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The versatility of abrasive waterjet cutting machines allow shops to branch out, grow their businesses and garner expertise in cross-industry applications. In South Australia, for example, Zenith Custom Creations didn’t originally house such equipment. When Craig Vanderstelt founded the company in 2001, it was at the behest of peers impressed with his work on a custom transport rig for a friend’s sprint car. But he credits his 2017 purchase of an Omax Maxiem 1530 JetMachining Center as a key moment for the company.

“It improved the quality of our end product, and improved productivity and time efficiency,” he says.

The Maxiem 1530, featuring a cutting area of 3048 by 1575 mm, has proven ideal for handling the aluminum plates used to construct custom trailers of all kinds, from goosenecks to semitrailers. But the application possibilities have pushed Zenith into new industries, keyed by the machine’s linear-motion system that employs digital linear encoders to provide instant micron-level cutting-head-position feedback to the controller to assure accurate part production. New applications for Zenith include projects for the Australian Defense Force.

“The waterjet cutting machine has opened up the market of custom cutting and also allowed us to increase productivity by manufacturing in different ways,” says Vanderstelt. “We’re saving massive amounts of time and the finished product is better and more consistent.” MF

This article was supplied by Omax Corp., Kent, WA; 800/838-0343.

Industry-Related Terms: Abrasive, Brass, Center, CNC, Prototype, Stainless Steel
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See also: Omax Corporation

Technologies: Cutting

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