InfraBuild, in partnership with the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) and CSIRO, have embarked on an innovative and collaborative research project to develop more corrosion resistant steel products.
The project, made possible with $100,000 funding through IMCRC’s Activate program, will modernise InfraBuild’s finishing process by introducing CSIRO’s solid state, low-cost additive Cold Spray ZAP™ technology.
CSIRO’s cold spray technology works by applying a high-strength, recycled corrosion-resistant coating to steel that produces more damage and corrosion resistant products, particularly in soil.
By using robotic coating application technology, InfraBuild and CSIRO will develop a fully automated digital manufacturing production line, improving productivity and increasing cost competitiveness.
Bradley Taylor, Director of Technical at InfraBuild Wire, said the project is enabling InfraBuild to explore the technology as an alternative coating option, advance its manufacturing process and create new innovative steel products for a number of sectors.
This article was first published in The Fence magazine.