To keep pace with the building activity expected to increase dramatically in WA regions such as the Pilbara, the manufacturers of steel framing have looked at how they can best improve their design processes and fabrication time.
One such manufacturer is Enduro Homes who, to fill the market need in the Karratha area, has moved into steel frame fabrication and is using the Henrob Self Pierce Riveting System to join his components.
The "Henrob" automatically belt-feeds rivets into a small mobile press, enabling the simultaneous fixing of components on opposing sides of the C-channel at the press of a button. This means that the frames do not have to be turned over, as is the case when welds or screws are used.
Apart from being a much healthier alternative to welding with no fumes and sparks, Henrob SPR also provides consistent quality, with a real efficiency gain of at least 50 per cent, with no post-finishing operations and no swarf or waste to dispose of afterwards.
The strength of this joining solution has also proven itself in the recent two cyclones, Larry and Yasi, when homes built by Homefab in North Queensland with Henrob SPR withstood their fury with no damage at all.