AXYZ International has unveiled a number of improvements which it says will help increase the production capabilities of all AXYZ routers, including the 4000 series of routers of which the 4008 model is a routing solution much favoured by the furniture and joinery production and general woodworking industries.
Arguably the most important of the machine upgrades is the new AXYZ Auto Management facility that ensures that the material being processed is held securely throughout the entire cutting cycle under all operating conditions to provide optimum accuracy and a perfect edge finish. The system provides three different vacuum hold-down modes – live deck, pendulum and independent switching.
Live deck will automatically activate and deactivate vacuum zones according to the live position of the cutting head, while the pendulum mode allows the vacuum to switch between two virtual zones – usually the front and rear halves of the router – to enable it to operate continually for maximum productivity. For total manual control, individual zones can be switched via the zone management function.
In addition to greatly improving material hold-down efficiency, the AXYZ auto zone management system eliminates material wastage and machine downtime caused by incorrectly-set vacuum valves. The system supplements other standard and optional production tool enhancements recently added by AXYZ to further expand the capabilities of all the company’s routers.
These enhancements include the latest A2MC machine control system that greatly reduces or eliminates bounce and vibration caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration often experienced with other control systems. The new AVS (AXYZ Vision System) is fully integrated within the A2MC controller and is fully compatible with all of the cutting tools used on AXYZ routers, including oscillating, tangential and drag knife cutters to enable a much wider range of materials to be processed.
The new helical rack and pinion drive system, as an optional enhancement, greatly reduces machine wear due to the incorporation of multiple gear teeth within the system. This feature ensures a more even distribution of the workload and results in a significant increase in feed rates, greater accuracy of cut and quieter machine operation.