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All in a Day: At Hoffman Design Works, It's All Work and All Play

"I love my job." Anyone who can make that statement and truly mean it is a lucky individual. Drew Hoffman is one of those people. He's the founder of Hoffman Design Works, Bloomington, Ind., and it's common for him to profess the profound joy he gets from 9 to 5. It's especially convincing when he describes some of the projects he's accomplished since opening the...

Liquid Potential

ERA Industries Inc of Franklin, Illinois, is a privately held precision machine job shop that has recently discovered the versatility of abrasive waterjet technology.  ERA  traditionally focuses on components for military vehicles and commercial aerospace.  In August 2007, the company purchased its first OMAX machine, a Model  55100 JetMachining Center with 55 inches by 100...

Combined Processes: Speed Production

Over the last forty years, the waterjet has evolved from an experimental wood cutter to a reliable, high-speed machine that cuts materials with speed, power, and precision. Long regarded as a low-tolerance, specialty process for machining large sheet materials, abrasive waterjet now performs in areas previously dominated by traditional cutting technologies. From rapid hole drilling in slow-...

Prototyping With Waterjet: Draw the Part, Cut the Part

“You name it, we can make it.” That is what Sam Charnegie, Operations Manager of LMS Stamping (Bethlehem, PA), is fond of saying. From harness guide bars for people who race Corvettes, to flanges for railings for buses and rail cars, to catsup and mustard dispensers for stadiums, LMS customers have a need and the shop can deliver it efficiently and quickly.

This broad-based...

Toolcraft: A Small Company with Big Company Capabilites and Certifications

Toolcraft was founded in 1963 by Robert Sanders. Days meant calling on prospective customers and evenings were spent machining the parts for his new customers. The company started out primarily doing work for AiResearch, but soon expanded to have many customers, both large and small. One of these customers was Wynn's Precision, based in Tempe, Arizona. From their work with Wynn's they...

Canadian Diamond F.C. Fills Waterjet Cutting Niche

By Jerry Cook

When Igor Koybash and Konstantyn Lysogor, co-owners of Concord, ON-based Diamond F.C. Inc., realized that there was a growing demand in the market for waterjet cutting, they didn’t waste any time filling that niche.

That’s why Koybash and Lysogor launched Diamond F.C., which is a job shop that specializes in waterjet cutting and fabricating, earlier...

OMAX Helps Howell Industries in the Aftermath of Katrina and Rita

When Howell Industries invested in an OMAX 80160 two summers ago, they expected improvement in productivity and added capabilities, but they couldn’t have foreseen that owning an OMAX would help them weather two Category 5 hurricanes.

Howell has been in business since 1965, specializing in machining and fabrication for rotating equipment such as pumps and gearboxes. They serve...

The Renaissance Shop

B.C. shop achieves product diversity with its waterjet machines

Out on the west coast in Delta, B.C., FlexyShop Inc. is cutting, bending, welding, finishing and engraving up a storm. The company specializes in laser and water jet services.

Burak Ataman founded the firm in 2004. He remains the current owner and president. FlexyShop currently has a total of six employees, and operates...

Metal Tech Shop Maximizes Value

By Staff Sgt. Francesca Popp

3rd Wing Public Affairs

Airmen in the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s metals technology shop are maximizing value while minimizing waste by making what customers need from scratch.

On a daily basis, they can produce two-dimensional “parts” for just about any aircraft here.

“With our computer design...

AdChem Keeps on the Cutting Edge With Waterjets

AdChem Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (ACMT) of Manchester, CT prides itself on investing in the latest technology. “In our industry, that’s what helps us grow,” said Michael Polo, president and owner. So when a customer came to them unhappy with the heat-affected zone from laser cutting, ACMT invested in an abrasive waterjet.

Following a stint with his father...

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