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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 its business a step further and began manufacturing the Pal-Tex Regenerator in house. “It's a big heat exchanger,” says Randy Thompson, COO at Pal-Con. “It looks kind of like a radiator on steroids, and it has fins [made] of a thin material.” These components are made of 0.015-inch 409 stainless, and they have high spots and low spots, which presented challenges in terms of being able to cut them properly.

  2. Wagner Makes Waves with JETCAM Driving OMAX Waterjet

    Today's Industrial Products & Solutions Wagner Machine Co, based in Champaign, Illinois provides precision CNC machine shop services spanning a wide variety of cutting technologies. They purchased an OMAX 2652 Waterjet cutter in 2003, which has a maximum cutting table of 26" x 52". The supplied CAM software was capable of automatic nesting of simple components, but did not have the ability to automically perform dissimilar part nesting. Said Kurt Wagner, Project Manager, "Initially the software supplied with the machine met our needs, but as the business grew we found that we were spending several hours a day nesting. As we could not autonest we were creating nests in our CAD software manually and exporting a complete DXF nest for the CAM system to program. This worked well initially but was very time consuming."

  3. Washington Manufacturer Finds Abrasivejet Machining Cost-Effective Cutting Answer

    Mike McDonald, owner of Keller Machine and Fabrication, Inc., will be the first to admit that he used to be one of abrasivejet machining's greatest skeptics. Mr. McDonald worked in the industry for 17 years before buying Keller Machining and Fabrication, Inc., based in Kent, Washington. "I wanted to use KMF to help customers solve specific problems and, in doing so, take advantage of other possible markets for the solutions we created." Finding other markets would be tough--the industry was in a severe slump at the time, and KMF was doing anything it could to stay afloat. Moreover, job shops that had been surviving on the aerospace industry were now competing for KMF's bread and butter--industrial manufacturing and machining.

  4. 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 accurate cutting with a flexible abrasive waterjet stream have become much more complex.  However, that complexity is handled entirely by the control computer software.  To the user, the process has actually become more simple.  Now it is possible to make 3-D parts with features such as beveled edges and even complex cylindrical tube intersections with relative ease.  Standard CAD programs can be used to describe the geometry desired and the advanced control software converts that geometry into a motion control program that automatically adjusts for the jet lag and taper inherent in the abrasive waterjet cutting process.  The result is an accurate part that was deceptively simple to program.  

  5. 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 creativity is a driving force behind the success of one team, Hendrick Motorsports, which maintains a commitment to investing in advanced technology. One recent equipment purchase, an abrasive waterjet machine from OMAX, has not only improved the flexibility of the team's manufacturing processes, but also created more opportunity for engineering innovation.  The OMAX system has the ability to produce quick-turnaround prototype and developmental parts in materials ranging from carbon fiber composites to stainless steel.  New design ideas can be quickly created, tested, improved and then produced in any desired quantity.  That means faster innovation and more success on the track.

  6. Waterjet Evolves Into Precision Alternative

    Abrasive waterjet cutting has historically been seen as a novel tool for rough cutting of materials such as steel, aluminum, titanium, Inconel® , and glass – sort of a glorified bandsaw for 2D shapes. But today™s waterjet technology has advanced into new territory. With the latest in technology offered by waterjet manufactures and coupled with one firm™s technical innovations, waterjet is now entering the ultra-high tolerance 3D machining world and cutting advanced ceramics and composites in ways that compete with or replace more conventional practices in less time and for less money. Computer algorithms that control both machine motion and waterjet cutting dynamics have pushed waterjet versatility to the forefront in modern machining practices, explains Jim Calder, president, Abrasive Waterjet& CNC Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA). In some cases, waterjet in its most sophisticated application is now a technology enabler that allows the user to manufacture in ways previously not considered. Abrasive Waterjet (AWC) is one company that is pushing the waterjet technology into this new manufacturing forefront.

  7. Waterjet Goes Mainstream

    by Charles Bates Cutting with water? Not as wild and wacky as some might think. Abrasive waterjet has never been considered a run-of-the-mill machining technology. In its early days, shops thought it weird, typically using it only as a last resort when all other cutting methods failed. As if this wasn't enough of a setback, the process had problems with accuracy, reliability, and repeatability — not to mention noise and mess. But times are changing. Though most shops don't run out and buy one the way they would a lathe, abrasive waterjet has persevered and is now ready for prime-time action. Today, improvements in intensifier and crankshaft pumps, nozzle designs, and controls let these machines cut to tighter tolerances, program more easily, and run more quietly and with less mess. Jobshops, especially, can profit from using the new water-jet systems because of their versatility, explains Mike Ruppenthal of Flow International Corp., Kent, Wash. He says these systems can accommodate anything that comes through the door, whether it be titanium, Inconel, copper, brass, steel, aluminum, or molybdenum. Waterjet systems can even tackle heat treated or laminated materials, adds Dan Gotz of Jet Edge, St. Michael, Minn. A shop cutting these materials can easily produce parts with good edge quality — almost a sandblasted abrasive look on softer materials and a true machine finish on harder materials — without having the machining process adversely affect the material, as it would in conventional machining. In addition, waterjet machining often eliminates secondary processing that is necessary with other cutting methods.

  8. Waterjet Machine Available at Vashon College

    By Leslie Brown For years, John Olsen, an MIT-trained engineer with a doctorate in fluid mechanics, has wondered how Vashon artists might use the water-jet technology he first developed in his garage on the Island some 30 years ago. Now, thanks to a chance conversation on a ferry boat, he’s getting an opportunity to find out. Olsen, whose backyard experiments ultimately led to him building a patented abrasive jet machine that has spawned a multimillion- dollar-a-year industry, has sold one of his used machines to Vashon College, giving the small school a pay-as-you-go deal it could afford.

  9. Waterjets Cut Through DNA

    TMD Today's Medical Developments Cancer patients receiving treatment at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have no idea that the same facility houses a working machine shop. This small, but wellequipped, shop plays a key role in supporting not only patient treatments, but also cancer research, in particular DNA sequencing. The majority of work done at the shop involves producing fixturing for the hospital to position cancer patients precisely and in a repeatable fashion for different types of radiation therapy. Additionally, the shop does maintenance work for the hospital and its new in-house cyclotron, and will prototype and manufacture components for local medical research labs, including the Agency's Genome Sciences Center (GSC). The GSC is part of a worldwide effort to use advanced DNA sequencing technology to fight cancer by understanding the unique molecular profile of individual patient tumors. This, in turn, will guide treatment by helping doctors choose which drugs to administer for chemotherapy. A key to making this a routine treatment approach is efficient preparation of DNA samples from patient tumors and normal tissue. The GSC is all about high throughput, processing as many samples as possible, as quickly as possible. It is currently the largest gene-sequencing center in Canada, and one of t0 such facilities in the world.

  10. Waterjets Move into the Mainstream

    Manufacturing Engineering April 2005 Vol. 134 No. 4 Robert B. Aronson, Senior Editor Waterjet is said to be the fastest growing manufacturing technique. But can a process that's good at cutting chicken parts do anything for you? Quite possibly, yes. Waterjet, in a single machine, can greatly extend the manufacturer's capabilities. The buyers of waterjet systems seem equally split between companies that want them for production use and service groups, or job shops that want to serve a wider range of customer requirements. There are two forms of waterjet cutting, pure water, and abrasive waterjet. In either case, the highly pressurized water passes through a narrow orifice in a cutting head positioned above the material to be cut. The size of the orifice is adjusted to suit the material density. Easily penetrated materials can be cut with an orifice as small as 0.003" (0.08 mm) while harder materials may require an orifice up to 0.030" (0.8 mm).

  11. Your innovative, Lean, Problem Solving Machine Shop in Northern Utah

    Leading Edge Machine's Equipment Two journeymen machinists, each with more than 15 years of experience in the precision machining industry, opened their own business four years ago. Corey Anderson and Brian Deffinger, co-owners of Leading Edge Machine, made a bold but calculated decision to own their own business. The two knew each other well, as Corey had worked under the direction of Brian at a machine shop for nearly nine years. "We had no customers when we opened for business," Corey said. "We borrowed from our personal assets to open Leading Edge Machine. We knew we needed some differentiating equipment to launch, equipment that wasn't readily available in Northern Utah." The two purchased brand new machines: a Hurco TM10 and an Omax 55100 waterjet. "Four years ago, there was only one waterjet locally, so we determined our shop would specialize in waterjet cutting and turning," Brian said. "We also knew that we didn't want any downtime -- you can't satisfy customers when you can't deliver - so we purchased only new machinery," he continued. The company has doubled their revenues nearly every year they have been in business, and today they serve such diverse customers in the military, construction, engineering, commercial and automotive industries. Their customers number approximately 100 today.

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