The construction industry is an evolving trade with latest figures showing that it is steadily growing. With an increase in employment, product demand is high and the need to produce construction materials precisely and swiftly is even more important than it once was.
Abrasive waterjet technology has several advantages that benefit this particular industry. Besides the fact that it is economically friendly, it’s also cost effective and cuts a variety of different materials into intricate shapes with high precision.
The construction industry covers a number of different fields like commercial buildings, houses and bridges so the abrasive waterjet is perfect for cutting the materials needed. With this machine, it is commonly used for cutting a variety of metals like titanium and aluminium however, it also has the capability of cutting stone and glass products.
Matt Weaver, a technical specialist at Headland is the the go-to man when it comes to knowing all the ins and outs of abrasive waterjet technology. He has over 20 years experience working with waterjet machines and his knowledge and expertise has helped Headland customers gain the most out of this technology as well as allowed them to produce the best possible results.
“I provide technical and applications support, both in person and over the phone to my customers and give them the benefit of my 20 years experience in the abrasive waterjet cutting industry,” he says.
As the construction and manufacturing industry is extremely demanding, the need to be able to get in touch with an expert is crucial.
Currently, Headland have a number of machines around Australia that are used to manufacture products in the construction industry.
“We currently have a number of both MAXIEM and OMAX systems manufacturing parts for a number of construction projects. We also have a system in the School of Civil Engineering at Sydney University,” Matt says.
The reason the waterjet is most suited to this industry is because of the versatility of the machine and the efficiency.
Waterjet technology is commonly used for cutting steel beams and concrete sections however, it also is used for the removal of rivets from railway bridges. The process for cutting materials is relatively simple yet effective.
“Abrasive waterjet is a cold cutting, high speed erosion process,” Matt says.
“This basically means the cutting process put no heat or additional stress into the material and therefore does not alter the mechanical properties in any way
“Certain options, such as the Tilt-A-Jet, uses the advanced cutting model to produce taperless parts faster than any other system,” he says.
As a service specialist Matt Weaver is a vital member of the waterjet Team and provides a technical and advisory role to customers.
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