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Another 76 cubic meters of machining capacity!

In recent months Jackson Electrical Industries have moved their hire operation to a larger premises at 6 Selwyn Street, Onehunga. This move was required due to another soon to be arriving – 5-axis 10m x 4m x 2m machining center from Italy. This required doubling the floorspace of our already extensive machining, tool making and concrete moulding division. To give scale to current projects, Jackson is now stocking onsite multiple-ton batches of concrete moulding rubber. We can help you with your project and have the experience for small and large scale works.

We expect this extra capacity to be in operation by late July this year. This will have a dramatic effect on shortening of customer lead times, and has been specified to the highest possible accuracy available from a machine of this type, further reducing post finishing work required for your project.

Get in contact with sales@jackson.co.nz to discuss how we can help with your project, from small run widgets, to 100m long composite structures and anything in between.

Creative concrete formwork

Having worked together with Dominion Constructors for many years on electrical projects, the team at Jackson Electrical Industries was approached in the early design stages regarding the usage of Jackson’s concrete moulding design experience and CNC manufacturing facilities. The objective was to turn a loosely discussed architectural concept into a stunning façade, located in the middle of the rapidly changing face of Nugent Street in Newmarket. Just another successful keystone project for the Dominion & Jackson teams.

In order to construct the façade for Aspect Furniture System’s new office building, Dominion Constructors commissioned Jackson to create a complex set of formwork. This would allow the intricate Voronoi pattern to be poured in situ, in just a single stage – using a special concrete mix developed by Dominion particularly for this project that later on won an award at the NZ Concrete Industry Award Ceremony earlier this year.

This methodology involved building large blocks to generate a cavity into which the concrete was pumped from the bottom to a total height of three stories.  A total of 26 ‘modules’ were constructed from multi-axis machined polystyrene with form-ply tool-faces to give a high quality mould surface, in sections that could be manoeuvred into place by hand.

Jacksons 3D CAD modelling, 5-axis CNC machining services were combined with an outside-the-box design approach to meet with project outcome, timeline and budget expectations.

Additionally a large scale jigsaw puzzle template was machined to create a 1:1 layout guide for the modules. The tooling was put together within weeks to the design prepared by Jasmax and HLK Jacob.

This finished project has been unveiled with a big two thumbs up from Nugent Street locals and passers-by alike. Another score on the board for the architectural use of concrete, a process that has been rumbling away in the background for decades – and recently seen a large local upturn due to exposure and awareness growing of what is available and achievable as turn-key solutions here at home in New Zealand.

Parnell Footbridge

Moulding the Parnell Foot Bridge

Jackson had to truly step up to the plate in order to meet the tooling scale required for the Parnell Foot Bridge. Providing unprecedented large scale CNC machining services, the largest NZ manufactured flexible form liner to date was produced.

Incorporating an artist’s design into the formed face of the precast beams was a key challenge for the project; this aspect of the construction was done in collaboration with Wilson Precast. The pattern was formed using a rubber form liner fabricated by Jackson Electrical. To construct the form liner Jackson Electrical created a master negative mould in its proprietary tooling board CaroC, using a 3D model of the art work and a computer aided router. Rubber was then poured into the master negative to create a flexible form liner that could be added to the curved beam form work, prior to the addition of reinforcing steel and concrete at Wilson’s yard.

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