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Diamond Products is ensuring that industrial operations in South Africa are able to cut through steel-reinforced concrete in record time, with its range Arix wall saw diamond blades.
Distributed nationwide exclusively by Diamond Products - a specialist in the manufacture, assembly and sales of diamond tools and equipment for heavy industries - the blades are manufactured using world-renowned Arix technology - a process of controlled deposition of diamonds onto a substrate, at predetermined positions.
“Arix technology ensures that diamond grits are placed with precision into three-dimensional patterns on the blades, in order to ensure the maximum performance of tools in heavy-duty construction applications,” explains Diamond Products director Darryl Gray. “Arix technology has been proven to increase the lifespan of diamond tools by 400 per cent, while achieving cutting speeds of twice the industry-standard.”
Specialist concrete core drilling and wall sawing expert, GA Cut Core made use of the 800mm Arix blade supplied by Diamond products in October 2010, after being commissioned by a large bank to cut through its embedded basement walls, in order to make room for new generators to be installed at its headquarters in Johannesburg. GA Cut Core owner Anton Nel points out that the Arix wall saw blade was the only range that was able to meet the demands of cutting through the high-strength basement walls.
“Embedded walls become harder with age, and are ultimately more difficult to cut through,” he explains. “This demanding challenge could not be met by industry-standard blades, which placed the cutting machine under extreme pressure, and wore out before the wall had been fully cut. The Arix blade was; however, able to cut through the concrete quickly and effectively within a matter of days.”
Nel notes that the Arix blade was fitted to a 15kW wall saw.
“Despite the challenges posed by the steel reinforcement, the Arix blades provided consistency throughout the cutting process. What’s more, the wall saw was able to run at lower pressure, which reduces maintenance significantly.”
Gray points out that this is achieved thanks to the alignment of diamonds in separate rows on the blade, which ensures that each diamond carries precisely the same workload.
“This unique design ultimately extends the lifespan of the tool, and allows for quicker and more accurate cutting, making it the ideal solution to construction projects, where steel-reinforced concrete has to be cut down to size.”