Comec MD TOP XL four-axis CNC work centre
JJ Smith have recently completed the installation of a New Comec MD TOP XL heavy duty CNC working centre designed for the cutting, shaping, milling, drilling and slotting of solid wood or composite components. The customer HSG Packaging in Bradford purchased the machine for the volume shaping and grooving of timber bearers used for the transportation of industrial size tubing for the construction sector.
The MD TOP has a maximum working length capacity of 3300mm in a single field or 1500mm plus 1500mm in twin working fields, giving the facility of tandem loading of the same or different size parts, thus maximising productivity whilst still giving a high degree of flexibility.
Cutting, shaping, milling and drilling
Working units consist of a C axis for a saw blade that can make straight or angled cuts, a horizontal electro spindle for slotting or grooving and a vertical electro spindle for milling and shaping. Additionally there is a CNC drilling group that can work all sides/ends of the component. Programming is quick and simple, as is the machine set up.
The working tables, eight in total, are each fitted with adjustable pneumatic work piece clamps that easily move on the X axis to suit different length pieces. On request the working tables can be automatically positioned through the CNC and vacuum pads can be specified instead of clamps. The latest optional is an eight position automatic rotary tool changer.
The MD TOP range has working lengths of 2500mm, 3300mm and 4500mm. On request, special machine configurations and working sizes can be specified. Other applications the MD Top can be used for is the production of parts for garden furniture, garden buildings, sofa frame parts and bed bases to name just a few.
HSG Director Colin Cutts comments “As soon as I saw the machine in operation it was clear that it was going to be ideal for our requirements. The tandem loading was a real plus, as was the quick and simple set up of the tables and clamps.
“Also I have to say that from the outset JJ Smith have been excellent and have looked after us really well. The machine was delivered on time, and expertly installed and commissioned by the JJ Smith technicians.”