Omax introduces Maxiem, an entry-level brand of waterjets manufactured entirely in the United States. The company says the new machines were introduced to meet demand for basic abrasive waterjet equipment and to make this technology available to a broad base of users. With different specifications, the Maxiem line does not directly compete with other Omax products and is instead intended to broaden the market for abrasive waterjets. According to the company, it is useful for job shops, fabrication shops, metal service centers and trade schools as well as architectural, sign, stone and gasket shops.
The first machine released in the line is the 1530MX. Designed for large parts or multiple parts from large stock, the machine can cut a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, stone and composites. Its 5,000-psi pump is available with 20 or 30 hp. Like other machines in the line, the waterjet is equipped with the company’s Intelli-Max Basic. This control contains the core functionality of the company’s software as well as the custom X- and Y-axis traction drive system, which is designed for abrasive environments.