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By Gretchen Salois

Above: The 813 Edge X-5 features an 8-ft.-by-13-ft. mid-rail cutting table along with a 5-axis cutting head.

There are a plethora of moving parts to achieve the packaging behind snack time

April 2019 - The midafternoon slump occurs when lunch is long over but it’s too early for dinner. For these occasions, snacks like a granola bar and bottle of water arrive packaged with convenience in mind. The tearaway wrapper and twist-off bottle cap help satiate hunger pangs until time allows for a proper meal. Behind these items’ ease belies an elaborate packaging process designed and fabricated by Brenton Engineering, a product brand of ProMach, in Alexandria, Minnesota. In order to construct long-lasting solutions, the company invested in new cutting equipment.

“We had reached our limits with the waterjet we used previously and needed a better quality machine that came with better servicing,” says Kenny Goodwin, Brenton Engineering’s fabrication supervisor. After vetting other options, Jet Edge met the cutting and maintenance requirements the fabricator needed.

“Maintenance was a big deciding factor for us,” says Aaron Hanson, vice president of operations. “We can have the machine down to replace consumables or check the head or pump in a fraction of the time compared to before. Doing tasks like replacing seals takes minutes instead of hours.”

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Heavy-duty linear rails and high-speed ball screws for driving the motion give the Edge X-5 high accuracy and repeatability.

Heavy duty

The 813 Edge X-5 features an 8-ft.-by-13-ft. mid-rail cutting table along with a 5-axis cutting head. Brenton Engineering’s unit includes lights-out cutting, laser mapping, variable tank water level adjustment, integrated garnet removal system, among other features.

“Heavy-duty linear rails and high-speed ball screws for driving the motion give the Edge X-5 the highest accuracy and repeatability ratings in the industry over a longer period of time,” claims Ben Callahan, Midwest regional sales manager, Jet Edge. “It’s going to hold +/- 0.001 in. of repeatability (bi-directional) and linear positional accuracy (over 12 in.), as well as +/- 0.003 in. squareness and straightness over 24 in. Renishaw calibration ballbar at 118 IPM.”

Jet Edge waterjets use M and G code, a programming format familiar to CNC operators. “It also gives the operator the ability to make changes to the program without having to go back to the programmer,” Callahan says.

Programming parts into the waterjet is also faster, says Randy Kluver, fabrication manager at Brenton Engineering. “The parts we cut in house vary in size, shape and material composition, and needs can change dramatically by the hour. We can update the software faster; it also cuts faster than our old machine and our cycle times are shorter.”

Brenton runs its 813 Edge X-5 waterjet six days a week with minimal downtime. “The biggest upside is the readily available parts and service when we’ll need it down the road,” Kluver says. “Our old machine had parts so old [that] we couldn’t find replacement parts [or] it would take eight days to find them.”

Each machine comes with lifetime maintenance training. Should a service issue occur, customer calls go directly to Jet Edge’s service department for troubleshooting.

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Jet Edge waterjets use M and G code, a programming format familiar to CNC operators.

Configured to fit

Jet Edge systems are modular and are designed within the entire production process from floor space, materials, production and workflows, and water treatment needs. “If you have limited shop floor space, you have various configurations that reduce the footprint, including the use of mezzanine flooring to get vital equipment off the shop floor,” Callahan says.

Both Jet Edge high-rail and mid-rail motion systems are a gantry design, allowing unobstructed loading of the bed and fork truck/overhead crane. “The catch tank is separated from the motion system, which protects the motion system from accidents that may happen when loading the bed,” explains Callahan. “Multiple shuttle table configurations can be used to allow for loading and unloading of parts during production cycles.”

Customers can choose from standard systems or customized configurations depending on production goals. “Since we manufacture both the intensifier pumps and motion systems, our systems are fully integrated,” Callahan says, “so you do not get caught between providers.”

The waterjet builder incorporates larger tables, 5-axis bevel cutting, multiple heads and lights-out production capabilities for customers serving industries including food processing, aerospace, automotive, robotic trimming, recycling and stone.

“Having reliable customer support matters to Brenton,” Kluver says. “If we need something now or have a question, we aren’t placed on hold. You talk to someone right away, and that’s been huge for us. We know we’re not going to be left hanging.” FFJ

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AIR FILTRATION

HYDRAULIC PRESSES

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Beckwood Press Co. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
Camfil APC - Replacement Filters Triform

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc.

LASER TECHNOLOGY

Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

BENDING/FOLDING

AMADA AMERICA, INC.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. Mazak Optonics Corp. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC MC Machinery Systems Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SigmaTEK Systems LLC

BEVELING

Murata Machinery, USA, Inc. Davi Inc. Striker Systems
Steelmax Tools LLC TRUMPF Inc.

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

STAMPING/PRESSES

COIL PROCESSING

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Mate Precision Tooling AIDA-America Corp.
Bradbury Group MTS Sensors Rolleri USA

STEEL

Burghardt + Schmidt Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

PRESS BRAKES

Alliance Steel
Butech Bliss Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC.

TUBE & PIPE

Red Bud Industries UFP Industrial Automec Inc. BLM Group
Tishken

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

MC Machinery Systems Inc. Prudential Stainless & Alloys

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

Advanced Gauging Technologies SafanDarley

WATERJET

Mayfran International

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

PUNCHING

Barton International

DEBURRING/FINISHING

Cincinnati Inc. Hougen Manufacturing Flow International Corporation
ATI Industrial Automation LVD Strippit

SAWING

Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
Lissmac Corp. Scotchman Industries Inc. Behringer Saws Inc.

WELDING

Osborn Trilogy Machinery Inc. DoALL Sawing American Weldquip
SuperMax Tools

METAL FORMING

HE&M Saw Strong Hand Tools
Timesavers FAGOR Arrasate USA Inc. Savage Saws T. J. Snow Company

 

MetalForming Inc.

 

 

 

MICROFINISHING TOOLS

 

 

 

Titan Tool Supply Inc.

 

 


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