Philip Cornes, a European distributor of nickel alloys and heat and corrosion-resistant stainless steels, has further increased its flat product processing capability with a new waterjet machining centre. The new machine incorporates the latest in water-jet cutting and software system technology. The flexibility and control of its cutting heads and the lack of any heat affected zone, means that many metal components, previously requiring multiple machining and finishing stages, can now be produced in one operation. The ability to produce intricate shapes at near net sizes, therefore, offers component manufacturers the potential for substantially reduced machining costs. Metal can be cut from up to 200mm thick and 2m wide parent plate with optimum dimensional tolerances of + 0.1mm and multi-cutting repeatability of +0.025mm. This latest investment is the second phase in a two-year programme of providing complete in house processing services which now include water-jet cutting, plasma cutting, sawing and shearing.