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Top 11 waterjet cutting companies in the U.S.

Posted by IndustryNet on Friday, January 11, 2019

100000321_waterjet_cutting_production_floorWaterjet cutting is an environmental-friendly process of using high-pressure water to cut various materials.

Waterjet cutting, a type of precision machining, has seen rapid increases in business after the reshoring movement began. With an impressive 14.42 percent, 12-month growth rate, waterjet cutting has nearly doubled the growth rate of the overall manufacturing industry.

With 148 companies producing machines or providing services, waterjet cutting is concentrated in the Midwest with 41 percent of the industry located here. The industry provides income to 1,776 employees. Here is a list of the top 11 companies by their number of jobs from highest to lowest:

1. OMAX Corp. Since 1993, OMAX has been producing precision waterjet cutting machines for the manufacturing industry. With 255 employees, this company based in Kent, Washington, is the largest U.S. waterjet machine producer.

2. KMT Waterjet Systems Inc. This Baxter Springs, Kansas, company developed the first waterjet machine for commercial use back in 1971. With a focus on ease of maintenance and reliability, KMT produces machines that operate at pressures as high as 90,000 psi.

3. WARDJet Inc. Based in Tallmadge, Ohio, WARDjet produces a unique line of waterjet cutters that features interchangeable components, allowing operators to upgrade as required without replacing the entire machine.

The 95 employees also create side projects using waterjet technology, including custom tables, a welding robot that can perform 3,000 welds per hour and sculpture pieces for public display.

4. Niche Inc. Operating out of a historic textile mill in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Niche Inc. specializes in building cargo delivery parachutes for the military.

They have produced over 200,000 parachutes, helping to deliver supplies to more than 25,000 troops. In their machine shop, they produce all manners of contract parts, components and machines using the latest in machining and waterjet processes.

5. A.M. Castle & Co. As a leading metals, alloys and supply chain solution provider, A.M. Castle & Co. has multiple locations all over the world. They offer all manners of machine shop solutions, including waterjet cutting down to a tolerance of 1/64th of one inch.

6. Rhino Robotics Inc. Located in Warren, Michigan, just north of Detroit, Rhino Robotics employs 50 individuals and offers waterjet cutting services.

7. Jet Acquisitions LLC. Known more universally by the name of their product line, Jet Edge, this company produces waterjets and related accessories. They offer unlimited lifetime training for their systems, and the courses are free when taken at their St. Michael, Minnesota, headquarters.Largescale_waterjet_cutting

8. Romeo Engineering Inc. Able to build everything from waterjet cutting machines to full assembly lines, Romeo Engineering Inc. serves multiple industries from its base in Fort Worth, Texas. A low parts count and specialized design help give their waterjet cutters some of the highest reliability in the industry.

9. Diamond Technologies Innovations The only company that focuses on waterjet nozzles and orifices, DTI creates high-quality nozzles and cutting heads out of diamond, ruby and sapphire. A total of 45 employees call this Olympia, Washington, company their home.

10. Waterjet Systems International Joplin, Missouri, is home to this producer of custom waterjet accessories, such as cutting heads, pneumatic valves and pumps. Their largest pump generates an impressive 60,000 psi.

11. Crowley Fabrications & Machining Co. Inc. This Endicott, New York, company has 40 employees, the fewest on this list. In addition to waterjet cutting, this diverse company also offers CNC turning and machining, including laser cutting, sheet metal fabrication, assembly work, CMM inspection services, and MIG and TIG welding with certifications.

Click here for a full listing of the nation's waterjet cutting companies.


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