Tag: Tilt-A-Jet

Shop Capitalizes on Water Over Wire

Every once in a while, Jack McGrail will cut a potential customer's part for free, just to prove a point. These rare occasions usually involve customers who are convinced that the work is best suited for Mr. McGrail's wire EDM equipment. Typically, their initial skepticism becomes pleasant surprise with the revelation that he can meet required specifications in less time using abrasive...

Building a Business on Waterjet Cutting

Today's waterjet systems attract more work than most shops realize.

By Charles Bates Senior Editor

When Patrick Hill and Mario Marotti started their jobshop, they banked their business on one machine: an abrasive-waterjet system. They did so because they believed the technology offered more opportunities for jobs from many diverse markets as compared to conventional machining...

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...

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...

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-...

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...

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...

Mad Systems. Interfacing Mechanical Interactive, Electronics, and Story Telling Since 1998

Mad Systems in Orange, California is a company that creates unique and creative integrated displays for theme parks, museums, exhibitions, and restaurants.  They specialize in audio/video delivery and controls, interactive displays, lighting, special effects, motion control, and a whole range of crazy stuff.  Mad System's customer base is extremely broad, ranging from National...

Domestic Waterjet Owner Counterpunches Offshore Manufacturing

Trupart Manufacturing, Inc.

15 years ago, a family-owned metal fabrication business in Southern California faced the harsh reality of losing long-term punch press jobs to overseas manufacturers. At the time, they couldn't compete with the cheaper manufacturing rates which drove so many lucrative U.S. projects to China, India, or Southeast Asia. Next generation family owner Shane Prukop re...

Veteran Community's First Holiday Dinner Table Made Possible by Carapace Armor Technology

Carapace Armor Technology

Carapace Armor Technology joined forces with the Extreme Makeover Home Edition television cast to customize a dinner table for the StepsNStages Jubilee House, a transitional housing facility for female veterans in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Jubilee House community hosted their first Thanksgiving dinner on an official dining table, instead of a table randomly...

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