Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. and its Africa representative Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC announced today that operators of a remote copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are planning to double the mine’s productivity with the help of a new Jet Edge Edge X-5® 5-axis waterjet.
The DRC mine operation, which is at least a three week’s drive from Johannesburg, South Africa, plans to use the Jet Edge waterjet system to speed up the completion of a copper processing plant. The Jet Edge machine is the mine’s second water jet system. In 2012, they installed a new Jetstream 3-axis waterjet, powered by a 90,000 psi (6200 bar) 50hp Jet Edge X-stream xP90-50 hydraulic intensifier pump.
“They run their first machine 24/7,” said Jetstream Cutting Solutions Director Malcolm Cruickshank. “The Jet Edge X-Stream pump was key to the success of the first machine because they could utilize the higher pressure to increase productivity.”
For their second water jet system, the mine operators selected Jet Edge’s premiere 90,000 psi (6200 bar) EDGE X-5 system with dual independently programmable 5-axis cutting heads and laser plate mapping system, Aquavision Di industrial PC controller, and 5-axis waterjet cutting software.
Cruickshank noted that the mine officials chose a Jet Edge system for their second machine based on the reliability of their first Jet Edge pump, and Jet Edge’s ability to quickly supply spare parts when needed.
“Reliability is very important to them due to the remoteness of the mine,” he said. “They appreciate the speed with which Jet Edge can supply spares.”
Jake Hall, a Jetstream subcontractor and director of Mobile Digital Solutions of Sylvania, Australia, oversaw the installation of the Jet Edge system and trained the mine’s waterjet operators how to use the new 5-axis machine.
“The EDGE X-5 is a good system,” Hall noted. “It’s intuitive and easy to operate. I’ve seen lots of systems in my 11 years working with waterjets and it seems to do the job very well and is easy to teach. The Aquavision Di controller is extremely reliable. The software is great. It solves a lot of the problems of other CAD/CAM software. It’s been specifically designed with waterjetting in mind. Lead ins and outs are easy and it’s easy to nest multiple parts. Most importantly, you’re not stuck to a certain order. With some software, if you miss one step, you have to start all over again. Jet Edge’s software is flexible and it’s not labor intensive. The library of materials is good and the speed control is good.”
Hall added that he has been very impressed with Jet Edge’s X-Stream intensifier pumps, service and training.
“The X-Stream pump is bullet-proof,” he said. “We feel comfortable that we have a good support network and that we can call Jet Edge any time, day or night.”
Find Out More
For information about Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC, visit www.jetstreamcutting.co.za or call (+27 11) 468 1093.
For information about Mobile Digital Solutions, visit www.mobiledigitalsolutions.com.au or call +61 (0) 401 582 610.
For information about Jet Edge, visit www.jetedge.com or call +1 763-497-8726.
About Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jetstream Cutting Solutions represents Jet Edge waterjets in several Southern African nations. Jetstream carries Jet Edge’s full line of waterjet cutting and surface preparation equipment, including waterjet cutting machines, waterjet intensifier pumps and portable waterjetting systems. The company also supplies Jet Edge waterjet parts and is authorized to service Jet Edge waterjet equipment. In addition to Jet Edge waterjets, Jetstream sells, installs and services other 3-axis waterjet systems and UHP pumps.
About Jet Edge
Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops. Jet Edge waterjets are proudly made in U.S.A.