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In response to increased demand across the country for its advanced abrasive waterjet systems, OMAX® Corporation has expanded its sales force. The Kent, Washington-based company has added Brad Tumbleson as regional sales manager to serve customers throughout Southern California.

In his position, Tumbleson will support existing customers that rely on OMAX Corporation’s abrasive waterjet technology, which includes OMAX and MAXIEM® JetMachining® Centers. He will also introduce manufacturers, job shops and metal service centers serving the aerospace, medical, and transportation industries as well as educational institutions to the benefits of abrasive waterjet technology for the fast, precise cutting of various materials including exotic alloys, glass, rubber, stone, composites and traditional metals.

With nearly 10 years of outside sales experience, Tumbleson has a proven record as a dedicated and highly motivated sales manager. Prior to OMAX Corporation, he was a branch manager and outside sales manager for House of Threads where he was responsible for the overall growth and production of a distribution branch within the fastener business. His career also includes serving as an outside sales engineer and service manager for Aqua Blast Corporation and directing sales and service of pneumatic and ultrasound equipment through an independent office of Foodtools Inc.

Tumbleson earned an associate’s degree in industrial management technology from Florida State College in Jacksonville. He also holds an OSHA Construction Safety and Health certification.

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OMAX® Corporation recently welcomed Stephen Bruner to its senior management team as vice president of marketing. Bruner joins the Kent, Washington-based company with nearly 20 years of B2B and vertical market experience executing highly successful integrated product marketing strategies that drive business growth.

Bruner has oversight of the company’s marketing, technical training and inside sales teams and will work closely with staff on program planning, brand development and lead generation and nurturing. He will also apply his strong analytical skills and process management expertise to implement new integrated product marketing techniques that further enhance the sales and support of the company’s abrasive waterjet solutions, which include OMAX and MAXIEM® JetMachining® Centers.

Prior to OMAX Corporation, Bruner led B2B marketing and vertical market management for Seattle-based Precor, a leader in the fitness industry. In this role, he implemented strategic marketing campaigns, drove innovative competitive intelligence efforts, developed content for global distribution and managed overall channel partner communications. Other titles he has held during his career include vice president of technical marketing and communications for iONexus and marketing director for NuSil Technology.

According to Dr. John Cheung, CEO and co-founder of OMAX Corporation, Bruner joins the company at an exciting time. Not only did Seattle Business Magazine recently name OMAX Corporation “Manufacturer of the Year” as part of the “2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards,” the company is in the midst of increasing its equipment asset base, expanding its operations and developing new technologies — all of which will better serve customers that range in scope from parts manufacturers to metal service centers to educational institutions.

“We are excited to have Stephen on our leadership team,” said Cheung. “He is a well respected, results-driven marketing executive with an analytical mindset and mentoring based leadership style that aligns with our company culture. We are confident in Stephen’s ability to strengthen our brand position in the marketplace and effectively communicate how our abrasive waterjet technology provides the industry’s highest levels of speed and performance.”

Bruner noted he is equally excited about this opportunity. “I look forward to applying my skills and experience to further promote OMAX Corporation’s leadership status in abrasive waterjet technology as well as introduce its total customer care philosophy to manufacturers in search of a productive, cost-effective solution for growing their business in today’s competitive landscape.

In terms of education, Bruner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and master’s degree in business administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

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Smalley Steel Ring Company, a designer and manufacturer of retaining rings and wave springs, has donated an OMAX 2652 to the College of Lake County (CLC) in Grayslake, Illinois. The abrasive waterjet machining center is the college’s first and broadens the CNC/Machine Tool Trades Department’s ability to offer the waterjet technology skills sought by many employers recruiting the CLC graduates, including Smalley.

Waterjet machining is one of the fastest growing machining processes in manufacturing today. Its ease-of-use and ability to cut almost anything while maintaining high precision make it suitable for a large array of operators from short-run job shops and R & D facilities to large corporations engaging in full-scale production.

The OMAX 2652 JetMachining® Center, which was installed at CLC in mid April, is a mid-sized cantilever-style waterjet machine, with a table size of 5' 9" x 2' 6" and capable of tolerances up to ±0.001" (±0.025 mm). With a completely sealed and protected ball screw drive system, this robust and reliable machine is perfect for cutting projects with smaller dimensions but needing high precision. It comes standard with an OMAX MAXJET® 5i Nozzle.

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college offering a wide range of academic program choices to meet students’ educational needs including an associate degree in Applied Science and two certificate options in CNC Programming. Jeff Hines, department chairman over CNC Programming at CLC plans to integrate the machine into several courses including fabrication, wire EDM, and welding beginning in the fall of 2015.

Tim Doran, owner at Tristate Machinery, Inc., the OMAX distributor for Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, is a member of the career advisory committee for manufacturing at the College of Lake County and helped bring his customer, Smalley, and the college together. Career advisory committees, which include representatives of small business, large corporations, labor unions, faculty, secondary education instructors, recent graduates of the programs and even high-performing current students, help ensure that curriculum meets workforce needs by providing valuable feedback to instructors.

“Jeff Hines and the advisory committee have such a unique vision for how to bring together the best tools and technology that will truly help students develop the skills today’s manufacturers want and need,” Doran explained. “With the addition of this machine, CLC is one of the only schools with a waterjet machining center in its classroom setting, which gives these students a huge advantage.”

Smalley also donated several accessories with the machine including a Variable Speed Solids Removal System and a Tilt-A-Jet® accessory. Through the machine’s Intelli-MAX control software, the Tilt-A-Jet automatically calculates and adjusts the angle of the nozzle to accurately remove the natural taper from the finished part by transferring it to the scrap part of the material—all while maintaining extremely high cutting speeds.

Smalley, which also donates to CLC for a scholarship, uses OMAX abrasive waterjet technology to manufacture equipment used in the production of its products, including retaining rings and wave springs. With a No Tooling Cost manufacturing process, Smalley can also create prototypes and small to large runs of custom parts as an affordable alternative if the ring a customer needs is not available. The OMAX 2652 was the company’s first waterjet. Smalley replaced the machine with a new OMAX 55100 JetMachining Center, giving the company two of the same models on its shop floor.

Jeff Hines, department chairman for the CNC programming program at CLC added, “We are very grateful for this very generous donation by Smalley. The addition of waterjet technology to our program will give students a stronger skills and training portfolio when they complete their degrees that now includes a basic understanding of waterjet and how to safely operate the machine.”

“We are thrilled to help College of Lake County continue to educate the next generation of tool and die makers and machinists,” said Michael Greenhill, president of Smalley. “Our partnership with the college is a win-win situation. Students and instructors at the college now have access to this advanced technology, and we hope that some of the well-trained students might become future employees of Smalley.”

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:24

OMAX Helps Judge Future Inventions at Georgia Tech

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OMAX Corporation, a world leader in abrasivejet machining, recently served as one of the highly influential guest judges at Georgia Institute of Technology’s latest Capstone Design Expo, a culmination of 40 mechanical and biomedical student projects from the school’s mechanical engineering senior design course.

“The Capstone Design Expo is a great opportunity for student teams to showcase the hard work and creativity they’ve put into their semester-long projects for outside sponsors,” said Craig Forest, assistant professor at Georgia Tech in the GW Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. “As part of the expo, the school uses an esteemed group of judges to help select the three most innovative, useful and market-worthy projects.”

Each team consisted of four to five students who worked together to define their project, perform research, develop a design and then fabricate, test and refine their prototypes—all under the tutelage of faculty and external sponsors or mentors. In the past, student teams have worked on commercial projects for Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola.

The students created their project prototypes in the Woodruff School’s Invention Studio, a facility that invites all Georgia Tech students and faculty to come in and develop their own inventions using advanced machine tools and electronics equipment, including an OMAX 2626 JetMachining Center. The Invention Studio is free for them to use and open 24 hours a day.

Steve Brown, director of government educational solutions for OMAX, was one of the 40 expo judges. He and representatives from Shell Oil, Metronix, Inc., Emory University and several other organizations were tasked with determining how well the student teams applied prototyping and analysis to solve real-world problems.

A new type of sternal retractor, a device that cuts through the human sternum and cranks open the rib cage, was named one of the winning projects for its ability to eliminate blood loss and avoid rib cracking—common problems of current designs. First, second and third-place winners received a cash prize of $500, $300 and $200, respectively.

Brown has been involved with Georgia Tech since 2009 when the university, per the request of Professor Forest, purchased the OMAX 2626 for the Invention Studio.

“We graduate approximately 400 mechanical engineers per year, and all of them have utilized the OMAX waterjet machine,” said Forest. “It is the workhorse of our Invention Studio, and I absolutely love it. Students enjoy the fact that it is so easy to use. In fact, most of the prototypes presented at our recent Capstone Design Expo were made using the OMAX 2626.”

Forest became familiar with the OMAX brand of abrasivejet machines while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. “We had several OMAX machines at MIT, and I used all of them. I find they are the best waterjets on the market.”

According to Brown, several other universities across the nation utilize OMAX machines as part of their curriculum, including Harvard, Princeton, University of California at Berkeley and Florida State.

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OMAX® Corporation recently announced the launch of its new corporate website. The new design allows visitors to quickly and easily locate information about OMAX abrasive waterjet systems and accessories, as well as learn more about OMAX’s service and support.

Highlights of the new site include a more user-friendly navigation feature at the top and bottom of the page, auto-rotating featureproducts and articles. The new site encourages visitor interaction by featuring links to the OMAX social media pages, a message board and a calendar of upcoming events.

“Our goal when creating the new website was to make the information that visitors need available with as few clicks as possible,” said Dr. John Cheung, co-founder of OMAX Corporation, “We also ensured the new design incorporated current online technologies through the addition of oursocial media pages, blog and videos. The OMAX site is a truly interactive experience for visitors.”

Live chat is available at the click of a button and customers can login directly from the homepage to access individualized sales and support assistance. The new website will be updated with fresh content on a regular basis and visitor feedback will continue to drive the site’s content.

About OMAX

Headquartered in Kent, Washington, OMAX ® Corporation is the world leader in abrasivejet machining. Each OMAX JetMachining® system is powered by the company’s innovative control software, bringing affordable abrasivejet technology to an expanding and diverse group of industries.

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OMAX Corporation recently sponsored the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team from Aviation High School in Des Moines, Washington. Following victory at the regional level, the team won the prestigious Creativity Award in the FIRST Championship held April 27-30, 2011, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit organization’s FIRST Robotics Championship is an international event in which teams of high school students build a robot over a period of six weeks using the core principles of engineering and mathematics. The final teams – 8,600 students from 11 countries – were selected from more than 42,000 contestants who already competed at regional-level competitionsaround the world.

This is the third year that OMAX has sponsored Aviation High School’s FIRST Robotics team. Each Friday evening during the team’s build season, OMAX Lead Electrical Engineer Kevin Hay supervised the Aviation High School team as members cut parts for their robot at the OMAX headquarters. Using the MAXIEM® 1530 and OMAX 2652 models, the team was able to cut the precise parts needed for its prize-winning robot.

“Working with the kids is a lot of fun, but it also fits OMAX’s goal of promoting science and engineering education,” said Kevin Hay. “Many of these kids will go on to have fruitful careers in an engineering-related field, and it feels good to have been a small part of that.”

OMAX plans to maintain its sponsorship of the Aviation High School FIRST Robotics team in the future and continue what is becoming a prize-winning tradition.

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OMAX® will showcase the cost and time saving benefits of abrasive waterjet technology via the MAXIEM® 1515 JetCutting Center and A-Jet™ multiaxis accessory at TECMA 2011. OMAX will be located in booth #340 in the AMT/USA Pavilion at the show, which will take place March 8 – 11 at the Expo Bancomer Santa Fe in Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico.

With a footprint of 105 inches x 98 inches (2,667 mm x 2,489 mm), the MAXIEM 1515 can fit in practically any shop, and is ideal for production runs, short-run part production, just-in-time manufacturing, tooling and prototype part development of material sizes up to 92 inches x 69 inches (2,337 mm x 1,752 mm).

The MAXIEM 1515 excels at machining a wide variety of materials and thicknesses without heat-affected zones or mechanical stresses. By cutting parts directly from the plate, the MAXIEM 1515 also dramatically reduces setup time and material usage.

At TECMA 2011, the MAXIEM 1515 will include a 40 hp MAXIEM direct drive pump, which offers the same variable frequency drive capability of an OMAX market-leading pump. All MAXIEM direct drive pump configurations provide the flexibility to adjust the motor’s rpm for high-pressure and low-pressure operations.

Also featured with the MAXIEM 1515 will be the A-Jet, a multi-axis accessory that cuts beveled edges and angles with an articulated jet. When operating this accessory, a user can readily cut various angles in one tool path by simply determining the cutting parameters in the easy-to-use controller software.

Like all MAXIEM JetCutting Centers, the MAXIEM 1515 utilizes proven Intelli-MAX® Software, a control containing the core functionality of OMAX’s critically acclaimed software. The software is available in Spanish and also comes with English and Spanish language software manuals.

Machines in the MAXIEM line are ideal for fabrication shops, metal service centers, trade schools, job shops and architectural, sign, stone and gasket shops.

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OMAX® Corporation's 80X JetMachining® Center will demonstrate the capabilities of some of the company’s latest innovations in booth #1736 at AeroDef Manufacturing 2011. This highly accurate, large-format machine will be equipped with a Tilt-A-Jet® taper-removal cutting head and the latest advance in direct drive technology, the OMAX EnduroMAX™ Pump. AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 will take place on April 5 – 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

The 80X JetMachining Center is ideal for large-scale precision machining of larger or multiple parts, and is equipped with Intelli-TRAX™, an innovative traction drive that not only ensures higher accuracy but also enables expansion of the cutting envelope in increments of about 6 feet. The drive is fully enclosed inside coated steel covers, making the 80X a robust and reliable system that is well suited to harsh environments and requires little maintenance. Additionally, the Intelli-TRAX traction drive enables faster traverse speeds, which can greatly reduce the throughput times when machining multiple and nested parts.

The 80X JetMachining Center features an X-Y cutting travel of 165 inches x 80 inches (4,191 mm x 2,032 mm), and comes standard with the OMAX Intelli-MAX® Software Suite, which runs on the Windows® 7 Ultimate operating system. The system can calculate the precision of a tool path at over 2,000 points per inch, allowing for complete control over the motion of an abrasivejet, and enabling precise, rapid machining.

The 80X on display at AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 will feature the EnduroMAX Pump. This innovative new product maximizes machine uptime with its 1,000-hour operating range between required pump rebuilds when run at 55,000 psi (3,800 bar). However, the new pump can also effortlessly run continuously at 60,000 psi (4,100 bar). The EnduroMAX Pump operates at 85% efficiency, as opposed to the 60% to 70% range of intensifier pumps. Additionally, it delivers more horsepower to the nozzle while using less electricity than intensifier pumps.

OMAX will also demonstrate a taper-removal waterjet cutting head, the Tilt-A-Jet, installed on the 80X. A highly successful accessory for increasing the capabilities of the waterjet process, the Tilt-A-Jet allows for cutting with virtually zero taper. By automatically calculating and adjusting the angle of the nozzle through the controller software, the Tilt-A-Jet transfers taper from the part being cut to the scrap material.

Like all OMAX JetMachining Centers, the 80X has the ability to cut a wide variety of materials, including ceramics, composites, plastic, glass and stone, as well as metals like aluminum, tool steel, stainless steel, mild steel and titanium with an accuracy of motion up to +/- 0.003 inches (0.076 mm).

OMAX believes in manufacturing the best machines and accessories possible with the best software available, and works to continually develop cutting-edge technology and innovative software for its customers. As a result, each OMAX product comes with the OMAX Technology Guarantee, which provides software upgrades for all existing customers at no additional charge.

About OMAX
Headquartered in Kent, Washington, OMAX ® Corporation is the world leader in abrasivejet machining. Each OMAX JetMachining® system is powered by the company’s innovative control software, bringing affordable abrasivejet technology to an expanding and diverse group of industries. For more information on OMAX products and accessories, contact Sandra McLain at 800.838.0343 or visit

OMAX Corporation has released Intelli-ETCH, a new software tool that allows the company’s abrasive waterjet machining centers to create 3D patterns in a wide array of materials. Available free of charge to all OMAX customers, the patent-pending Intelli-ETCH package was added to version 15.0 of OMAX’s highly successful Intelli-MAX® software.

With Intelli-ETCH, operators create or import a grayscale version of the image or CAD file of the feature they wish to machine. The software then enables completion of the 3D etching by translating the brightness values of individual pixels into a function of Y-axis traverse speed. Unique and proprietary algorithms are integrated to control acceleration, deceleration, turning and cornering.

“At OMAX, we are constantly looking for ways to increase the value that customers receive from our machines,” says Carl Olsen, senior software engineer at OMAX. “With Intelli-ETCH, we identified an opportunity to capitalize on the strength of our software and the speed of our machines to introduce an entirely new functionality. As with all of our software innovations, Intelli-ETCH is free to all OMAX owners, allowing customers to get even more out of the machines they’re already using.”

Intelli-ETCH is ideal for applications that require low precision, but high visual aesthetics, such as artistic components or etching of words or logos. As a software-based solution, Intelli-ETCH
does not require any special accessories or tools, allowing cutting and etching of parts to take place in a single setup.

About OMAX
Headquartered in Kent, Washington, OMAX Corporation is the world leader in abrasivejet machining. Each OMAX JetMachining® Center and MAXIEM® JetCutting Center is powered by the company’s innovative control software, bringing affordable abrasivejet technology to an expanding and diverse group of industries. For more information on OMAX products and accessories, contact Sandra McLain at 800.838.0343 or visit

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