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At one time, the global go-to information source was the Encyclopedia Britannica. This aggregated a vast array of information in bound copies that were first published in 1768 and last printed in 2012. In 2001, Wikipedia was introduced as an online alternative. While the open format has been lauded for allowing users to populate the definitions, it has also been criticized as sometimes being incomplete and even inaccurate. While Jet Edge is not the only source for waterjet cutting knowledge, we do know quite a bit about waterjet cutting we would like to share.

Waterjet Cutting Defined

In its simplest form, waterjet cutting is a process used in an incredibly broad set of applications and industries. Technically, an incoming water stream is directed to an Ultra High Pressure pump and elevated to pressures exceeding 60,000psi.  The water stream is routed from the pump, through high pressure lines, to a cutting head.  A cutting head utilizes an orifice and nozzle to focus the water flow into a fine stream for cutting.

This cutting head can be mounted to different cutting systems, including motion tables, robotic arms, fixed slitting lines, cleaning cells and more. Additionally, cutting heads are capable of 3-axis cutting and 5-axis cutting, utilizing water only or abrasive.

With Abrasive Waterjet Cutting, an abrasive (usually garnet) is introduced into the water stream at the nozzle point. The additional abrasion introduced, allows materials such as stainless steel, titanium, glass, stone, aluminum block and a whole host of other specialty alloys and products to be cut.

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Learning More about Waterjet Cutting

When first exploring the use and maintenance of water jet cutting systems, it’s normal to have a ton of questions. However, even the most experienced operators may benefit from reminders on best practice.  To facilitate this learning, we’ve curated some of the best practices from our decades of experience and made them available online at JetEdgeWaterJets.com.  Whether this is your first experience with water jet cutting machines or if you have been using them for some time, we think we have something for you.

Jet Edge Waterjet Systems Product Pages

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Mid Rail Motion Systems

Mid Rail Motion Systems –   The height of the cross beam the cutting head is mounted to classifies them as Mid Rail or High Rail Motion Systems.  Mid rail motion systems have evolved into the industry standard and are most common in facilities where water jet cutting is done.  Visit the Waterjets drop down menu to learn the advantages of each motion system type.

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High Rail Motion Systems

High Rail Motions Systems – While Mid Rail Motion Systems have evolved into the industry standard and are now more common, 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.  They are considered the most accurate cutting system available, providing the most material handling flexibility.  Three case studies, Contract Waterjet Cutting, Partners in Aerospace, Custom Configured Cleaning Cell, documents the users evaluation process in selecting a high rail system.  Visit the Waterjets drop down menu to consider which motion system is best for you.

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Custom Configuration

Custom Configurations – When you have a unique application or a process optimization requirement, Jet Edge works with you to design a system that meets your quality and efficiency goals. We encourage our partners to leverage our experience in cutting, cleaning, stripping, trimming, and slitting to maximize your waterjet cutting process.  Various customer solutions – 8 head cutting line, cleaning cell, aerospace high rail, robotic trim cells provide a helpful way to envisage a broader solution set.  Contact Us to discuss your specific application goals, and chances are we can provide a solution to it!

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High Pressure Intensifier Pumps

High Pressure Intensifier Pumps – Intensifier pumps utilize hydraulics to generate the high pressure water stream.  They are specified by water pressure rating, motor horsepower rating and waterflow in gallons per minute (gpm).  The pump specifications are built in conjunction with the cutting application.  For instance, pump specifications take into consideration the number of cutting heads being utilized, features required like remote start, system redundancy, water flow rates, and ultimately production goals such as quality/efficiency/flexibility, etc.

Pump Comparison Chart – The waterjet pump is the is the heart of the waterjet cutting system and a thorough analysis is essential to match the correct pump with the cutting application.  The Pump Comparison Chart provides an easy layout to compare options

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Bulk Hoppers, Abrasive Handling, Chillers, Closed Loop Systems

Bulk Hoppers, Abrasive Handling, Chillers, Closed Loop Systems – Waterjet cutting systems may require additional components to manage the abrasives and water system.  Consult your Jet Edge Sales Representative to learn more about optimizing the total cutting system.

Waterjet and Pump Technology Pages

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Waterjet and Pump Technology

Waterjet and Pump Technology pages can be found under the Waterjets and Pumps drop down menu from the Jet Edge Home Page.  Each technology page digs deeper into a product feature or process application, providing examples of other’s Best Practices or key considerations in building out a specification. Learn about Mid Rails versus High Rails and see which one best suits your needs.  Explore how others have optimized their 3-axis cutting and  5-axis cutting systems for maximum quality and productivity.  Also see some unique custom waterjet application examples in robotics and cleaning.  Learn more about pump selection and the importance of water quality and how Visual Management and Predictive Maintenance are combined with the HERO Series, Jet Smart controls.

Test Cuts/Engineering Analysis – When you are not sure if waterjet cutting is right for you, or if you would like assistance in configuring the waterjet cutting system for your application, request a Test Cut or Engineering Analysis. Based on the scope of the project, the Engineering Analysis evaluates cut speeds, accuracy and finish cut quality for your evaluation.  When you request a full application analysis on your specific cutting and cleaning needs, we dial in the cut parameters and provide samples to confirm conformance.

Online Services

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E-Commerce Store

Visit our on-line store, exclusive to Jet Edge Equipment users.  Upon opening a Business Account, you will be provided access to our on-line parts ordering system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The site allows you to:

  • View parts schematics to identify required components and pricing
  • Access online only promotional opportunities
  • Review order history
  • Create and save lists for easy order referencing
  • Access your Jet Edge credit line and make purchases on it
  • Additional technical tips on waterjet components
  • Take 10% off your entire first order

If you would like assistance with setting up your account and a tutorial on how best to take advantage of the site, just email us at Parts@JetEdge.com or call us on our toll free line 1-800-Jet-Edge and we will set you up and walk you through the site features.

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My Equipment

Jet Edge has launched its My Equipment feature, exclusive to Jet Edge Equipment users, in conjunction with its Online Store.  As the name suggests, the site is populated with the User Manuals, Schematics and Parts Lists that are specific to the equipment you purchased and installed on your shop floor!  No more trying to find part numbers in a manual.  You can see bill of materials, quantity of each part on an assembly and pricing.  With one click, you can add the part to your shopping cart and never order the wrong part again.

Maintenance Support

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Technical Support 24 Hour, 7 Days a Week, 365 Days per Year (24/7/365)

We pride ourselves on providing the best service in the ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet/abrasive waterjet industry. Our waterjet technicians can be reached 24/7/365 on the emergency phone number 1-763-296-0008.  When you call Jet Edge for service on your waterjets, you will speak with a live human being, not a recorded answering service. Our service technicians have the education and experience to solve problems quickly and keep your system up and running.

Maintenance Training Classes

Once you buy your Jet Edge equipment, the relationship is just beginning.  Every Jet Edge water jet system includes unlimited lifetime hands-on training at Jet Edge’s headquarters.  Classes are no charge and are offered at various times throughout the year for as long as you own your Jet Edge Equipment.  You can see scheduled dates and register online at the link above.  If you Prefer On-Site Training, just contact us at 1-800-Jet-Edge or Service@jetedge.com to discuss a schedule and a rate.

Maintenance Training Videos

While Jet Edge provides 24/7/365 live telephone support, a picture is worth a thousand words. Routine Maintenance Training videos are offered for real time training at your convenience.  Step by step guides walk you through proper safety, tool lists, required parts lists and repair procedures to ensure the repair is completely safely and accurately.

Technical Bulletins

Critical, Recommended and Informational Technical Bulletins are issued and posted on our site.  Make sure to check these periodically to see if they apply to the equipment on your shop floor.

Application Tips – Blog Library and Sample Case Studies

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Blogs

Are you curious on what materials can be cut by water, the difference between 3 axis cutting and 5 axis cutting or have you ever wondered how the Aerospace industry cuts?   Visit our expansive library of blogs.  Learn about configuration, application, maintenance, and more to ensure you are getting the most out of your systems.  This is a site you will want to visit often as it is continually expanding!  Our Internet Guide to All Things Water Jet Cutting blog groups subjects and provides links to waterjet cutting topics inside the Jet Edge website and provides links to other outside Waterjet information sites.

Case Studies

It has been proven over and over, the fastest way to learn is to imitate those that are successful! Visualize how others have successfully implemented water jet cutting into their businesses and see video of equipment running.  Learn how equipment specifications were built based on precision, efficiency, flexibility, and durability requirements of actual customers.

Not using only Jet Edge Equipment – Waterjet OEM Manufacturers

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Choice Waterjet Parts (Jet Edge has a sister!)

If you are running some non-Jet Edge equipment, visit our sister company Choice WaterJet Parts.  Choice Waterjet Parts offers replacement parts for your non-Jet Edge Waterjet Equipment. Choice has a unique position in the marketplace – not only can they provide savings on waterjet consumables, they also provide a support staff as a resource to guide your team. Their extensive waterjet replacement parts inventory includes UHP pump parts, cutting heads, cutting head parts, orifices, nozzles, on/off valve parts, hp seal kits, swivels and much more.

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Of course, like every web page, you can review the specifications, standard features and optional configurations of all Jet Edge Waterjet Motion Systems and Ultra High Pressure Pumps.  But there is so much more!  Check out all of the resources and information available online, but remember, you always have the option to contact us!

 

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