Betcor Manufacturing in Ontario, Canada is a small custom job shop with a difference. At first glance, they look like most other job shops, with a shop floor filled with machines for CNC milling, turning, surface grinding, cylindrical grinding, and even some welding and fabricating work.
At one end of the shop floor, though, is a piece of equipment that is anything but traditional state-of-the-art abrasive waterjet machining center. The OMAX 55100 JetMachining® Center has enabled Betcor to handle more operations in-house instead of sending parts out to other shops. “We were sending out parts to be cut on a plasma, laser or waterjet, instead of using conventional milling operations,” says partner Barry Corbet. “Many of these were parts with large radii and had large amounts of metal removed. When we decided to expand our business we took a very close look at all of these p rocesses and concluded that abrasive waterjet, and in particular the OMAX was most suitable for our target market.”
Like most job shops Betcor Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, serves a wide variety of markets, including automotive, aerospace, and advertising. This means that while innovation is key to Betcor, versatility is also important, and the waterjet provides that versatility by machining a wide variety of materials.