Brand new concrete slot drain cutting system has potential to transform industry

Published 16/4 at 16:39

Dymatec and Extrudakerb have joined forces to develop a brand new cutting system that safely and efficiently cuts sections of slip form concrete slot drain.

Dymatec, which manufactures and supplies diamond drilling and concrete cutting machinery and consumables, has co-engineered a brand new bespoke wire saw with Extrudakerb, specialists in the design and construction of slip form concrete. Working together, the companies have developed a unique system using Dymatec’s 110V wire saw, which reduces cutting time per cut from 30min to 18min. Extrudakerb has designed and manufactured all the framework, pulley systems and a new clamping mechanism, which coupled to the saw makes this machine unique in the concrete cutting world.

The new system automates the previous manual process, which involved operators cutting slot drains 700mm x 700mm by hand using a diamond chainsaw. Due to the nature of the activity, this process carried risk to the operator, and limited the time the operator could spend cutting due to hand arm vibration.  As well as limitations in terms of time and safety, the process was also expensive due to the high cost of the diamond chain and the frequency at which they would need to be replaced. 

The new system has already proved highly successful, meaning that Extrudakerb has built a total of three bespoke machines. These have all been designed to work with Dymatec’s unique wire saw, with the two companies committing to a long term agreement to continue employing their new system on future projects.  

“This bespoke new system developed by Dymatec and Extrudakerb is a breakthrough in concrete slot drain cutting with significant potential to transform the industry.  The advantages are huge; cutting time has been reduced almost by half and the automated process means that extrusion can be ongoing, without the need for breaks. I am extremely proud of Dymatec’s dedicated team, particularly our sales manager David Hibbert, who has worked tirelessly with Extrudakerb to develop our brand new wire saw which has completely revolutionised this process,” says managing director of Dymatec Jeremy Newton, who added, “Dymatec is delighted to be working with Extrudakerb on an ongoing basis, and we look forward to further developing the system and improving efficiencies in slot drain cutting.”

James Charlesworth, managing director of Extrudakerb said of the development: “We have seen phenomenal results using our new system developed in conjunction with Dymatec. To reduce cutting time by almost half is an extraordinary achievement, which is dramatically reducing the time spent on projects. When Dymatec approached us with their new bespoke wire saw technology we set to work developing a machine that would eventually eradicate the need for costly diamond chainsaws, and make the whole process more safe, fast and efficient.  We firmly believe this has the potential to revolutionise the concrete slot drain cutting industry, and we are liaising closely with the relevant authorities with a view to rolling out the machines nationwide.”

Dymatec and Extrudakerb’s system is currently being used as part of a 44km concrete slot drain slip form project on the M6 motorway, junctions 16-19, England. The scheme currently has three wire saws in operation, with plans to utilise the machines on all of Extrudakerb’s concrete slot drain projects. “In summary, the level of innovation achieved by both Dymatec and Extrudakerb has given the concrete cutting world a better quality and efficient option that ensures the safety of the people undertaking the process. This effort will continue to strive for market leading excellence,” concluded Extrudakerb group lean manager Stephen Lee. 

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