Omax Corporation

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OMAX Corporation
IndustryIndustrial WaterJet machinery
HeadquartersKent, Washington
Key people
Dr. John Cheung , CEO & Founder
Dr. John H. Olsen, Co-Founder
Number of employees

OMAX Corporation is a large American provider of multi-axis (the ability to cut non-flat objects) abrasive waterjet systems for use in the fabrication and manufacturing industry.[1]


Dr. John Cheung and Dr. John Olsen founded OMAX in 1993, having found a way to revolutionize the waterjet machining method. A new type of motion control technology and proprietary software ushered the development of the first truly affordable waterjet system to offer fast, precise and consistent results. Today, OMAX Corporation shapes the future of waterjet machining with diverse, highly advanced product solutions that offer the broadest range of table sizes, pumps, accessories, and software on the market.[2][3][4]

Abridged Timeline of OMAX Advancments[5][edit]

1993 - OMAX first introduced a JetMachining Center Model 2448 specifically for the general machine shop environment

1998 - OMAX Layout Software for Windows released

2002 - OMAX Released Make Software for Windows. Intelli-MAX Software Suite released

2003 - OMAX has 600+ abrasivejet systems in job shops, universities, factories and government agencies worldwide

2005 - OMAX installed its 1000th machine!

2008 - OMAX recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

2009 - MAXIEM Waterjet line introduced with JetCutting Center Models 1515, 1530, 2030, and 2040. OMAX sold its 2000th machine!

2010 - EnduroMAX Direct Drive Pumps introduced

2012 - OMAX increased its worldwide reach with over 70 nations covered by its distributor network

2013 - MicroMAX JetMachining Center introduced

2014 - MAXIEM Generation 2 JetMachining Centers released

2017 - OMAX earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification. GlobalMAX line introduced. ProtoMAX introduced. OMAX adds 65,000 of square footage to its manufacturing facility

2018 – OMAX celebrates 25 years of waterjet innovation!

Aviation High School Robotics[edit]

Each year OMAX sponsors the robotics team from Aviation High School. OMAX supervises the Aviation "Skunkworks" Team as members cut parts for their robot at OMAX's headquarters. The Aviation High Robotics team won the Creativity Award in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship held in St. Louis, Missouri in April 2011.[6][7]


OMAX's largest competitor is Flow International Corp. To avoid competition Flow International attempted to buy OMAX for $109 million, but because of the downturn in the economy, the offer was reduced to $75 million. In 2009 it was announced that Flow called off the merger stating "We believe that our path forward alone is far superior to one combined with OMAX at the wrong price". John Olsen co-founder of OMAX stated that had the companies merged there would have certainly been layoffs.[8] Other competitors include Jet Edge Waterjets, and ESAB Cutting Products.[9]


  1. ^ "OMAX Corporation". Gamasutra. UBM TechWeb. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ Boothroyd, Geoffrey; Knight, Winston A. (1989), Fundamentals of machining and machine tools (2nd ed.), Marcel Dekker, pp. 478–479, ISBN 978-0-8247-7852-1.
  3. ^ Todd, Robert H.; Allen, Dell K.; Alting, Leo (1994), Manufacturing Processes Reference Guide, Industrial Press Inc., pp. 2–5, ISBN 0-8311-3049-0.
  4. ^ "OMAX Corporation". OMAX Corporation. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  5. ^ "OMAX History | Abrasive Water Jet Cutting Machine". OMAX Waterjet Cutting Machine Manufacturer. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  6. ^ "OMAX® Sponsors Winning Team at FIRST Robotics Championship". Thomas Publishing Company. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Welcome to Skunkworks Robotics". Skunkworks Robotics. Aviation High School. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Kent-based Flow calls off merger with smaller water-jet rival OMAX". Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company Online. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  9. ^ "OMAX Corporation". Zoom Info. Zoom Information Inc. Retrieved 24 April 2013.

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