Tag: Aerospace

Waterjet Cutting of Indiana started with a business plan and an OMAX

Self-starter Armed with only a business plan, a shop owner selects the right machines to take on rising demand BY GRETCHEN SALOIS

Indianapolis, known as the Racing Capital of the World, is the city where competitors burn through parts as quickly as they complete laps. Drivers who complete the course achieve such feats of speed due to carefully engineered and reliably constructed...

Abrasive Waterjet Technology: Fast, Accurate Parts Production Starts Here

Abrasive waterjet machines require minimal fixturing, offer quick setups and make it easy to go from idea to finished part in no time. Attributes that many manufacturers see as a winning combination for prototype development. And, while this is true, it creates the perception for some that these machines are best suited for single-piece or niche applications. But nothing could be further from...

Research in Waterjet Technology Lead to Advanced Materials Development

Florida State University's High-Performance Materials Institute is paving the way when it comes to narrowing the gap between research and practical use of a new, high-performance composite material that could be up to 10 times lighter and 250 times stronger than steel, twice as hard as diamond, and highly conductive to electricity and heat. This advanced material, sometimes referred to as...

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...

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...

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...

Machining Composites With Abrasive Waterjet

Cutting composite material is a perfect application for abrasive waterjets. A precision waterjet with a taper compensating head will machine 1/4" thick carbon fiber as fast as 180 inches/minute at 60,000 psi with taper of less than 0.001" per side. And 13/16" thick G10 can be machined as fast as 40 inches/minute at 60,000 psi with the same precision.

While speed and...

MAXIEM 1515 Keeps Small Jobs Cost Efficient

Metal Products Engineering

Metal Products Engineering began their business as a Lockheed subcontractor in 1940. Since then, the company has designed and built an impressive inventory of customized progressive dies in their Los Angeles facility. To remain competitive throughout the years, the company supplemented its aerospace business with a diversified customer base of commercial products....

South Texan Machine Shop Shows True Grit With Waterjet Competitiveness

Amaida Machine Shop, LLC

Three years after opening his business, Amaida Machine Shop, L.L.C. owner Samuel Torres acquired an OMAX 55100 JetMachining® Center to incorporate waterjet cutting technology in his modern machining facility in Edinburg, Texas. By 2009, many competing machine shops in his vicinity closed their doors for business – but not Amaida.

"We kept...

Adapting for the Future

Custom Precision Technologies

The staff at Custom Precision Technologies (CPT) in Florida faced a tragic crisis in early November 2008. Their entire facility burned to the ground from a random fire, and they lost all their equipment including their OMAX® 80160 JetMachining® Center. CPT was in immediate recovery mode as they searched for a temporary place to set up shop again and to...

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