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Jet Edge has announced that Jacquet Mid Atlantic of Pottstown, US, has installed Jet Edge’s large-format Mid Rail Gantry waterjet system.

The Mid Rail Gantry is the third Jet Edge waterjet system at Jacquet’s Mid Atlantic service center and the company’s sixth Jet Edge waterjet system nationwide.

The system features a 21ft x 13ft work envelope with a design that can accommodate overhead loading with the bridge clearing the tank.

Jacquet equipped the waterjet table with two Jet Edge Permalign II abrasivejet cutting heads and a 100HP intensifier pump to increase productivity.

They also added an optional mirroring package, independent programmable Z carriages, programmable height sensing, a fully functional remote pendant, large-capacity bulk abrasive hopper, submerged cutting package, closed-loop water filtration system and garnet removal system.

A subsidiary of Jacquet Metals of Lyon Saint Priest, France, Jacquet Mid Atlantic is one of four Jacquet metal service centres in North America.

Jacquet specialises in supplying and processing stainless steel and nickel alloys for OEMS, fabricators and machine shops that support primarily the oil and gas, power generation, pollution control systems and water purification industries.

Jacquet’s North American service centres provide waterjet and plasma-arc part cutting.

‘We have a very large inventory of stainless steel and nickel in many different grades, thicknesses and widths, and we are able to cut near net-shape parts,’ said Jacquet chief executive, Terry Engle.

‘Having the combination of that, plus our fast turnaround, has really helped our growth,’ he added.

When Jacquet opened its North American operations in 2006, Engle decided to install the largest waterjet cutting systems available to meet a growing demand for large-format cold cutting.

Over a two-year period, Engle installed Jet Edge Low Rail Gantries at each of his plants.

‘Because the tables are so large, we can hold extremely large plates up to 15ft x 21ft,’ said Engle.

‘We also have two cutting heads on each table, so we can process two plates simultaneously or utilise two heads on one nested plate of parts, doubling our productivity.

‘This has provided us with additional work because we can cut two parts at a time and reduce the cost and turnaround to the customer,’ he added.

Engle noted that waterjet is the ideal cutting method for most of his applications because it eliminates heat-affected zones (HAZ) and reduces the need for secondary finishing operations, which results in lower finished part costs for his customers.

If a customer desires a polished near-finished part, Jacquet typically cuts the part from polished plates.

This saves time and money for customers because it eliminates the need for them to polish individual parts.

‘Whenever we have customers who need small parts or tight tolerances or special sketch cuts, we push them toward waterjet,’ said Engle.

‘When we are cutting heavy plate, we try to convince them to go with waterjet because they can save on material.

‘When you cut with plasma, you have to add additional kerf and material for machining.

‘Waterjet saves on material and machining.

‘When roughing material to allow for machining afterwards, waterjet does not put any heat into the part, allowing the material to be machined much easier and saving on tooling costs,’ he added.

Engle decided to buy his systems from Jet Edge after researching several waterjet manufacturers and interviewing references.

‘I did a very thorough follow up with Jet Edge’s references,’ he said.

‘They all spoke very highly of the reliability of the pump, technical service and Jet Edge’s on-time parts delivery.

‘I also was very impressed with Jet Edge’s sales process and technical expertise,’ he added.

Engle decided to buy his latest Jet Edge waterjet machine based on his success with Jet Edge’s equipment, service and training.

‘We have run our other systems 16 hours a day or more for over two and a half years,’ he said.

‘Anytime we have had issues, Jet Edge has been very good at offering technical solutions to help us out.

‘Jet Edge’s lifetime training programme has also been very beneficial for us,’ he added.

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision waterjet cutting, surface preparation and coating removal.

Jet Edge manufactures precision waterjet cutting tables, waterjet pumps, and waterjet parts and accessories.Jet Edge also manufactures mobile waterjet systems for portable water jet cutting, ultra-high pressure water blasting, cleaning and surface preparation.This vertical integration provides customers with the convenience of only having to call one company for sales, service and parts.

Jet Edge service is available 24/7/365 days a year.

Jet Edge waterjet systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops. Jet Edge waterjets are capable of cutting virtually any material, including metals, stone, plastics, composites, rubber, foam, food and paper. Jet Edge waterjets are built in St.Michael, MN, USA.The company has distributors in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

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