Why Water Jet Cutters?

Water jet cutters offer a very effective and versatile method for accurately and consistently cutting a range of materials. They are powerful enough to be able to cut through Metal Stamping. They are flexible and precise enough to be able to cut complex shapes. Also, they offer an additional benefit with the capacity to cut three-dimensional shapes.

This method is suitable for cutting through thin materials or thick materials. It is good for cutting through materials that are covered in rust. It does not use heat for cutting so the level of thermal deformation is negligible and it does not produce any potentially harmful fumes during its use.

How this technology works

It is a surprisingly simple concept that has been developed to a sophisticated and highly effective level through the application of advanced engineering concepts and technology. This is a process that has been through a process of rapid development and continues to become more effective as new technology is developed. The cutting effect is achieved through water containing an abrasive material, often small pieces of garnet crystal, being fired out from a very narrow nozzle at incredibly high velocity. This high-powered jet is able to cut through materials with a high degree of accuracy and precision. As a result, it has the versatility to be used across a wide range of industrial applications.

Metal Stamping

Metal Stamping

With the development of more advanced design and manufacturing systems, the ability to utilise this method for complex and project specific designs has increased. Computer-aided design is able to be used to easily create templates which are then used by automated cutting machines. The type of computer systems that are now able to process three-dimensional graphics has broadened making it possible for companies involved in a wide range of areas using industrial design and manufacturing to take advantage of this.

The technique is very effective for cutting steel, stone, ceramics, aluminium, glass, wood, plastics, and laminates. Because of the capacity of the process to be automated, it is able to complete cutting tasks consistently, as well as for cutting large numbers of items using an electronic template. This has led to water jet cutters being used across a wide range of work environments, from the shaping of domestic materials such as granite bench tops and glass splash-backs in kitchens, through to larger scale industrial and mass production manufacturing settings.

This technology has been further developed with the greater flexibility provided through more advanced movement of the cutting jet. It is an environmentally friendly method. The finished edges are smooth and rounded. It does not produce burrs of Metal Stamping. It may not be the fastest method of cutting, but it is able to cut thicker materials than most other methods.

Contact us today

We have a range of cutters that are suited to different environments and activities. We are able to provide you with a range of obligation free information that will help you clarify any decision you need to make about suitable cutting technologies and equipment. If you would like to have some more information about water jet cutters or if you have a project that could be effectively undertaken with this technology, then please contact Metal Form Group by calling (03) 9763 8000 today.

 

Outsourcing IT: A Battle Tested Step-by-Step Guide

Outsourcing IT is fast becoming one of the hottest industries offering business services to Philippines companies. Outsourcing IT operations is a great way to cover your technology bases at a lower cost, and with less stress than trying to handle it yourself. But as any business owner knows, you can’t simply trust your IT needs to just anyone.

Choosing the right vendor is crucial to making sure your business doesn’t miss a beat today, or any time in the future. If you’re considering outsourcing your IT needs but don’t know how, here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

Outsourcing IT

Outsourcing IT

Step 1 – Defining Your IT Needs and Goals

Different companies have different IT needs depending on size and type of business. Before you can even begin looking at various IT vendors you need to know exactly what it is you need. Start by gathering your senior team members for a meeting in which you’ll ask them how IT can best serve them in a perfect world. From those ideas you’ll be able to develop a list of needs and goals from which you can then formulate a plan. Some of the things you should be discussing in this meeting include:

  • the specific IT tasks you intend to outsource
  • what you expect those tasks to look like at the user end
  • the extent of service you wish the vendor to provide for those tasks
  • how much you intend to spend on the project
  • whether or not it’s important to work with a domestic vendor

Step 2 – Create your Request for Information (RFI)

In order to get potential vendors interested in your project you must first create an RFI document. This document tells IT vendors that you are looking for someone to partner with – it is your “want ad,” so to speak. The RFI is usually posted on your company website, distributed to any IT vendors you are already aware of, published through trade organizations, published in newspapers, and disseminated generally anywhere IT vendors might be looking. It is important that your RFI contain the following information:

  • specifics about your company; size, type of business, number of employees, etc.
  • overview of your IT needs and goals
  • submission guidelines for interested vendors
  • where applicable, a vendor submission form
  • contact information for vendors who may have questions

Step 3 – Solicitation of Proposals

Soliciting proposals from interested vendors requires the creation of another document known as the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP document is similar to the RFI except that it is much larger in scope. This is the document which lays out the details of the specific work you have available, plus any legal or industry-related requirements. In addition to the information included on the RFI, your RFP document should also include:

  • A detailed description of the specific work and/or project; this is known as State of Work (SOW)
  • any legal or regulatory requirements the vendor must adhere to
  • any industry related standards or protocol the vendor must adhere to
  • estimated cost of the project
  • submission guidelines and response form

Step 4 – Verify Your Vendors

Verifying your vendors is, for all intents and purposes, creating a short list from among all who have responded. Practicing due diligence in verifying the information provided by each specific vendor is of utmost importance. The verification process should include the following:

  • checking certification and licensing claims
  • contacting and verifying references
  • conducting face-to-face meetings at the vendor’s office (this allows you to see them in action)
  • asking for a test project for your business or a verifiable case study of previous work

Step 5 – Draw up Contracts

Once a short list is achieved, have your legal team begin drawing up contracts while you compare the vendors’ side-by-side. Look for ways in which each vendor is similar, as well as their differences. Based upon the similarities and differences determine what’s most important in meeting your needs and goals, then choose a vendor. Once you select a vendor, make sure any specific contractual requirements the vendor has requested are included in the final contract.

Step 6 – Sign the Contracts

The obvious last step is to sign the contracts with your vendor. Make sure that only authorized personnel are involved in the actual signing. Contracts have been known to be voided in some court cases when it’s been determined that one of the parties signing the deal was not legally authorized to do so.

Choosing an IT vendor can be a time-consuming and frustrating affair. But companies who do their due diligence and follow a step-by-step process similar to what you have just read, greatly increase their chances of success in finding a quality IT outsourcing companies. With the IT monkey off your back, your business is free to concentrate on what it does best.