Friday, December 17, 2010

See the Latest Waterjetting Innovations at Underwater Intervention!

Water jet technology companies Jet Edge and Chukar Waterjet will showcase the latest innovations in portable and undersea ultra-high pressure water jet cutting and water blasting technology at Underwater Intervention, Feb. 22-24 in New Orleans. Look for Jet Edge and Chukar in Booth 139.

As leaders in the ultra-high pressure waterjet industry, waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge and its applications partner Chukar Waterjet have developed numerous water jetting tools crucial to the underwater operations, workboat and shipyard industries, including undersea waterjetting equipment, portable water jet cutting machines, precision water jet cutting systems, ultra-high pressure water blasting tools, and electric and diesel-powered water jet intensifier pumps. Most recently, in emergency response to the Gulf oil spill, the two companies partnered to develop the first-known waterjet intensifier pump capable of operating at depths below 5,000 feet. BP used the subsea waterjetting system to blast away hydrates that were clogging a containment system. 

See video and read more about our Gulf Oil Spill Response.

During Underwater Intervention, Jet Edge and Chukar will display several water jet tools that are ideal for use in environmentally sensitive marine environments or potentially hazardous areas, including the Jet Edge Hydraulic Versacutter portable linear and pipe cutting system; Gyra Jet LP ultra-high pressure lance for surface preparation, coating and corrosion removal; Ultra Deckblaster walk-behind deck blasting system for removing coatings and corrosion; and the 80hp 60,000 psi iP60-80DS diesel-powered portable water jet intensifier pump. Technical experts from Jet Edge and Chukar Waterjet will be available to answer questions about water jet applications.

Commercialization Partner Sought for Subsea Waterjet Equipment

Jet Edge and Chukar Waterjet are seeking an existing underwater operations technology company with which they can partner to bring their undersea waterjetting equipment to the commercial market. For more information, contact Bruce Kivisto at Chukar Waterjet at 763-497-8731 or brucek@chukarwaterjet.com.

Water Jet Equipment on Display at Underwater Intervention:

Jet Edge iP60-80DS Diesel-Powered Waterjet Intensifier Pump
Jet Edge’s iP60-80DS diesel-powered water jet pump is capable of producing up to 1.35 gpm (5.1 L/m) of ultra-high pressure water for mobile water jet cutting applications, and is especially suited for cold cutting in environments where heat and flames are restricted. The iP60-80DS is powered by a reliable four-cylinder Cummins turbocharged diesel engine and is designed for portability and ease of maintenance. A 36,000 psi conversion kit is available.

Hydraulic Versacutter
Jet Edge’s Hydraulic Versacutter is a portable abrasivejet cutting and beveling system. Rigid and flexible tracks allow the Hydraulic Versacutter to operate on flat or curved surfaces. The system is used in a variety of cutting applications including pipelines, steel reinforced concrete, reactor vessels and fabricated metal structures. It is especially suited for cutting in hazardous zones where flames and heat are restricted. It is powered by a Jet Edge water jet intensifier pump.

Gyra Jet LP
Jet Edge’s Gyra Jet LP is a rotating hand-held water blasting tool that directs up to 55,000 psi (3,800 bar) UHP water for water jet surface preparation, industrial cleaning, coating removal, and concrete demolition. Typical applications are removal of damaged surfaces, preparation for recoating or painting, and stripping corrosion and over-spray. The Gyra Jet uses much less water than a typical pressure washer and, unlike sandblasting, it does not create hazardous airborne dust. It is powered by a Jet Edge water jet intensifier pump.

Ultra Deckblaster
Jet Edge’s Ultra Deckblaster is specifically designed for ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet surface preparation, water jet coating removal, and light scarification on flat surfaces such as ship decks. The self-propelled Ultra Deckblaster waterjetting machine operates at pressures up to 55,000 psi (3,800 bar). The Ultra Deckblaster also removes accumulated spillage such as grease, oil and overspray. The Ultra Deckblaster can be connected to an industrial vacuum system to contain waste water, an important consideration in sensitive marine environments. It is powered by a Jet Edge water jet intensifier pump.

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 http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

About Chukar Waterjet
Chukar Waterjet is a leader in application and rental of ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet mobile equipment, and provides prompt, high-quality waterjet fabrication services and cleaning applications. Chukar Waterjet also is a supplier of high quality parts for waterjet cutting and cleaning equipment, offering a complete line of waterjet replacement parts. For more information about Chukar Waterjet, visit http://www.chukarwaterjet.com/, or call 1-888-497-8749 or (763) 497-8749

Thursday, November 18, 2010

National Metals Now Offering Precision Water Jet Cutting Services

Jet Edge, Inc. is pleased to announce that National Metals is now offering precision water jet cutting services at its metal processing and fabrication plant in DeForest, Wis.

National Metals is capable of processing complex parts from virtually any material with its new 60,000 psi

Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting system, which features an 5’x13’ work envelope and is capable of maintaining +/- 0.001" linear positional accuracy (over 12") and +/- 0.001" repeatability (bi-directional).

A sister company of Suncor, Inc., a Florida structural steel and miscellaneous metals subcontractor, National Metals specializes in metal sales, metal processing and specialty fabrication. It offers a wide range of services, from concept to final assembly.

The Wisconsin metal fabricator uses its Jet Edge waterjet to cut a variety of materials, including aluminum, carbon steel and stainless steel. The company offers water jet job shop services, and also cuts parts for its own specialty aluminum and stainless steel products, which include stainless steel tabletops and sinks, as well as custom brackets.

National Metals added its water jet to custom cut stainless steel sheets for its own products and to expand its business by offering water jet cutting services to other firms, explained Douglas Kuiper, National Metals senior partner.

“We have already been able to take in new types work thanks to our water jet,” Kuiper said. “As an example, we were able to fabricate specialty egg-crate grating products that are impossible to make without equipment similar to a water jet. We hope to expand into other markets, such as glasswork, stonework, woodwork, and more.”

More Information

For more information about National Metals, visit http://www.nationalmetals.com/ or call 1-866-518-9548. For more information about

Jet Edge, visit http://www.jetedge.com/, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).


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.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Intelligent Water Jet Pump Uses 30% Less Electricity, 80% Fewer Components

Water jet manufacturers Jet Edge and Tecnocut S.p.A. are pleased to introduce the energy-efficient ECUBE 6200 servo-driven intelligent water jet pump. The ECUBE 6200 will make its North American debut at FABTECH, Nov. 2-4 in Atlanta (Jet Edge Booth 3906).

Developed through Jet Edge and Tecnocut’s research and development partnership, the 90KSI (6200 bar) ECUBE 6200 utilizes an electrically controlled servo-driven intelligent pump; the completely electro-mechanical system uses 30% less electricity and has 80% fewer components than a hydraulic waterjet intensifier pump. Depending on the application, 90KSI water jet pumps make it possible to cut up to 50% faster and reduce garnet consumption up to 50% compared to 60KSI waterjet pumps. The ECUBE 6200 produces 0.7 gpm (2,61 lpm) of ultra high pressure water and supports water jet orifices up to 0.011” (.28 mm).

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 information about Jet Edge, visit http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

About Tecnocut

Tecnocut, founded in 1992, very quickly became one of the most authoritative references in the waterjet cutting technology field. In 2005, it became part of CMS Industries, a SCM Group company, worldwide leader in the manufacture of numerical control machines for processing wood, advanced materials, marble and glass. Thus Tecnocut guarantees its presence in 120 countries and an increasingly articulated solution to different production requirements. Moreover its presence in AIW (Associazione Italiana Waterjet), of which it is a founder member, and WJTA (American Waterjet Association), of which it is a member, represents a guarantee of constant updating for Tecnocut. For information about Tecnocut, visit http://www.tecnocut.it/, call +39 0354380330 or e-mail info@tecnocut.it

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jet Edge, Chukar Waterjet Exhibiting Innovative Water Jetting Equipment at International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3

Water jet technology companies Jet Edge and Chukar Waterjet will exhibit the latest innovations in portable ultra-high pressure water jet cutting and surface preparation water jetting technology at the International WorkBoat Show, Dec. 1-3 in New Orleans. Look for Jet Edge and Chukar in Booth 3559.

As leaders in the ultra-high pressure waterjet industry, waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge and its applications partner Chukar Waterjet have developed numerous waterjetting tools crucial to the workboat and shipyard industries, including portable water jet cutting machines, precision water jet cutting systems, ultra-high pressure water blasting tools, undersea waterjetting equipment and electric and diesel-powered water jet intensifier pumps. Most recently, in emergency response to the Gulf oil spill, the two companies partnered to develop the first-known waterjet intensifier pump capable of operating at depths below 5,000 feet. BP used the subsea waterjetting system to blast away hydrates that were clogging a containment system.

During International WorkBoat Show, Jet Edge and Chukar will display several water jet tools that are ideal for use in environmentally sensitive marine environments or potentially hazardous areas, including the Jet Edge Hydraulic Versacutter portable linear and pipe cutting system; Gyra Jet LP ultra-high pressure lance for surface preparation, coating and corrosion removal; Ultra Deckblaster walk-behind deck blasting system for removing coatings and corrosion; and the 80hp 60,000 psi iP60-80DS diesel-powered portable water jet intensifier pump. Technical experts from Jet Edge and Chukar Waterjet will be available to answer questions about water jet applications.

Commercialization Partner Sought for Subsea Waterjet Equipment

Jet Edge and Chukar Waterjet are seeking an existing underwater operations technology company with which they can partner to bring their undersea waterjetting equipment to the commercial market. For more information, contact Bruce Kivisto at Chukar Waterjet at 763-497-8731.

Water Jet Equipment on Display at International WorkBoat Show 2010:


Jet Edge iP60-80DS Diesel-Powered Waterjet Intensifier Pump

Jet Edge’s iP60-80DS diesel-powered water jet pump is capable of producing up to 1.35 gpm (5.1 L/m) of ultra-high pressure water for mobile water jet cutting applications, and is especially suited for cold cutting in environments where heat and flames are restricted. The iP60-80DS is powered by a reliable four-cylinder Cummins turbocharged diesel engine and is designed for portability and ease of maintenance. A 36,000 psi conversion kit is available.

Hydraulic Versacutter

Jet Edge’s Hydraulic Versacutter is a portable abrasivejet cutting and beveling system. Rigid and flexible tracks allow the Hydraulic Versacutter to operate on flat or curved surfaces. The system is used in a variety of cutting applications including pipelines, steel reinforced concrete, reactor vessels and fabricated metal structures. It is especially suited for cutting in hazardous zones where flames and heat are restricted. It is powered by a Jet Edge water jet intensifier pump.

Gyra Jet LP

Jet Edge’s Gyra Jet LP is a rotating hand-held water blasting tool that directs up to 55,000 psi (3,800 bar) UHP water for water jet surface preparation, industrial cleaning, coating removal, and concrete demolition. Typical applications are removal of damaged surfaces, preparation for recoating or painting, and stripping corrosion and over-spray. The Gyra Jet uses much less water than a typical pressure washer and, unlike sandblasting, it does not create hazardous airborne dust. It is powered by a Jet Edge water jet intensifier pump.

Ultra Deckblaster

Jet Edge’s Ultra Deckblaster is specifically designed for ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet surface preparation, water jet coating removal, and light scarification on flat surfaces such as ship decks. The self-propelled Ultra Deckblaster waterjetting machine operates at pressures up to 55,000 psi (3,800 bar). The Ultra Deckblaster also removes accumulated spillage such as grease, oil and overspray. The Ultra Deckblaster can be connected to an industrial vacuum system to contain waste water, an important consideration in sensitive marine environments. It is powered by a Jet Edge water jet intensifier pump.

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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 water jets 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 http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

About Chukar Waterjet

Chukar Waterjet is a leader in application and rental of ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet mobile equipment, and provides prompt, high-quality waterjet fabrication services and cleaning applications. Chukar Waterjet also is a supplier of high quality parts for waterjet cutting and cleaning equipment, offering a complete line of waterjet replacement parts. For more information about Chukar Waterjet, visit http://www.chukarwaterjet.com/, or call 1-888-497-8749 or (763) 497-8749.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SigmaTek's Oct. 5-8 Productivity Seminar Series Open House Features Water Jet Technology Day

Jet Edge is presenting at SigmaTek's Productivity Seminar Series Open House, Oct. 5-8 in Cincinnati.

Friday, Oct. 8 will be completely dedicated to water jet cutting technology, and will include presentations from industry experts, including Jet Edge. Presentations include: SigmaNEST for Waterjet, Waterjet Automation, Advancements in Waterjet Cutting (Jet Edge), Garnet / Garnet Recovery and Intensifier Pumps.


How to Register
Admission to the event is free; you may attend the entire program or just the days that interest you. To register, call SigmaTek at 1-513-595-2023 or visit http://www.sigmanest.com./

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tips for Water Jet Cutting Glass

  • Reduce the risk of chipping by using a low-pressure pierce of approximately 10,000 psi.
  • Reduce low-pressure piercing time from two minutes to 10-15 seconds (depending on thickness) by cutting a tiny circle rather than leaving the jet fixed on one spot.
  • 120 grit garnet will produce the best edge quality. If speed is your priority and chipping not a concern, use 80 grit garnet
  • Cut at 75,000 psi to increase cut speed by 50-75% and improve edge quality.
  • Support glass on a sheet of 3/16” corrugated PVC rather than directly on the metal slats. This reduces the risk of chipping and fogging.
  • If your projects require you to frequently raise and lower pressure, install a patented Jet Edge Dual Pressure Valve to save time and prolong water jet pump component life.
  • Tempered glass cannot be cut with waterjet.
More Water Jet Cutting Tips.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Portable Water Jet Cutter Cuts Circles, Radiuses

Jet Edge introduces the Spyder Abrasivejet Radius and Circle Cutting System, a portable abrasive water jet cutting system designed for use in potentially hazardous environments.

The Spyder Abrasivejet Radius and Circle Cutting System can be set up on the side of tanks, small vessels and large diameter piping. It is held in place by vacuum cups and features a self-aligning centering pin for fast and reliable setup. Motion components are made from non-ferrous materials, and cutting head manipulators are powered by pneumatic motors, making the Spyder suitable for use in all environments. A master control panel allows operators to control the cutting head manipulators, direction, speed of travel, abrasive delivery and vacuum components from one location.

The Jet Edge Spyder Radius and Circle Cutting System is available in two sizes: 1” to 6.5” insider diameter/16” to 48” outside diameter and 3” to 12.5” inside diameter/27.5” to 56” outside diameter. The Spyder water jet cutting system is powered by Jet Edge’s 60,000 psi (4,100 bar) waterjet intensifier pumps, which are available in electric or diesel models up to 280HP.

More Information

For more information about Jet Edge waterjets, visit http://www.jetedge.com/ or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

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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 http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

Monday, September 13, 2010

Angel Machinery Distributing Jet Edge Waterjets in Wisconsin

Jet Edge is pleased to announce that Angel Machinery is now distributing Jet Edge waterjets in Wisconsin.

Located in Menomonee Falls, Angel Machinery carries a wide variety of metal fabricating machinery, machine tools, tooling and accessories. Angel’s metalworking industry roots extend back to the 1950s, giving the machinery distributor the expertise and experience to help customers select the right manufacturing equipment to meet their needs.

More Information

For more information about Angel Machinery, visit http://www.angelmachinery.com/ or call 262-252-4550.

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.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Jet Edge Diesel Water Jet Pump Ideal for Mobile Cutting

Water jet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc., introduces the 80hp, 60,000 psi iP60-80DS diesel-powered water jet intensifier pump.


The iP60-80DS water jet pump is capable of producing up to 1.35 gpm (5.1 L/m) of ultra-high pressure water for mobile water jet cutting applications, and is especially suited for cold cutting in environments where heat and flames are restricted. Built with the contractor in mind, the iP60-80DS is powered by a reliable four-cylinder Cummins turbocharged diesel engine and is designed for portability and ease of maintenance. Intensifier components can be accessed without having to get into the hydraulic center section and hydraulic rod seal. No special tools are required. The Jet Edge iP60-80DS waterjet intensifier pump is made in the U.S.A.

For more information about Jet Edge waterjet pumps, visit http://www.jetedge.com/ or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

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 http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail mailto:esales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

Friday, July 23, 2010

San Diego Shipyard Now Offering Precision Water Jet Cutting Services

Pacific Ship Repair & Fabrication (PACSHIP) is now offering precision water jet cutting services at its San Diego shipyard and fabrication shop.

The ship repair and fabrication contractor is capable of processing complex parts from virtually any material with its new 60,000 psi Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting system, which features an 8’x13’ work envelope and is capable of maintaining +/- 0.001" linear positional accuracy (over 12") and +/- 0.001" repeatability (bi-directional).

PACSHIP added its new water jet cutting machine after receiving a Small Shipyard grant through the U.S. Maritime Administration, said Bill Carroll, PACSHIP director of business engagement. The grant was offered to small shipyards to help them modernize and become more competitive.

Since installing its Jet Edge waterjet machine, PACSHIP already has experienced improvements in quality, efficiency and capabilities, Carroll noted. His statement was echoed by PACSHIP’s Sheetmetal Department Manager, Mr. Dave Whitacre.

“We have greatly increased our capabilities in all types of material cutting, thus reducing the need to outsource precision cutting by keeping the work in house,” Whitacre said. “We recently accomplished the precision cutting of approximately 1000 SQ.FT of ½” thick Kevlar armor plating to assist in our ballistic door manufacturing. As far as productivity gains, we can tell you that, for the Sheet Metal Department, the waterjet has significantly reduced the time on task jobs by a factor of five.”

PACSHIP, which serves both the marine industry and general fabrication customers, uses its water jet to cut many military-use materials such as Kevlar and high-strength armor plating, as well as plastics, carbon fiber, rubber, copper, and stainless steels.

“We determined that water jet cutting would be the best method for cutting these materials due to its precision and lack of heat affected zones,” Whitacre said. “Our method of cutting these materials prior to the procurement of our water jet machine was to plasma cut, torch cut, or saw cut.”

In business since 1969, PACSHIP specializes in aircraft carrier, combatant and auxiliary ship modernization and repair. Its customers include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, BAE Systems, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, as well as other shipyards. The ISO 9001:2008-certified and NAVSEA Master Ship Repair contractor performs a full range of shipyard installation, maintenance and repair services including program management, structural fabrication, pipefitting, welding, electrical and electronics, rigging, painting, blasting, sheet metal work and carpentry. It also manufactures watertight doors, hatches and other marine closures. In addition to its Jet Edge waterjet cutting machine, PACSHIP features a full-service sheet metal department that includes CNC brakes, shears, plasma cutting machines, rollers, and finishing equipment.

PACSHIP chose a Jet Edge waterjet system for many reasons, Carroll explained, noting that the company specifically liked Jet Edge’s ease of operation, table size, and its robust construction.

“The Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry System has a perfect combination of features to suit our needs,” he said. “The specific reasons why we purchased the Jed Edge Water Jet cutting machine are numerous including: cost, simplicity in operation, the ability to maintain the equipment ourselves, outstanding customer service and the warranty.

“We are highly satisfied with Jet Edge’s sales process, installation, training, service and parts. There is no doubt the greatest strength is the customer service. Jet Edge Regional Sales Manager Bradley Schwartz is without a doubt one of the most conscientious sales representatives we have ever dealt with. He has a superior knowledge of the product he is selling and the willingness to help out whenever the time arises.”

More Information

For more information about PACSHIP, visit http://www.pacship.com/ or call Bill Carroll at 619-232-3200x149.

For more information about Jet Edge, visit http://www.jetedge.com/, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

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 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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waterjet Technology Helps BP Cap Gulf Oil Leak

Water jet technology companies Jet Edge, Inc. and Chukar Waterjet, Inc. recently played a key role in helping BP stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The companies provided ultra-high pressure waterjet equipment and application expertise to blast away hydrate ice crystals that had formed inside a containment cap at the spill site, clogging the containment system.

Jet Edge custom engineered a 36,000 psi waterjet intensifier pump that was dropped 5,000 feet into the Gulf to power a robot-operated waterjetting lance that blasted away the hydrates. To ensure the hydrate remediation project’s success, Jet Edge utilized advanced filtration and ultra-high pressure seal technology capable of withstanding the harsh undersea environment. The system was designed to blast with sea water or liquid gas. As a result, Jet Edge developed the first-known waterjet system capable of operating in water depths in excess of 5,000 feet, opening a new frontier for waterjet technology.

Chukar Waterjet provided onsite applications engineering services throughout the project, working with a subsea technology company, an offshore logistics and supply company, an offshore transportation company, BP, and an independent safety group to ensure successful completion of the project.

For more information about Jet Edge water jet systems, visit http://www.jetedge.com/ or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

For more information about Chukar Waterjet, visit http://www.chukarwaterjet.com/, or call 1-888-497-8749 or (763) 497-8749

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.

About Chukar Waterjet

Chukar Waterjet is a leader in application and rental of ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet mobile equipment, and provides prompt, high-quality waterjet fabrication services and cleaning applications. Chukar Waterjet also is a supplier of high quality parts for water jet cutting and cleaning equipment, offering a complete line of waterjet replacement parts.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

5 Axis Water Jet Technology Introduced by Jet Edge

Water jet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc., is now offering 5 axis water jet cutting technology with Intelligent Kerf Compensation (IKC).


Available on select Jet Edge 5 axis water jet cutting systems, the innovative IKC 5-Axis water jet cutting head is capable of making inclined cuts and controlling kerf to ensure optimal part quality. The IKC’s capabilities include 600º rotation, a maximum angle of +/- 60º, and dynamic precision from +/-0.2 to +/-0.5 mm/m, depending on the tilt of head.

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

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 water jets 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).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Precision Water Jet Intensifier Pumps Featured in New Jet Edge Brochure

Water jet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc., recently released a new brochure highlighting its precision water jet intensifier pumps.

View the brochure online at http://www.jetedge.com/library/water-jet-pumps-precision.pdf.

The brochure features Jet Edge’s precision waterjet intensifier pumps, which are available in a wide range of sizes from 30-200hp and capable of producing pressures from 60,000-90,000psi and flow rates of 0.65-4 gpm for water jet cutting and surface preparation applications. Jet Edge’s water jet intensifier pumps feature a reliable tie-rod design. This design eliminates threads on the high-pressure cylinders, end caps, and hydraulic cylinders, reducing the likelihood of cracking, and increases component life. Matched-metal components prevent galling of hydraulic components.

Hydraulic accumulators are standard on all Jet Edge waterjet pumps. This provides smoother hydraulic pressure, reduces spikes and prolongs hydraulic pump life. Hydraulic fluid is cooled and filtered, and a rugged hydraulic center section incorporates high-duty cycle-rated piston seal and wear rings. Jet Edge’s hydraulic systems have a 4,000-hour warranty.

Jet Edge water jet pumps also feature CE/TUV design-approved attenuators which smooth pressure fluctuations and deliver a constant and steady stream of ultra-high pressure water to the cutting tool, ensuring optimal cut quality.

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

To request a brochure, call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or e-mail sales@jetedge.com. View the brochure as a PDF at http://www.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 waterjet systems are proudly made in the U.S.A. For more information about Jet Edge, visit http://www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

Monday, June 14, 2010

Water Jet 101 Presentation Highlights Benefits, Capabilities of Precision Water Jet Cutting

Learn how precision water jet cutting technology can help increase your productivity, reduce costs and bring in new types of business during Jet Edge’s “Water Jet 101 – Benefits and Capabilities of Precision Waterjet Cutting” presentation, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the 2010 WJTA-IMCA Expo in Houston. The WJTA-IMCA Expo runs Aug. 17-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

During Jet Edge’s Waterjet 101 presentation, Jet Edge will provide an overview of the waterjet cutting system, and will discuss the numerous benefits of waterjet cutting, including its ability to cut virtually any material, eliminate secondary finishing operations and reduce part machining time. The water jet manufacturer also will discuss the benefits of waterjet cutting technology versus other cutting technologies, including laser, plasma and wire EDM. Its comparison will address cutting capabilities, capital investment costs and operating costs.

Following Jet Edge’s presentation, participants can view live water jet cutting demonstrations on Jet Edge’s Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system in Booth 637. The Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting machine is capable of cutting virtually any material. It is available in 5’x5’, 8’x5’, and 21’x5’, 8’X13’ and 21’X13’ and 5’x13’ work envelopes.

For more information about Jet Edge water jets, visit http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com, call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or 763-497-8700. For more information about the WJTA-IMCA Expo, visit http://www.wjta.org/, e-mail wjta@wjta.org or call 314-241-1445.

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).
 
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Water Jet Contractor AK Services Faces Nation’s Toughest Water Jet Challenges Head On

If one word could describe the amazing water jet feats accomplished by water jet contractor AK Services, it would be “MONUMENTAL,” and the all caps are no exaggeration.

Known coast-to-coast for its can-do reputation, this Boston-area contractor has completed some of the nation’s toughest and most historically and environmentally significant water jet surface preparation and mobile cutting projects. Its impressive resume includes removing radioactive concrete from an infamous Hanford Site nuclear waste basin just 400 yards from the Columbia River in Washington state, repairing the Queen Elizabeth 2’s (QE2) damaged hull after she ran aground near Martha’s Vineyard, and rehabbing the leftfield seating steps at Boston’s historic Fenway Park.

AK Services’ other water jetting feats include cutting 3,500 lineal feet of steel during a bridge construction project in California, waterjetting 90 percent of the road surface on Boston’s Central Artery, and removing PCB-contaminated caulk from a pumping station situated directly over the city’s drinking water supply.

AK Services entered the ultra-high pressure water jet industry in 1992, a spinoff of the former Aqua Kleen which specialized in using high-pressure water to clean Navy vessel oil tanks during the Navy’s 70s-era conversion from black oil fuel systems to cleaner distillate fuel systems.

AK Services first ultra-high pressure project involved blasting away 20,000 square feet of lead paint from a Coast Guard vessel’s engine room and bilge while another crew simultaneously removed the ship’s engines for replacement. The project involved removing every speck of paint from tiny nooks and crannies and working in extremely confined spaces among numerous pipes and other obstacles.

AK Services President Patrick Canonica recalled how he immediately ordered his first Cummins diesel-powered Jet Edge ultra-high pressure water jet intensifier pump after winning the Coast Guard bid because water jet was the only way to safely remove the lead paint with the engine crew present.

“Had they sandblasted it, they would have had to shut it down and cocoon it and create a hazardous work area,” Canonica said. “With water jet, the big advantage is you don’t have to provide containment because it puts the lead into an aqueous state.”

By the end of the lead abatement project, AK Services had three Jet Edge diesel-powered water jet intensifier pumps, and has since amassed an armada of water jet pumps and water jet cutting, surface preparation and hydro lasing systems that includes 12 Jet Edge intensifier pumps. In addition to lead and other hazardous material abatement, AK Services now provides a wide variety of mobile water jet services, including surface preparation, coating removal, water jet cutting, hydro lasing and hydrodemolition. It works in pressures ranging from 17,000-psi 80-gpm high-volume for hydrodemolition to 55,000-psi 4-gpm for water jet cutting.

The company liked its Jet Edge equipment so much, it even became a Jet Edge distributor.

“Our Jet Edge pumps keep running and running,” Canonica said. “They are 30 years old and they run in top condition. They are contractor-friendly, reliable and easy to maintain. The key is keeping the hydraulic oil clean. We have 9,000 hours on one of our Jet Edge’s Cummins engines. It is a terrific engine.”

Saved from the Crash by a Crash

AK Services’ rise to the top of the water jet industry did not come without its fair share of obstacles. Just as the company’s business began to take off, Boston’s shipyard industry came to a screeching halt, almost killing the young company, but fate intervened and several unchartered rocks off of Martha’s Vineyard became the company’s savior.

In August 1992, the QE2 was just returning from a Nova Scotia cruise when she ran aground south of Cuttyhunk Island near Martha's Vineyard, severely damaging her hull. The shipyard hired AK Services to water jet the toxic inorganic tin surface from the ship’s hull because it was deemed the safest method for its removal.

“The bottom looked like a claw had ripped it apart,” Canonica recalled. “We had to take it down to bare steel and then the shipyard welded plates to fix it. We also cleaned the oil tanks. It was a true rescue mission for our young company.”

AK Services branched out from the shipyard industry, taking on more and more challenging construction industry projects as its reputation gradually spread across the country.

In 2003, bridge contractor Kiewit found itself in a major bind as stubborn bedrock mangled 13 of the steel footing pilings it was driving during construction of the 1.7-mile northbound Benecia Bridge, which spans the Carquinez Strait linking Benecia and Martinez, Calif.

Kiewit hired AK Services to cut out the damaged pilings to make way for replacements. This dangerous project required AK Services’ workers to be lowered in a basket down a 12’ diameter caisson 150’ feet below sea level. They used water jet cutting bugs on tracks held in place with suction cups to cut the 3” thick steel at an angle, resulting in an actual cut of 4 ½”. AK Services ran two shifts for nine months, cutting a total of 3,500 lineal feet of steel.

Hanford Site Radiation Cleanup

AK Services has played an important role in the massive environmental cleanup project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in southeastern Washington.

Once home to nine nuclear reactors that produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project and for the nation’s Cold War nuclear arsenal, the Hanford Site is considered the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S., and is the site of the nation’s largest environmental cleanup project.

In 2009, the Department of Energy celebrated the removal of the site’s notorious K Basin East Fuel Pool, a 120’ L x 45’ W x 20’ D 1.2-million-gallon basin which was used to store 1,100 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel and radioactive sludge just 400 yards from the Columbia River. The radioactive waste was stored under 20’ of water, and the basin’s concrete walls and floor had absorbed radioactivity from the water. The Department of Energy’s contractor determined that hydro lasing with an underwater ultra-high pressure water jet system would be the most effective and safest way to remove the contaminated concrete without exposing the radiation to air.

The contractor enlisted the help of AK Services, who partnered with S.A.Robotics of Colorado to develop an underwater hydro lasing robotic arm to blast away the radioactive concrete surface. The robotic system used 34,000 psi water jets to remove 7/8” of the pool’s concrete surface, which housed 98% of the radiation. The work was performed under vacuum, and the contaminated concrete was sucked out as it was blasted away.

In another Hanford Site project, AK Services cut several 2’ diameter vent holes into buried tanks that are holding radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project. This challenging project required them to cut through a carbon steel shell surrounded by reinforced concrete (total cut 18” thick) with a 55,000 psi abrasivejet.

AK Services Principal Owner Carl Franson noted that the company is currently working on yet another challenging project at the Hanford Site, cutting holes into 15” thick concrete tanks that also hold radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project so that the waste can be removed and vitrified for safe storage.

“The tanks have were built with a very small access riser and we are cutting a 55" diameter hole in the tank top to allow installation of a robotic arm to remove and transfer the waste to a vitrification plant that is under construction,” Franson explained. “We are using Jet Edge’s high-flow Permalign® cutting head powered by a Jet Edge diesel intensifier pump, and cutting at 48,000 psi. We are in the process of designing and building a specialty motion device for the project since the standard units are not compatible with the job.”

Hazardous material removal has become one of the company’s main services because water jet provides a safer and more environmentally friendly method for removing hazardous materials than traditional methods. In fact, when Boston’s water authority needed to have PCB-contaminated caulk removed from a pumping station, they hired AK Services.

Working under constant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supervision, AK Services used two specially engineered water jet crawlers to blast away and simultaneously vacuum the contaminated caulk, which was filtered out and properly disposed.

“This was in a pumping station over our drinking water supply so there was no room for error,” Canonica said. “The caulking was still resilient even after 50 years, but the water jet shredded it. The EPA was very pleased with the procedure.”

AK Services also has provided emergency waterjet cutting services to the petroleum industry, noted Pat Hickey, an NFPA Certified Marine Chemist and principal owner of AK Services. When a large petroleum distributor had a tank full of gasoline develop a leak in the floor, they contacted AK Services because they could safely cut holes in the floor to allow for the removal of contaminated sand under the tank.

“The tank was sitting on a 2’ bed of sand, which was surrounded with concrete,” Hickey recalled. “This sand became saturated in gasoline and they needed access through the floor of the tank in order to remove the contaminated sand. The combustible gas indicator had readings of over 100% of the lower explosive limit (LEL) in the area under the tank floor. A.K. used the abrasive jet cutting process to safely cut six holes, 3’ in diameter in the 3/8” thick floor of the tank. One of the many advantages to this process is that it is not hot work and can be performed in atmospheres where conventional ‘hot work’ processes can not be employed.”

Freeways and Fenway

Concrete preparation has become AK Services’ largest source of business as water jet has become the favorable method for coating removal.

“The coatings are so sophisticated and hard that you can’t sandblast them,” Canonica explained. “The water jet just pulverizes them and it purges the chlorides from road salt out of the concrete, while sandblasting lets the chlorides work their way back out and damage the new coatings.”

AK Services also has demonstrated that water jet is one of the most effective ways to prepare road surfaces for placement of Latex Modified Concrete (LMC) wear surfaces. When the LMC wear surface on Boston’s Central Artery delaminated within a year of its initial installation and had to be replaced, the project specifications originally called for preparing the surface with shot blast, but Boston had very rainy summer that year and the steel shot was rusting on the roadway. AK Services was called in to prepare the road surface with waterjet because they could blast rain or shine. They built a custom 6’ wide robotic water jet system with two 6’ arms and equipped it with water jet spray bars from a Jet Edge Deckblaster system. They used this system to prepare the road surface for LMC on 90 percent of Boston’s Central Artery, the Logan Bridge and the Ted Williams Tunnel.

The system not only prepared the surface, but it also removed any grease and oil that had leaked from the construction equipment and purged road salt chlorides from the concrete, improving the adherence of the new LMC. It did this without kicking up hazardous silica dust and, unlike shot blast, did not leave any rust stains following a rain shower.

“The highway department found that the surface had 12 times greater adherence with UHP than with shot blast,” Canonica said.

In the winter of 2009/2010, the Boston Red Sox hired AK Services to remove 1-2” from the Fenway Park’s leftfield seating steps so they could be leveled and resurfaced as part of the stadium’s 2012 centennial renovation.

With only five weeks lead time, AK Services retrofitted a Jet Edge Deckblaster with a computer, spray bar and shroud so it could maneuver the lawnmower-like system along the narrow steps. With a 12-man crew and three souped-up Deckblasters, the company blasted away 8,500 square feet of surface. They strategically stationed their diesel-powered water jet pumps under the seating area to keep the steps warm enough to prevent freezing.

This can-do attitude and resourcefulness, combined with its willingness to specially engineer equipment, has helped AK Services build a thriving business that has grown primarily by word of mouth.

“You build on your reputation,” Canonica said. “As we have successfully completed projects, the word has travelled.”

More Information

AK Services, Inc., http://www.akservices.com/, 617-884-9252 or 1-800-356-0349

Jet Edge, Inc., http://www.jetedge.com/, sales@jetedge.com, 763-497-8700 or 1-800-JET-EDGE

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Jet Edge Water Jet Pump Features Redundant Intensifiers

Jet Edge’s iP60-50R water jet pump has two intensifier systems. If one of the intensifier systems should fail or require service, the second intensifier system can continue operations until the intensifier pump can be shut down for service.

The iP60-50R produces 1.1 gallon (5 liters) per minute of ultra-high pressure water for precision waterjet cutting, water blasting, cleaning and surface preparation applications. It supports orifices up to .015” (.38 mm).

Like all Jet Edge waterjet pumps, the iP60-50R features Jet Edge’s reliable tie-rod design. This design has no threaded cylinder, no threaded end caps, and no threaded hydraulic cylinder, making it less prone to cracking than threaded designs. Matched-metal components prevent galling of hydraulic system components. Jet Edge water jet pumps feature hydraulic accumulators, which reduce wear on the hydraulic pump. Hydraulic fluid also is cooled and filtered. Jet Edge waterjet pumps feature a rugged hydraulic center section which incorporates high-duty cycle-rated piston seal and wear rings. Jet Edge’s hydraulic systems have a 4,000-hour warranty. Jet Edge water jet pumps also feature attenuators which smooth pressure fluctuations and deliver a constant and steady stream of ultra-high pressure water to the cutting tool, ensuring optimal cut quality.

For more information about Jet Edge waterjet pumps, visit http://www.jetedge.com/ or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

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).

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jet Edge Closed May 31, Memorial Day

Jet Edge will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.

For emergency waterjet parts and service, please call our after-hours cell phone at 612-963-0887.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

See Live Water Jet Cutting Demos at WJTA-IMCA Expo Aug. 17-19, Houston

Water jet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc., of St. Michael, Minn., will exhibit its Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting machine at the 2010 WJTA-IMCA Expo, Aug. 17-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Look for Jet Edge in Booth 829.


During the WJTA-IMCA Expo, Jet Edge will perform live precision waterjet cutting demonstrations on its Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system. Powered by a 60,000 psi or 90,000 psi Jet Edge waterjet intensifier pump (available in 30-200hp models), the Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting machine features an exposed tank that easily accommodates overhead loading. It is designed to cut virtually any material. Optional mirroring cuts part cycle time in half.

The Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet system utilizes an industrial PC controller and can be configured so that all three axes are fully programmable (Z optional). It also 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. The Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system is available in 5’x5’, 8’x5’, and 21’x5’, 8’X13’ and 21’X13’ and 5’x13’ work envelopes.

Jet Edge’s Mid Rail Gantry Waterjet System is proudly made in the U.S.A.

More Information

For more information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com, e-mail sales@jetedge.com, call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or 763-497-8700. For more information about the WJTA-IMCA Expo, visit www.wjta.org, e-mail wjta@wjta.org or call 314-241-1445.

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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 http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pneumatic Drill for Water Jet Cutting Materials Prone to Delaminiation

Jet Edge's Pneumatic Drill for water jet cutting systems gives water jet operators the opportunity to expand their water jet cutting capabilities and take in new types of work by enabling them to quickly pierce sensitive materials prior to waterjetting them. It also can be used for reaming holes to a precise diameter. The drill works with all waterjets.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MatCamNZ Distributing Jet Edge Water Jet Systems in New Zealand

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjets for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, is pleased to announce that MatCamNZ has been selected as its newest waterjet systems distributor covering New Zealand.

As a distributor of Jet Edge water jets, MatCamNZ carries Jet Edge’s full line of water jet cutting and surface preparation equipment, including waterjet cutting machines, waterjet intensifier pumps and portable waterjetting systems.

Based in Glenfield, Auckland, MatCamNZ has been supplying and supporting quality machine tools to the New Zealand metal cutting industry for more than 20 years, and has extensive experience with water jet technology. MatCamNZ carries a comprehensive range of products including CNC routers, laser, plasma and water jet cutters.

“Jet Edge is proud to associate our name with MatCamNZ ,” said Jude Lague, Jet Edge president. “MatCamNZ has demonstrated and proven that they have the key attributes of what makes a successful waterjet distributor: knowledge, hard work, professionalism, integrity and great customer service.”

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For more information about MatCamNZ., visit http://www.matcamnz.com/, call (09) 444 6537 or e-mail info@matcamnz.com. For more information about Jet Edge waterjets, visit http://www.jetedge.com/,  call +1 763-497-8726 or e-mail sales@jetedge.com.

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

Jet Edge Water Jet Maintenance Training May 11-13, 2010

Jet Edge has several openings available for its Precision Waterjet Maintenance Training class May 11-13 at Jet Edge headquarters in St. Michael, MN. 

For more information or to register, visit http://www.jetedge.com/content.cfm?fuseaction=dsp_training.

Every Jet Edge water jet system includes unlimited lifetime hands-on training at Jet Edge’s state-of-the art training lab. Training is free when taken at Jet Edge’s headquarters. You also can arrange to have training at your facility for a fee.

Register for classes online or call 1-800-JET-EDGE to schedule custom training sessions for your business.

You must be a Jet Edge customer to be eligible for training.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Metal Service Center JACQUET Southeast Now Offering Large Format Water Jet Cutting Services in Charlotte

Metal service center JACQUET Southeast is now offering large-format water jet cutting services to the southeastern U.S. at its new metal processing and distribution center in Charlotte, N.C.

JACQUET Southeast is capable of processing materials up to 21’x13’ on its Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet cutting machine. The company also offers plasma cutting services and carries 19 different grades of stainless steel and nickel alloy plates in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses.

A subsidiary of JACQUET Mid-Atlantic of Pottstown, Pa., and JACQUET Metals of Lyon Saint Priest, France, JACQUET Southeast serves the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. It is one of five JACQUET metal service centers in the U.S. JACQUET also has service centers in Pottstown, Houston, Racine, Wis., and Irvine, Calif.

JACQUET Southeast specializes in supplying and processing stainless steel and nickel alloys for a wide variety of industries, including power generation, chemical processing, wastewater treatment, aviation and aerospace, textiles and nuclear applications. With its water jet and plasma cutting capabilities, the company can offer standard shape cutting of rings or discs as well as intricate parts from customer drawings.

While JACQUET’s Charlotte metal processing and distribution center is new, JACQUET is not new to the Southeast, explained Ryan Hendrix, manager/owner of JACQUET Southeast. The company has been serving the region through its Mid-Atlantic facility for several years, and opened a sales office in Charlotte in 2007.

“There are not a lot of companies stocking and processing stainless plate in the Southeast, so we are uniquely geographically located,” said Hendrix, who noted that JACQUET decided to open a metal processing facility in Charlotte to meet the region’s growing demand and to provide same or next-day rush services to its southeastern customers.

“We offer a level of customer service that sets us apart,” Hendrix continued. “When you couple that with our ability to respond quickly to our customers here in the Southeast from our new facility in Charlotte, I believe we have a great deal to offer our customers. We are extremely excited to now have the ability to be able to offer next-day or even same-day cutting and shipping to our customers.”

Hendrix explained that he decided to install a Jet Edge waterjet system in Charlotte based on JACQUET’s satisfaction with its Jet Edge equipment at its other U.S. service centers. JACQUET Southeast’s Jet Edge is the company’s seventh Jet Edge nationwide.

“You can just do so much with a Jet Edge waterjet that we felt like we had to have that capability,” Hendrix said. “Many of our customers find that they can save a good deal of money by having us waterjet pieces as opposed to other cutting methods, as it greatly reduces the amount of machining they have to do to the part once they receive it. We can offer such a nice finish on the edges by just waterjet cutting, and customers really respond to that.”

To meet its customers’ needs for large-format cutting, JACQUET equipped its Jet Edge waterjet table with two Jet Edge Permalign II abrasivejet cutting heads and a 100HP intensifier pump to increase productivity. They also added an optional mirroring package which makes it possible to cut large parts twice as fast, independent programmable Z carriages, programmable height sensing, a fully-functional remote pendant, large-capacity bulk abrasive hopper, submerged cutting package, a closed-loop water filtration system, and a garnet removal system. JACQUET’s Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry is capable of maintaining +/- 0.001" linear positional accuracy (over 12") and +/- 0.001" repeatability (bi-directional).

More Information

For more information about JACQUET Southeast visit http://www.myjacquet.com/ or call (704) 699-5116. For more information about Jet Edge, visit http://www.jetedge.com/, or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

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 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 http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pneumatic Drill for Waterjets Ideal for Pre-drilling Sensitive Material Prior to Waterjetting

Jet Edge's Pneumatic Drill for precision waterjets is used to pre-drill material that is prone to delamination during the water jet process. It also can be used to ream holes to a precise diameter.

Find out more at http://www.jetedge.com/.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bowling Systems Manufacturer Scores Big with Jet Edge Water Jet

When Twelve Strike Bowling Services Owner Ron Richmond decided to add the waterjet process to his manufacturing facility in Long Beach, Calif., he insisted on two things: his waterjet system would be made in America and it would include a closed-loop water recycling system. No exceptions.


After researching several waterjet systems, Richmond chose an American-made 6'X12' High Rail Gantry Waterjet System manufactured by Jet Edge, Inc., of St. Michael, Minn. He equipped his waterjet with Jet Edge's Closed-Loop Filtration System, which recycles water and eliminates the need to dump it down the drain. This reduces water consumption and sewage costs and eliminates the risk of dumping hazardous materials down the drain, all which are important considerations everywhere, but are especially critical in Southern California.

"I do my damndest to buy American when I can," Richmond said. "I have yet to break an American tool unless I have been misusing it. I wanted an American-made waterjet with a closed-loop system because we are in the desert here and water is a huge issue. I also did not want to be dumping water down the drain. I do not have an environmental issue here and I do not want one. Logically in my head, I knew that an overhead gantry waterjet machine was the way to go versus a cantilevered arm system. You can't take something and have it hang out there and have precise performance."

Established in 1989, Twelve Strike is a leading manufacturer of automated scoring products for bowling centers around the world. Twelve Strike offers a full range of bowling scoring products, including scoring pedestals and overhead display monitors, as well as scoring computers, and point-of-sale, back-office and central control systems. To date, Twelve Strike has installed 224 systems worldwide. In a good year, the company installs 800-900 lane beds.

The family owned business was started by Ron's father Rex Richmond, who opened a bowling center in his retirement and quickly determined that he could build a better scoring system. Twelve Strike is now run by Ron Richmond and his wife Susiy Richmond, who continue to set themselves apart from competitors by sticking to Rex's unwavering commitment to his customers. Twelve Strike is the only bowling scoring systems manufacturer with a 24-7 support line that is answered by real people.

"We care about our customers," Ron said. "We aren't like a large corporation. If a customer wants to talk to me, he can talk to me."

Before installing their waterjet machine, Twelve Strike cut many of their parts on a 4'X4' plasma machine or outsourced them to waterjet shops.

"I needed to replace the plasma because I couldn't breathe," Ron said. "It put out so much soot and nasty crap and everything else. I looked at lasers and I looked at waterjets. I decided to go with waterjet because it will cut just about anything. The nice thing about the waterjet is there is no heat injected into the part. I'm also able to nest, which I wasn't able to do before. This saves me materials and time. My scrap is far less. I'd say 30-40%. Plasma cuts faster, but you have to grind the part afterwards. With the waterjet, there is no secondary finishing. This is a huge time saver."

Susiy pointed out that owning their own waterjet has relieved Twelve Strike of the hassle of waiting on outside companies for waterjet services.

"We were tired of waiting on other companies to get us our brackets and computer cases," Susiy noted. "Now we are able to cut our own brackets and cases and have them available at the moment we need them. And we are able to do special projects for our customers at the bowling centers. Since we have been able to bring the cutting in house, we are able to produce products quickly and accurately. Minus the cost of the waterjet, the parts are cheaper for us because we are not paying the added up charge for having the products made by someone else."

The waterjet system also has helped the Richmonds develop a side fabricating business, Fab Metal Shop, a full-service job shop that they started to help them survive the tough economy and the feast-or-famine business cycles of the bowling industry.

"I wanted to diversify for a long time because the bowling recreation industry is killer," Ron explained. "It comes in a tidal wave in the summer, and in the winter, you starve. The Fab Metal Shop is definitely a part of my business that I want to grow. Fab Metal Shop was born to help Twelve Strike."

Ron said he has no regrets about choosing a Jet Edge as his waterjet manufacturer.

"Jet Edge has surpassed all my expectations," he said. "I am very pleased with the system and with the service. Jet Edge stands behind its product. When I have called with a problem, they have gotten back to me in a reasonable time. It hasn't been days or weeks. I like the overall performance of the machine. The pump is fairly easy to maintain. You really only have a couple of seals to replace and the seal life is fine."

More Information

For more information about Twelve Strike Bowling Services, visit http://www.twelvestrike.com/, call 562-984-6240 or e-mail Sales@twelvestrike.com.

For more information about Fab Metal Shop, visit http://fabmetalshop.com/, call 562-423-1836 or e-mail orders@fabmetalshop.com.

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

About Jet Edge's High Rail Gantry

Jet Edge's High Rail Gantry System produces complex parts out of virtually any material. Its overhead design allows full access to the work envelope and raises the critical components out of the process environment. The High Rail Gantry is available in 2' increments, from 4'X4' to 24'X14'. Multiple cutting heads can be added to increase productivity, and the system can be expanded in place.

About Jet Edge's Closed Loop Filtration System

Jet Edge's 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 waterjet systems are proudly made in the U.S.A. For more information about Jet Edge, visit http://www.jetedge.com/, e-mail sales@jetedge.com or call 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343).

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Friday, March 19, 2010

See Water Jet Cutting Demo at 2010 WJTA-IMCA Expo Aug. 17-19 in Houston

Mark your calendars! Water jet cutting machine manufacturer Jet Edge will showcase its Mid Rail Gantry waterjet cutting system at the 2010 WJTA-IMCA Expo, Aug. 17-19 in Houston, Texas. Visit Jet Edge in Booth 829.

During the WJTA-IMCA Expo, Jet Edge will demonstrate precision waterjet cutting on its 5'x5' Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system, powered by a Jet Edge iP60-50 water jet intensifier pump. The Mid Rail Gantry is available in multiple sizes and is capable of cutting virtually any material.

For more information about Jet Edge water jets, visit http://www.jetedge.com/.

For more information about the WJTA-IMCA Expo, visit http://www.wjta.org/.