Gaining Confidence in the OMAX Waterjet Cutting Quality
Before acquiring OMAX equipment, CAMM Metals outsourced all of their cutting projects to a vendor. Over the past six years, the custom metal fabricator utilized OMAX abrasive waterjet technology to keep their work in-house, to increase flexibility, and to control lead times. Now, 95% of CAMM Metals' projects begin at an OMAX JetMachining Center. When meeting lead times became challenging again, they purchased their third OMAX abrasive waterjet - a Model 60120.
"We had been running two machines; each ran 50 hours a week," General Manager Matt Soucie said of their Models 2652 and 80160. "We were falling behind on our deliveries to our customers. We like to keep a three to five day lead time on parts that we just cut and ship off to the customer. We couldn't do that with just two machines. We were running out well beyond two weeks. We were losing orders."
With three OMAX machines, CAMM Metals can now run three different projects simultaneously. This meant the company could deliver to customers on time and not lose orders due to long lead times.
"As a custom job shop, we are in the industry where people are going to want things immediately," he said. "When we outsourced our work, we were at someone else's mercy, their work load, and someone else's mistake. We would have to scramble to make corrections — get more material to the vendor. Because of the economy, this can be considered excess capacity, but now, we're able to keep all the work in-house, which today is very important."
CAMM Metals even extended the benefits of the abrasive waterjet to their customers' processes, Soucie said. If necessary, many of their customers factor in secondary cleaning for cut parts in their manufacturing processes. "Now with the use of the Tilt-A-Jet®, this improves the quality of the part. The parts now do not require secondary operations because the Tilt-A-Jet cuts so precisely."
Soucie is able to assign just one operator to run all three OMAX JetMachining Centers. The three machines are all stationed together in a U-shape so that one forklift can easily load and unload material.
Materials cut at CAMM Metals include aluminum, stainless steel, mild steel and Inconel®, a high-tech aerospace alloy. Projects are evenly split between aerospace and architectural requests. They have cut tooling for local aerospace companies. Currently, they are working on an architectural metal cutting project for the new Goldman Sachs world headquarters, an investment house in New York City. CAMM Metals will cut stainless steel and brass for the building's interior layout.
"With the architectural work, often times the work is not so much about function — it's about appearance," Soucie said. "The Goldman Sachs job, for example, is a 43-story skyscraper in Manhattan. On each floor, they will be getting architectural metalwork — and it can almost be considered art. It's about the look; it's about giving the customer a very high profile appearance."
Therefore, they will conceal welds by cutting precise fittings of male and female parts with the OMAX. They apply the same interlocking concepts profiled in the OMAX Interactive Reference (OIR) sample parts and shape library.
"In the architectural industry, welds are considered ugly and people don't want to see them," he said. "Being able to cut and fit together the parts, we can hide welds, conceal them, or ground them flush and make them disappear. It goes a long way in achieving the look we need to get on those projects."
The Goldman Sachs world headquarters is being constructed within a three-block radius of the World Trade Center site. The general rebuilding efforts in Lower Manhattan are intended to boost local image and economy that has gone missing since 9/11. CAMM Metals' signature metalwork in the Goldman Sachs building will contribute to the revitalization ― and so will OMAX abrasive waterjet technology.
President: Al Soucie
Location: East Windsor, CT
Specializes in: Architectural and Manufacturing