Ultra-high pressure water jet manfacturer Jet Edge, Inc. (St. Michael, Minn.) is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1984, Jet Edge entered the waterjet industry during the industry’s infancy and has grown to become a major supplier of ultra-high pressure waterjet technology. Jet Edge waterjets are used in a wide range of industries around the world, including automotive, aerospace, defense, industrial manufacturing, food production, and machine and job shops. Jet Edge’s product line includes precision waterjet cutting systems, waterjet pumps, and mobile waterjet cutting and surface preparation systems.
“We’ve come a long way since 1984,” says Jude Lague, Jet Edge president. “We’ve seen waterjet technology evolve from its 36,000 psi (2500 bar) water-only past to today’s sophisticated and highly precise 5-axis and robotic systems that can reach pressures exceeding 90,000 psi (6200 bar). Back in 1984, or even in 1994, waterjet was such a niche technology that many people hadn’t even heard of it. Today, it’s as common as any machine tool, and is used to manufacture countless everyday items.”
Continues Lague, “Our company’s founder Chris Possis couldn’t find a satisfactory waterjet pump, so he built his own. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to help hundreds of customers improve their manufacturing processes.”
The company also announced recently that KF Machinery (Lakeville, Minn.) is now distributing Jet Edge precision waterjet cutting systems in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Western Wisconsin and Western Iowa. KF Machinery offers full-service precision sheet metal manufacturing and forming equipment to manufacturers in a variety of industries, including precision sheet metal, metal fabricating, electronics, aerospace, agricultural, plate fabricators and vessel manufacturers.