According to Ed Wenz of MarZee Inc., business is picking up in fabrication houses across the Southwest. Local architectural projects once stagnated by the sour economy are buzzing again with activity, he said. So his seven OMAX® JetMachining® Centers continue to produce prototypes and production parts in a quick turnaround time to keep up with clients' demands.
"The market for abrasive waterjet cut parts is still there," Ed said. "If someone wants a good product, a good part, in a timely fashion, at a fair price, then delivering with your OMAX can carry you quite a long ways."
He says it's the beauty of abrasive waterjet technology that allows him the flexibility to cut different types of material, and explains why his business remains an OMAX waterjet-only equipped shop.
One of his current projects is cutting architectural "spider" fittings for a city center project in Las Vegas. These steel frame fittings will stabilize building structures or decor, such as posts, glass, or metal fins. Ed worked on 18 pieces of 1½" thick steel plates at dimensions of 8′ x 10′ on one of his larger scale JetMachining Centers, the Model 80160.
"The big difference I saw was with the twin horsepower configuration. I have twin 40 hp pumps on the bigger machine I call 'Moby'," he said. "And it's just a cutting beast."
Wenz said at first he had many critics who were leery about him investing in the Fabricator, OMAX's precursor to the 80X model. They claimed he would not be able to keep the machine busy, or need the machine's extra length for cutting projects. However, he came across several occasions where the entire table bed held a large piece of material, such as a 7' x 20' or 80" x 240" stainless steel plate which needed angles cut at 1¾" or 2½" thicknesses. Steel plates cut specifically to those dimensions are not available for general purchase, so the fabrication shops turn to MarZee for custom services.
"You can put two 10-foot pieces of material side by side and you don't have to take it out until they are both done," he said. "Or one piece can be cut, while the other piece can be taken off the table. So there are a lot of other uses I found for having the extra length in the tank."
His other observation is that the fabrication market is now more involved with welding projects originating from the wind power, solar power, and electric industries. MarZee will be working with 200 sheets of ¼" steel force that is 18′ long for a solar project in Europe. Free from heat-affected zones, the steel products can be welded into solar housing parts.
"My big tank can handle this project; and a lot more of it is starting to go on," Ed said. "I'm cutting for big fabrication houses here in Phoenix and they're doing all the fabrication for these sorts of projects which have grown in demand over the last six to seven years."
Owner: Ed Wenz
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Specializes in: Production and Prototype Cutting