Hoosier WaterJet is a division of High Performance Alloys, located in Windfall Indiana. If you were to call us today, the phone will be answered by a High Performance employee so please do not be confused. High Performance Alloys (HPAlloy) is a small family owned company, serving the aerospace, nuclear, marine, chemical and petroleum industries since 1984. We needed to get the message out to the public about the new capabilities of the company, and so a division was born to serve that purpose. The one main difference between the divisions is that Hoosier WaterJet (HWJ) will cut just about anything, from wood, paper, carpet, tile, marble and granite, plastics, metals of all types, laminates, glass and rubber; you name it - we can probably cut it.
What sets us apart from the other waterjet or aquajet companies? We offer quick service, low setup costs and a keen eye for how to cut your part the quickest way possible to meet your needs. This cutting as a service business model is very dependent upon locality. Before we bought our own unit, we used waterjet houses in New York and Pennsylvania for many years. The costs were reasonable, but the shipping costs, time in transit coupled along with the work backlog at these other houses ended up being too much. Our business model has always been to take care of our customers needs quickly. Turn times of 2 to 3 weeks was just not going to cut it anymore, so we took a leap into CNC and CAD/CAM with FLOW. FLOW is a very good company to get started with, and a great technical service team. It's one decision we have not regretted making. Adding waterjet cutting has increased our customer's loyalty and satisfaction.
How can you cut faster than other companies? While we have a minor drawback in the pressure of our jets being 60KSI vs the now popular 80KSI, we have less maintenance on the units - which means greater uptime. We utilize the software that FLOW provides, which allows assigning cut speeds to the parts. Not just one cut speed, but it can have many cut speeds in the part - all dependent upon how critical or close tolerance the area is to the overall design or the follow-on processes that will mate with the particular cut region. This makes a huge difference in the overall success of cutting quickly and in cooperation of the following processes the part will go through when we are finished with it.
We operate two FLOW waterjets of 60KSI water pressure, a Mach3 and a Mach2. The Mach3 is a dynamic head unit on a flying bridge, which is actually a limited 5 axis capability. This dynamic head allows us to compensate or tilt the head for the thickness material we are cutting. The tilting action greatly reduces the angle of the edge, providing a very perpendicular edge cut. This helps to reduce or eliminate further finishing required on edges. Table size is 2 meters by 4 meters, or 78" x 156". The Mach2 is a gantry style unit with a standard head. The angle of the cut is relative to the cutting speed of the head. The slower the head travels, the straighter or more perpendicular the edge will be. Table size is 2 meters by 3 meters, or 78" x 118".