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With three Omax 80160 JetMachining Centers, cutting possibilities abound at Pal-Con Ltd.

By Lisa Rummler

Until about two years ago, Pal-Con Ltd., Stephensville, Texas, serviced and rebuilt regenerators for the natural gas and electrical industries.

In 2007, though, following a move into a 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-artmanufacturing facility, the family-owned company took...

Waterjet Cutting More Than Flat Blanks

Advanced control technology has made it possible for abrasive waterjet cutting systems to make accurate complex 2-dimensional parts directly from a CAD drawing file input by a machine operator.  Now even more advanced control systems have been developed to permit rapid creation of 3-dimensional parts from 3-D CAD files.  As dimensions are added, the motion control required for...

Two Omax Waterjets Redefine What One Job Machine Shop Can Do

FF Journal

Life is full of outsourcing. We hire cleaning personnel to vacuum our carpets, babysitters to look after our children and accountants to sort through our taxes.

In the metal fabrication business, sending fabrication and cutting work to other companies can be costly and timeconsuming. The waterjet, however, could be considered the ultimate "insourcing" machine, as...

Newer Linear-drive Technology Improves Waterjet Accuracy, Reduces Costs

Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision cutting machines more affordable. 

Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives while using the latest in precision linear encoder technology.  Previous articles in this series have explained how...

The Retail Niche

Finding the right market niche is a trusted recipe for prosperity for almost any business.  For Irvington, NJ-based Infinite Sign Industries, a designer and provider of architectural signage, the retail market was just that niche.  With stylish clients like Coach, Burberry, and Giorgio Armani, Infinite Sign Industries has found plenty of success and continues to make its mark in the...

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Limits to the Precision of Abrasive Jet Cutting

The market size for abrasive jet cutting is dependent on both the speed of the machine and the precision of the resultant part. Early abrasiive jets were crude, slow cutting devices that were used only as the process of last resort where all other fabrication methods failed usually because of the difficult properties of the materlia being cut. Today, abrasive jet machining is approaching the...

Waterjet Drives Engineering Innovation

As a sport that pushes the envelope at 200-plus miles per hour, NASCAR is often viewed by fans as an ultimate test of man and machine. Seat-of-the-pants driving and masterful strategy, however, are not the only elements that distinguish the winners from the rest—the creativity and ingenuity of engineers and machinists behind the scenes can be just as important.   That ingenuity and...

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...

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Advancement of Versatile Waterjet Technology to Rebuild Competitiveness in Manufacturing

In the current economic crisis, several hundred thousand manufacturing jobs have been and many more are expected to be cut. This white paper attempts to help recover the manufacturing sector by creating new jobs while curbing outsourcing through rebuilding America’s manufacturing leadership and competitiveness. We propose to meet the above societal challenge through advancing and...

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...

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