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Jet Edge has announced that Reuel, based in Goldsboro, NC, has installed the Mid Rail Gantry ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting system.

With the new waterjet system, Reuel is capable of cutting complex parts from virtually any material with water that has been pressurized to 60,000 lb/in2 and mixed with an abrasive.

Reuel specialises in moulded switchgear components, apparatus bushings and specialty products for medium-voltage electrical distribution equipment.

It also manufactures traction-power substations for mass transit authorities and large-scale contractors.

According to Jason Stevens, project engineer at Reuel, the company decided to add waterjet cutting to its machining capabilities because it is the most effective way to cut GP03 fibreglass, one of the primary materials used in the company’s switchgear components for its traction-power substation line.

He said: ‘Waterjet is the best way to cut parts from this material because it eliminates an aggravating fine dust that is created by other cutting methods.

‘This dust can cause accelerated machine wear especially in machine ways and optical encoders.’ Reuel also plans to cut other materials with its waterjet machine, including steel, stainless steel, polycarbonate and copper.

Prior to purchasing its Jet Edge system, Reuel had been outsourcing its waterjetting, but determined it would be more cost-effective and efficient to bring its waterjet cutting in-house.

Within a week of installing the Jet Edge, Reuel had already trained five employees how to run the machine (the company cross-trains its fabrication shop employees) and was busy cutting GP03 insulating components for a traction-power substation it is building for a light rail system in New Orleans.

Reuel is building two substations for the city’s transit authority to replace units damaged by flooding following Hurricane Katrina.

Stevens said he researched 20 waterjet systems from various manufacturers before deciding on Jet Edge.

He said: ‘I like Jet Edge’s vertical integration and one call for service.

‘A lot of the other companies require you to call one company for parts and service on the gantry and another for parts and service on the pump.

‘I also liked Jet Edge’s 24-hour availability.

‘Many other waterjet manufacturers were available eight to five in their time zone or they had online support.’ The Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry selected by Reuel features an 8ft x 13ft work envelope with an exposed tank that easily accommodates overhead loading.

It comes standard with one abrasive jet cutting head; a second cutting head can be added to increase productivity.

The Mid Rail Gantry is ball-screw-driven for higher accuracy.

Its sturdy heavy-wall tubular steel construction eliminates vibration and increases longevity.

The Mid Rail Gantry utilises an industrial PC controller and can be configured so that all three axes are fully programmable (Z optional).

It also features direct-couple AC brushless digital servo motors and single or double carriages.

Critical bearing components are protected with heavy metal covers with brush seals.

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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