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OMAX To Demonstrate Waterjet Precision At EuroBLECH 2021

OMAX To Demonstrate Waterjet Precision At EuroBLECH 2021

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OMAX Corp will showcase their extensive product line at EuroBLECH 2021. EuroBlech 2020 has been rescheduled to March 9th-12th 2021. Included in this year’s line up the ProtoMAX and OMAX 55100. Visitors to the OMAX booth (Hall 12 / Stand H80) will experience versatility and high precision proving there is a waterjet for every level of manufacturing.

ProtoMAX is a compact cutting tool ideal for prototyping and low-volume abrasive waterjet cutting. With a cutting window of 305 mm by 305 mm, the light-industrial waterjet cuts nearly any material up to 26 mm thick. The ProtoMAX is perfect for small job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces and personal use.

A much more robust machine, the OMAX 55100 JetMachining Center is the largest of the OMAX cantilever-style machines. With the addition of a Tilt-a-Jet and a 40hp EnduroMAX pump, the OMAX waterjet become a powerful and versatile tool to add to your shop floor. The Tilt-A-Jet positions the nozzle at a precise angle calculated by the industry-leading IntelliMAX software to exactly offset the natural taper from the abrasive jet.

IntelliMAX was engineered specifically for use with abrasive waterjets and no special machine code knowledge is required to use it. A person unfamiliar with CNC machine operation can learn to cut parts on an OMAX waterjet in just a few hours. Online training for machine operation and maintenance is provided free, so customers can access training information whenever they need it and at their own pace. In addition to being easy to use, IntelliMAX software is compatible with more than 90 different file formats, including all major CAD program file types, plus graphics file formats such as .jpg, .gif, and .png files. This means almost any 2D or 3D part file can be imported directly into an OMAX waterjet controller and turned into a real part.

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The Metal Machining Versatility Of Abrasive Waterjets

The Metal Machining Versatility of Abrasive Waterjets

In today’s dynamic manufacturing world, flexibility and versatility is the name of the game. Those shops that adapt and succeed are those that have moved beyond a single-purpose machinery mentality and embraced highly versatile multi-purpose technologies. Article by Joshua Swainston, OMAX Corp.

Innovation dictates how and what we machine. Steel and aluminum are standards, but new alloys are changing how we construct everything, from key rings to airplanes. On top of this, customer demands continue to change. When they do, your machine shop must adapt and change as well.

In today’s dynamic manufacturing world, flexibility is the name of the game, and those shops that adapt and succeed are those that have moved beyond a single-purpose machinery mentality and embraced highly versatile multi-purpose technology such as abrasive waterjet cutting.

Abrasive waterjet is a method of material cutting using a high-pressure stream of water to erode a narrow cut in the part stock material. To cut a wider range of materials from tool steel to titanium to foam, a granular (typically garnet) abrasive is added to the waterjet, increasing its cutting power.

Waterjet manufactures, such as OMAX Corp., often offer an array of additional features and specialized software that further enhance waterjet machining with such capabilities as beveled cutting and taper compensation, among others. With the versatility of an abrasive waterjet, you and your shop are ready for whatever part material changes may happen in the future.

Figure 2: Waterjets come in an array of sizes to meet your shop’s needs and capabilities.

Controlling workflows and costs

Most machine shops will tell you cost control and short turnaround times are the most important aspects to running a profitable operation. One of the major reasons a shop decides to purchase an abrasive waterjet is to bring advanced cutting capabilities in house, which has the potential to pay huge dividends. Outsourcing metal cutting and near netting eats into turn-around times and profit margins. By having a waterjet on your own shop floor, you control your workflow and costs, and no other shop knows this better than Titan Boats in Vancouver, Canada.

Titan Boats was spending time and money outsourcing its waterjet cutting, and according to Jennifer Michell, Organization Development Manager for Titan Boats, the reason was logistics. “Living on Vancouver Island means that the proximity to a waterjet machine that would meet the size requirements of our vessels, would have to be done off island,” she explained. “With that bears shipping costs and lead time waits. We wanted to eliminate those added expenses by the purchase of our waterjet.”

By adding its own abrasive waterjet, the shop was able to streamline its workflow and cut production times from several weeks to a few days.

In terms of types of material cut, an abrasive waterjet is the most versatile cutting method available. Where EDM specifically cuts electrically conductive materials, and laser is limited to thin, non-reflective metals, abrasive waterjet cuts virtually every metal on the market. Abrasive waterjet machines cut steel, aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, Inconel, chromel, cupronickel, and basically every other type of metal.

In particular, abrasive waterjet is excellent at cutting titanium (over other methods of manufacturing) as the jetstream of the waterjet never dulls, eliminating the need for time-consuming tool changes. Cutting metal on an abrasive waterjet is particularly attractive as the cut product has no heat affected zones (HAZ) or material distortion, often removing the need for secondary machining.

Versatility and accuracy

Venable Machine Works is another shop that now benefits from abrasive waterjet cutting for its part production operations. The Saskatoon, Canada, shop bought its OMAX 55100 in 2011, and Dan Wingerak, Venable’s machine shop foreman, explains his thinking when purchasing a waterjet. “When deciding between a flame, plasma, laser, or waterjet, we decided to go with the waterjet due to the precise cutting, option with no heat or heat affected distortion, and the ability to cut almost any type of material,” he said.

Lasers are typically extremely expensive and require extensive training for operators. Plasma can produce noxious fumes (depending on the material cut) and leave a rough-cut surface. For a machine shop weighing its machine tool options, a waterjet is a relatively inexpensive, clean and useful alternative.

In addition to its versatility in materials, abrasive waterjet handles the full spectrum of part sizes. For instance, abrasive waterjet is pushing the extremes when it comes to micro and macro machining. Used in medical, national defense, and circuitry applications, the MicroMAX JetMachining Center from OMAX, for example, is capable of a positioning accuracy within five microns. On the larger side, the OMAX 120X series, offered with a customizable cutting bed that can reach up to 40 feet by 10 feet, is being used in large tank fabrication as well as architectural metal and glass. The size of the finished product is only limited by the size of the waterjet’s cutting table, allowing a manufacturer to work as small or as large as needed without additional specialty equipment.

For K&W Tool from Michigan in the United States, the durability of its two abrasive waterjet machines is a huge benefit for the contract fabrication shop. “We use both of our OMAX 120X waterjets at least ten hours a day; if we are busy, we run them both 24/7,” said Camren Kring, Project Manager at K&W. “The ease of use and low maintenance associated with abrasive waterjet make them nearly capable of non-stop machining.”

K&W also added the OMAX A-jet accessory to its waterjets. With a cutting range from 0° to 60°, the A-Jet can easily cut beveled edges, angled sides, and countersinks. Advanced features in OMAX’s IntelliMAX Software Suite allow the A-Jet to compensate for taper and easily create complex 3D shapes. The A-Jet is a completely software-controlled multi-axis cutting head that greatly expands K&W’s versatility.

Software matters

The versatility of an abrasive waterjet is only as good as its software. Using underperforming software with an off-brand waterjet will result in off-spec parts. On the other hand, using software programmed with the unique characteristics of the waterjet in mind, coupled with a superior machine, results in excellent machining.

OMAX has made its software easy to use. With OMAX’s IntelliMAX software, the operator enters the material type and thickness, then the software calculates and controls the cutting. The machinability is already factored into the software. If an operator entered in a new design into the IntelliMAX MAKE program—the program that controls the waterjet—for instance, they will be prompted by a screen with a dropdown list of various material types. This dropdown list contains over 60 different materials ranging from red oak to Inconel to PVC and everything in between. Additional materials can be entered in manually, and after an operator enters the material and thickness, they are ready to cut. At any time, an operator can reset the material by a simple click of a button.

With the development of its ProtoMAX, OMAX incorporated all the versatility benefits of large abrasive waterjet cutters into a sleek and economical small abrasive waterjet that is perfect for job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces, personal use, and people like Dan Dumphy.

Dumphy started his own business, Dumphy Cycle Machining, in 2018 with the aid of the ProtoMAX, the first personal waterjet on the market.

What convinced Dumphy to use waterjet to start his business was the software. “The programming software is so easy to learn if you have general machining experience or use of CAD software. We can simply load an image and adjust it as needed, where CAM software on CNC mills and lathes can get a little tricky and time consuming. Plus, it’s simple to draw up a part from scratch,” he said.

The right cutting tool

Any shop machining metal needs a machine tool that can adapt to changing markets, that is easy to use, and that can produce precision parts. For fabrication shops, single purpose machines can be a deal breaker; and for manufacturers, it can be limiting. Shops don’t want to turn away work due to inadequate capabilities, nor do they want to suffer the cost of retooling with every product change.

In the rapidly changing world of machining, you need a tool that can accommodate any metal variation. With abrasive waterjet, you can be assured you have the right cutting tool to easily work whatever metal your company may come across tomorrow or in the future.

 

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China, SEA & Pacific Projected To Be Lucrative Regions In The Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market

China, SEA & Pacific Projected To Be Lucrative Regions In The Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market

According to a findings specified in the report on the Waterjet cutting machine market, the market is expected to witness steady growth over the forecast period (2018-2026), led by increasing industrialisation and manufacturing sector in emerging regions across the globe. The long-term outlook for the global Waterjet Cutting machine market is expected to remain positive and the market is expected to expand at a CAGR of nine percent during the forecast period.

 

Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market: Dynamics

Waterjet Cutting has emerged as a versatile, cost effective and accurate alternative to conventional cutting methods such as plasma, mills, lasers and EDM for many applications. Waterjet Cutting machines find applications in many industries such as metal cutting, automotive, aerospace, defense, semiconductors, disposable products, food, glass, ceramics and paper. This process cuts material without creating heat or any mechanical stress. Waterjet Cutting offers certain green benefits as this is a cold cutting process, which eliminates waste and slag deformation, which is quite common in laser and plasma cutting processes. This cutting technology offers great accuracy, productivity and efficiency. That apart, Waterjet cutting machines are more economic than laser machines. Abrasive jets are much faster than EDM, which removes metal at a comparatively slow rate. In comparison to plasma cutting, Waterjet s operate at a much lower temperature and there is no heat affected zone while the material is being cut with a Waterjet cutting machine. These are some of the factors positively impacting the growth of the Waterjet Cutting machine market

 

Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market: Segmentation Overview

  • On the basis of pump type, the Waterjet Cutting machine market has been segmented into direct drive pump and intensifier pump. The intensifier pump segment dominated the global market in 2017 and the segment is estimated to witness relatively high growth during the forecast period, which can be attributed to the higher efficiency and ability to deliver higher pressure as compared to direct drive pumps
  • On the basis of application, the two dimensional cutting segment is estimated to witness significant growth during the forecast period, due to the high demand for the metal fabrication industry
  • On the basis of pressure range, the Waterjet Cutting machine market has been segmented into up to 4200 Bar and more than 4200 Bar
  • On the basis of end use, the metal fabricating segment is dominating the market, followed by automotive and ceramics

 

Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market: Regional Overview

North America, followed by Europe, dominated the global Waterjet Cutting Machine market in 2017. SEA & Pacific and China are expected to be the most lucrative regions for the growth of the Waterjet Cutting machines market and these regions are creating significant opportunities for the manufacturers of Waterjet Cutting machines. Furthermore, increasing investment in automotive and manufacturing sectors in emerging regions creates a significant opportunity for the Waterjet Cutting machine market. Additionally, the Waterjet Cutting machine market is expected to witness significant growth in developed economies over the forecast period, owing to the healthy growth of construction and metal fabrication industries.

 

Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market: Vendor Insights

The report highlights some of the leading companies operating in the global Waterjet Cutting machine market such as A Innovative International Ltd., Caretta Technology s.r.l., CMS Industries, DARDI International Corporation, Flow International Corporation, Foshan Yongshengda Machinery Co., Ltd., H2O Jet, Hornet Cutting Systems, Hypertherm Inc., International Waterjet Machines, Jet Edge, Inc., KMT Waterjet, Koike Aronson, Inc., Metronics Technologies S.L., OMAX Corporation, Plasma Automation Inc., PTV, spol. s r.o., Semyx, LLC, STM Stein-Moser GmbH, Sugino Machine Limited, TECHNI Waterjet, TrennTek GmbH, WARDJet and Waterjet Sweden, among others.

 

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OMAX Presents Waterjet Cutting Technology At EMO 2019

OMAX Presents Waterjet Cutting Technology at EMO 2019

OMAX Corp. will present its OMAX 5555 JetMachining Center with a 40hp EnduroMAX pump and Tilt-A-Jet, as well as the latest in personal waterjets, the ProtoMAX, at EMO Hannover 2019. Visitors to the OMAX booth (Hall 16/Stand D01) will experience versatility, high precision and a compact design, demonstrating a waterjet for every level of manufacturing.

The OMAX 5555 is a perfect fit for shops needing an industrial machine with a smaller footprint capable of cutting 1,397×1,397mm. With a completely sealed and protected ball screw drive system, this robust and reliable workhorse is perfect for shops cutting projects needing high precision. The Tilt-A-Jet lets waterjet achieve virtually zero taper with most materials. The Tilt-A-Jet can position the nozzle at an angle calculated by the software to exactly offset the taper from the jet. Taper doesn’t disappear—it just gets moved to the scrap part of the material, leaving your part with exactly square edges.

In addition to its industrial machines, OMAX will demonstrate the new ProtoMAX personal abrasive waterjet system, a compact, self-contained cutting system ideally suited for prototyping and low volume cutting of almost any material, up to approximately 26mm thick.

Energy-effective direct drive pumps power both large machines. OMAX direct drive pumps use less electricity and water while reducing component fatigue. These pumps also run quietly and cleanly, making them the ideal solution for shops that want to do more with less.

Attendees also will experience OMAX’s easy-to-operate IntelliMAX control software, which was engineered specifically for use with abrasive waterjets and requires no special machine code knowledge to use. IntelliMAX is compatible with more than 90 different file formats, including all major CAD program file types, plus graphics file formats such as JPEG, GIF, and PNG files.

All OMAX lines of abrasive waterjets can cut almost anything, including aluminium, brass, bronze, carbon fibre composite, ceramic, copper, fibreglass, glass, granite, Kevlar, marble, stainless steel, titanium, tungsten and much more.

 

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OMAX And Hypertherm Form Leading Waterjet Offering In The Industry

OMAX And Hypertherm Form Leading Waterjet Offering In The Industry

OMAX Corporation, a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems, and Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, has announced the successful closing of a previously announced agreement to establish OMAX as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hypertherm.

The agreement, first announced on March 20, formally combines OMAX’s industry leading direct drive pumps, software, and applications technologies with Hypertherm’s complementary portfolio of intensifier-based pumps and abrasive recycling systems to form the industry’s leading waterjet technology offering.

“As one of the world’s top waterjet manufacturers, we are excited to officially join forces with a company that shares our values and vision to deliver the industry’s broadest and most technologically advanced line-up of waterjet products,” said OMAX co-founder and CEO John Cheung. “The Hypertherm culture and business philosophy is remarkably similar and complementary to OMAX, and I have no doubt, the company I founded will keep a keen focus on the needs of our valued customers, as we have done for the past 25 years. The OMAX Corporation, and all it stands for, is in great hands with a very bright future ahead of it.”

“We are confident the combination of OMAX and Hypertherm will advance our strategy of delivering diverse, technology-driven cutting solutions focused on dramatic improvements in customer outcomes. In uniting with OMAX, Hypertherm can combine the strengths of two highly talented engineering groups — OMAX engineers in Washington state with our waterjet group in Minnesota — to accelerate new waterjet technologies to market,” said Hypertherm president and CEO Evan Smith. “We have great respect for OMAX and its products and look forward to working closely with the OMAX team to build upon its founding legacy.”

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OMAX Join Forces With Hypertherm To Strengthen Its Waterjet Industry Leadership Position

OMAX Join Forces With Hypertherm To Strengthen Its Waterjet Industry Leadership Position

OMAX Corporation, a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems, plans to join forces with Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, following the signing of a definitive merger agreement that establishes OMAX as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hypertherm. Upon the closing of the transaction, expected on or around 9 April 2019, OMAX’s industry leading direct drive pumps, software, and applications technologies will combine with Hypertherm’s complementary portfolio of intensifier-based pumps and abrasive recycling systems, to form the industry’s leading waterjet technology offering.

“When the late Dr. Olsen and I founded OMAX 25 years ago, our goal was to combine new motion control technology with software to create an abrasive waterjet system unlike anything else on the market. We more than succeeded, creating one of the world’s top waterjet manufacturers,” said John Cheung, co-founder and CEO of OMAX. “Together, we have been planning for the future of OMAX for some time. In planning for this future, we wanted to partner with a company that shared our values and vision. We wanted a company that would protect our culture, provide stability for our employees, and give our customers products and services consistent with our mission statement. Though Dr. Olsen is sadly not here for today’s announcement, I am comforted knowing he completely supported and wanted this for OMAX.”

“Hypertherm is excited to welcome OMAX to our family and to bring together the leading waterjet R&D and engineering team in the world with our hardworking and talented waterjet team in Minnesota,” said Hypertherm president and CEO Evan Smith. “We are confident the combination of OMAX’s cutting-edge technology and solutions, innovation focus, strong brand name, commitment to customers, and excellent culture is a perfect complement to Hypertherm’s waterjet offerings and plasma cutting industry leadership position. It enhances our strategy of delivering cutting solutions that put customer needs first.”

Hypertherm does not plan to make significant changes to OMAX’s operations, management structure, or distribution channels. The company’s current offices and manufacturing operations in Kent, Washington, where the majority of its 367 associates are located, will remain intact, with no consolidations or reductions planned, in keeping with Hypertherm’s no-layoff philosophy. Hypertherm also anticipates continuing both the Hypertherm and OMAX waterjet product offerings and brands, as the companies’ technologies and business models balance each other.

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EuroBLECH 2018: Hypertherm Launches Two Metal Cutting Innovations

EuroBLECH 2018: Hypertherm Launches Two Metal Cutting Innovations

Hypertherm has introduced two new systems at EuroBLECH 2018. These systems are the XPR170, which joins the XPR300 as the only two X-Definition capable systems in the world and the industry’s first predictive maintenance waterjet pumps, called HyPrecision Predictive, which is capable of substantially reducing maintenance costs and disruptions caused by non-planned service.

A combination of engineering advances and refined high definition plasma processes help the XPR170 with X-Definition class plasma deliver unmatched plasma cut quality on thin to mid-range thickness metal. The cut quality advances are especially notable on non-ferrous metals like aluminum and stainless steel because of numerous patent-pending processes that create squarer cut edges, markedly less angularity, and excellent surface finish. At the same time, the system cuts faster and uses power more efficiently than earlier generation systems. Consumable life and cut quality over the life of the consumables are also able to benefit from a dramatic boost thanks to patent-pending technology that protects consumables from the negative impact of ramp down errors, helping XPR consumables last up to three times longer.

“We’ve enjoyed changing peoples’ perceptions of plasma since the introduction of the XPR300 with X-Definition plasma a year and a half ago,” said Phil Parker, product Marketing Manager for Hypertherm’s Heavy Industrial line of plasma systems. “Even experienced fabricators are surprised by the precision they are seeing, and we have seen more than a few instances where fabricators have adopted XPR plasma with its lower initial investment cost, instead of laser.”

The company’s new generation of waterjet pumps, called the HyPrecision Predictive, are equipped with features such as Hypertherm’s proven Advanced Intensifier Technology and new patented technologies that adjust for pressure and temperature, oil viscosity, and hydraulic system wear parts, along with technology that enables customers to use seals up to 40 percent longer. In addition to technologies to increase performance and reduce system downtime, HyPrecision Predictive pumps are designed with ease of service in mind. Features such as a color-coded junction box, electrical cable harnesses, quick-disconnect fittings, and an easy access bleed-down valve all make maintenance faster and less expensive. Safety is also considered. A clear window cover lets the operator see the intensifier and attenuator. Optional electrical interlocks prevent unauthorised access and can automatically stop the pump when opened. Finally, Seal Maintenance Technology  helps keep the top deck and shop floor free of oil and water.

“In engineering this system, we worked to really understand the pain points that companies using waterjet face. Without question, the number one issue was surprise system downtime,” explains John Caron, waterjet product Marketing Manager. “Our new HyPrecision Predictive systems are engineered to eliminate that pain point, while delivering increased productivity and performance, improved serviceability and safety, and lower maintenance costs.”

In addition to EuroBLECH, Hypertherm will showcase both systems at this year’s FABTECH which takes place early next month in Atlanta. People interested in learning more can also contact any authorized OEM or visit www.hypertherm.com.

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