Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to a thickness of 50 mm, which are commonly used in vessels and heat exchangers.
“Our process makes for simpler downstream works, while our cold cutting processes allow for materials to be processed without affecting their inherent metallurgical properties while minimising any distortion,” explains MAXJET director Preeshan Naidoo.
The company’s methodology is efficient when processing numerous holes for the plates because accuracy depends on the digital format, which is created for processing on the company’s computerised numerical control machine.
“This is opposed to manually marking the centre of the holes for drilling, where the risk of misalignment is higher.”
MAXJET manufactures and supplies these plates predominantly in high-density polyethylene, titanium, lead, stainless steel, copper and mild steel.
The company’s service offering is unique in the industry, owing to its key elements of design, material and processing, says Naidoo.
From a design perspective, MAXJET can materialise a client’s vision in digital format, which also applies to machinery parts and components when drawings are not available.
“Our team can conduct a site survey for measuring and drafting purposes, including the working of templates and sketches, to create digital format drawings or drawing exchange files,” he adds.
MAXJET also sources and supplies the necessary raw materials at “competitive pricing” through its approved network of suppliers.
The company also processes flat sheet materials, including plastics, aluminium, titanium and stainless steels.
Meanwhile, Naidoo says the vessels, heat exchangers, tanks and containers industry faces challenges, primarily owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the war between Russia and the Ukraine, with the consequent global sanctions.
As a result, all major supply chains have been impacted on, which will “undoubtedly” further affect the industry.
However, he adds that, although global concerns are worrying, there may be an opportunity for South Africa to boost manufacturing for not only local supply but also the markets abroad.
“MAXJET’s current goals are to maintain sustainability while proactively seeking opportunities for growth,” concludes Naidoo.