Jacquet Midwest Installs Waterjet-Cutting SystemOctober 1, 2015
Metal service center Jacquet Midwest has installed a dual-head five-axis Edge X-5 waterjet-cutting system from Jet Edge at its facility in Racine, WI. This is Jacquet Midwest’s third Jet Edge system, and the company plans to use the new system to provide beveling and chamfering services to its customers in the Midwest as well as nationwide through its five regional service centers.
The system features a 21 by 13-ft. work envelope, which enables processing of full 8 by 20-ft. or 10 by 20-ft. plates. The dual five-axis cutting heads enable double production and can cut precise 3D parts from virtually any material, including bevels to 50 deg., according to Jet Edge officials. Powered by a 60,000-psi, 100-hp intensifier pump, the ball-screw-driven system offers repeatability of ±0.001 in. It also has submerged or above-water cutting capabilities as well as a proprietary plate-mapping feature that allows precise nozzle-to-plate standoff.
“With the precision that we’ll be able to achieve with the five-axis taper control machine, we can provide a tighter-tolerance part from the top edge to the bottom edge, eliminating a lot of the machining,” says Dan Chatterton, Jacquet Midwest CEO. “It allows us to do much more for our customers; we can bevel-cut, taper-control and chamfer holes on both the top and bottom edges of the material.”
See also: Jet Edge Waterjet Systems