Leading supplier of CNC routing and cutting solutions to the industrial woodworking, furniture production, joinery and panel processing industries, AXYZ International, has introduced a further optional production enhancement that will greatly improve material hold down efficiency. Called the AXYZ Auto Zone Management System, it is a highly configurable software production tool option that ensures the material to be processed is held securely throughout the cutting cycle to ensure optimum accuracy and a perfect finish.

The system provides three different vacuum 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. The Pendulum Processing mode allows the vacuum to switch between two virtual zones (usually the front and rear halves of the machine) so that the router can operate continuously for maximum productivity. For total manual control, individual zones can be switched via the zone manager function.

In addition to greatly improving material hold down, the AXYZ Auto Zone Management System also eliminates material wastage and machine downtime caused by incorrectly set vacuum valves. The system now supplements other standard and optional production tool enhancements introduced by AXYZ International to expand the capabilities of all AXYZ routers.

These have included the latest A2MC machine control system that greatly reduces or eliminates ‘bounce’ and vibration caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration often found with other control systems and the AVS (AXYZ Vision System). This is fully integrated within the A2MC controller and compatible with all of the cutting tools used with AXYZ routers, including oscillating, tangential and drag knife cutters to enable a much wider range of materials to be processed.

ntroduction of a new helical rack and pinion drive system as an optional production tool enhancement has further expanded the performance capabilities of AXYZ routers by greatly reducing machine wear. This has been made possible by the incorporation of multiple gear teeth within the system that ensures a more even distribution of the work load, resulting in a significant increase in feed rates, more accurate cutting and smoother and quieter operation of the router.

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