Gladwin Machinery to Represent FlexJet Waterjet

Flex Machine Tools is happy to announce Gladwin Machinery as the newest distributor of the FlexJet Waterjet. Gladwin has been a strong partner for Flex since 2019, bringing the FlexCNC to the areas they serve. Gladwin Machinery will represent the FlexJet in northern Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Gladwin Machinery Territory

Logan Skelly, Midwest Sales Manager for Flex Machine Tools, said, “we are excited to expand on our existing relationship by partnering with them to bring the FlexJet to market. We are introducing technology that most people have never seen on a waterjet, which is great, but the second piece to the puzzle is showing a company how this technology can specifically benefit them. Gladwin has a top-notch team that we can trust to support that second piece. I know I can speak for the rest of us when I say we are proud to have them representing the Flex Machine Tools name.”

About Gladwin Machinery

Gladwin Machinery was established in 1973 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The founders recognized an opportunity to provide quality metal fabricating equipment to an under-represented marketplace. They pooled together their resources and opened the first facility in Minneapolis. After years of steady growth, Gladwin has expanded to include office and warehouse showrooms in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Kansas City, with additional offices in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas City. Gladwin’s uninterrupted annual growth pattern has been primarily due to the business principles laid down by its founders, a great staff, and the ongoing commitment to making customer satisfaction the number one priority. Learn more about Gladwin Machinery Here.

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Standard Features

  • Hand Pendant
  • 22″ Touch Screen Monitor
  • Omron FlexCNC Controller
  • Mobile Control Panel
  • Through Spindle Coolant 
  • Auto Tool Changer 
  • Flood Coolant
HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

C-20-02 / C-10-02

18

6000

61

C-20-02 / C-10-02

33

12000

61

CM-20-02

Auto Stand-Off – This is currently defined to be surface stand-off and not to be confused with vector stand-off in 5-axis mode. The current auto stand-off is based on a changing surface and will adjust vertically based on the angle of the “A” Axis, so there is five (5) axis taken into account during the calculations, but this is not the same as the tool vector stand-off. There is the ability to do the vector stand-off change while the machine is running manually with buttons on the screen.

Z-Reader Probe – The Z-Reader is a device for mapping the location of the surface. It can be controlled manually & programmatically. The option is NOT active while cutting & is retracted out of harm’s way. It can be triggered to verify the surface at every pierce before the cutting process starts, or it could be used to drive surface mapping of the whole part before cutting starts. It begins with initialization or zeroing of the device to the surface at the beginning of a program and then accumulates or tracks the difference from that zeroing effort.

Automatic Edge Finder – The edge finder is or can be utilized manually (Jogging Method & Screen Buttons), programmatically (M & G codes), or fully automatic routine (dedicated program). This option sets offsets & program rotation to match the orientation & location on the cutting table.

AC Unit Installed on Electrical Cabinet – The unit is mounted on the cabinet’s High Power (480v) side. It is close to the location where the drives are mounted. This option keeps the cabinet temperature stable and allows heat dissipation faster. The servo drives for all axes are the most significant contributors to heat inside the electrical cabinet.

5-Axis Renishaw CalibrationThe calibration unit is a Renishaw model APCA45 with a modified spherical stylus. The device has a retractable cover and air purge to clear debris & dust during the activation process. It mounts to a swing arm controlled by a pneumatic rotary, so it is out of the way during regular operation and swings into the calibration position for calibration only. 

HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

G-20-06 / G-10-06

18

6000

61

G-20-06 / -10-06

40

4000

217

GM-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06

40

6000

145

G-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06