WARDJet, a Tallmadge-based manufacturer of industrial waterjet cutting machines, exhibited at the International Manufacturing Technology tradeshow in mid-September. While at IMTS, WARDJet was associated with the Smartforce Student Summit arranged by trade organization AMT, whose goal is to represent and promote U.S.-based manufacturing. WARDJet planned the 'Build It! Challenge' at IMTS, where students and industry pros could get hands-on experience assembling components of waterjet cutting systems. They were scored against certain criteria and the student group ended out winning the competition.
Potentially the most exciting part of WARDJet's involvement at IMTS was the fact that it gave away two waterjet systems valued at more than $200,000. All that the winners needed to do to be eligible for the drawing was participate in the Build It! Challenge. On the pro side, the E-1515 was awarded to Laureate Machine in Leipsic. That waterjet will be installed in mid-November of this year. On the student side, the WARDKit 5x5 with pump, installation and training (valued around $89,000) is currently being installed at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.
On Nov. 1, WARDJet and Missouri S&T will host an inauguration event with many key people on-site.