Ellison Bronze Adds Waterjet Technology to Its Manufacturing Facility

Ellison Bronze has added a precision waterjet, the OMAX 80X JetMachining Center, to their manufacturing facility in Falconer, N.Y. Implementing waterjet technology will allow Ellison to cut a variety of different materials, in a range of thicknesses, in-house.

“Cutting parts in-house with the waterjet has allowed us to improve efficiencies by saving on time and resources,” says Roger Overend, president and CEO, Ellison Bronze Inc. “It is a state-of-the-art machine, and while it does take time to cut a component, it is less time-consuming than outsourcing or machining.”

The OMAX 80X takes an eco-friendly approach by using only natural garnet abrasive and water in the cutting process. Ellison has cut up to 3-inches into a material, but .06- to 1-inch cuts are typical. With the OMAX 80X, Ellison can offer the quick cutting speeds and precision.

Equipped with A-Jet, a software-controlled multi-axis cutting head, the OMAX 80X has a cutting range from 0 to 60 degrees. It saves time by cutting components that require no secondary finishing or additional labor.

“One process that we’ve developed and are proud to provide to our customers is creating stainless steel thresholds by cutting 1/2-inch stainless steel plate. We use the etching feature to put grooves in and bevel the edges for a finish,” says Overend.

Quality control is paramount at Ellison, and the waterjet is another commitment to this standard. Ellison continues to seek out more ways to improve efficiencies, speed up production, and deliver quality balanced door systems that will last a lifetime.

The waterjet is compatible with most software programs, allowing Ellison to import from more than 90 different file formats including vector graphics, 3D files, raster graphics, CAD files and more.

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