TW Woods Constructions has introduced a powerful 1000-ton brake press to further expand its capabilities in metal forming tasks required by Australian industry.
The 1000-ton x 3.2m brake press can press form steel plates up to 60mm thick, making it suitable for major fabrication tasks required by industries such as construction and resources, civil engineering, mineral processing, energy, infrastructure as well as water and wastewater.
Some of the metal forming applications that the brake press can execute capably include draglines, buckets, mills, earthmoving equipment, ripper blades, pressure tanks and pipelines in addition to all heavy plate fabrications involving quenched and tempered metal, carbon steel, stainless steel and specialist material.
The new brake press joins a comprehensive range of existing onsite pressing, forming and fabrication equipment at the company’s Tomago facility that is currently going through a multi-million dollar expansion to expand its capability to handle even more major fabrication tasks in-house.
TW Woods Managing Director Mr Tom Woods says that the family-owned company has invested heavily in training and equipping their Australian workforce.
Recently expanded capabilities include their new laser-guided 1000 amp sub-arc welding facility to handle large and challenging pipeline, pressure vessel, cylinder, tank and other materials handling and metal fabrication tasks.
One of the largest heavy engineering and fabrication companies in Eastern Australia, TW Woods Constructions operates a 4500m² purpose-built, fully-equipped workshop at the company’s headquarters in Tomago, NSW.
The Tomago plant expansion includes a 300 amp CAD-CAM profile plasma cutting bed capable of cutting 13m x 3.5m plates up to 60mm thick with plasma, and more than 150mm with oxy.
The facility also houses a 1600 amp stud welding machine as well as a plate handling and processing facility serviced by a 10-tonne overhead gantry crane.
An 800m² paint and blasting facility incorporates a sand blast chamber with a 10m high ceiling to handle large jobs and challenging assignments from companies extending from NSW’s Hunter Valley to the East and West Coasts of Australia and as far as North America and China.
TW Woods Constructions undertakes medium to heavy steel fabrication, plate rolling and pressing as well as manufacturing of materials handling equipment including chromium carbide clad plate hardened steel products.
The company offers specialised shaping, fabrication and welding services for organisations such as Delta Energy, Incitec Pivot, Integra Coal, Laing O’Rourke and Xstrata in addition to water and wastewater authorities as well as surface and underground mining companies throughout Australia.