Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Take Control of Your Water Jet System with an AquaVision Di Motion Controller

Don't let your water jet system control you.  Control it by insisting on a Jet Edge waterjet with AquaVision Di motion control.

Jet Edge's AquaVision Di gives waterjet operators full control of their waterjet system with an open-architecture design that gives operators the freedom to fine-tune programs from any CAD/CAM/nesting software, utilizing advanced HMI features and/or standard G&M code.

The AquaVision Di features an industrial Beckhoff PC with an HMI custom engineered specifically for waterjet.  It is built for serious industrial waterjet shops that need a high performing and reliable system.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jet Edge Salutes Small Waterjet Shops and Mobile Waterjet Contractors

In honor of National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day, Jet Edge salutes the small waterjet shops and mobile waterjetting contractors who use our products around the world.

Laura and Jose of Arro-Jet.  Read Story.
Right now in an industrial park near you, a small water jet shop is busy making the things that make things happen - aircraft components, auto parts, trim dies, and everything in between. They are waterjet cutting just about every material you can think of, including steel, titanium, Inconel®, plastics, fiberglass, stone, tile, and glass to name a few.

Out in the oil fields and mines, mobile waterjet contractors are using waterjets to safely cold cut pipes and storage tanks, and to improve production in mines and wells.

And in shops you might drive by every day, OEM waterjet integrators are busy incorporating UHP waterjet technology into robotic waterjet cells, water slitting systems and water jet food processing lines.

Gary of JDA Aqua Cutting. Read Story
In your daily life, you use countless items that our customers helped make.  You walk across their terrazzo floors.  You grip a steering wheel that was cut by their trim die.  You fly safely home in an aircraft built with components they cut.  You gas up your car with fuel they helped produce, process and store.

Hats off to the waterjet shops and waterjet contractors who make things happen!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Preventing Small Parts from Falling into the Waterjet Tank

Happy National Something on a Stick Day!

Did you know that a simple stick can be a waterjet operator's best friend?

Experienced waterjet operators keep a stash of toothpicks and stir sticks in their tool box.  Sticks, in fact, are probably the least expensive, yet sometimes most valuable tool a waterjet shop could have on hand.  When cutting very small parts, waterjet operators insert sticks into the cut path to prevent the parts from falling into the waterjet tank.  This allows them to cut small parts without having to leave a tab on the part.

Stir sticks are the secret behind cutting intricate parts on massive waterjet cutting machines, like this water jet cut inlay from David Allen Company:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mobile Waterjets Great Alternative to Sandblasting

Pressure washers work great for cleaning decks and sidewalks, but what if you need to blast away tough old industrial coatings from a ship's hull, or strip down a paint carrier at an automotive manufacturing plant, or clean hardened concrete off of forms?

That's when you need to pull out the big guns from Jet Edge.

Jet Edge's 36,000 psi and 55,000 psi waterjetting tools blast away the world's toughest coatings without kicking up dust storm, making them a fantastic alternative to sandblasting, particularly in sensitive marine environments.

If you need an industrial waterjet that can get the job done, contact Jet Edge today.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

It's Time to Spring Clean Your Waterjet Shop

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox - the day the sun crosses the Celestial Equator from South to North and day and night are almost equal.  The days are finally getting longer again...and it's time for Spring Cleaning!

This is what your waterjet shop can look like if you keep it clean.
Spring cleaning your waterjet shop doesn't have to be a chore, in fact it can be quite fun and relaxing. After all "Mindfulness" is the in thing these days, and what could be more mindful than waxing your waterjet tank and listening to the gurgles of your Cyclone water jet abrasive removal system.

All kidding aside, giving your water jet shop a good cleaning is definitely good for morale, safety and productivity.  So grab that shop rag and mop and let's get busy cleaning the shop.

Tips For Cleaning Your Waterjet Gantry System

1. Give your water jet system a good scrubbing with a scrub brush and mild detergent, then wipe it with car wax.  Once it's clean, keep it hosed off and don't let any dirty water spray harden. At trade shows, we keep our waterjets spotless by cleaning the tanks, shields and gantry with Formula 409® or Windex® or a similar cleaner.

2. Install Lexan™ guards and overspray courtains to keep overspray inside your waterjet machine footprint.  Guards can be ordered through Jet Edge waterjet parts.

3. Keep your air filters clean on your blower motors.  This will help keep your waterjet ballscrews and ways clean.

4. Give your water jet shop a good overall cleaning and get rid of stuff that you don't use and don't need.

5. Clean As You Go and Put Things Back Where You Got Them - "There's a place for everything and everything in its place."  It was good advice from mom and it's core to the 5S workplace organization method.

6.  Most importantly, once you're done with your spring cleaning, reward yourself and your employees with a fun activity.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Imprint Sandals with Water Jet Cut Rubber Characters

Make an impression with Sand Traxx imprint sandals.
Next week is Spring Break!  Time to throw on some shorts and sandals, kick back and soak in some sun!

Make a great impression at the beach with these stylish new imprint sandals from Sand Traxx Footwear.  These fabulous flip flops feature changeable water jet cut rubber characters that allow you to personalize your message.

The rubber characters are cut on a Jet Edge UHP waterjet.
The rubber characters on the Sand Traxx sandals are cut apart with a Jet Edge ultra high pressure waterjet, which cuts the rubber parts with a jet of water travelling faster than a bullet.

The imprint sandals are high quality leather!
Visit to learn how Jet Edge waterjets are helping Sand Traxx Footwear make an impression.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Our Waterjet Machines are Made in America, But We're All Irish Today!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from your pals at Jet Edge waterjets!

Our water jet systems are made in the U.S.A., but we're all Irish Today!

We hope you have the luck of the Irish on your side today.  To help you reach your pot of gold sooner, we thought we'd share a few tips with you on how to save money on waterjet operating costs at your waterjet shop.

1. Chase the Snakes Out of Your Water Jet System
Downtime costs money, and money comes in handy.  Don't waste money by neglecting your water jet system. Chase the snakes out - keep your garnet waterjet abrasive clean and maintain your machine.
2. Don't Waste Water - Get a Closed Loop System for Your Waterjet
Don't waste water that could be used for other purposes, such as brewing for instance.  Order a Jet Edge Closed Loop Filtration System.  Contact your Jet Edge sales manager today for a free quote.
3. Save Garnet and Cut with Water When You Can
You don't need garnet abrasive to cut cabbage...or carpet, or foam or many other soft or thin materials. Run some tests on your own waterjet applications and see where you might spare the abrasive.
4. Build a Nest
Use your waterjet nesting software to maximize the number of parts you can cut on each sheet of material.  Your customers will love you for it.
5. Go Fishing!
Go fishing?  You betcha.  Our next waterjet training is May 10-12, and Minnesota's fishing opener is May 14.  If you know how to properly operate and maintain your waterjet system, you will save money.  If you love to fish, we're giving you a great excuse for a trip to Minnesota.
Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

American-Made Water Jet Systems Cutting Masonite Pegboard

We are very proud to manufacture Jet Edge Waterjet Systems in the U.S.A.

We water cut this U.S.A. pegboard map from masonite hardboard to show our pride in America.

Jet Edge waterjets are born in St. Michael, Minnesota, about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis.  Our quality American-made water jet systems are sold worldwide - to customers that include waterjet shops in California, metal service centers in Wisconsin, copper mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and much more.

Are you ready to buy a quality Made in U.S.A. waterjet system?  Give us a Call!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Beware of Neglected Equipment - Keep Up Your Waterjet Maintenance

We all know we're supposed to "beware the Ides of March." And oh my, that's today!
Let's not take any chances by neglecting waterjet system maintenance and training.
Today would be a good day to double check your water jet system maintenance logs and review your Jet Edge manuals.  Always put safety first and read and understand the safety information in your waterjet equipment documentation.  Sign up for Jet Edge waterjet training today so you know how to properly maintain and operate your equipment. Training is free for Jet Edge customers for the life of your machine.
We hope your day is pleasant and trouble free.  And as they'd say in Rome...Carpe Diem! 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Rounded Pi Day from Jet Edge Waterjet Systems!

It's 3/14/16!  Great circles, water jet cutters, that makes it Rounded Pi Day!

No matter how you slice it, that calls for a celebration.

At Jet Edge, we love Pi Day.  We've been water jet cutting circles around our competition for 30+ years!

As you enjoy that delicious slice of pie today, you might bite into some fruit that was water jet cut with a Jet Edge waterjet system.  Waterjets are commonly used in food processing applications because they are sanitary and never need sharpening.

Cherry or apple?

Friday, March 11, 2016

Johnny Appleseed Probably Sliced Apples With a Knife, but Today He Could Use a Water Jet

Today we remember American folk hero Johnny Appleseed, who is credited spreading apple trees throughout much of North America during the late 1700s-mid 1800s.

Jet Edge Waterjet Slicing an Apple.
Every American schoolchild is familiar with the story of Johnny Appleseed, a nurseryman and missionary who spread apple seeds and kindness as he worked his way into the American frontier, mostly on bare feet. Johnny is so loved, he has two National Days in his honor, March 11 and Sept. 26.

Johnny Appleseed probably used a knife to slice his apples, but if he were alive today, he could slice them much faster with a Jet Edge waterjet.  Waterjets are commonly used in commercial food processing because they are sanitary, never need sharpening and don't smash the food products.

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by spreading your own seeds of kindness.  And of course, enjoy a crisp apple, a slice of apple pie, and a refreshing cider!

Have a great day!

Learn more about Johnny Appleseed.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jet Edge is a Global Water Jet Systems Manufacturer

We're a well-traveled bunch here at Jet Edge.  Just ask any of our waterjet technicians to show you the stamp collection on their passport!

Jet Edge has been helping solve manufacturing challenges around the world since we first got into the waterjet industry back in 1984.  We have waterjet machines installed just about everywhere, from Asia to the Americas.  Our systems are hard at work in China, Brazil, Germany, Denmark, the DRC, Turkey...the list goes on.  The need for waterjet technology is universal.

Waterjet equipment on its way to the Republic of Korea.
We're working hard to increase our international presence in the waterjet market, adding distributors in key markets, translating our website and literature, and CE marking products for sales in Europe. This has not gone unnoticed.  In 2012, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recognized Jet Edge with a Governor's International Trade Award.

Our customers know they can depend on Jet Edge to manufacture high quality industrial water jet systems, and to back up our products with unsurpassed customer matter where they are on this beautiful planet.

This year we have several international exhibits planned, including CCMT in Shanghai and the MMP Expos in Canada.  We also will be exhibiting at FABTECH in Las Vegas, which is always a favorite show for our international customers.  We hope you will stop by and see us!

Become a Jet Edge Waterjet Systems Distributor
Jet Edge is looking for qualified distributors for key markets. If you are a machine tool distributor looking to add waterjets to your line card, please contact us.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Water Jet Cutters - Here's Some Time Savers as We Spring Ahead

We love that extra hour of daylight that we get when we spring ahead for Daylight Savings Time, but losing an hour can be tough, especially when your water jet shop is busy keeping up with all those orders.

To help you make up for lost time, we've put together a few quick tips to maximize your waterjet system's productivity.

1. NEST Parts - Take advantage of your waterjet nesting software to nest parts as tightly as possible. This saves you time loading and unloading parts and it saves you material.  Talk to your Jet Edge representative to make sure you have the latest nesting software.

2. STACK Parts - Waterjets can cut through stacked layers of thin material in one pass.

3. Up Your UHP to 75,000 PSI - Jet Edge X-Stream-powered waterjet systems cut parts as much as 50% faster.  Ask your Jet Edge representative how you can upgrade your UHP pump to 75,000 psi.

4. Add Cutting Heads - Why settle for just one waterjet cutting head when you can have 12?

5. Maintain Your Waterjet Machine - Driving around on bald tires is a very bad idea, and so is neglecting waterjet system maintenance.  Follow the maintenance guidelines in your manual, and be sure to take advantage of Jet Edge's free customer waterjet training classes.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WATERJETS AND ENTREPRENEURS - Jet Edge Hosts Future Business Leaders

Today Jet Edge had the opportunity to open our doors to some of tomorrow's business leaders.  We had a group of nine high school students in from the Wright County Technical Center's CEO program, Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.

These students are part of an exciting new program that takes them out of the classroom and into local businesses so they can learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. As part of the year-long class, each student starts up their own business and learns hands-on from their own successes and failures.

During their visit to Jet Edge, the students learned how waterjet technology is used to create many of the products they use every day, from food products to auto parts.  They also had the opportunity to see a live water jet cutting demonstration in our test lab.

It's always fun to work with young people who are excited about their future.  We hope they all start successful businesses right here in Wright County!

Learn more about the CEO program at

Monday, March 7, 2016

Waterjets Blast Away Rubber from Airport Runways, Remove Stripes from Highways, Clean Ship Decks

Waterjets make quick work out of the world's toughest cleaning applications.

They blast away rubber from airport runways, zip through layers of corrosion and old coatings on ship decks, and remove old highway stripes in the blink of an eye.

And unlike a sandblaster, they do all this hard work without kicking up tons of dust - making them ideal for sensitive marine environments, as well as a worker-friendly alternative to sandblasters.

Jet Edge's Ultra Deckblaster mows over the competition by combining waterjet blasting technology with the simplicity of a walk-behind lawnmower style design.  Instead of a blade, the Deckblaster features a spray bar with multiple waterjets that are pressurized to 55,000+ psi by a Jet Edge hydraulic intensifier pump.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Waterjet vs Laser or Plasma

People frequently ask us, why should I go with a water jet system versus a laser or a plasma cutter?

Here's what we tell them...

Waterjets cut virtually any material.  The same machine can cut rubber, foam, steel, Inconel®, granite, titanium, zinc and much more.  You name it, waterjet can probably cut it.  There are very few materials that can't be cut with waterjet such as diamonds or tempered glass. See waterjet applications here.

Waterjets cut without heat.  They don't leave behind HAZ, slag or burnt edges.  Hold a waterjet cut part next to a plasma cut part or a laser cut part and you can see the difference for yourself.

Waterjets won't stink up your shop.  Who wants to spend the day breathing in nasty fumes?

Is waterjet right for your application?  Contact Jet Edge today and we would be happy to help you make that call.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Water Jet Cutting Stories - Looking Back to 2012

We like to celebrate "Throwback Thursday" at Jet Edge.  We're always so busy moving forward, that sometimes it's nice to take a look back to celebrate how far we've come.

I dug through our archives of magazine articles about water jet cutting, and found this gem from 2012, "Cutting Parts at the Speed of NASCAR" in Fab Shop Magazine Direct.

I hope you enjoy it!

Read the Article.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Jet Edge Waterjets Coming to Coquitlam, BC for Metalworking Manufacturing & Production Expo

Meet with waterjet technology and metal fabrication experts from Jet Edge and Elliott-Matsuura Canada at the Metalworking Manufacturing & Production Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Theatre, 2080 United Boulevard in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

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 waterjet cutting, mobile waterjet cutting, and UHP cleaning and surface preparation applications.  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

For more information about Jet Edge, visit,  e-mail 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 or call 905-829-2211.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Water Jet Cutting Carbon Composite Race Car Parts

Jet Edge recently water jet cut carbon composite parts for the University of Minnesota Gopher Motorsports Formula SAE Team.

We cut the material at 55,000 PSI with an abrasive waterjet, using a .010/.030 orifice/nozzle combination and 1/2 lb of garnet abrasive per minute.  We were being very cautious as the students did not have a lot of material to spare, so we cut it at 35 ipm, but we certainly could have cut the material faster.

Watch a video of the waterjet cutting in our test lab:

The carbon composite parts make up the spar support system of the front wing of the racecar. Other composite carbon parts will be bonded between frame members to increase rigidity.

We're very excited to help Gopher Motorsports build their car.  We look forward to cheering them on at the Formula SAE race at Michigan International Speedway.

Read more about how Jet Edge is helping Gopher Motorsports be more competitive with our ultra high pressure waterjet technology.