AXYZ Upgrades Large Format PANELBuilder


AXYZ Automation Group has redesigned and upgraded the three-in-one AXYZ PANELBuilder machine used primarily for the processing of plate aluminium and aluminium composites (ACM) used in large format signage and graphics production.

The system has evolved following extensive field research and interactive product testing with specialist panel fabricators. It incorporates a specially configured triple Z tooling arrangement complete with three five horsepower routing spindles and dedicated software. PANELBuilder and can be used to simultaneously groove, drill and profile-cut multiple sheets of material up to eight by two metres in size to accommodate either special one-off or high-volume requirements.

Key new design features include a highly innovative panel tracking system fitted with an automated label printer to quickly identify, via data matrix codes and a cordless barcode reader, individual panels as they are processed. The specially designed dedicated software is supplied loaded with numerous panel designs to help, in particular, small start-up companies. The software is fully compatible with, and will further enhance, other software programmes used for similar panel applications.

Additional design features include a powerful vacuum-based material hold-down facility, an automatic mister/coolant device and pop-up location pins for optimum material alignment. Material waste generated by the machining process is safely removed via a chip extraction system with an integrated automatic vacuum extraction manifold.

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