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CUSTOM CONFIGURED WATERJET SYSTEMS

Are we talking Custom Application or Custom configuration?

Custom Application: Custom Applications consider high pressure water as a unique method to perform a processing function that is currently performed via a different method. Specific applications might include trimming, slitting, routing/hand cutting, piercing unique materials, surface preparation such as paint stripping and degreasing, complex shape cutting, food processing and more. In any one of these instances, a high pressure waterjet system might provide higher quality and efficiency while eliminating secondary operations.

Custom Configuration: Custom Configuration focuses on customizing the waterjet cutting system around a processing application already being performed with waterjet cutting or identified as a waterjet cutting opportunity. The goal of a custom system design is to prioritize your specific production goals: e.g. precision, finish quality, throughput, efficiency, material utilization, safety, etc. and configuring a complete system to achieve those goals.

CUSTOM CONFIGURATION SOUNDS COMPLICATED AND EXPENSIVE

A Custom Application Analysis first has to confirm the feasibility of waterjet cutting around your production goals and equipment budgets. This review often begins with cutting test samples and grading finish quality, precision, and process times. The data collected is compared to the current methods being utilized to determine if the evaluation should continue. If waterjet is deemed to be an appropriate method, the evaluation will move to a Custom Configuration process with a complete system designed and configured around your stated production goals.

Custom configuration is not for everybody. If you are new to waterjet cutting, have a narrow range of products being cut, don’t run the system frequently, don’t have a high precision requirement, etc., the return on the additional custom configuration investment to improve throughput, productivity, quick change overs may not generate an ROI for your shop. However, as production volumes increase, it is inevitable you will bump up against operator and machine hour constraints. Also, depending upon your requirements, scrap rates and material utilization will take bites out of your gross margins. So, did you know you can engage a member of our team to review how some Custom Configuration may maximize the return on investment of your waterjet cutting investment?

Our Sales Team is technical and will walk you through an evaluation that defines:

  • The range of materials you are working with and what material types you might like to expand into.
  • Your processing/production goals including quality, throughput, material utilization, machine utilization, labor productivity and reduced indirect labor costs.
  • The part geometry you are working with.
  • Required pump size to drive your system.
  • Other system requirements to complete the project like garnet removal, closed loop filtration systems and material handling options.

GOT ANY EXAMPLES OF CUSTOM APPLICATION
AND CUSTOM CONFIGURATION?

Yes, we have lots of examples, but here are a couple to quickly check out.

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AEROSPACE –
ULTRA HIGH PRECISION IN SPECIALTY ALLOYS

Jet Edge cutting systems first and foremost deliver outstanding accuracy with +/- 0.001″ Linear positional accuracy over 12′ (304 mm) per axis, a +/- 0.001″ Repeatability (Bi-directional) and a 0.0004″ Backlash – maximum. Operations requiring a high tolerance combined with high efficiency will achieve the greatest results with a Jet Edge High Rail system. Part holding fixtures are attached directly to the catch tank and allow for quick setup, repeatable production and underwater cutting.

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FOAM PACKAGING –
SPEED AND PRODUCTIVITY

8 cutting heads and with programmable head positioning on a 6’ x 10’ cutting table created the main working envelope. By incorporating a dual cart, loading/unloading shuttle system, finished parts can be retrieved offline and a new blank sheet loaded during the cut cycle of the next set of parts.

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CONTRACT MANUFACTURING –
FLEXIBLE VARIETY OF MATERIALS, LARGE SHEETS

This contract manufactures serves a broad array of industries, mitigating business risk associated with your eggs all in one basket. A large cutting envelope, 12’ x 12’, was specified to create cutting zones for single parts and nested parts. A spreader bar was used to mount three abrasive cutting heads, each with its own servo motor control. Materials including composites, rubbers, forgings, and stainless steel are part of the offering.

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INDUSTRIAL PARTS CLEANING –
SPECIALTY APPLICAITON

In the Semiconductor industry and highly engineered Pad Conditioners undergo a sintering process. Each part needs to be cleaned with high pressure water, safely and without contamination. Two cleaning swivels are mounted on a motorized Z carriage, across a 4’ x 4’ table. A stainless steel tank, slats and cross supports were used to avoid any contamination, with light curtains and safety shields to protect operators.

DO YOU HAVE A UNIQUE APPLICATION OR A PROCESS OPTIMIZATION REQUIREMENT?

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    CUSTOM APPLICATION

    A Custom Application Analysis considers the current cost and quality being achieved with the process you are now using and contrasts it against the use of high pressure water. The Application Analysis may be as simple as a test cut that evaluates quality and cut times; or it may include a full engineering analysis that looks at fixturing, loading/unloading systems and custom controls.

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    CUSTOM CONFIGURATION

    Custom Configuration focuses on customizing the waterjet cutting system around an application already identified as a preferred waterjet cutting solution. The goal of a custom configured system is to ensure your specific production goals are met, leading to the highest ROI on the investment.

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    POST SALES SUPPORT

    Don’t worry Jet Edge isn’t going anywhere. Our relationship is just beginning after the installation and our team will make sure you get the value promised! Jet Edge has a post installation team that your operators can consult, providing maintenance support, technical training and a whole lot more.

READY TO TALK ABOUT CUSTOMIZING YOUR SYSTEM?

Jet Edge is the leading provider of custom configured solutions and will be your partner to optimize your system to meet your specific needs!  Visit our resource center to lean how others have successfully installed waterjet cutting solutions starting with a clean sheet of paper.  And while you are there, visit our blog library to learn more about waterjet best practice.

JET EDGE IS A CUT ABOVE

UNMATCHED PRECISION & ACCURACY

Turn to Jet Edge when accuracy and speed really matter. Jet Edge Motion Systems isolate the cutting head from the catcher tank so noise and vibration do not transfer. This isolation of the tank ensures Jet Edge’s industry-leading accuracy and precision over the full life of the equipment. Applications requiring high tolerance, speed and operator efficiency will benefit greatly from the capabilities offered by the Jet Edge range of Motion Systems.

FULL LINE PROVIDER

Jet Edge is one of the few waterjet equipment companies that manufactures both its motion systems and pumps. This ensures seamless operation in the system between the pump and the motion controls and means you never get caught on service between manufacturers. Visit our accessories page to learn about the rest of the environmental systems Jet Edge makes available for your system including Abrasive Hoppers, Chillers, Abrasive Removal, Closed Loop Systems and more.

RANGE OF APPLICATIONS

Whether you are water jet cutting or abrasive cutting in 2 dimensions or 3 dimensions with a 5-axis cutting head we have the solution. Our Mid Rail and High Rail Motion systems when paired with our full range of Jet Edge Intensifier Pumps, excel across industries including steel distribution, custom manufacturing, food processing, robotic trimming, glass cutting, stone detailing, surface preparation and more. Cutting, slitting, cleaning, trimming along with other specialty applications are regularly performed with our pumps and motion systems.

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PRODUCTIVITY OPTIONS

Jet Edge offers a menu of options for enhanced productivity. Lights out cutting enables machine operation without the direct supervision of a machinist. Multiple cutting heads increase productivity. Remote pump start allows pump control from the main system controls. Redundant intensifiers allow you to service your pump without bringing your system down. Load/unload systems, multiple cutting heads, height sensing, laser mapping, 5-axis cutting, robotic swivels, robotic integration and more allow you to design your system for the optimum productivity for your manufacturing system.

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INDUSTRY LEADING CONTROL SYSTEMS

Utilizing IGEMS CAD/CAM software and an Aquavision DI fully networkable industrial PC controller, Jet Edge Motion Systems offer an enjoyable user experience. The system’s interface and commands make it easy to import or crate CAD files and programs. The optional Nesting Module provides Multi-sheet Nesting, common cutline nesting and unlike parts cutting from a single sheet to maximize material use. During operations, users are offered visibility and access to machine code via a full-featured handheld pendant.

CUSTOMIZED TECHNOLOGY & PERFORMANCE

Have a unique product or application? Jet Edge engineers and application specialists will work with you to confirm your requirements can be met with test cuts. After understanding your production goals, they will also assist in developing a custom configuration that meets your quality and productivity goals. And they will stay with you if you need additional help in implementation and system programming. Contact us to discuss your unique application!

READY TO START A CUSTOM CONFIGURATION DISCUSSION?

 

Contact a Jet Edge Sales Partner to learn more about our waterjet cutting applications.

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