News Release from AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

For Immediate Release: November 29, 2016



Penelope Brown
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Director – AMT Marketing and Communications 
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies for Installation of Waterjet Cutting Machines,
Donated by WARDJet, at Missouri University of Science and
Technology and Laureate Machine and Automatio


McLean, Va., (November 29, 2016) -  Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO) and Laureate Machine and Automation (Leipsic, OH) are both celebrating the installation of their new WARDJet waterjet cutting machines, grand prizes they received as winners of the Build It! challenge at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, held Sept. 12 – 17, 2016, in Chicago, IL.

The installation dates: 

  • Laureate Machine and Automation:  November 28 - December 2, 2016
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology:  October 24 - November 1, 2016

WARDJet, a member of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, sponsored the Build It! challenge and donated the machines, which have a combined value of $200,000. Build It! attracted more than 200 mechatronics students and industry professionals. Teams worked with waterjet experts as part of an hour-long session of planning, wiring, wrenching, and assembling a complete, high-end waterjet system. As the waterjet machines were completed, WARDJet’s experts scored the teams on assembly precision, mechanical and electrical skills, overall build quality, and machine motion. 

Motivated to share his passion for manufacturing and invigorate the industry, WARDJet founder and owner, Rich Ward said, “We are excited about the impact this challenge had on educating students and professionals alike. It was deeply rewarding to see so many young people enthusiastically working together to create a complex, high-tech waterjet. Our team is confident we will continue to have an active role in supporting the revitalization of manufacturing in the coming years.”

Missouri University of Science and Technology machining lab won a WARDKit 5x5 as well as a HyPrecision™ 30 pump donated by its maker Hypertherm. “We are ecstatic! This new machine will replace outdated equipment and bring us to the forefront of waterjet technology,” said Engineering Technician Jeff Heniff. “Having worked with waterjet technology since 1968 and advancing its many uses, we understand and appreciate the value of this gift. Our students are looking forward to incorporating it into national design competitions.”

John Mullett of Laureate Machine and Automation won the E-1515. Laureate Machine and Automation offers fabrication for a variety of industries and is looking forward to adding an abrasive waterjet to their list of capabilities.

The Smartforce Student Summit is committed to inspiring young people for dynamic careers in advanced manufacturing as well as promoting the industry’s state-of-the-art work places, excellent compensation, and opportunities to enhance one’s quality of life and the economy. This year 17,000 students, teachers, and parents visited the summit. The next Smartforce Student Summit will be held during IMTS 2018, one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, Sept. 10-15, 2018, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. 


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WARDJet is a world-renown waterjet cutting company, founded in 1993 by Rich Ward, who was born and raised in Zimbabwe, attended the University of Cape Town and began his career as a civil engineer. In 1991, he moved his family, to the United States to work on a two-year contract. Once completed, Rich started WARDJet in his Ohio garage and has expanded it to a 220,000-square-foot facility. 


Also formed in a garage and now located in a large facility, Hypertherm designs and manufactures advanced cutting products. The New Hampshire-based company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates back nearly 50 years, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. 




The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. IMTS 2018 will run Sept. 10-15. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 115,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 120 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.


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