certain order. With some software, if you miss one step, you have to start all over again.  Jet Edge’s software is flexible and it’s not labor intensive.  The library of materials is good and the speed control is good.”
            Hall added that he has been very impressed with Jet Edge’s X-Stream intensifier pumps, service and training.
            “The X-Stream pump is bullet-proof,” he said. “We feel comfortable that we have a good support network and that we can call Jet Edge any time, day or night.”

Find Out More
For information about Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC, visit www.jetstreamcutting.co.za or call (+27 11) 468 1093.
For information about Mobile Digital Solutions, visit www.mobiledigitalsolutions.com.au or call +61 (0) 401 582 610.
For information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com or call +1 763-497-8726.

About Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jetstream Cutting Solutions represents Jet Edge waterjets in several Southern African nations. Jetstream 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 supplies Jet Edge waterjet parts and is authorized to service Jet Edge waterjet equipment.  In addition to Jet Edge waterjets, Jetstream sells, installs and services other 3-axis waterjet systems and UHP pumps.


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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Jet Edge Exhibiting at St. Michael Business Expo January 24



Jet Edge, Inc., a St. Michael-based manufacturer of industrial ultra-high pressure waterjet technology, is pleased to announce its exhibit at the 2015 St. Michael Business Expo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at St. Michael City Center, 11800 Town Center Dr. NE, St. Michael, Minn.
During this informative expo, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Jet Edge and other St. Michael businesses, and meet with local business and community leaders. Admission is free.
            Jet Edge manufactures complete systems for precision water jet cutting, mobile waterjet cutting, and UHP cleaning and surface preparation operations.  It offers the widest range of waterjet pumps in the industry, including hydraulic intensifier pumps and direct drive pumps.  Models are available in 36,000 psi, 60,000 psi and 90,000 psi pressures; electric and diesel, 30-280hp.
            For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com,  e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE or 763-497-8700. Follow us on Twitter @jetedge.
            The 2015 St. Michael Business Expo is sponsored by Shop Saint Michael.  For more information about Shop Saint Michael, visit www.shopsaintmichael.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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus Visits Jet Edge's Shanghai Showroom

U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus visited Jet Edge’s Shanghai office Dec. 1 during a tour of the AMT Shanghai Technology and Service Center.  During his visit, Mr. Baucus was treated to a live waterjet cutting demonstration in Jet Edge’s demonstration lab, where Jet Edge presented the ambassador with a waterjet cut state seal of his home state of Montana.
            Jet Edge, headquartered in St. Michael, Minn. U.S.A., opened its China sales, service in showroom in 2011 to meet the growing demand for American-made water jet cutting technology in China. 
            “We were very honored that Ambassador Baucus visited Jet Edge’s China office and took time to watch a demonstration of our technology,” said Haihong Song (Samuel), Jet Edge’s China area sales manager.  “China is the world’s largest importer of machine tools, and American machine tool imports to China rank sixth, behind Japan, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and Italy.  There are tremendous opportunities for U.S. machine tool manufacturers in China.”

            Find out more about Jet Edge at www.jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or +1 763-497-8700.  To contact Jet Edge’s China sales, service and showroom, call +86-21-5868 3678/2809.