Missouri University of Science & Technology is Awarded WARDJet Waterjet, Won at IMTS Trade Show
On Tuesday, November 1st, we celebrated with representatives from Missouri University of Science and Technology on the S&T campus where we inaugurated the university’s new WARDKit 5x5 waterjet cutting system. Unlike the other machinery in the university’s Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center (RMERC), this waterjet was won by a student team in mid-September at the International Manufacturing and Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois. If you followed the story, the S&T group had traveled to Chicago to participate in WARDJet’s Build It! Challenge, an event organized in association with the Smartforce Student Summit.
This competition was part of a forum for students, parents and educators to discover and use a variety of technology utilized in advanced manufacturing. The challenge placed teams of mechatronics students up against industry professionals in a hands-on experience requiring each side to assemble a high-end waterjet system. WARDJet takes a particular amount of pride in being transparent with regards to our technology, so this IMTS event was a unique way to share that with students and industry professionals alike.
“The Build It! Challenge was sort of our way of breaking away from the typical tradeshow experience,” said WARDJet art director, Wayne Silasi. “We got people doing something hands-on, learning something, and it created a lot of valuable dialog. We had dozens of great schools participate, our winners S&T included.”
The winning team from Missouri University of Science & Technology consisted of three senior or graduate level students that were led by Research Engineering Technician, Jeff Heniff. The four were on hand, wearing their Build It! Challenge shirts (thanks guys!), for the ribbon cutting of the new WARDKit waterjet, which will replace a decades-old waterjet table with the latest in waterjet technology.
“If there was a museum for waterjet machines,” says Heniff, “our old machine would be in it.”
The new waterjet cutter was put through its paces by cutting numerous S&T gear medallions during the November 1st machine inauguration ceremony. WARDJet owner, Richard Ward, was in attendance to award S&T with the grand prize waterjet as well as Jay Kobzik whose company, Hypertherm, generously donated a 30 horsepower, 60,000 psi pump to complete the system. Missouri S&T Chancellor, Dr. Cheryl Schrader, and other administrators were also in attendance to help cut the ceremonial ribbon with Ward. Dr. Schrader, Ward, and RMERC staff each offered a few words of congratulation to the student team for securing the prize for the waterjet lab.
“We want to thank Missouri S&T for hosting such a great event,” Richard Ward remarked. “The machine installation, the terrific ribbon cutting event, we simply couldn’t be more pleased to award the waterjet to S&T.”
To see photos or read more about the Build It! Challenge at IMTS 2016, click here.