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OMAX 55100 jet machining centre

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User: Enertec Rail Equipment

When railway component manufacturer Enertec Rail Equipment, Blainville, QC, needed to purchase a second waterjet machine to keep up with growing business, it was an easy decision.

Last October, the company purchased its second OMAX 55100 JetMachining Centre, from supplier Spark & Co., Blainville, QC – who conveniently is located across the street from Enertec.

“We purchased the exact same machine because we wanted part interchangeability as well as the ability to have a single operator on two machines,” explains Jean Desrosiers, general manager. “The machine is durable [for tough shop floor environments] and easy to operate. I haven’t tried many other waterjets, but we did a lot of research before we purchased our first OMAX. We wanted a machine to be user friendly for programming and reliable. And we have that in our two waterjets.”

For Enertec, the software-based OMAX Intelli-MAX controls, which include free upgrades for the life of the shop’s machines, make it simple to load a customer’s DFX part file, initiate a tool path and have the machines running in minutes. And if needed, the control allows the shop to quickly draw part files from scratch.

Desrosiers adds that “a 3D part can also be easily cut by doing a second waterjet pass on the same part, set on its side at 90° with a second cutting program.”

The 30 hp machines also feature OMAX’s “Computer First-Move Later” motion control system, which automates programming and tool setup work.
With no tool changes or complex fixturing, fabricators can reduce setup times by close to 50 per cent. 

In Enertec’s case, the company cuts copper for conductors, half inchstainless steel for gear boxes as well as titanium and other alloys for contract jobs. One unique job cut on the waterjet was a nine in. diameter titanium rod for a steel foundry. Enertec had to cut 96 in. long rods into quarters. “Waterjet is an efficient way to cut titanium by cold cutting,” says Desrosiers.

As OMAX’s largest cantilever-style machine, the 55100 is equipped with a table size of 3.2 m x 1.7 m (126 in. x 65 in.) and work envelope offering an X-Y cutting travel of 2.5 m x 1.4 m (100 in. x 55 in.). The machine’s cantilever Y axis on a bridge X axis, with a motorized Z axis, gives Enertec the option to load material from three open sides of the machine.
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