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able to quickly retract to a home position, out of the way for the loading and unloading of parts, drastically reducing cycle times and increasing operator safety.” Te system lowers operating costs by eliminating the need


for complicated trimming dies, he added. “Te cell can be set up so that many different parts can be


“We knew we could trust the dependability and consis-


tency of the Jet Edge intensifier,” Cranston said. “We have been involved in the robotic waterjet market for a number of years, and using the Jet Edge intensifier helps us to provide the product and support we need to satisfy our current and future customers.”


“According to the Robotic Industries Association, only 10% of US businesses that could benefit from robots have any installed.”


programmed and selected through the touchscreen HMI on the control panel,” he said. “Tis allows operators to quickly change tools or products. Everything is set up to maximize productivity. Te innovative design of the coil package on the robots allows for a quick change and the coils are a standard design [for each specific robot model], factory wound, pre- coned and pre-threaded.”


Pump Power In the world of waterjets, the pump is the heart of the


system, transforming more than a gallon (3.79 l) a minute of or- dinary tap water into a powerful ultra-high-pressure jet that can cut a wide variety of things. Highly productive automotive sup- pliers count on their waterjet pump to run reliably for multiple shiſts. If their pump goes down, their profits go down with it. With the waterjet pump critical to its customers’ success,


Alliance chose to power its latest robotic cells with Jet Edge intensifier pumps.


Jet Edge’s Jeff Schibley played a key role in helping Alliance


integrate the pumps into the new robotic cells. He explained the key design features that have distinguished Jet Edge pumps. “Jet Edge’s pumps are known for their reliable tie-rod


design,” Schibley said. “Our design eliminates threads on the high pressure cylinders, end caps and hydraulic cylinders. Tis reduces the likelihood of cracking and increases component life. Jet Edge has built some of the longest-lasting pumps in the industry. We have customers who have more than 35,000 hours on Jet Edge pumps that are still going strong. We build them for easy maintenance to minimize downtime, and have developed patented metal-on-metal seal technology that cuts in half the number of seals needing replacement.” Like Alliance, Jet Edge is committed to helping custom-


ers increase productivity and lower operating costs, Schibley continued. “At Jet Edge, like Alliance Automation, we’re in business to help our customers solve problems and increase productivity, and robotics offer a powerful solution to both,” he said. “According to the Robotic Industries Association, only 10% of US business- es that could benefit from robots have any installed, so there is a tremendous growth opportunity here for Alliance and Jet Edge.”


Edited by Yearbook Editor James D. Sawyer from information provided by Jet Edge Inc.


Jet Edge iP60-50 intensifier pump produces a gallon a minute (3.8 lpm) of ultra-high pressure water.


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