A new laser-guided 1000 amp sub-arc welding facility introduced by TW Woods Constructions has helped to enhance the efficiency of various metal fabrication tasks.
Laser-guided sub-arc welding has helped TW Woods Constructions handle large and challenging pipeline, pressure vessel, cylinder, tank as well as various materials handling and metal fabrication tasks.
The new welding facility offers high speed and high efficiency, delivering crack-free high quality butt welds in thick steel.
The new addition is part of an ongoing multi-million dollar expansion of the company’s Tomago facility to serve customers in industries such as energy, mining, minerals processing, materials handling, metals, manufacturing, process engineering, energy as well as water and wastewater.
Complemented by the expanded press brake capacity at the Tomago site, the laser-guided sub-arc welding facility permits TW Woods to take up even more major fabrication tasks in-house at the Tomago plant, says Managing Director Mr Tom Woods.
In-house welding helps facilitate total quality control and faster turnaround of orders.
The new plant at Tomago 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.
A 1600 amp stud welding machine as well as a plate handling and processing facility serviced by a 10-tonne overhead gantry crane are the other facilities at the plant.
The plate processing area has been integrated into the same new building with an 800m² paint and blasting facility incorporating a sand blast chamber featuring a 10m high ceiling to handle large jobs and challenging assignments.
Housed on the company’s two-hectare site with Hunter River frontage, the new facilities complement the 4,000m² workshop area where medium to heavy steel fabrication, plate rolling as well as pressing and manufacturing of materials handling equipment are undertaken.
Offering specialised shaping, fabrication and welding technology for metals including carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium, TW Woods Constructions caters to the requirements of organisations such as Delta Energy, Incitec Pivot, Integra Coal, Laing O’Rourke, Xstrata as well as surface and underground mining companies throughout Australia.
The company has also become a major supplier to the water treatment and materials handling industry due to its expanded capacity to process specialised metals as well as manufacture complex shapes required for special purpose tanks, silos and pressure vessels.