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EDGE X3-HR & X5-HR HIGH RAIL WATERJET SYSTEMS

Custom Configure the Most Accurate, Flexible and Productive Waterjet and AbrasiveJet Cutting System on the Market with no Exception!

The Edge High Rail Systems are not dimensionally challenged like mid-rail water jet cutters are. By moving the gantry to the top of the mounting legs, the work envelope is unconstrained! Starting with a clean sheet of paper, you define the cutting envelope, the feed system, the cutting head type and cutting head quantity. The High Rail design provides easier access to the cutting area and raises critical system components out of the processing environment for protection. The cutting surface is isolated from the motion system for ultimate precision and rigid steel beams combine to make this most accurate, durable and flexible waterjet cutter on the market. There are no Exceptions!

The Edge X3-HR, 3-axis motion system is customizable for high speed processing.  Utilize multiple sub-Z cutting heads for waterjet cutting or abrasivejet cutting, incorporating automated load/unload systems for the highest efficiency levels achievable with water jet cutting.

The Edge X5-HR, 5-axis motion system is also customizable but its specialty is the abrasive cutting of complex parts in tough specialty alloys with ultra-high precision.  If you are in the aerospace industry, the metals distribution industry requiring near-net shape blanks or the contract manufacturing space this option should be studied!

WHAT ARE HIGH RAIL MOTION SYSTEMS?

Waterjet cutting systems utilize a cutting head mounted to a Cross Beam Gantry. The height of the cross beam the cutting head is mounted to classifies them as Mid Rail or High Rail systems. While mid rail motion systems have evolved into the industry standard and are now more common in facilities where water jet cutting is done, high rail cutting technology led the way into industrial production. High Rail motion systems utilize taller legs and raise the Cross Beam Gantry up higher than a Mid Rail system and out of the cutting zone. This increases the size of the work envelope available for your production material and allows easier access to the cutting table.

Additional productivity advantages are inherent with this layout including the ease of incorporating different types of material handling systems, cutting materials that are larger than the tables work surface, better protection of the drive systems from the table surface while delivering much higher accuracy.

IS A HIGH RAIL RIGHT FOR ME?

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I NEED ULTRA-HIGH PRECISION

I’m in aerospace and I need ultra-high precision and reliability. I would like to integrate holding fixtures for quick setup and repeatable production. Additionally, I would like assistance in programing these complex parts with tough geometry and tight tolerances.

Solution: Edge X5-HR, single abrasive 5-axis cutting head, 6’ x 6’ table, custom catcher tank for specialty fixtures and water level adjustment of 6”, cutting at an accuracy of .003” and assistance with programing for Inconel parts.

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I NEED SPEED AND PRODUCTIVITY!

I need speed and productivity! I am cutting thousands of parts, at low margin. Give me 8 cutting heads and I can’t waste time manually positioning them. The parts are small and I can’t have an operator picking them on the machine table, so load/unload needs to be a feature.

Solution: Edge X3-HR, 8 waterjet cutting heads with automated docking for head spacing from the program, 6’ x 10’ table and a dual cart system for loading/unloading offline.

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I NEED FLEXIBILITY

I need to be flexible on what I am going to cut tomorrow! I need a large cutting envelope as we load via our jib crane and vacuum lifters, lots of size flexibility for nesting multiple parts, and multiple high precision abrasivejet cutting heads to cut a range of materials including composites, rubbers, forgings, and stainless steel.

Solution: Edge X3-HR, with three motorized 3-axis abrasive cutting heads, a 12’ x 12’ table and IGEM’s nesting software.

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I DON’T KNOW WHAT I NEED

I don’t know what I need, that’s why I called! We are in the Semiconductor industry and produce highly engineered Pad Conditioners that are relatively small. After a sintering process, the parts need to be cleaned with high pressure water, SAFELY!

Solution: Edge X3-HR Waterjet Cleaning System, with 2 cleaning swivels mounted on a motorized Z carriage, a 4’ x 4’ table with a stainless steel tank, slats and cross supports to avoid any contamination, with light curtains and safety shields.

THE FEATURES AND ADVANTAGES OF HIGH RAIL MOTION SYSTEMS

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    OUTSTANDING ACCURACY

    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. Factory settings of 1000 IPM Contouring and Rapid Positioning (460 volt) is achieved due to the larger servo motors and drives. Operations requiring a high tolerance combined with high efficiency will achieve the greatest results with a Jet Edge system.

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    STREAMLINED MAINTENANCE

    By moving the cutting heads up and away from the work surface, high rail motion systems limit their exposure to debris, reducing the amount of preventive maintenance required. Jet Edge high rail motion systems boast rigid covers with seals and positive pressure blowers to keep contamination from ball screws and linear ways. The generous openings on all four sides of the motion system also make it easier to perform maintenance when necessary.

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    IMPROVED ACCESS TO WORK AREA

    Our High Rail gantry design is open on all four sides, allowing users to expand the shape and size of materials being cut. The additional access also makes it easier to load and unload materials with a fork truck or overhead crane, or to add material handling solutions like conveyors or shuttle tables to reduce the operator’s manual effort and improve productivity.

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    CUSTOM CONFIGURATIONS

    The added height allows users to incorporate multiple cutting heads, robotic swivels, and other equipment that simply wouldn’t fit with the physical confines of a standard mid rail system. The open frame also makes it possible to build catch tanks of any shape and size to meet your unique needs and your material configuration is not constrained by the work envelope.

THE EDGE HIGH RAIL SERIES WATERJET and
ABRASIVEJET CUTTING SYSTEMS

Starting with a clean sheet of paper, custom configure the perfect cutting system for your specific application. Jet Edge is the leading provider of custom configured solutions and will be your partner to optimize the design to your needs! Contact us to help confirm the High Rail Series as your preferred cutting solution.

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The Edge X3-HR, 3-axis cutting system can be used for straight waterjet cutting or abrasive cutting. The option to utilize multiple sub-Z cutting heads for waterjet cutting or abrasivejet cutting, incorporating automated load/unload systems for the highest efficiency levels achievable with water jet cutting, multiple table sizes, lights out cutting and more, makes the Edge X3–HR the most customizable waterjet cutter on the market.

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The Edge X5-HR incorporates the 5-axis cutting head into your Edge X5-HR system which allows you to bevel cut angles to 60° in the hardest materials with a taper-free finish. The X-5-HR is a great fit for Aerospace, contract manufacturing and highly specialized applications companies that require accuracy and durability from their abrasive cutting.

THE EDGE HIGH RAIL SERIES AT A GLANCE

PRECISION CUTTING

High rails offer the highest precision available for waterjet cutting. Jet Edge isolates the cutting surface from the cutting head delivering pinpoint accuracy.

EASY ACCESS CUTTING ENVELOPE

Specify your table size to establish an enlarged cutting envelope. The allows for automation options with your load/unload methods.

MULTIPLE CUSTOM CONFIGURATION OPTIONS

Start with a clean sheet of paper as you select table size, to cutting methods, automated loading options and a whole lot more. Jet Edge can assist you in dialing in a perfect solution.

3-AXIS AND 5-AXIS CUTTING HEAD OPTIONS

Regardless of what you are cutting, the 3-axis and 5-axis options can deliver accuracy, productivity, and flexibility.

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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, heigh 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 DESIGN YOUR HIGH RAIL SOLUTION?

 

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

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