Intorex TMC 1500 five-axis CNC working centre
Cheshire Mouldings, the UK’s leading supplier of stair parts and mouldings to the trade sector, have recently completed an investment of €250,000 in the latest CNC technology from Intorex for the production of stair parts. This comes hot on the heals of an additional €500,000 on a System TM finger jointing line for mouldings. The Intorex machines include the TMC1500 five-axis CNC work centre and an LNX CNC sander for the automatic volume sanding of stair spindles.
Intorex LNX rotary CNC sander for stair spindles
The decision to invest in a new Intorex TMC came as result of increased demand for modern style contemporary designed twisted or stop chamfered spindles and newel posts.
Whilst Cheshire Mouldings already have in place machinery to produce this type of product, the production output on the Intorex CNC is much higher thanks to the automatic hopper feed loading and the fact the parts can come off already finish sanded.
Contemporary design stair spindles
The TMC which has nine CNC controlled axis is equipped with a horizontal shaping head, horizontal sanding head and a saw blade for turning. In addition there is a router head, with 10 position rotary tool changer.
The machine for Cheshire Mouldings was also specified with the optional tenth CNC axis for a narrow vertical sanding belt for sanding turned parts. This specification of machine provides a high level of flexibility to produce a wide range of simple or complex shaped or turned stair parts.
Intorex TMC automatic hopper feed loading
Totally separate to the TMC, the LNX CNC rotary sander was ordered to provide increased capacity for the sanding of turned balustrades. This machine has automatic loading, twin CNC controlled flat sanding belts, and brush back sanding units. To minimise manual lifting and handling the machine was equipped with a series of flat and inclined conveyor belts that means just one operator is able to both load the machine and also box up the finish sanded spindles.
Stop-chamfered newel post, finish sanded on all faces
Cheshire Mouldings MD John Carney comments: “It has long been our practice to invest in the very latest CNC equipment, and it is our belief that this is the only way to help satisfy the demands of our customers and also keep ahead of our competitors.”
Cheshire Mouldings oak twisted staircase
John adds: “We have worked with both Intorex and their UK agent JJ Smith for many years and as result they clearly understand our requirements, and are able to provide us with the correct equipment for the job. We are very pleased with both machines and in particular are excited by the new design possibilities the TMC CNC will give us.”