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AXYZ router proves pivotal to ITC success

AXYZ router proves pivotal to ITC success

For over 25 years, Tamworth, Staffordshire-based Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has been supplying high-quality cutting/routing tools to a wide range of industries, including the sign, display and digital printing sectors. The tools are produced using specialist materials , such as solid carbide and/or PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond), with the latter providing a harder surface to enable greater abrasion resistance and the ability to handle a more diverse range of difficult-to-process materials and radically increasing tool life to reduce production costs.

Installation of an AXYZ 4000 series CNC router supplied by AXYZ Automation Group was a conscious decision by ITC to greatly enhance its R&D and production capabilities. Technical Sales Manager at the company, Sally Hunt commented: “Investment in the AXYZ router was made primarily to help the development of new cutting tool technology to meet constantly changing market trends and to facilitate comprehensive in-house testing of next-generation substrates, coatings and geometries prior to the introduction of all new and future cutting tools.”

By providing this in-house facility incorporating a high-performance AXYZ router, ITC has helped reduce unnecessary and potentially expensive downtime at customers’ own premises. Sally Hunt added: “Although still in its comparative infancy, this vital customer support facility has enabled ITC to fully evaluate every tooling solution to make sure that it is the most appropriate for the materials to be processed, regardless of how complex and difficult these might be. With the assistance of the AXYZ router, we are able to pre-test, tweak and refine as necessary new tools as well as enhancing the capabilities of existing product lines when required.”

The AXYZ router installed at ITC is the 4008 model. It features a 1.5 x 2.4m processing bed based on a solid steel frame construction to better accommodate more vigorous machine operation required for the testing of certain specialist tools. A powerful 10.8hp 24,000rpm routing/cutting spindle lends further support to the testing parameters in place.

As with all CNC machines supplied by AXYZ Automation Group, the AXYZ 4008 router can be supplied with a wide range of optional production tool enhancements. These include the AXYZ ATC (Automatic Tool Change) system that provides up to 33 tool-change stations to accommodate work requiring multiple tools, the AXYZ Zone Management facility for optimum material hold-down efficiency and the latest A2MC machine controller with integrated AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for precise routing/cutting accuracy.

These can be supplemented with the latest helical rack and pinion drive system, incorporating a multiple gear teeth configuration. This enables a more even distribution of the workload, leading to faster throughput speeds, reduced material wastage and machine wear and ultimately a longer than normal machine life.

For further information on AXYZ machines, visit www.axyz.co.uk or telephone 01952 291600.

For further information about the range of cutting tools supplied by Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), visit www.itc.ltd.co.uk or telephone 01827 304500.

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