Water-only water jets cut with ultra-high pressure water alone. Abrasivejets cut with an abrasive material (usually garnet) that has been added to the water stream. Water-only waterjets can cut through softer materials such as food, rubber and foam. Abrasive waterjets are used to cut through harder materials such as plastic, composites, stone and metals. A crankshaft or direct-drive style pump uses a crank to drive the waterjet pump's plunger, while an intensifier uses a hydraulic cylinder to drive the plunger. Intensifier pumps cost somewhat more upfront, but pay for themselves over time with lower maintenance costs and longer service life. Jet Edge has customers who have logged more than 35,000 hours on waterjet intensifier pumps that are still going strong. Materials commonly cut with waterjet include rubber, foam, plastics, composites, stone, tile, metals, food, paper and much more.
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Jet Edge, Inc. is a large manufacturer of high-pressure waterjet technologies. The company was founded in 1984. Its headquarters is based in St. Michael, Minneapolis, United States. Jet Edge offers a broad range of products under the following categories: Waterjet Motion Systems, Waterjet Pumps, and. Mobile Waterjet. There is also a large stock of replacement parts and accessories. Jet Edge offers free training for life of equipment. On-site training is also available. Training registration can be completed online. Jet Edge provides system servicing 24/7. There are Jet Edge sales offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The mission of the company is "to help customers solve their manufacturing challenges and achieve their highest level of productivity".