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Jet Edge Introduces New 150hp, 60KSI Waterjet Intensifier Pump

Monday, May 16th, 2011

iP60 150 Pump Jet Edge Introduces New 150hp, 60KSI Waterjet Intensifier PumpST. MICHAEL, Minnesota, U.S.A. (May 11, 2011) –  Jet Edge, Inc. is pleased to introduce the new 150hp, 60,000 psi iP60-150 waterjet intensifier pump.  The Jet Edge iP60-150 water jet pump is capable of producing up to 3 gallons per minute (11.4 l/min) of ultra-high pressure water for precision water jet cutting  and UHP surface preparation applications. It supports orifices up to .025” (.64 mm) and features dual intensifier systems.

iP60-50 Water Jet Pump Specifications

The iP60-150 includes numerous design improvements, including an efficient kidney loop hydraulic cooling and filtration system, an anti-corrosive interior coated hydraulic reservoir, easy-to-remove lift-off covers, and touch-screen controls.  The pump’s motor drive assembly has been mounted on an isolation system to reduce noise and vibration.

90kjetedge Jet Edge Introduces New 150hp, 60KSI Waterjet Intensifier Pump

Like all Jet Edge waterjet pumps, the iP60-150 features Jet Edge’s reliable tie-rod design. This design has no threaded cylinder, no threaded end caps, and no threaded hydraulic cylinder, making it less prone to cracking than threaded designs. Jet Edge water jet pumps feature hydraulic accumulators, which reduce wear on the hydraulic pump, and a rugged hydraulic center section which incorporates high-duty cycle-rated piston seal and wear rings. Jet Edge’s hydraulic systems have a 4,000-hour warranty.  Jet Edge water jet pumps also feature attenuators which smooth pressure fluctuations and deliver a constant and steady stream of UHP water to the cutting tool, ensuring optimal cut quality.

 

Water Jet Multi-Axis Cutting

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

5 Axis Water Jet Cutting Head  Water Jet Multi Axis Cutting
With recent advances in control and motion technology, 5-axis water jet cutting (abrasive and pure) has become a reality. Where the normal axes on a water jet are named X (back/forth), Y(left/right) and Z (up/down), a 5-axis system will typically add an A axis (angle from perpendicular) and C axes (rotation around the Z-axis). Depending on the cutting head, the maximum cutting angle for the A axis can be anywhere from 55, 60, or in some cases even 90 degrees from vertical. As such, 5-axis cutting opens up a wide range of applications that can be machined on a water jet cutting machine.

A 5-axis cutting head can be used to cut 4-axis parts, where the bottom surface geometries are shifted a certain amount to produce the appropriate angle and the Z-axis remains at one height. This can be useful for applications like weld preparation where a bevel angle needs to be cut on all sides of a part that will later be welded, or for taper compensation purposes where the kerf angle is transferred to the waste material – thus eliminating the taper commonly found on water jet-cut parts. A 5-axis head can cut parts where the Z-axis is also moving along with all the other axis. This full 5-axis cutting could be used for cutting contours on various surfaces of formed parts.

5 Axis Water Jet Part  Water Jet Multi Axis CuttingBecause of the angles that can be cut, part programs may need to have additional cuts to free the part from the sheet. Attempting to slide a complex part at a severe angle from a plate can be difficult without appropriate relief cuts.

 

Water Jet Cutting – Edge Quality Comparison

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Edge quality for water jet cut parts is defined on a scale of 1 through 5. Lower numbers indicate rougher edge finish; higher numbers are smoother. For thin materials, the difference in cutting speed for Quality 1 could be as much as 3 times faster than the speed for Quality 5. For thicker materials, Quality 1 could be 6 times faster than Quality 5.

For example, 4” thick Aluminum Q5 would be 0.72 ipm (18 mm/min) and Q1 would be 4.2 ipm (107 mm/min), 5.8 times faster.

Water jet Edge qualities Water Jet Cutting   Edge Quality Comparison

The History Of Water Jet Cutting Machines

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

water jet cutter, also known as a waterjet, is a tool capable of slicing into metal or other materials using a jet of water at high velocity and pressure, or a mixture of water and abrasive substance. The process is essentially the same as water erosion found in nature but greatly accelerated and concentrated. It is often used during fabrication or manufacture of parts for machinery and other devices. It is the preferred method when the materials being cut are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by other methods. It has found applications in a diverse number of industries For example mining where it is used for operations such as cutting, shaping, carving, and remaining.

Cutting head The History Of Water Jet Cutting Machines A Diagram of a Water Jet Cutter:

 

  1. High-Pressure Water Inlet
  2. Jewel (ruby or diamond)
  3. abrasive (garnet)
  4. Mixing Tube
  5. Guard
  6. Cutting Water Jet
  7. Cut Material

>In the 1950s, forestry engineer Norman Franz experimented with an early form of water jet cutter to cut lumber. However, the technology did not advance notably until the 1970s when Mohamed Hashish created a technique to add abrasives to the water jet cutter. apple white background1 300x226 The History Of Water Jet Cutting Machines

Water jet manufacturing is such a versatile component in our industry. We are pleasantly surprised by the different applications we observe being considered.

Do you have a water jet application in shop?  Call us we would be happy to review any opportunities with you.

800-984-4540

5′ x 5′ Water Jet is Ideal for Small Machine Shops

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Jet Edge 5 x5 5 x 5 Water Jet  is Ideal for Small Machine Shops

Jet Edge’s 5′ x 5′  water jet is an ideal  solution for machine shops that cut smaller material or have limited floor space .

The Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry water jet system utilizes an industrial PC controller and can be configured so that all three axes are fully programmable (Z optional). It also features direct-couple AC brushless digital servo motors and single or double carriages. Critical bearing components are protected with heavy metal covers and brush seals. The Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system also is available in 8′ x 5′,  21′ x 5′, 8′ x 13′, 21′ x 13′ and 5′ x 13′ work envelopes.

Jet Edge’s Mid Rail Gantry Waterjet System is proudly made in the U.S.A.!

 

Jet Edge Water Jet Success Story

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

logo Jet Edge Water Jet Success StoryWater Jet Company Attributes Success to AS9100 Certication, Increased Sales and Marketing Efforts and Consistently Accurate Jet Edge Water Jets. The “Great Recession” has been no match for Pegasus Northwest of Kent, Wash.

Jet Edge Permalign II 400dpi 105x300 Jet Edge Water Jet Success StoryThis Boeing-certified industrial water jet cutting shop has increased sales by 57% since 2007, keeping its Jet Edge water jet cutting machines humming 20 hours a day weekdays and12 hours a day weekends. Established in 1970, Pegasus Northwest has built a thriving business using computer-controlled 60,000 psi water jets to cut parts from virtually any material up to 14” thick for a wide variety of industries, including military, marine, automotive, architectural and aerospace. It counts Boeing among its major longtime customers, and credits the aerospace manufacturer for inspiring it to enter the precision water jet cutting market in 1997.

Pegasus Northwest General Manager Ron Palstring attributes his company’s stunning success throughout the recession to its decision to invest in its quality program and greatly increase sales and marketing efforts.  While other businesses went into bunker mode, Pegasus Northwest took the initiative to become the first AS9100-certied companyin Washington and hired a full-time sales and marketing manager to drum up new business. As a result, the water jet company is running at 70% capacity and has even installed two additional Jet Edge water jet cutting machines to keep up with demand. “Currently Pegasus is the only AS9100-certied company in the state of Washington,” Palstring noted. “Boeing is a big part of our business, and we knew if we could become certified it would be to our advantage. The price tag for such certication was over $30,000 plus a lot of hard work from our quality manager and the entire staff. We have to pass annual audits and follow strict rules and procedures.”


Pegasus’s commitment to its quality program and experience meeting stringent aerospace industry performance requirements have helped it grow into one of the largest water jet shops in the Pacic Northwest, Palstring added, emphasizing that the company adheres to the same quality control practices for all of its customers as it does for Boeing. “We are known for our quality and three-day turnaround,” he said. “We can hold tight tolerances, ± .005” in most cases and sometimes even tighter depending on the material. We can cut thick materials and only leave +.060” excess per side, and we have drills mounted on our waterjets so we can pre-drill sensitive materials such as composites. We also invest in diamond water jet orifices. The diamond heads last us approximately six months and gain us efficiency, accuracy and increased nozzle life.”

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Palstring is quick to point out that his company’s decision to invest in consistently accurate Jet Edge water jets has not only given them an edge on quality, but also has won them Boeing’s confidence to calibrate their own machines. “Boeing approved and qualified our Jet Edge machines because of their consistency in accuracy,” he said. “We did this by collecting data for quarterly ball bar and laser calibrations over the past two years. Now Pegasus has authorization to ball bar and laser our own machines per our quality procedures. This is a huge time and cost saver.” The Jet Edge machines’ accuracy also helps Pegasus keep pricing competitive because it is able to cut parts to customers’ specifications, Palstring added. “We can do this because of our machine accuracy and skilled machine operators,” he explained. “All of our water jet operators control their cutter compensation and manage the tool wear (nozzle life).”Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry Jet Edge Water Jet Success Story

Pegasus’s Jet Edge water jet tables include a 12’x14’ with two heads and a drill, a 12’X8’ with two heads and a drill, a 6’X10’ with fourheads and a drill, an 8’X10’ with four heads, and a 6’X10’ with two heads. Some of its machines have seen more than 10 years of service, including the 18-year-old 6’x10’ system. The water jets are powered by a 50hp, 100hp and three 150hp waterjet pumps. All the machines are plumbed to each pump to prevent downtime. “I’m happy I went with Jet Edge and would purchase another machine if needed,” Palstring said. “I like our Jet Edges so much that I even offer tours of our facility to their prospective customers who are not direct competitors. Jet Edge has excellent machine accuracy and reliability as well as pump and seal life, and I love that its systems have main Z and sub Z motors for individually controlling each water jet nozzle. Jet Edge also has excellent customer service and tech support, plus a knowledgeable local sales rep and engineering staff.”

More Information www.pegasusnw.com or call 253-854-5451.

The Advantage of Jet Edge Water Jet Cutting Machines

Monday, February 28th, 2011
  • HR Gantry The Advantage of Jet Edge Water Jet Cutting MachinesVertically integrated manufacturer – one call for service
  • 24-7 service 365 days a year
  • Industry leading warranty covering all components1 yr. / 2,000 hr. entire system2 yr. / 4,000 hr. hydraulic circuit
  • Free training for the life of the machine at Jet Edge headquarters
  • Onsite training available
  • 99 percent on-time waterjet parts delivery
  • Custom engineering solutions
  • Reliable ultra-high pressure (UHP) intensifier pumps – some of our customers have waterjet pumps with over 35,000 hours on them that are still going strong.
  • Long-life precision cutting heads
  • High-quality materials and components used throughout the entire system. All critical components are made from certified materials.
  • High pressure components tested and inspected.
  • How Does This Benefit Your Company?

    • Increased productivity
    • Lower operating cost
    • Flexibility

    Satisfied Customers!

    • 96.8% of Jet Edge customers say they would buy a Jet Edge waterjet system again!
    • 93.6% say they would recommend Jet Edge to a colleague!
      Customer Satisfaction Survey, October 2007

    90,000 PSI X-Stream xp90-100 Waterjet Intensifier Pump

    Monday, February 7th, 2011

    What Our Customers are Saying…

    “We would absolutely, definitely recommend the X-Stream pump to others. The productivity improvements and cost savings are very measurable. Jet Edge’s service has been fantastic and any components we’ve needed to get in have always been in stock. We have nothing to complain about.”

    – Nick Hughes, Technical Director, Michael Waltrip Racing

    90kjetedge 90,000 PSI X Stream xp90 100 Waterjet Intensifier PumpThe X-Stream water jet pump produces 50% more pressure than a 60,000psi water jet intensifier pump, resulting in a 40-50% increase in productivity for many materials. The X-Stream supports a 75,000psi continuous operating pressure. Compared to a 60,000psi water jet pump, typical operating pressures of 75,000psi use 30% less water, 30% less power, and up to 50% less abrasive, resulting in a 40% reduction in operating costs. They typically reduce taper by up to 0.001“.

    Are you ready to move up to 90,000 psi?

    Should you be using these advantages in your shop?

    Call Now!

    Jet Edge Water Jet at Underwater Intervention!

    Monday, January 17th, 2011

    Underwater Water Jet Jet Edge Water Jet at Underwater Intervention!

    As leaders in the ultra-high pressure waterjet industry, waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge and its applications partner Chukar Waterjet have developed numerous water jetting tools crucial to the underwater operations, workboat and shipyard industries, including undersea waterjetting equipment, portable water jet cutting machines, precision water jet cutting systems, ultra-high pressure water blasting tools, and electric and diesel-powered water jet intensifier pumps.

    Jet Edge Water Jets Help Stop Gulf Oil Leak

    Most recently, in emergency response to the Gulf oil spill, the two companies partnered to develop the first-known waterjet intensifier pump capable of operating at depths below 5,000 feet.  BP used the subsea waterjetting system to blast away hydrates that were clogging a containment system.

    Jet Edge 5 Axis Water Jet “Idro Line”

    Friday, January 7th, 2011

    idro 150x111 Jet Edge 5 Axis Water Jet Idro Line

    Jet Edge has entered to the 5 axis with the most impressive 5 axis offering in the water jet market.  The new Idro line is equipped with programmable contact height sensing and comes standard with one 5 axis cutting head; a second 5 axis or 3 axis cutting head can be added.  Other standard features include a stainless steel tank, automatic safety guards with clear windows on front and back, and a dredge conveyor for abrasive removal. Its many options include a rotating axis for pipe cutting, fire jet etching system, a drill and twin shuttles.  Free software updates are included for the life of the machine.

    The Idro line’s monolithic design expedites installation and makes it easy to relocate if necessary. Its rigid fixed upright bridge structure can be moved out of the way for forklift or crane loading.

    Its capabilities include 600º rotation, a maximum angle of +/- 60º, and dynamic precision from +/-0.2 to +/-0.5 mm/m depending on the tilt of head.

    The Idro line is available in three sizes, 5.5’x6.5′ nominal (1700 mm x 2000 mm), 5.5’x13′ nominal (1700 mm x 4000 mm) and 6.5’x13′ nominal (2000 mm x 4000 mm).

    Don’t purchase a 5 axis water jet without looking at the new Jet Edge Idro Line.