JACQUET Midwest has installed a dual head 5-axis Jet Edge EDGE X-5 waterjet cutting system at its metal processing facility in Racine, Wisconsin. The EDGE X-5 is JACQUET Midwest’s third Jet Edge system and their 13th Jet Edge waterjet nationwide.

JACQUET specializes in supplying and processing stainless steel and nickel alloys for OEMs, fabricators and machine shops that primarily support the oil and gas, power generation, pollution control systems, and water purification industries. Their North American service centers provide both waterjet and plasma part cutting. The company stocks 19 different grades of stainless steel and nickel alloy plates in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses.

JACQUET plans to use the new system to provide near-net shaped stainless steel parts with compressed lead times to its customers in the Midwest and nationwide. The beveling and chamfering capabilities of the system’s 5-axis cutting head will allow them to bring new opportunities to the company’s four domestic regional service centers. The “lights-out” cutting package keeps value-added production going even when the machine is unattended.

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With the ability to perform multiple bevels on parts with a single set-up, JACQUET can reduce lead times for their customers. 

The waterjet system features a 21′ x 13′ work envelope which enables the metal service center to process full 8′ x 20′ or 10′ x 20′ plates. Its dual 5-axis cutting heads double their production and are capable of cutting precise 3D parts from virtually any material, including bevels up to 50°.

Powered by a 60,000 psi, 100 hp Jet Edge iP60-100 intensifier pump, the ball-screw driven waterjet system has the best repeatability in the industry at ± .001″. The system has above-water or submerged cutting capabilities, as well as a proprietary plate mapping feature that allows precise nozzle-to-plate standoff.



We’re really excited to bring the Jet Edge dual head 5-axis waterjet into our facility,” said Dan Chatterton, JACQUET Midwest CEO. “With the precision that we’ll be able to achieve, we can provide a tighter tolerance part from the top edge to the bottom edge, eliminating a lot of the machining. It allows us to do much more for our customers…we can bevel cut, taper control, and chamfer holes on both the top and bottom edges of the material.”

Chatterton noted that JACQUET has always equipped its service centers with large gantries to better serve its customers. When JACQUET decided to add a 5-axis system, it distinguised itself even further.

“All of the machines in the JACQUET system are large table machines because of the large plate sizes that we buy mill-direct. This allows us to be more efficient with our cuts, have longer run cuts, and have better nesting,” he said. “Our dual 5-axis system is going to provide an even higher level of service to our customers, allowing them to look to JACQUET for all their cutting needs.”

The 5-axis Jet Edge EDGE X-5 is a workhorse waterjet system designed to provide years of dependable service. Its sturdy design separates the motion system from the catcher tank, eliminating vibration and ensuring maximum part quality. This system will help JACQUET Midwest keep their reputation of knowing what works, when it works.