Friday, July 29, 2016

Totally Gnarly Water Jet Cutting Projects from Jet Edge Customers

Happy National Get Gnarly Day!  Jet Edge customers are doing the gnarliest things with their water jet cutting systems.

A lot of people will tell you that milling can't be done with a waterjet system, yet our friends at PIW Corporation, a fab shop in Illinois, sure seem to have figured it out.  Check out these "gnarly" waterjet etched glass and stone parts. Read more.

David Allen Company of Raleigh, North Carolina, has a  6'X12' Jet Edge High Rail Gantry waterjet cutting system.  On that great big machine, they water jet cut 1,200 intricate pieces of stone and stained glass for their conference room table.  See the white on the peacock's eye?  It's no bigger than the white of a thumbnail, but it was cut on that huge waterjet table.  Their secret to keeping the parts from falling in the 3' deep waterjet tank?  Coffee stir sticks. Read more.

Plasti-Fab, Inc. of Oregon didn't have room in their building for their huge Jet Edge waterjet system, so they installed it outside under an awning and fitted it with a pool cover and heater.  In this photo they are cutting 8,000 lb fiberglass parts with water jet. Read more.

If you're a waterjet shop in Southern California, you just have to cut skateboards!  Arro-Jet Engineering & Consulting cut these miniature novelty skate boards from laminated wood with a water only waterjet.  Read more.

How would you like to waterjet cut a big hole into a nuclear waste storage tank?  AK Services, a mobile waterjet contractor in Boston, traveled to the Hanford Site in Washington state to cut this 55" hole through 15 inches of concrete and rebar. Read story.

This water jet cut metal bed by fab shop PIW Corporation of Illinois has to be the gnarliest waterjet cutting project we have ever seen! Read more.

Just think of the gnarly projects you could take on if you had a Jet Edge waterjet system!  

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See Jet Edge 5-axis Waterjet Cutting Demonstrations at FABTECH, Nov. 16-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Do More with Your Water Jet Cutting Machine

Your Jet Edge precision water jet cutting machine can do a lot more than just cut parts.

With the addition of a Jet Edge Robotic Waterjet Swivel or Electric Drive Waterjet Swivel, your waterjet can be quickly transformed into an incredibly powerful 55,000 psi (3800 bar) precision waterjet blasting machine.

Adding an affordable waterjet swivel can create a new source of revenue for your waterjet shop by allowing you to take in new types of work.

With a waterjet swivel, you can blast away paint and coatings, remove valuable material for reuse or recycling, scarify granite, texture surfaces, clean parts and much, much more.  All with the same machine that you waterjet cut parts on.

Electric Drive Waterjet Swivel

Jet Edge's Electric Drive Waterjet Swivel is an ultra high pressure (UHP) cleaning tool that is mounted to the Z axis of a waterjet motion system.  It allows UHP water up to 55,000 psi (3800 bar) to be supplied to a rotary manifold.  An electric motor rotates the rotary manifold with a drive belt. The rotating rotary manifold produces a cleaning pattern from multiple orifices. The Electric Drive Waterjet Swivel is capable of operating at varied speeds.

Pneumatic Robotic Waterjet Swivel

Jet Edge's Pneumatic Robotic Waterjet Swivel is an air driven rotary tool that can operate with UHP water up to 55,000 psi (3800 bar).  The pneumatic swivel includes a pneumatic motor, a rotary swivel, and a rotary swivel shaft with a belt causing the orifice manifold to rotate.  The rotary orifice manifold contains multiple orifices that are arranged to produce a spray pattern.

Cleaning an aircraft engine with waterjet.
Waterjet swivel in action scarifying granite.

This granite slab was scarified with UHP waterjet.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's Time to Buy a Water Jet System

Summer is flying by, IMTS and FABTECH are right around the corner, and it's time to buy that water jet system to take advantage of this year's U.S. tax incentives for capital equipment.

If you're still torn between water jet and plasma or water jet and laser, let Jet Edge make a case for choosing a waterjet system.

Water jet is by far the most versatile piece of fabrication equipment you could ever buy for your shop. It cuts nearly any material, including reflective and non-conductive materials.  It cuts incredibly thick metals.  It has a very small kerf, allowing you to tightly nest parts to maximize material use.

A cold-cutting process, water jet cuts without HAZ or slag so you don't have to waste hours grinding away parts so you can weld them.

Water jet doesn't kick up a cloud of dust, making it great for cutting fiberglass, fiber cement and composite materials.

And if you don't like breathing in dust, then you certainly can't like breathing in noxious fumes and chromium smoke.  Waterjets cut without fumes and smoke, allowing you to breathe easy.

There are many, many more reasons to choose waterjet.  See our website to get the complete lowdown.

Of course, if you still can't decide, why not buy one of each?  Waterjet, lasers and plasma systems complement each other quite nicely in a fully equipped metal fabrication shop.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

How Does a UHP Waterjet System Work?

With the fall machine tool trade show season right around the corner, we thought we'd spend the next few days answering a few of the basic questions folks new to waterjet usually have but might be reluctant to ask.

Let's start with the most basic.

How does a precision waterjet cutting system work?

Here's a brief explanation, but if you'd like more details, please see our Waterjet 101 page.

It all starts with ordinary tap water - the same stuff you drink and bathe in.  We then filter that water to remove hardness and impurities and get it to the correct pH, following our recommended water quality guidelines for water jet systems.  The water is then fed into a hydraulic intensifier pump.  Some of the water is used to cool the pump and some of the water is pressurized up to 75,000 psi within an intensifier assembly featuring a hydraulic-powered piston.

The ultra high pressure water (UHP) is then sent to the waterjet cutting head, where it is sent through a very small diameter jewel orifice that focuses it into a high velocity waterjet.  This water only waterjet cuts soft materials including food, foam, rubber, carpet and gasket materials.  In fact, a water only waterjet likely cut all of the carpet in your vehicle, the rubber mats at your gym and the baby carrots we all love to snack on.

Most water jet cutting applications are actually abrasive waterjet cutting applications.  An abrasive, typically garnet, is added to the waterjet, creating a powerful abrasivejet that can cut just about anything, from tool steel to modern composites and even super alloys.

Abrasivejets work just like sandpaper.  Finer grit abrasive can be used for a nice smooth finish, or coarser grit can be used for faster rough cutting applications.

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Jet Edge is coming to FABTECH Nov. 16-18 in Las Vegas.  
We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's Too Hot to Shovel Your Water Jet Tank: Get a Jet Edge Abrasive Removal System

With temperatures soaring into the upper 90s this week in much of the U.S.A., this is no week to shovel the abrasive out of your water jet system tank.

Fortunately, Jet Edge has a solution to end that back breaking labor, and it's surprisingly affordable.
The Jet Edge Cyclone water jet abrasive removal system sucks up to 10 pounds of spent garnet out of your water jet tank in just one minute.  The Cyclone runs unattended and you can continue cutting while it works its magic.

Take your shovel back to the garden shed where it belongs.  Contact Jet Edge today to order a Cyclone Waterjet Abrasive Removal System.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waterjet Chillers Keep Your Waterjet Pump Cool

We're having a heat wave in the Midwest and it's going to be downright nasty tomorrow in Minnesota with temperatures expected to break 100° F or 38° C with an 80 degree dew point.  

This hot weather is a great reminder to check the cooling system on your waterjet intensifier pump. Your waterjet pump needs a steady flow of cool water to keep it running properly.

If you don't have a Waterjet Chiller, you might want to give Jet Edge a call to get one installed on your waterjet system.

Waterjet chillers reduce the amount of water required to cool your water jet pump and help prolong component life.

An even better option is to install a Closed Loop Filtration System with a Waterjet Chiller.  This system cools and recycles your water so you don't have to dump it down the drain, lowering water and sewage costs.

Your Jet Edge representative can help you select the right cooling options for your waterjet system.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

You Deserve Exceptional Service from Your Water Jet Systems Manufacturer

One of the things I love best about Jet Edge is its unwavering commitment to exceptional customer service.  It's a great joy to work alongside coworkers who truly care about our customers.

Customer service is deeply embedded into Jet Edge's culture.  It's not just something we give passing attention to in our mission, vision and values statement.  We live it and breathe it every day.

It's the reason Jet Edge waterjet systems customers keep coming back.  It's the reason they so frequently volunteer to participate in success stories and testimonials and are willing to give references and even invite prospective customers into their shops to see waterjet equipment.

But don't take our word for it, here's what our customers are saying:

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Jet Edge Waterjet Parts & Service Can Help You Get Out of the Dog House

Did your waterjet system go down and put you in the Dog House?

Jet Edge Waterjet Parts and Service can help!  Jet Edge offers 24/7 service 365 days a year.  We'll even come in on a holiday or after hours if necessary to get you the water jet parts you need when you need them.

Water Jet Parts with 99% On-Time Delivery

At Jet Edge we understand that when your waterjet system is down, you're not making any money. When you order water jet parts from Jet Edge, we ship them the same day unless you request otherwise or the parts are on back order.

Our genuine Jet Edge water jet parts are high quality and reasonably priced.

Water Jet Parts Easy to Order

Jet Edge makes it very easy for you to order waterjet parts.  Jet Edge customers can order water jet parts online at, by phone at 1-800-JET-EDGE (538-3343) or +1 763-497-8700 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST), and even by fax at +1 763-497-8702. To order parts after hours, please call our emergency cell phone at +1 612-963-0887.

Water Jet Service with 100% Customer Satisfaction

We take great pride in providing excellent service to our customers.  It's one of the reasons Jet Edge customers continually give us high marks in our customer satisfaction surveys.  If you need technical support, you can depend on Jet Edge.

Emergency Waterjet Parts & Service

Jet Edge's experienced waterjet technicians are available 24/7 to help you out of a bind.  If it's Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., but you're in Canada, have no worries because you can always reach us on our emergency cell phone at +1 612-963-0887.

The Dog House is no place for you to be.  You deserve better.  Contact Jet Edge today and let us help you get back inside.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Jet Edge Offers Free UHP Water Jet Training for Life

Happy Give National Something Away Day!

Who doesn't like getting free stuff?  We know we certainly do!

At Jet Edge, one of the best things we give away for free is waterjet training for life.  As long as you own your Jet Edge waterjet system, you can send your employees to Jet Edge headquarters in St. Michael, Minnesota and we'll give them free training.  We offer free training every other month. Our next class is in September.

In addition to free training, participants are also treated to great free lunches.  Everyone gets a certificate upon completion.  Who doesn't like getting a certificate to show off?

We offer free training because we want our customers to be successful and happy.  If they learn how to properly maintain and operate their Jet Edge waterjet equipment, chances are they will be very happy.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Does Your Water Jet System Measure Up?

Happy National Tape Measure Day from Jet Edge waterjets!

At Jet Edge, we're known for manufacturing high quality waterjets for heavy duty industrial CNC waterjet cutting and mobile water jet cutting operations.

We specialize in building HUGE precision CNC waterjet gantries that can process large plates, yet hold industry leading precision, accuracy and repeatability.

Jet Edge Waterjets Process HUGE Plates, Like This One at Arro Jet Engineering & Consulting in Camarillo, California:

Arro-Jet Engineering & Consulting uses Jet Edge waterjets to cut huge jet engine components for Boeing. They are for the leading edge of the fan case. The parts are cut from 14'X14' .145”, .300” and .450” aluminum plates at 55,000 psi. Find out more at or

Our Waterjet Machines at JACQUET are so HUGE You Could Swim Laps in them:

Our Mobile Water Jet Cutting Machines Cut HUGE Pipes and Storage Tanks:

How Thick Will Waterjet Cut?

waterjet cut tool steel
10 1/4" tool steel waterjet cut.

13' AR 500 water jet cut by Allright Tool Co.
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cutting zinc with water jet

12" zinc cut with waterjet.

water jet cut gear

This huge steel gear was water jet cut.

AK Services cut 55" diameter hole through 15" of concrete and steel rebar
at the Hanford Site in Washington state.  Read more

Are You Ready to Buy a Water Jet System?

Give Jet Edge a call at 1-800-JET-EDGE.  We'd love to help you out!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Robots Waterjet Cut Carpet for Cars. When Will They Clean My House?

"You are obsessed with robots!" my husband declared, laughing as I said "I wish I had a robot to clean up this mess."

I've been wanting a robot ever since I moved out on my own and gained a real appreciation for my mother's impeccable housekeeping.  My mom followed behind her nine children with robotic precision in tiring (vs. tireless) pursuit of a clean home. Sure, she assigned us all cleaning chores, but no one can clean better and faster than Momma. She made it look easy, and sometimes even fun.  But I am certain that there were days when even she would have appreciated a robot of her own.

Robots have been used in manufacturing for decades.  At Jet Edge, we work with robotic integrators like Alliance Automation LLC to integrate ultra high pressure water jet cutting technology into robotic trimming cells. Robot waterjets are quite possibly buzzing away right now somewhere in Michigan water jet cutting carpet for your next car.

All I ask is that if a robot can be trained to precisely water jet parts for automotive applications, why can't it scrub the shower door?

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Water Jet Cutting Pineapple, Coconuts and Limes

It's been downright tropical in Minnesota lately, so last Friday we decided to water jet cut some tropical fruits in our water jet test cutting lab.

Our test lab never smelled so good.  The delicious smell of fresh cut pineapple, coconut and lime permeated the entire shop, and attracted some curious coworkers.  With the big shop fan blowing, and humidity hovering near 90%, it wasn't hard to imagine ourselves hanging out on a beach somewhere enjoying an umbrella drink.

It was 10 after five when we sliced the last lime.  By then we were all anxious to get home for the weekend so we could enjoy a pina colada or maybe a mojito out on our deck in beautiful Minnesota.

Do You Have a Waterjet Cutting Application?

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Saluting Another Great American Jet Edge Waterjet User: Gasket Manufacturer New England Die Cutting

At Jet Edge, we are celebrating our Great American customers this week in honor of the 4th of July holiday.

Today, we salute New England Die Cutting, a woman-owned gasket manufacturer that has grown from a small start up to a major player in its industry.  NEDC uses waterjets for a wide range of cutting applications, including dieless cutting, rapid prototyping and much more.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

All Roads Lead to Jet Edge Waterjet Systems...Normally

Normally all roads lead to Jet Edge, but a doozy of a storm last night knocked down a main power transmission line that crossed every highway into St. Michael, Minnesota from the south, causing the closure of every highway to our factory from the south.  Fortunately, I-94 remained opened so those of us who live to the south of Jet Edge were able to get to work supporting our water jet systems customers through some creative navigating.

Jet Edge was spared from the storm's wrath, but many of our neighbors could be without power for days.  We're grateful that we weathered the storm, and we're especially thankful to the first responders and power company crews who are putting in a very long day today.

We tip our hat to the Wright County Sheriff's Department and Highway Department, as well as the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and Highway Department, City of St. Michael, Xcel Energy®, Wright-Hennepin Electric and everyone else who is working hard today to clean up after the storm. Thank you!

See photos of the storm damage here.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Celebrating Great American Waterjet Shops - Illinois Family Waterjets Way to American Dream

At Jet Edge, we count among our customers many family-owned businesses that risked it all to venture out on their own to start up their own waterjet shops.

The Lee family of New Lenox, Illinois is just one of Jet Edge's many Great American success stories. They put everything on the line to start up JDA Aqua Cutting, one of the first water jet shops in the Chicago Land area.  Since then, they've grown their business and offer many other machining and fabricating services.

Read their Jet Edge success story.

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